The University of Bristol, startup incubator Entrepreneurial Spark Bristol, user-experience participant recruiters People for Research, data intelligence firm Urban Hawk and world-leading robotics company Shadow Robot are just a few of the organisations who’ll be representing the South West region in Cardiff next month at the city’s third round of CoInnovate.

The free-to-attend event, which is due to be held on the 24 January 2018, brings together engineering and technical minds from across academic institutions, corporates, and startups to explore the collaborative opportunities for future tech solutions.

“CoInnovate plays a pivotal role in getting everyone talking about the radical ways to innovate for the future”


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Kellie Beirne of Monmouthshire County Council, one of the CoInnovate 2018 Partners, says: “CoInnovate is going to help mobilise a movement so that the ‘triple helix’ of business, higher education and government clearly understands the problems that technologies could be the best fix for creating a ‘whole is greater than the sum’ feeling.”

UK-wide collaboration

With collaboration a major theme for the CoInnovate team, attendees and organisations will have plenty of opportunities to do just that, with a highlight being the ‘Collaboration PitStop’. Here industries will be offered the opportunity to pitch their challenges to technologists and innovators across academia and business.

CoInnovate organiser, Denise Powell (pictured right) adds: “There is a wealth of dynamic and disruptive individuals and organisations here in the UK but collaboration opportunities are being missed because we simply don’t know the complex challenges being faced by others. CoInnovate 2018 plays a pivotal role in getting everyone in one place, talking about the radical ways to innovate for the future.”

The event will also showcase Welsh success with a special evening session to introduce the world’s first cluster on compound semiconductor technologies and applications – the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult – which it is hoped will create up to 2,000 high-value jobs and lead impressive technological advances.

Looking to the future

The main event will see two sessions ‘Future Tech’ and ‘Future Regions’, with topics including new sensor technologies, machine learning, Industry 4.0 automation, additive manufacturing, and regional opportunities.

Attendees will also be able to explore the exhibitors showcasing their technologies to multinationals and investors alike.

Nick Crew of Airbus Group Endeavr Wales adds: “CoInnovate is a fantastic opportunity for business, industry, academia and government to get together to address real-world challenges.”

Find out more and register for your place on the CoInnovate website. You can also stay up to date with the line-up by following them on Twitter here: @CoInnovateConf.