Events

Take a look through our events calendar to see upcoming North East events designed to help your business grow from the Innovation SuperNetwork and its partners.

COVID-19 Update

The Innovation SuperNetwork is following Government advice throughout COVID-19 and as a result are not holding any physical events at the moment. However, we remain committed to supporting North East businesses and are hosting webinars on a variety of topics to help. You can watch them here.

We continue to update our event calendar below with upcoming webinars that we think will benefit North East businesses.

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  • Online Creative Business Surgeries
    13:00 -15:00
    02/07/2020

    A chance to book an online 1-2-1 with business adviser Victoria Moodie who can give bespoke business advice to creative businesses and individual creative practitioners based in Sunderland. From remodelling to business planning and marketing, Victoria can give free guidance and work with you on the unique challenges faced by creative businesses at this challenging time.

    These 45 minute surgeries will be held over telephone or online using Zoom, whichever you prefer. Sessions available to book at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.

    Eligibility

    This surgery is for Sunderland residents or for those running a creative business in Sunderland.

    To book a place on this online 1-2-1 surgery, or if you have any queries, please email businesssupport@ne-bic.co.uk or click the ‘book for this event’ button below.

    Once you have reserved your place, further details will be provided by email to confirm the booking (the telephone call or the online video instructions) whichever is preferred.

    If you have chosen the online option, we will also provide instructions on how to download the Zoom app to your phone or computer before the session (if you don’t already have it).

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  • Innovation Festival
    09:00 -17:00
    06/07/2020-10/07/2020
    Newcastle Race Course, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 5HP

    The NWG Innovation Festival will return for the fourth year at Newcastle Racecourse.

    Work is underway to create the NWG Innovation Festival 2020. Expect some new twists and watch this space over the coming months for news and updates.

    We will be joining forces with creators and innovators from right across the world to take the festival to an international level…for the very first time! Introducing influences from across the world will help take sprints in new and exciting directions and offer a global perspective to tackling some of the big problems we all face.

    The only event of its kind anywhere in the world, this five-day extravaganza focused on championing new ways of thinking, will see attendees in the North East of England working on sprints, hacks and challenges alongside festival teams in America and Australia.

  • Online Workshop for Creative Businesses
    10:00 -12:30
    06/07/2020-07/07/2020

    At this challenging time, many creative businesses and organisations are looking to the future and considering how they adapt what they do. New enterprises are also looking to take advantage of new opportunities.

    As part of the Unlock the City programme, join Victoria Moodie from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) to sketch out your business plan at this free online workshop, using a technique known as the Business Model Canvas.

    This is a tool which can help you set up, expand or change the direction of your creative business or organisation. It’s a visual chart displaying all of the key elements you need to consider.

    The key points covered include:

    • Visions and core value of your business
    • Business planning for long term goals
    • Business infrastructure
    • Finance
    • Researching target market and reaching the right customers

    You will also get the opportunity to discuss your plans in detail with Victoria.

    This course takes place over two days with a session 10am-12.30pm on Monday 6th July and Tuesday 7th July. Places are limited and you MUST be able to commit to both days.

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  • Climate Change Innovation Accelerator virtual design sprint
    09:30 -12:30
    14/07/2020

    Our Climate Change Innovation Accelerator responds to the potential impact of Coronavirus on the Climate Emergency. We’re looking at challenges specifically linked to reducing the carbon footprint of travel and work.

    The Accelerator will run with a series of innovation challenges to better understand what the potential issues are and will offer one-to-one support to help businesses develop their ideas, access funding and take their solutions or services to market.

    Join us for this half day online workshop to look more closely at the potential impact of Coronavirus on the Climate Emergency. We’ll be focusing on home deliveries, public transport, electric vehicles and home working to begin with, and are keen to hear from anyone who thinks they can help us define the problems in these areas.

    Register to take part if you think you could develop a solution to these problems, or would like to offer up some insight into what the challenges are. Whether you’re an academic, entrepreneur, innovative business, supplier or end user – your input could make a valuable contribution.

  • VONNE Design Hop
    14:00 -15:00
    14/07/2020

    Design Hops are back. If you’re a North East VCSE, and you’re designing a new service, or improving an existing one, you can get free support.

    Delivered in partnership between CAST, VONNE and Consult and Design, this interactive programme gives you the structure and processes to find the right solutions for your organisation – those that best meet your user’s needs and avoid unnecessary expense.

    Design Hops are one of the best ways to get started getting a new or existing service online. They’re also good if you:
    – Have a service problem you want to solve, or
    – Don’t know where to start with digital, or
    – Want a design process to follow, or
    – Want to gain confidence to get your team on board with digital

    When you sign up, you’ll get access to a series of short videos and resources to help you work through your ideas – you can complete them at your own pace. There’s also live sessions for additional support.

    The live sessions will run:
    – Tuesday, July 14th – 2-3pm – programme welcome and kick-off
    – Tuesday, July 21st – 2-3pm – part one check-in
    – Tuesday, August 4th – 2-3pm – roundup and next steps

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  • Leading the way to Economic Recovery through Digital Skills Webinar
    15:00 -16:30
    15/07/2020
    Join us for a webinar focusing on the challenges we face in finding talent to power our North East tech companies and how to overcome this.

    About this Event

    As we enter the worst recession in living memory we are seeing amazing growth in the digital sector in all areas of the UK economy. This webinar hosted by Dynamo North East and Geek Talent will explore the labour market growth in digital, but also the challenge in finding talent to power these amazing tech companies.

    We are delighted to be joined by Jill McKinney, Sunderland Software City and Xander Brouwer, Institute of Coding.

    We will be focusing our discussions around:

    • What does job demand look like and which roles and skills are most in demand?
    • What initiatives are happening to encourage more people to discover tech careers?
    • Challenges in finding talent and what local companies are doing to close the talent gap

    Following the discussions, there will be a panel made up of our speakers and they will discuss the following questions:

    • How can we encourage more people to enter the sector to meet the huge demand ?
    • What are businesses doing to address their own and sector wide skills gaps.?
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  • Rural Housing Design Mission – Research
    14:00 -15:00
    16/07/2020

    The new Rural Design Centre (ruraldesigncentre.com) is bringing communities, researchers and businesses together to help solve rural issues – we’re working with a broad range of partners on a number of design missions. Due to Covid-19 we have worked with teams and individuals remotely.

    We have been exploring housing issues and problems faced by people living in rural Northumberland communities.

    On 16th July we want to share these challenges to help and support the development of new solutions now and into the future for the population of rural Northumberland.

    Partners
    • Northumberland Communities
    • Northumberland County Council
    • Homes England
    • Newcastle University
    • Northumbria University
    • Rural Design Centre
    • Innovation SuperNetwork
    • Advance Northumberland
    • Karbon Homes

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  • Online Creative Business Surgeries
    13:00 -15:00
    23/07/2020

    A chance to book an online 1-2-1 with business adviser Victoria Moodie who can give bespoke business advice to creative businesses and individual creative practitioners based in Sunderland. From remodelling to business planning and marketing, Victoria can give free guidance and work with you on the unique challenges faced by creative businesses at this challenging time.

    These 45 minute surgeries will be held over telephone or online using Zoom, whichever you prefer. Sessions available to book at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.

    Eligibility

    This surgery is for Sunderland residents or for those running a creative business in Sunderland.

    To book a place on this online 1-2-1 surgery, or if you have any queries, please email businesssupport@ne-bic.co.uk or click the ‘book for this event’ button below.

    Once you have reserved your place, further details will be provided by email to confirm the booking (the telephone call or the online video instructions) whichever is preferred.

    If you have chosen the online option, we will also provide instructions on how to download the Zoom app to your phone or computer before the session (if you don’t already have it).

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  • Online Workshop for Creative Businesses
    10:00 -12:30
    27/07/2020-28/07/2020

    At this challenging time, many creative businesses and organisations are looking to the future and considering how they adapt what they do. New enterprises are also looking to take advantage of new opportunities.

    As part of the Unlock the City programme, join Victoria Moodie from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) to sketch out your business plan at this free online workshop, using a technique known as the Business Model Canvas.

    This is a tool which can help you set up, expand or change the direction of your creative business or organisation. It’s a visual chart displaying all of the key elements you need to consider.

    The key points covered include:

    • Visions and core value of your business
    • Business planning for long term goals
    • Business infrastructure
    • Finance
    • Researching target market and reaching the right customers

    You will also get the opportunity to discuss your plans in detail with Victoria.

    This course takes place over two days with a session 10am-12.30pm on Monday 27th July and Tuesday 28th July. Places are limited and you MUST be able to commit to both days. 

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  • VRTGO Labs – Cluster meeting
    14:00 -15:00
    29/07/2020

    Join us for a get together where we will discuss all things XR, look at recent sector activity, meet your peers and talk about what’s coming at us. Graeme Miller from The Innovation SuperNetwork will be hosting (as VRTGO Cluster Manager).

    We are keen to hear your stories about what’s happening in the region and what you feel is needed to grow the sector. We may have the opportunity to invite a speaker or two along and we would be interested to understand who you would like to hear from or what topics you wish to discuss. You can indicate this in the registration below.

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  • Creating positive employee engagement in a remote working environment
    09:30 -10:30
    30/07/2020

    In the next webinar hosted by Dynamo North East, they will be joined by 3 people specialists who will guide the audience through how to provide the best employee experience in a remote or hybrid working environment.

    Marie Ranson, director at Key Wellbeing will look at workforce wellbeing, creating confidence in managers and inclusive environments. Naomi Crozier, lead people scientist at Hive HR who will discuss engaging employees during Coronavirus and will look at ‘people-first’ businesses who are continuing to use technologies to communicate with and get feedback from their people. Mikaila Read, remote experience manager at Impala will think about three key areas, going beyond the virtual coffee break, supplementing policies with team Agreements and what to include in a remote working guide?

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