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Over 240 Attend CoInnovate 2018 to Collaborate on Technology Solutions for the Future

  • Representatives from organisations including, the Welsh Government, Airbus, Siemens, General Dynamics UK, and a myriad of universities came together to collaborate on technology solutions
  • ‘Collaboration PitStop’ and Tech Live! highlights the huge variety of approaches to opportunities around future buildings, sensors in harsh environments, IoT and cybersecurity.
  • Thirty-four speakers, keynotes, panellists and live demonstrations gave delegates unprecedented access to cutting-edge technology currently under development

On Wednesday 24th January 2018, over 240 delegates attended CoInnovate 2018’s one-day conference that brought engineering, technical, and business minds together to explore collaborative opportunities for future tech solutions. Thirty-four speakers, keynotes, and live demonstrations, CoInnovate 2018 played host to highly engaged organisations who forged new and strengthened old connections that will undoubtedly encourage growth in innovation and jobs in the UK.

Alison Mitchell from Sensor City UK spoke on the future of technology and the opportunities available for companies willing to invest in innovation, and shared: “There was a real buzz here, a fantastic mix of small, and medium, and large businesses, and academic communities coming together to work on real challenges.”

The special evening session introduced the world’s first cluster on compound semiconductor technologies and applications, and attendees gained insight from 5G and synchronised reality expert, Professor Mischa Dohler.

“The virtualisation of skills has become the internet of skills,” said Professor Mischa Dohler. “We can now democratise skills just as we have democratised information – and the hype around 5G must move beyond the technicalities of slicing and ultra-low latency, to the value and vision that it brings to society.”

At the Collaboration PitStop, topics such as Buildings of the Future, Harsh Environment Sensing, and Cyber Security gave delegates the opportunity to challenge and be challenged, while at Tech Live! Trameto was the winning pitch, given by Huw Davis – a company seeking to ‘enable the elimination of batteries from the many interconnected smart sensors and wireless devices’.

The evening session focused on CSconnected, the cluster of organisations that are investigating and leveraging knowledge into compound semiconductors. With a market measured in billions, it is essential that industry, academia, and government alike collaborate to ensure that the UK breaks open this market, bringing investment and jobs into this next generation of technology.

The atmosphere at CoInnovate 2018 was electric: hundreds of people coming together to inspire, challenge, and collaborate on current problems with tomorrow’s solutions. Excellent connections were made during the networking sessions, with ideas being mind-mapped using collaborative software Mind Doodle, and many left the day with leads and opportunities to explore.

CoInnovate 2018’s success hinged on IQE’s impressive relationships with universities and businesses alike. CoInnovate organiser, Denise Powell, Open Innovation Manager at IQE, commented:

“It is thanks to the willingness of those who attended CoInnovate 2018 yesterday that impressive advances in robotics, machine learning, biosensors, and semiconductors are being made – and those are just some of the industries that were in the spotlight. We at IQE are determined to create valuable links between academia and industry across the UK around emerging technologies to foster innovation and CoInnovate 2018 is a perfect example of the benefits that collaboration brings to all.

You can discover the conversations and watch video footage by searching #CoInnovate2018 on Twitter. Click here to register your interest for CoInnovate 2019.