The Innovation Festival, run by Northumbrian Water, is being held between the 1th and 13th July at Newcastle Racecourse. They expect to see several thousand people from businesses and organisations across the globe discussing how to make our world a better place. In addition there will be representatives from Ordnance Survey, Oracle, IBM. O2, Newcastle and Durham Universities, BT, Hitachi amongst others.
“Sprints” typically involve 40-50 people and address a big question. The idea is to seek to establish an outcome in a few days rather than months and years. One sprint in particular may interest schools, and Northumbrian Water are offering places to a small number of schools and staff, preferably year 5 or 6 pupils.
When: 12-13 July 2018
Challenge: ‘STEAM’ – How might education and employers create more meaningful insight into different working environments, potential careers and the pathways into them for young people, sustainably?
How might we ensure opportunities and inspiration are available to all young people, particularly those whose background gives them a disadvantage?
Output: A series of approaches for implementation in education establishments and employer organisations.
Approach: A 2 day workshop with follow on activities, using sprint methodology and tools to guide and drive the process.
The timeline for the sprint is:
Day 1: 9.00 – 15.00 Understanding the challenge
- Welcome. Introducing our challenge and ways of working.
- What does excellent look like? Whys is STEAM important in the region and beyond, Learning from others.
- Where are we currently?
- Where do we want to be? Building our vision
- Identifying the big issues / gaps / priorities
15.00 – 17.00 Ideation begins
- Recap & sharing reflections
Day 2: 9.00 – 15.00 Ideation continues
- Big ideas to address our big priorities
- Idea evaluation & prioritisation
- Building our propositions.
15.00 – 17.00 Prepare to share our propositions
- Developing the pitch
- Agreeing next steps and accountabilities.
You can find out more about the event at https://innovationfestival.org
If you would like to attend please contact David Hall at Northumbrian Water.