Past Events

Cheltenham Science Festival: 8 – 9 June

How long is a piece of string? What makes the world turn? And why does chocolate taste so good? From the state of the planet, to the latest stem cell research, to the secrets of the perfect cup of tea – nothing is off limits at Cheltenham Science Festival. Read More

Electric Vehicles: Towards an Excellent User Experience: 7 June 2018

Join us for the launch of Electric Vehicles: Towards an Excellent User Experience, a new report published by the Energy Systems, High Value Manufacturing, Future Cities and Transport System Catapults on behalf of Innovate UK. Read More

Automechanika Birmingham: 5-7 June 2-18

This summer, Birmingham will again become the central hub for the UK’s automotive industry as it unites with Automechanika Birmingham, bringing thousands of visitors to the region. Read More

Blockchain: a waste of resources, or the future of networking?: 5 June 2018

Blockchain is a technology gaining wide interest, yet is not without its controversies. So join us as we try to cut through the hype and debate this topical subject at this evening event. Read More

Modelling World 2018: 5 June 2018

Modelling World is the UK & Europe’s longest running, best attended and biggest annual exhibition and conference for transport and pedestrian modelling professionals, data scientists, transport economists and behaviour change experts. Read More

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Showcase: May 31

This showcase will give you the opportunity to hear about the exciting developments taking place in this sector, including details of Birmingham’s first publicly available Hydrogen refuelling station. Read More

Electric, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Mission to Holland: 17 – 18 May 2018 

Innovate UK and Enterprise Europe Network are offering UK businesses and research institutions who are involved in the Electric, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles sectors to join them on a mission to the Netherlands.Read More

AI in an earbud? 17 May 2018

This talk will examine keyword detection in earbuds, a real world example of bringing AI technology to bear in a highly constrained platform.  We will ask why doing so is beneficial and discuss some of the challenges encountered.  We will take the audience through the stages involved in building a Neural network based detection system, including worked examples. Read More

Tech North Advocates & Computer Futures discussing Machine Learning & AI: 16 May

Please join us at WeWork St Peter’s Square for Tech North Advocates’ first event with Computer Futures focusing on AI and Machine Learning. Read More

#CyberSocial Networking Event: May 3

Right Time Recruitment is hosting their first #CYBERSOCIAL Cyber Security Event in Birmingham. Read More

Location technology for assisting disabled people: May 3

LBS for disabled people covers a very broad range of technologies. For instance, a connected city may provide people with information on which bus stop to use and when to expect the next service; or a map to indicate the accessible entrances to a building, rather than just an address. Read More

Digital Horizons: Digital Impact – May 3

Join us for the latest event in the Digital Horizon series: ‘Digital Impact’ – a thought provoking keynote from David Benford MSc, CEO Blackstage Forensics. Our use of social media & mobile devices has helped create an unprecedented number of vulnerabilities for organisations, personnel and their families and friends.

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A rail renaissance for the West Midlands: April 24

The launch of the new West Midlands rail franchise in December 2017 marked the beginning of a major change for rail in the region. With unprecedented local influence, and a franchisee focussed on creating demonstrable change, it is an ideal time to hear from two local leaders charged with the responsibility for making change happen. Read More

Midlands Monday Mesh: April 23

The second edition of our Midlands tech networking drinks. Come and grab a drink with a group of like minded individuals in the tech sector from in and around our region. Read More

GDPR & Cyber Security Workshop: April 19

Already started your journey towards compliance? or heard about GDPR but not sure if you need to do anything or even where to start? Join at a workshop in Bromsgrove for a session in simplifying your journey towards compliance. Read More 

Learned Society 2018: Transport, cities and places: April 19

Where engineering meets architecture.  Where places are created for people.  This evening lecture features insights from leading international experts, explaining how we put people at the heart of building better places.  This event encourages an exchange of ideas between highway engineers, architects, planners and members of the public. Read More

Transport, Mobility and Cities: A challenge road map: April 18

Future transport technologies must account for the cities in which they are deployed and the mobility needs of its users. The innovation and skills challenges within these domains are growing and cannot be solved in isolation. This session brings together a range of industry, SMEs and government parties to understand the future direction of travel for innovation, growth and skills across the themes of transport, mobility and cities and contribute to defining the solutions to these. Read More

UK Opportunities for LIDAR in Transport: April 18

The Government has announced that it will use the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to invest in collaborative research and development projects to develop the next generation of AI and control systems need to ensure the UK is at the forefront of the driverless cars revolution. Read More

Smart Devices of 2025: March 27th This inaugural event of the revamped ‘Future Devices and Technologies’ Group will explore radical ideas for the devices of the future and their impact on our lives. Read More

Battling AIs against each other – is this the future? March 13th It’s easy to think of deep learning as just something which chews on a load of data and makes a classification – the photo contains a dog, the audio waveform contains the world ‘hello’. But in recent years, a rapidly evolving approach called ‘Generative Adversarial Networks’ (GANs), which pits one AI against another to improve learning, has allowed deep learning to create new, highly-realistic outputs. Read More

MCAV Cluster Seminar and Dinner: March 8th 














Following on from the success of MCAV’s inaugural event in June, we are delighted to be hosting the MCAV dinner at Icentrum showcasing key companies, projects and figures from the driverless vehicle sector. View the Event Agenda here and to see the delegate list click hereRead More

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence 4Manufacturing: March 7th The manufacturing landscape is radically changing and the fourth industrial revolution which is happening now has resulted in a need for significant change within the sector to capitalise on the opportunities #4IR brings. Read More

Turbocharge Your Innovation and Scale-up Your Business: March 2nd The New Anglia Growth Hub, together with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are hosting a free masterclass aimed at companies that are growing or have potential to scale, using or developing new technology or investing in research and innovation. Read More

Microsoft AI Software Workshop (Hands-on): March 1st Microsoft are one of the key players with a full range of technologies ranging from simple AI-based APIs to Bots, Machine Learning and Deep Neural Network software. In this hands on workshop, Microsoft experts will take you through the full range of services within Microsoft’s AI platform. Read More

Transport Cafe: February 28th The TSC’s Transport Cafe explores exciting developments in the Intelligent Mobility and Transport Innovation sector, and will also offer support and guidance. You will also have the chance to network with the TSC team and other businesses from within the industry. Read More

Innovating for Growth – Workshop for SMEs: February 28th This workshop will explore how you can drive growth through an innovative culture. It will concentrate on how you can transform your organisation through your choices around leadership, culture, and strategy. It will introduce you to tools and techniques that you can utilise to take your growth to new levels. Read More

Innovation-led Procurement – Lessons from Wave Energy Scotland: February 22nd, Time: 12:00-15:00 The event is aimed at learning from Tim Hurst, CEO, Wave Energy Scotland how the West Midlands can develop more approaches to innovation-led procurement using local procurement to drive innovation to market approaches. Wave Energy Scotland has focussed on developing a circular economy that strengthens the supply chains located there enhancing overall cluster robustness. To book please email Beverley.Nielsen@bcu.ac.uk

Blockchain Disruption in Transport: February 22nd Implications and opportunities of Blockchain will be explored in areas such as Data Sharing, Mobility as a Service, Connected and Autonomous Transport, Freight and Logistics and Digital Engineering and personalised transport provision. Read More

“ML Gotcha” – heroic stories from deploying commercial machine learning applications: Febraury 15th This first byte sized event on February 15th at the Bradfield Centre will cover real world examples of deploying commercial machine learning; examining the user experience aspects of AI, as well as exploring closed source tools.  With AI in the news almost every day now, there is an urgent need for us all to become better informed, and to be able to separate the hype from reality for the benefit of the businesses we represent. Read More

Energy Harvesting in CAV’s and EV’s: February, 9th The focus of the event is to identify some of the challenges faced in electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles with powering the remote sensing requirements, and discuss in small groups how some of them might be addressed by the use of self powered solutions, drawing their energy from ambient sources such as heat, vibration, light and motion. Read More