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Catalysing Industrial Strategy in the West Midlands

When: September 25th, 10:00 – 15:00

Where: iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham Campus

Big Data is the rising star of the technology industry and it provides a rich source of innovation and development for both SMEs & corporates and local/national government. Our Industry and Policy event intends to bring these sectors together and provide a forum to discuss how further use of big data in the region can accelerate this development. We will present how tailored projects such as the ERDF-Big Data Corridor (BDC) project can support this work, and discuss where further collaborative work could be undertaken.

10:00 – 10:30: Registration and Networking


10:30 – 10:45: Welcome and Speech from WMCA Representative

Importance of Big Data Influences on all of the key priorities of the West Midlands Industrial Strategy

Bridging the gap between the capacity and demand of industry and of the public sector


10:45 – 11:30: Keynote Speech

Christian Howes (Expert in Big Data and Social Media Analytics)


11:30 – 12:00: Utilising the Unseen Data

Presentation from BDC Partner to highlight how to identify novel data sources, how to analyse this data in large quantities and how to monetise the “unseen data”.

Speaker: Chris Thompson (CEO, EnableiD/You Smart Thing)


12:00 – 12:45: Lunch


12:45 – 13:30: Big Data Corridor Showcase 

12:45-13:00 BCU and PBL Care

13:00-13:15 You. Smart. Thing. and MyEd

13:15-13:30 Aston University


13:30 – 14:30: Catalysing the Industrial Strategy in the West Midlands

Chris Thompson (CEO, You. Smart. Thing.)

Christian Howes (Expert in Big Data and Social Media Analytics)

Paul Edwards (Head of Strategy, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership)

Iain Mansell (Project Manager, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands)


14:30: Close and Networking