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First virtual Innovation Festival is a roaring success

Nearly 3,000 attendees from more than 37 countries around the world logged on, live-streamed and zoomed their way through Northumbrian Water's Innovation Festival 14-17 September.


The first-of-its-kind event brought people together virtually for four action-packed days, to help tackle big societal and environmental challenges.


People up and down the country, and as far as Europe, Australia, Asia, and North and South America joined more than 40 different online sprints and workshops, as well as a series of live presentations, celebrity talks, wellbeing sessions and panel events.


The theme of this year's festival, which was held online for the first time due to COVID-19, was ‘Build Back Better', with some of the workshops focused on ways in which the world can adapt and recover in response to the virus.


People from more than 900 organisations helped to complete the equivalent of over two years' worth of work in a week, with exciting ideas already starting to come together hot on the heels of finishing.


Nigel Watson, Information Services Director at Northumbrian Water, said: "I'm absolutely blown away by the success of our first ever, online Innovation Festival.


"To keep people safe during these uncertain times, we had to adapt and be innovative with the festival and while we always had high hopes for it, we weren't really sure what to expect. However, the response from our attendees and the support from our partners has just been incredible.


"It's been a fantastic week and we've heard about some really clever and brilliant ideas that are now going to be worked up and progressed. I can't wait to see what happens next."


Watch the best bits of IF2020 below!

The NWG Innovation Festival 2020 - Best bits of the week!

We had 40 topics and challenges to work on this year

You can find out how the ideas from the Innovation Festival are progressing from the links below.

You can still also access the well-being, Class of 2020 and Lightning talk resources from this years Innovation Festival below

Watch all videos from the Innovation Festival 2020 and catch up on ideas from our previous Innovation Festivals below

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