Northumbrian Water's Innovation Festival is the mashing together of innovation techniques like design thinking and data hacks with a British Summer Festival. It started in 2017 and has grown over the course of the last four years. The festival has essentially become our idea generation engine, but it is so much more than that. We also use it to make rapid progress on ideas that span organisational boundaries – a “years’ worth of work in a week”. Our partners also tell us that it is great for networking because we bring together so many people from so many organisations. Last, but by no means least, it is a lot of fun.
Innovators from across the globe will be joining forces with us on virtual sprints, hacks and dashes aimed at solving real world issues and big societal problems.
This year a new hybrid format will see a mix of both physical and virtual events including celebrity lightning talks, networking events, live tech demos, music, comedy and much more!