Innovate 2016 – Event Report

This post is by Prabhuraj Balakrishnan. PGR student in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science.

One busy afternoon, I got an email from the FSE Researcher Development team advertising the Innovate 2016 Event which was about to take place here in Manchester. I quickly checked my dairies and registered my interest for the event.

This event was hosted by the Department for International Trade and was scheduled for two days. The first day was a showcase of future manufacturing materials, methods and corresponding technologies and the second day was a showcase of the latest in healthcare innovations. I was able to meet people from across the country. They were from different disciplines of science and engineering and they were able to share with me their innovations including 3D cameras, holograms, electronic chips, biogas energy systems, wireless chargers, eye ball trackers, high resolution optical microscopes and so on.


Me (Prabhu) with one of the AI Robots at the event (I’m the one on the right).

There were also talks given relating to different topics such as maximizing the potential of industry, investment showcase, tackling the productivity gap etc. In addition, there were one to one discussions, where the researchers/entrepreneurs could meet with different funding agencies and ask for technical/funding advice.

This event was not just full of science and engineering; there were also several stalls from media agencies and law firms offering advice/information on the future of the UK science and industry market.

There were also lots of fun filled activities that allowed you to engage directly with the different exhibitors. The most memorable for me was the Future Predictor game that awaraded points for predicting the future city scape of London. That was so much fun!!

Overall, the Innovate 2016 conference was very useful. I learned so much and had fun whilst doing it. Apart from being able to learn about the different things going on in UK science and industry, this event was a platform for researchers like me to collaborate and find sources of inspiration. I would definitely recommend my fellow students to attend this event in the future.

For those who couldn’t make it this time you could try the Reinventing Energy Summit, which is scheduled to take place in London on 25th November, 2016. I may go to London to attend this event. Maybe I’ll see you there.


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