University to discuss Birmingham’s digital offer at Commonwealth Games-themed event

Birmingham City University (BCU)’s Joanna Birch will discuss the city’s digital credentials and plans as part of a Commonwealth Games-themed event this August.

Posted 21 July 2022

BCU's Jo Birch talking at the recent Knowledge Exchange Awards.

Promoting Birmingham’s digital offer to businesses

The event, Staying Ahead of the Game – Understanding Birmingham’s Digital Offer, will take place on Wednesday 3 August from 7.45 – 9.15am at the city’s newest addition to its culinary scene, Vinoteca.

Organised by Birmingham City Council (BCC) to coincide with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the event will promote Birmingham’s digital offer to businesses and stakeholders that are part of the region’s digital ecosystem.

Speaking at the event will be Jo, who has been leading on the development of BCU’s new £72 million innovation centre, STEAMhouse, which brings together digital research, practice and education together with creativity and the arts.

Jo will be highlighting the importance of collaboration with tech companies, research and talent to drive future growth, as well as highlighting the importance of facilitating collaboration on a global scale.

Also speaking at the event are:

  • Peter Bishop, BCC Strategic Director of Digital and Customer Services
  • Yiannis Maos, CEO of Birmingham Tech.

Bringing together policymakers, businesses, innovators and investors

Join us for this breakfast briefing and find out more about the city’s digital offer, the critical building blocks that are being put in place and Birmingham’s ambitious Smart City plans.

The event will bring together policymakers, businesses, innovators and investors, as well as anyone keen to find out more about Birmingham’s digital credentials and plans.

The event is highlighting Birmingham’s position as one of the UK’s best performing digital economies.

The city has the fastest growing digital sector in the UK, multiple digital investments such as the testbed for 5G technology and largest emerging technologies cluster outside London.

It ties in with BCU’s continued commitment to providing innovation within the region, most notably through its STEAMhouse offering and recent accreditation from the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange.

BCU has a strong track record of global engagement across the STEAM agenda – bringing the arts into science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.

In addition, it has worked in partnership with the Munjal Foundation, opening a sister STEAMhouse facility in the Punjab that will drive entrepreneurship and innovation within the region.

The event will include ample opportunity for networking and discussion, as well as a complimentary breakfast.

The breakfast briefing is part of a series of special sessions taking place during the Commonwealth Games, organised by BCC.

Other forthcoming events include a discussion on how High Speed Rail is driving growth across the city, as well as a session on Birmingham’s cultural legacy.

Interested in finding out more about Birmingham’s digital offer? Get your free ticket by visiting the Eventbrite page.