Innovation Stories

Innovation Fest at Birmingham City University offers a multidisciplinary, team-based experience to first-year students in computing, engineering, and the built environment. With a focus on real-world issues related to STEAM and the Sustainable Development Goals, students develop problem-solving skills, social responsibility, and commitment to viable solutions.

Through collaboration, students gain experience in project management and communication, while expressing their creativity and preparing for future careers in leadership roles. We are proud to offer this platform to share their inspiring work.

Innovation Journeys

STUDENTS CREATE A SMART GREEN HOUSE FROM SCRATCH

Palvir, George, Jack, Harrison, and Navid, a team of BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security and BSc (Hons) Computer Science students, form Error 404. They aim to tackle global challenges like hunger and sustainable food production by developing a smart greenhouse.

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Students get to grips with a unique robotic project

Jonathon, Richard, and William, BSc (Hons) Computer Science students, have joined forces as Cyber Grip. United by their passion for robotics and advanced tech, they're developing a prototype robotic arm for Innovation Fest.

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SMART TRANSLATION CAMERA

BSc Computer Science students' Smart Translation Camera breaks barriers for the hard-of-hearing, offering accurate sign-language translations for inclusivity. Innovation Fest fosters entrepreneurship, enhancing students' employability with valuable portfolio material.

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Innovation Stories

Smart Medicine Dispenser

Team MedTech

MedTech comes from the minds of four Computer Science students who believe those who take daily medication should have access to an attentive way of reminding them to take their medicine. Their idea is a Smart Medicine Dispenser. 

Smart Hydration Bottle

Team Hydr8

Meet Hydr8: the student team innovating hydration with a Smart Water Bottle. Learn how a group of ambitious students are developing a cutting-edge Smart Water Bottle that is helping people stay hydrated and healthy while on the go.

Smart reading glasses

Team Op-Tech

Five Computer Science students, Hamza, Marley, Mohamed, Mohammed and Rabia, have teamed together to create Op-Tech - a handy pair of Smart Reading Glasses that help those with difficulties reading to translate what is in front of them.

Soil Saviour: SOLUM+

Team SOLUM+

Introducing SOLUM+: the student team tackling soil degradation with a monitoring system. Explore how SOLUM+'s innovative technology is helping farmers and landowners monitor soil health and prevent degradation with an innovative soil checker.

Smart Greenhouse

Team Error 404

Teammates Palvir, George, Jack, Harrison, and Navid are Error 404 – a group comprising of BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security students and BSc (Hons) Computer Science students. Find out how they plan to create a smart greenhouse to help solve world-wide issues such as hunger and sustainable food production.  

Exam Aid: Question Box

Team NDvidual

Computer Science students Ahmed, Michael and Maggie are NDvidual – a team who have created Question Box to help neurodivergent individuals navigate through their exams. 

Robotic Arm

Team Cyber Grip

Teammates Jonathon, Richard, and William are Cyber Grip – a group of BSc (Hons) Computer Science students. They have created a robotic arm which they hope could be used as a concept to assist those in the medical field.

Smart Gesture Vocaliser Glove

Team SignTech

SignTech consists of six team members – Dafe, Omar, Mohammed, Zaim, and Rajan. They have created a smart glove to help improve communication with those that are hard of hearing or have hearing impediments.  

Smart Translation Camera

Team Sign Genie

Sign Genie has worked on creating a product to break down barriers faced by hard-of-hearing individuals. Their Smart Translation Camera aims to give accurate sign-language translations into speech to promote inclusivity for all.

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Innovation Fest

BCU's Innovation Festival is a unique opportunity for our students to showcase their creativity, problem-solving skills, and technical expertise. Over the past decade, our students have pushed the boundaries of what is possible and created solutions to real-world challenges.

Innovation Festival 2023

Innovation Stories

Innovation Fest' at Birmingham City University offers a multidisciplinary, team-based experience to first-year students in computing, engineering, and the built environment. With a focus on real-world issues related to STEAM and the Sustainable Development Goals, students develop problem-solving skills, social responsibility, and commitment to viable solutions.

Innovation stories

The Faculty

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment (CEBE) is located at the City Centre Campus. It comprises of two schools that, together, can respond dynamically to the multiple modern technological challenges posed by fast-paced industries.

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Open Days

When possible, the best way to explore what's on offer is to come and see us in person, and we host a number of Open Days throughout the year. 

Open Days