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We’re working with a range of experts in a diverse collection of subjects, to help to give you as much knowledge and support as possible in getting your idea off the ground.

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Back for a second year, the NWG Innovation Festival is a unique event held over five days

Back for a second year, the NWG Innovation Festival is a unique event held over five days. Bringing together some of the brightest minds, the festival focuses on 13 societal and environmental issues and discusses how, by applying innovative design and thinking techniques, we can try and solve them. Attendees can visit on any of the five days - making it a really flexible event for business owners to attend.


This is a free event. You can register to secure your place here.

“I thought the event was a triumph because there was tangible output. It has set out to be the starting place for projects not just a talking shop so I am very excited to see how these projects progress and to be part of them.” — Laura White - Super Network.

NWG Innovation Festival

Taking place at Newcastle Racecourse, the NWG Innovation Festival will mash up a focus on innovation with the feeling of a summer festival featuring a Marquee village and fun events that are sure to engage all attendees and inspire the creation of even more fresh and inventive ideas.

Each question to be discussed and answered at the event is sponsored by an industry leading company or organisation. The sponsors and 13 questions at the 2018 event are:

  1. IBM: Starting from scratch, how do you create the ‘perfect’ water company?
  2. Ordnance Survey: Can we build an underground map of the UK?
  3. CGI: How can we improve customers’ lives by making the most of smart technology?
  4. Explain: How to build advocacy with community and customers
  5. Newcastle University: How can the use of digital twins improve our future?
  6. Northern Gas Works & VLS: What will the future of transport look like?
  7. BT: How can we become a carbon-positive company?
  8. O2: How can we create a happier, more productive workforce?
  9. Interserve & Wood: How can innovation and tech improve design, construction operation and maintenance?
  10. The NWG Innovation Festival: How can we improve the lives of people who are visually impaired?
  11. Waterwise & The Big Bang Partnership: How and why do we need to save water?
  12. Isle: How can we reduce the impact of single-use plastics?
  13. Durham University: What can nature do for you and your business?
Who is the innovation festival for?

The event invites everyone from the creative, digital and IT sectors, in the North East and beyond, to learn, network and potentially even collaborate across industries to drive innovation and motivate ideas in business.

The programme will consist of two keynote speeches, one on each of the days, networking opportunities, workshops and panel discussions, entertainment and performances and an excursion from 3:00PM onwards on Wednesday 11th July.

The Creative Fuse Conference is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Places at this event are free. Register here.