Malvern Festival of Innovation returns

Business leaders, entrepreneurs and students are encouraged to attend the sixth edition of the Malvern Festival of Innovation taking place Monday 2 October to Saturday 7 October 2017 in various venues around Great Malvern, Worcestershire.

Brian Clegg, renowned science author, will speak at the evening launch event at Malvern College on Monday 2 October. His talk will ask if there is a real danger if we try to direct scientific study purely with practical applications in mind, arguing that evidence indicates the best breakthroughs come when we let scientists explore freely.

For businesses interested in promoting STEM subjects, design and entrepreneurship to school students, the Next Generation Innovators day at the Three Counties Showground is your opportunity to interact with over 800 secondary school students from around the region. This can be a fantastically rewarding day for participating organisations and really enthuses our county’s students.

The Automotive Advances morning will include talks about autonomous vehicles, environmentally friendly cars and advanced engineering.  Delegates can also join a free factory tour of the Morgan Motor Company.

At the Startup Stories evening of Wednesday 4 October attendees can hear Mike Bandar from Birmingham’s Silicon Canal initiative, Polly Barnfield OBE founder of Everyclick, and Jamie Turner ‘exiteer’ of PCA Predict recount their experiences of entrepreneurship. Followed by networking and some of Malvern’s very own Friday Beer Company refreshments.

Cyber Security and AI is the subject of Thursday 5 October’s business session at the Malvern Theatres.  Once again, the UK’s leading cyber security SMEs will come to Worcestershire and showcase their research, products, and services in a series of talks and exhibits.  The session is followed by the Formal Dinner at Malvern College; an excellent event for entertaining guests and meeting others in the innovation space.

On Friday 6 October, Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, will speak about four ways to grow your business from today. This will be followed by a further keynote from Rashik Parmar MBE, IBM Distinguished Engineer, on finding your space in digital disruption. The symposium continues with news of Worcestershire’s involvement in the 5G test network and a series of informative talks on financing, IP protection and commercialisation from the day’s Palladium Sponsor Harrison Clark Rickerbys

There are table-top exhibition spaces at the Festival, plenty of opportunities to network, and entry to the business symposia are free for all to attend.  Full details and on-line registration are available on the Festival of Innovation website.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @festivalofinnov and use the hashtag #InnovateMalvern.