UK innovators hit Manchester

UK innovators hit Manchester

Over the next two days Manchester is set to welcome 25 innovators from across the country to showcase their creations at Innovate 2016 in Manchester.

The annual event, hosted by the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK, will see innovation launches including Excivion’s Zika Vaccine, a range of vaccines against infectious diseases with enhanced safety features, and StyleMe Mall, a mobile only fashion marketplace and fitting service.

Innovate UK chief executive Ruth McKernan said: "The Innovate 2016 event is an important opportunity for Innovate UK to partner with the Department for International Trade, bringing UK innovation into the global spotlight and showcasing the excellent innovation developments around the UK.

"This year sees an increase in the number of companies launching new products at the event. It is important for Innovate UK to support the showcasing of companies’ achievements, helping to raise visibility of their brand and demonstrating the impact that results from our support."

Key external speakers include; Paul Misener, vice president of global innovation for Amazon; Dr Alan James, vice president of  Hyperloop One; Juergen Maier, chief executive of Siemens; Paul Clarke, chief technology officer of Ocado, Wayne Hemmingway, founder of HemmingwayDesign, Simon Jones, head of innovation at Team Sky.

Other events at Innovate 2016 include the launch of a new UK network for Immersive Technologies, ImmerseUK,looking at how augmented and virtual reality can help drive productivity and economic growth in the UK, and an introduction to the companies attending the forthcoming Connected Cities Mission to India.