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Innovation Week to come to Cardiff

Future Cities Catapult, the government-backed global centre of excellence in urban innovation, is bringing its ‘Innovation Week’ programme to the city of Cardiff, following a successful premier in Birmingham.

Innovation Week – Cardiff will be a series of open invitation workshops, discussions and networking events aimed at the city’s thriving community of entreprenuers, innovators, academics and businesses.

With 97% resident satisfaction scores, Cardiff is recognised as the third most livable capital city in Europe. The city has grown by 11% over the last decade and 72,000 new residents are expected by 2035.

This will require over 40,000 new homes and a similar number of new jobs, as well as additional school places, capacity on transport networks and energy infrastructure.

The week-long schedule of events starts on 24 April, bringing together businesses, universities and city leaders from Cardiff and afar, to explore how advanced urban services can help solve city challenges, and how local SMEs working in the sector can reach new markets.

Sam Markey, head of relationship development at Future Cities Catapult, said: “Cardiff is projected to grow by 20% over the coming two decades, making it the fastest growing of the UK’s Core Cities. Accommodating - and making a success of - that growth is both a challenge and opportunity for the city and wider region.

“The UK is a world-leader in developing and implementing the innovative solutions and advanced urban services that Cardiff, and other cities, will need to forecast growth, manage additional demand on services and secure improvements in the quality of life for all its residents.

“If you’re an SME who’s interested in the future cities market, an innovator looking for thorny challenges in need of brilliant solutions, a business adapting to the changing realities of modern cities, or a city leader asking how your city can reach the top spot for livability, then Innovation Week - Cardiff is for you.”

Six free talks and workshops will be taking place across the city covering a variety of themes, including:

  • Health and mobility: focusing on how cities can harness new technologies and approaches to mitigate the negative impacts of city life.
  • Intergrated urban planning: exploring how big data, artificial intelligence and visualisation could transform planning and urban development in Cardiff and beyond.
  • Data visualisation: looking at techniques to turn raw city data into striking visualisations which explore and address urban challenges.

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