5.30 - 6.00pm - Registration & Networking
6.00 - 7.15pm - Guest Speakers (details below)
7.15 - 8.30pm - Networking and Pizza
This month's Tech Wednesday will be sponsored by the Creative Advantage Fund (part of the Creative Enterprise project which is co-founded by Coventry Uni/ERDF and Creative Shift)
They have brought together a number of speakers who will share with you some low cost/no cost resources that might help build your business, grow your capacity or become investment ready that little bit sooner. In the spirit of TED talks – they present three people who each have an “idea worth spreading”.
IDEA ONE: Free business support, mentoring and seminars from Creative Enterprise – creativeenterprise.org. Creative Enterprise is a support initiative, part funded by the ERDF, aimed at creative graduates, new enterprises and
established businesses based within the West Midlands with a corresponding West Midlands postcode (if you are unsure of your eligibility check our West Midlands region map). They are offering a range of free services and
opportunities, including networking events, workshops, mentoring, consultancy,
business advice and guidance and workspace.
Peter McLuskie of Creative Enterprise will take you through the options as the scheme re-launches and you can explore what it can do for your business
IDEA TWO: Creative Apprenticeships from Creative Alliance – www.creativealliance.org.uk. Creative Alliance is the leading Independent Learning Provider in the Creative and Cultural Sector in the West Midlands, the largest provider of Creative Apprenticeships in the region and a deliverer of Training and Development programmes for all levels of creative talent. Their core team works with an extended network of experienced artists and creative professionals working collaboratively to develop, support and train creative talent. Creative Alliance were award winners in the Training Provider of Year
Apprentice 4 England awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement, best practice and quality of delivery in apprenticeships and training across the country.
Noel Dunne will share some of the advantages of working with a Creative Apprentice and share some success stories from creative businesses who have made the most of this opportunity.
IDEA THREE: Open data and opportunities for your business from Simon Whitehouse of Data Unlocked (http://dataunlocked.co.uk/about/).
Simon works with clients to generate ideas. He’s good at spotting opportunities for collaboration and the better use of data – and he’s experienced in writing successful bids. He’s involved in creating and running a number of informal events such as the Hyper WM unconference and Brewcamp, a bi-monthly meet-up for people interested in innovative uses of technology in local government. Recently Simon has worked on a number of open government data projects, including managing the update of the AidView application,
visualising data published as part of theInternational Aid Transparency Initiative. He was also series lead for the Open Data Institute‘s first Open Data Challenge Series on Crime and Justice.
While Simon has worked extensively with the third sector, Simon will share with us some commercial applications of Open data and how certain commercial open data projects could benefit you or your business, or stimulate some business ideas.