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Wednesday 30 October – Thursday 31 October 2019

STEAMlab: CleanTech

Making Best Use of CleanTech in the West Midlands with Adelan

When: 30th October, 4-7.30pm and 31st October, 9.30-5.30pm

Where: STEAMhouse, 108 Digbeth

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We invite you to explore the theme of CleanTech to reduce our environmental impact, with a particular angle on improving air quality in the city and region.

Each STEAMlab is a bit different, but the essence is about open working, creativity, innovation – making new connections and exploring new collaborations to find and try out new ideas. Seeking solutions to genuine, real world challenges.

STEAMlab brings together a diverse range of people and skills and supports you to understand and tackle challenges that are relevant and interesting for today’s society. The aim of this STEAMlab is to find ways of working that can be applied to wider climate and environmental challenges across the West Midlands and beyond.

We are pleased to announce we will be working with Adelan, an innovative fuel cell technology company who aim for low carbon, and clean power in construction, homes and vehicles. Adelan are bringing forward this STEAMlab challenge to try to unlock routes for new clean tech solutions to have real impact on the climate and environmental challenges we are facing right now.

UK clean tech could help solve air pollution and climate change, but very often fails to reach markets. This #GreenSTEAM STEAMLab aims to rethink the Birmingham energy market and stimulate local actions to solve urgent air quality issues.

However, as with many STEAMlabs, the idea is that the themes and ideas developed as part of this lab will be applicable beyond just the specific products and specific markets being examined. The important thing is to bring an open mind.

Please join us, be part of the movement and help collectively and collaboratively shape the future of air quality and CleanTech.

Please note, this is a two day STEAMlab and participants will need to attend 4-7.30pm on the Wednesday and 9.30am-5.30pm on the Thursday, please let us know in advance if this is an issue for you.

(Oh, and if you have one, please bring your laptop along with you)


What is a STEAMlab?

A STEAMlab is a hack-style event in which we bring individuals and companies together to collaborate and work together to find creative solutions to a real problem faced by another business.

Why? We believe that by working with peers from different industries, with different skillsets, we will be able to combine our knowledge and expertise to develop a solution to the problem – or as the old saying goes “two heads are better than one.”

STEAMlabs are a high-energy, creative and collaborative event, with the opportunity for new solutions to be fast-tracked and/or funded for the next stage of development!

Why attend our STEAMlabs?

• Selected teams can gain access to support and funding to turn your ideas into solutions

• Discover new ways of thinking which can be applied to your business

• Make new connections with a variety of local professionals, creatives, SMEs and more

• Be inspired to innovate and take your business to the next level

Event Agenda:

Day 1:

1) Introduction and context

2) Input – provocations, ideas, inspiration, examples

3) Facilitated group work on ideas – using prompt questions to help explore the different themes.

4) Small groups, discussion, capture ideas and cluster > use to form themes/topics for main working

Day 2:

1) Understanding themes, choose working groups (small: 4-5 people), understanding skills and what you can bring to a discussion/group

2) Starting to explore each theme in groups – open / divergent phase

3) Refining those thoughts and ideas, potential solutions, planning a pilot

4) Pitching back / sharing ideas – to help focus the ideas into a clear form to aid communication

The exact agenda may be refined (or hacked!) and shaped through further pre-work between the STEAMhouse and Adelan teams.

STEAMhouse is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us at to discuss any other access needs.


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