30th Nov, 2020

A virtual celebration of innovation in Malvern as annual festival goes online

A VIRTUAL celebration of innovation in Malvern will take place from Monday to Friday, October 10, as an annual festival is moved online because of the pandemic.

The Malvern Festival of Innovation will take place on Facebook and Zoom, focusing on the themes science, technology, design and entrepreneurship.

Kicking off the week will be Andy Stanford-Clark, Chief Technology Officer at IBM UK and Ireland, whose online talk will cover the recently launched Mayflower Autonomous Ship, explaining how artificial intelligence and a number of other advanced technologies are taking to the high seas.

The Next Generation Innovators schools’ event will feature a series of contributors participating from around the country.

Among them will be laboratory scientists and engineers giving a behind-the-scenes tour of their facilities and providing a unique insight into STEM careers and tech innovation. School classes can register to watch live and ask questions to each of the speakers.

The popular Startup Stories evening on Wednesday, October 7, boasts insights from entrepreneurs including Chris Pinder from Malvern’s HD ANYWHERE and Nicky Godding, founding Editor-in-Chief of the region’s Business and Innovation Magazine.

This Family Show on Saturday morning will feature neuroscientist Prof Gina Rippon and author of ‘The Gendered Brain’ speaking about whether there are differences between male and female brains.

That will be followed by the National Physical Laboratory’s outreach manager Andrew Hanson MBE explaining the fascinating science of colour, of which there is more than meets the eye.

Dr Adrian Burden, Founder of Malvern Festival of Innovation, said: “Until recently, we were hopeful we could stage some of the events live in our local venues with all the necessary precautions in place.

“But with the recent changes to legislation and the growing number of cases, we will stream the events live using Zoom and Facebook.”

He added everyone was looking forward to going virtual and encouraged questions from audiences to increase interactivity during the week.

Malvern Hills District Council leader Coun Sarah Rouse said: “Malvern has a rich history of science, invention and creativity and the Festival of Innovation is a great way of continuing this tradition.

“There are many fascinating guest speakers signed up to this year’s event which I’m sure will inspire people of all ages.”

Click here for more on the festival and events within it.

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