Day 1: Monday 30th October 2017

Morning: Introductory talks from the BIN@ partner universities followed by international examples of successful innovation ecosystems.

Afternoon: Industrial Digitalisation: Exploring the challenges and opportunities that digital technology and automation present for the manufacturing industry and how businesses can become more productive and competitive by harnessing these new skills.

Time Session Type Title & Speaker Session Summary
08.00-09.00 REGISTRATION
09.00-09.15 Keynote Welcome to BIN@Sheffield 2017

Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, The University of Sheffield

A welcome to BIN@Sheffield 2017 and introductions from the three partner universities.


09.15-09.20 Keynote University of São Paulo & BIN@

Professor Vanderlei Bagnato – Director of Innovation, University of São Paulo

09.30-09.45 Keynote BIN@ Welcome: Facts & Figures of an Open Innovation Network (Download presentation 4 MB)

Professor João Falcão e Cunha – Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Porto

09.45-10.15 Keynote Developing Sheffield City Region Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) (Download presentation 3 MB)

Edward Highfield – Director, Creative Sheffield

Outlining the development of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing District which has already attracted the likes of McLaren Automotive, Boeing and Rolls-Royce. The presentation will cover the concept of the Innovation District, the unique capabilities of the area and the strategies to grow AMID into Europe’s leading research-led manufacturing cluster.
10.15-10.40 Keynote Startups for International Action

Professor Vanderlei Bagnato – Director of Innovation, University of São Paulo

Discussing characteristics for startups that are essential for global success, suggesting ideas for global action.
10.15-10.40 Keynote Building Northern Europe’s Largest Innovation Hub – The Espoo Innovation Garden Story (Download presentation 8 MB)

Ari Huczkowski – CIO and Chief Innovation Evangelist, ESPOO Innovation Garden

Imagine a university campus with its immediate surroundings packed with tens of thousands of hi-tech jobs, 5 thousand researchers, 20 thousand students, 110 nationalities, almost 50 R&D labs and organisations. Serendipity. Buzz. Many accelerators, one new fundable startup every week. Venture capital flowing in. That’s Espoo Innovation Garden, and it’s taken 70 years to build it.
10.40-11.05 Keynote Brazilian Innovation Ecosystem – Challenges and Collaboration Opportunities Through BIN@ (Download presentation 3 MB)

Shirley Coutinho – Executive Manager, Agência PUC-Rio de Inovação & Vice-President, Fortec

Presenting the unique characteristics of the Brazilian innovation ecosystem, the profile of its colossal domestic market, and the challenges for technological development, intellectual property rights, and innovation that bring several opportunities for international partners.
10.40-11.05 Keynote University Research Parks: Centres of Innovation Supporting University/lndustry Collaborations (Download presentation 2 MB)

Ellen Hemmerly – President, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Research Park

A look at how U.S. University Research Parks have evolved into centres of innovation supporting tech commercialisation, university/industry partnerships and start up company activity. Increasingly, these Parks are developing “innovation districts” which bring together entrepreneurial resources in one location.
11.05-11.30 REFRESHMENTS
11.30-12.30 Keynote Digitalisation Across Sectors (Download presentation 3 MB)

Ben Morgan – Head of Integrated Manufacturing/Factory 2050, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

Discussing 4th industrial revolution technologies and how they are being applied with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in UK Industry.
12.00-12.30 Keynote Digital Transformation (Download presentation 2 MB)

Paul Brodrick – Business Development Director (Digitalisation), Siemens

Discussing the impact of digital transformation on cities and industry.
12.30-13.00 Keynote European Commission: Digitising European Industry Initiative (Download presentation 3 MB)

Professor Haydn Thompson – CEO, THHINK Group

A look at how digitalisation will change our everyday lives and open up new business opportunities to provide efficient, environmentally friendly, autonomous and safe mobility in the automotive, aeronautics, rail, maritime and logistics sectors; greater efficiency in management and operations for process automation, manufacturing, energy generation/distribution, and agri- food; greater benefits to citizens via smart, safe and secure cities, energy efficient buildings and green infrastructure (traffic management, lighting, water and waste management); and smart devices and services for smart home functionality, home monitoring and health.It is estimated that digitisation of products and services will add more than €110 billion of revenue per year in Europe in the next five years. To support this in April 2016 the EC launched the Digitising European Industry initiative. The talk will outline the actions that are underway to link initiatives across Europe for the digitisation of industry and to boost investment through strategic partnerships and networks.
13.00-14.00 LUNCH
14.00-15.30 Workshop SMART Logistics (Download presentation 706 KB)

Gordon Macrae – Special Projects Manager, Gripple Ltd Professor Professor Lenny Koh – Management School, The University of Sheffield

Exploring new technologies and business models to transform logistics and distribution.
14.00-15.30 Workshop Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity

Dr Achim Brucker – Senior Lecturer Software Assurance & Security, The University of Sheffield
Ellen Hemmerly, President and Executive Director, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Research & Technology Park, ( (Download Ellen’s presentation 4 MB)

More and more devices of our daily life are ‘smart’, ranging from smart light bulbs to smart TVs to smart fridges – everything can, and most likely will be, in the future connected to the Internet. This development is true for both our personal life as even more so in business life where new connected devices, together with the digitalisation, have the potential to disrupt many business areas (e.g., Future Manufacturing). In this workshop, we will explore security and privacy challenges and opportunities created by the Internet of Things / Industry 4.0. Additionally, we will discuss the university role in addressing these challenges and the importance of supporting early stage companies developing cybersecurity products and solutions.
1400-15.30 Workshop Steel Minions: Workplace Simulation for the Creative Digital Sector

Dr. Jacob Habgood – Director, The Steel Minions Game Studio

Exploring the history and goals of The Steel Minions Game Studio, which offers workplace simulation to students on Sheffield Hallam University’s games degrees. This session will use the Steel Minions as a case study example for discussing the challenges and benefits of providing workplace simulation for the creative digital industries.
15.30-16.00 REFRESHMENTS
16.00-17.00 Panel Growing a Creative Digital Industries Cluster

Facilitated by:
Mark Gannon –  Director of BCIS (Business Change & Information Solutions) at Sheffield City Council

Paul Beech – Co-Founder, Pimoroni
Imogen Hesp – Digital Producer, Joi Polloi
Dr. Sérgio Nunes – Media Innovation Lab, University of Porto (Download Sergio’s presentation 100 KB)
Fátima São Simão – Creative Project Developer,  Science and Technology Park, University of Porto”

Sharing experiences of growing a creative digital industries cluster in both Sheffield and Porto, discussing how each country has developed its narrative, the key lessons learnt, successes and challenges.
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