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STEAMlabs

Open innovation, fusing digital tech, creativity and the arts

VIATIC have a long relationship with Birmingham City University (BCU) and were present in some of the very early discussions about the creation of STEAMhouse, BCU's new business support, co-working and state-of-the-art makerspace based in Digbeth.

We have been working in partnership with the STEAMhouse team to design and deliver a series of "STEAMlabs" open innovation events, to bring together a wide range of businesses, entrepreneurs, academics, artists and other creatives to tackle some of the problems facing the city, supported by STEAMhouse and with the opportunity of using the facilities to help prototype their solutions.

The first of these events was on digital health and sought to solve some of the entrenched problems facing healthcasre services, not only in Birmingham but across the UK and beyond. To help focus the work, we worked with Substrakt Health and local health services to look specifically at Respiratory Rehabilitation services. Many of the problems in this are have applications across the health service but are a particular challenge in this field.

The teams worked hard on the hottest day of the year so far to create four very promising ideas and prototypes. VIATIC are now working with BCU and partners to help the teams work out the next steps for devloping thier protypes and testing them, with funding and support from various health colleagues already committed.

Hot on the heals of these early successes, we are now scoping the next challenges for STEAMlabs. Watch this space for further developments!

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Project Info

  • Client BCU / STEAMhouse
  • Date 2018-19
  • Type STEAM open innovation event series
  • Place West Midlands
  • #STEAMlabs #HealthHack

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