Autumn, Spring and Summer dialogue + networking events

Our three annual events are the main pillars of our calendar and take place in Autumn, Spring and early Summer.  Each involve guest speakers who deliver high quality input, with dialogue and facilitated networking.

Autumn and Spring

Our Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Mar) events run from 08.30 until 15.00, after which we typically have an optional tour of the R&D/innovation facilities, courtesy of our host.  Venues we have been to include the Diamond Light Source, the National Physical Laboratory and a range of Innovation Network member locations.

We come together to learn and explore issues relevant to high-tech product innovation, i.e.:

  • Significant trends and developments in the business environment and the wider systemic context
  • Technological advances within high-tech manufacturing (often stories from our own members)
  • The evolution of good practice in high-tech manufacturing (e.g. uptake and adaptation of Agile principles)

Speakers are deeply experienced in their topic and many come from within the membership.  Their sessions are interactive, allowing attendees to ask questions relevant to their own circumstances.

The valuable time for group dialogue means that attendees can digest the input and consider its relevant to their own organisation.

Gently facilitated networking enables easy and enjoyable connections to be made within the diverse mix of technologists and leaders typically present.

A place at each of these events is included per Innovation Network subscription.  Non-members are very welcome on a pay-as-you go basis, with their first event discounted to make it easy to get to know us.  If you like us and we like you, you’ll then receive an invitation to join.  Membership is, without doubt, the best way to benefit from participation in the Network, as it gives access to attractive discounts off Masterclasses and Innovators’ Cafes (see below).

The Innovators’ Assembly

Our Summer event (in early Jun), the Innovators’ Assembly, is a bit special – it’s the high point of our year and brings together a wide diversity of innovators and supporters across the high-tech manufacturing ecosystem.  Operating on the same principles as the Autumn and Spring events, it is a very intense and full day from 08.00 to 17.00, packed with rich contributions address four systemic layers:

  • the wider business and economic environment
  • the UK high tech manufacturing landscape
  • organisational practices to learn from
  • and finally, leadership issues

Read all about our highly successful inaugural Innovators Assembly held in June 2019 here.

The key dates for your diary

To book

To secure your place at any of these events, simply note the dates, click on any EventBrite links on the Calendar, or message us with your details (name, role, organisation) here.

If your organisation is a member of the Innovation Network, it will have a  free place per subscription at each event and big discounts off our Masterclasses and the Innovators’ Cafe.

If your organisation is not a member, you can of course attend any of our events at the non-member’s price.  If your profile fits our community and you are interested in exploring membership, then your first attendance will be discounted to facilitate that.