7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition


Tuesday 6th October 2015

NextGenNext Generation Innovators Day

Location: Three Counties Showground, WR13 6NW


 @festivalofinnov, #InnovateMalvern, #STEM, #careers, #entrepreneurship



A day showcasing creative science, innovative technology and business entrepreneurship that was open to school students in Years 6 to 9 from around the region.


WorldSpaceWeekDid you know that 4th-10th October 2015 is World Space Week

@WorldSpaceWeek, @WSW_UK


YearofLight2015 is also the International Year of Light, celebrating all aspects of light science and its applications, including how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Our ability to harness light has revolutionised medicine and communications, and plays a vital role in electronics, display technologies, and microscopy. 




BacktoFutureIn 1985, the blockbuster film Back To The Future Part II featured time travel to 21st October 2015, a few days after the end of the Festival! Innovation and futurology are closely linked, but often we don't predict things correctly. We still don't have hover-boards and flying cars, but we have made enormous leaps with the Internet and smart phones.






Registration begins and exhibition opens

(Severn Hall)



Timetabled workshops and activities begin:

(Perry Suite; Lindon Suite; Leadon Suite)


Hands-on Raspberry Pi workshop in which students will have the opportunity to programme these mini computer boards to complete a flashing LED programming task in Python code. 



Materials in Action - a lecture from Dr Diane Aston about how materials have helped to change and improve the technology we rely on by looking at how they are used in computers, aircraft, sports equipment and medical devices. 

@iom3, materialsworld


Back to the Moon for Good - Will we return to the moon and set up a permanent base there? This is a technically challenging endeavour requiring numerous engineering problems to be solved. Immerse yourself in this exciting 360-degree wrap-round cinematic experience as one of your Global Space Week activities! This feature is kindly supported by the Worcester area branch of the IMechE.  



Hands-on Mini Robots - Build-a-bot CIC / PiBot will be offering groups of students the opportunity to build some mini robots that are powered by a Raspberry Pi and controllable from a smart phone app. A chance to try your hand at some robotic engineering and software integration! 



Hands-on Chemistry - experiments for students to explore exciting reactions that impact the way we live today. 

@RoySocChem, @ChemistryWorld


Digital Leaders Initiative - a workshop showcasing this IT programme and using examples of other children's work to illustrate the initiative. 



Wonderful Molecules - Following his talk at the Family Show in 2013, Dr Jonathan Hare will be returning to the Festival to deliver a hands-on workshop all about fullerenes, nanotubes and other exciting carbon-based structures. Jonathan has appeared on the BBC / OU Rough Science, Hollywood Science, COAST, and Horizon TV programmes.


How to be a famous Entrepreneur in three easy’ish steps! - The Worcester Business School at the University of Worcester will run be running this interactive workshop. 

@worcester_uni, @uw_business


Hands-on Product Design Workshop - Ellis Pitt is a business design consultant who has worked extensively with companies through the Design Council to help businesses develop the aesthetics and user experience of their products. This hands-on workshop will give students a feel for some of the things they should consider in product design.


Cyber Security & Cipher Decoding - a workshop showing the importance of cyber security and illustrating how information can be encrypted and decoded so information can remain private and only read by those that are permitted to. 

@Cyberchallenge, @schoolcyber


Getting the job you want - Barry Jackson from Aspire Academy will lead an interactive discussion group looking at how students can prepare themselves for a daunting and competitive job market. The sessions will give the participants some ideas about how they can communicate their capabilities and shine as a memorable candidate in a job interview.


Hands-on Physics Experiments - a chance to try out a series of exciting physics-based investigations as part of a hands-on workshop.  

@IOPMidlands, PhysicsNews


3D-Printing Demonstration - learn about the process of additive manufacturing and how this is changing the way we prototype and produce complex 3-dimensional components for a whole range of applications. Workshop delivered by Paul Verdeyen, Education Ambassador at Ultimaker GB Create Education Project.  

@UltimakerGB, @UltimakerCREATE


Lego Mindstorms Robotics - a workshop modifying and testing Lego-based robots using a variety of sensors and transponders to define their functionality and target particular applications. 




More workshops & activities will be added as they are confirmed...








3SDL 75x75

3SDL believe in encouraging new talent into their industry. For the last 3 years they have been running a Cyber Apprenticeship Development Scheme (CADS) offering sixth form students from local schools the chance to gain training and work experience in Cyber Security. Meet some of the CADS to talk about their experience whilst having a go on their robotics demonstration. [Cyber & Robotics Zone]



Aspire Academy provides talks and workshops for schools and careers events to help students effectively tackle the job market and secure the job they really want. Their programme gives advice about networking with future employers, preparing their cv and application, as well as performing well in an interview and leaving the best possible impression with the interviewer. [Education Zone]


Avatar 3D supply the fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer called ‘‘ingenium’’, along with training, education and prototyping services in additive manufacturing and 3D scanning. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]



Barlcays run monthly 2-hour coding sessions for children aged 7 to 17 in selected branches. It’s a really fun way to learn the basics and develop digital skills for the future. Some of Barclay's Digital Eagles will be at the schools day so students and teachers can find out more about this initiative. [Cyber & Robotics Zone]


@BarclaysUK, @Digitaleagles


Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, they help people thrive by applying their insights and nearly 150 years of experience. [Agritech & Ecology Zone]



Catshill Learning Partnerships offer a wide range of school based (and jargon free) solutions to establishments seeking to maximise the use of ICT and promote online safety. [Education Zone]



Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. They create projects for their volunteers to teach at after school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. [Cyber & Robotics Zone]


@CodeClub, @CodeClubWMids


Cyber Security Challenge UK aims to bring more talented people into the Cyber Security Profession by working with leading experts in cyber security to design and develop a series of challenges / competitions that will test the nation's cyber security skills. [Cyber & Robotics Zone]

@Cyberchallenge, @schoolcyber


Energy Simple provides Health Physics and Radiation Protection advice to clients as well as numerous support services including survey data gathering and analysis for waste categorisation, transport regulations and contaminated land remediation purposes. [Environment & Safety Zone]



HD Connectivity provide smart-home multi-room HD entertainment solutions so people can enjoy high quality digital media throughout their house. They also provided commercial systems for business premises. [Digital Media Zone]

@HDanywhere, @HDConnectivity 


HP have innovation in their DNA. This year they are introducing Blended Reality; a way to blend the digital world with the physical world we live in. It’s a way to humanize technology and make it more tangible, allowing us to grab things, mash things and make something even better. Blended reality is more than an idea, it’s a promise. A vision. And with it, HP are reimagining a whole new world of possibilities. [Digital Media Zone]

@HPUK, @hplabs, @HPUKPS, @HPenterpriseUKI


The Imagineering Foundation introduces 8-16 year olds to the fascinating world of engineering and technology through fun, hands-on activities. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]



Indra Renewable Technologies Ltd is a UK based supplier of electric vehicle components and services, and a custom electric vehicle specialist. They specialise in the supply of parts and conversion from combustion engine to 100% electric. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]



The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. [SciTech Zone]

@iom3, materialsworld


The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society; a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application. [SciTech Zone]

@IOPMidlands, PhysicsNews


For over 140 years the IET has been inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community; supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. [Cyber & Robotics Zone]



The Institution of Mechanical Engineers works with leading companies, universities, and think tanks to create and share knowledge, fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs


Just2easy is passionate about bringing the best technology into education in a way that is easy yet powerful. Their software designers have been creating educational software since 1994 and are responsible for some of the UK’s most popular educational software including j2webby, J2e5, and j2code. [Education Zone]



Laser Lines has over 21 years experience supplying additive manufacturing systems and has supplied more machines than any other company in the UK. They offer the full range of Stratasys FDM and Polyjet 3D Printers and the unique two-laser SLM Technologies series of Metal Powder 3D Printers. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]



Magic Whiteboard produce, amongst other things, the well known whiteboard-on-a-roll that won support and investment from Dragons' Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden. There range has now expanded to include other innovative products such as the magic blackboard and magic blackout blind. [Entrepreneurs Zone]



Malvern Hills Electric Automobile Association, ElectrAA, promotes the ownership of and infrastructure for electric vehicles. [Energy Zone]



Malvern Instruments provides a range of particle analysis and rheological instrumentation that delivers inter-related measurements reflecting the complexities of particulates and disperse systems, nanomaterials and macromolecules. [Microscopy & Analysis Zone]



Yamazaki Mazak Corporation produces a range of advanced, automated machine tools used to manufacture many of today's complex and critical engineering components. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]



PiBot is an exciting new robot kit for the Raspberry Pi, designed for digital makers wanting to learn and have fun with technology. [Cyber & Robotics Zone]



QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, to draw on extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.[Cyber & Robotics Zone]



The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world's leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. The Society is the UK's professional body for chemical scientists; promoting, supporting and celebrating chemistry. [SciTech Zone]

@RoySocChem, @ChemistryWorld


Smartbox Assistive Technology are specialists in computer based communication aids and access to computer systems for people with disabilities. Their products combine the latest computer technology with the very best communication software, to provide high-quality solutions for their customers. [Education Zone]



The Herefordshire and Worcestershire STEMNET initiative provides advice, guidance, ambassadors, and curriculum support in science, technology, engineering and maths. [Education Zone]



Ultimaker offers a full 3D print experience. In addition to providing hardware, Ultimaker unleashes creative potential by hosting the community sharing platform called YouMagine and free 3D printing software called Cura. In the UK, it is also running the CREATE Ultimaker Education Project. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]

@UltimakerGB, @UltimakerCREATE


Dr Michael Fay from the University of Nottingham's Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre, part of the Engineering faculty, will be exhibiting with information about electron microscopy and nanotechnology. [SciTech Zone]



The University of Worcester prides itself on offering relevant courses and has a truly innovative and effective ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, which provides its students with invaluable work experience, career development and earning opportunities. The Worcester Business School offers students a learning experience rooted in a rich educational heritage and boosted by top quality facilities and a team of friendly, supportive staff.  [Entrepreneurs' Zone]

@worcester_uni, @uw_business


The University of Worcester Sustainability Department works to increase the environmental awareness of staff and students and contributes to sustainable development in all areas of the University. [Environment & Sustainability Zone]



UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. They design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. They are also a major supplier to international space programs. [Engineering & Manufacturing Zone]



Western Power Distribution is the company responsible for electricity distribution in the Midlands, South West and Wales. Their business serves over 7.8 million customers and they employ over 6,000 members of staff. Their network comprises over 220,000 km of lines and cables and 185,000 transformers which are used to step down voltages. [Energy Zone]



Worcestershire Beekeepers' Association is part of the British Beekeepers' Association and covers the county of Worcestershire as it was in about 1850 (as far north as Dudley). The organisation promotes all aspects of beekeeping and the equipment and techniques to enhance it. [Agritech & Ecology Zone]


Worcestershire County Council have a number of education programmes and initiatives to help students and apprentices develop their skills and make early connections with businesses in the region to help them develop their career aspirations. [Education Zone]

@worcscc, CSAB_Worcs


Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) provide a County wide service for issues relating to Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing. [Environment & Safety Zone]



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