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It’s been a busy week this week, as it will next week, as we head towards the launch of something very big, very exciting, and very unique, for Peterborough. I can’t wait to share more with you next week!
Looking back at this week, and yesterday in particular, I was pleased to host a large water conference for innovative businesses looking to collaborate with Anglian Water and other businesses in the industry. Water Connect 2016 was a large one day meet the buyer event aimed at sharing information on the platforms delivered by Anglian Water aimed at showcasing the latest innovations in the water industry with a view to creating the water company of the future.
There were presentations on The Water Innovation Network (of which Allia is a delivery partner with Opportunity Peterborough and Anglian Water) which allows companies to submit ideas, products and services to Anglian Water for free. There were also presentations on “The Shop Window” which is a live area around Newmarket where companies can embed and test new solutions that make a positive impact on the sustainability of Anglian Water and the impact they have as a company on people and planet. Around 100 delegates attended the event from across the UK and Europe and we hope to make a larger splash (pardon the pun!) with Water Connect 2017 next year. Do sign up for our free newsletter at www.waterinnovation.net to keep up to date with our upcoming events.
Looking forward, I am pleased that Allia Future Business Centre Peterborough will play host to Hack the Holidays 2.0 in December. Like last year’s event, Hack the Holidays is a 24 hour Hackathon organised by a group of local students designed for “hackers” of all ages to compete in the development of new apps, websites and pieces of code, largely but not exlcusively, around a Christmas theme. Last year’s entries included a Christmas tree with lights that changed colour depending on the responses of polls that were sent out to the audience, through to VR space games and a website that checks how “Christmassy” your Twitter account is. It was really great fun and it was fantastic to see the level of talent and creativity from students located in and around the city. Hack the Holidays takes place over the weekend of December 17th and 18th and I am sure we’ll be in for more entertaining Christmas hacks!
Tonight I have the pleasure of attending the Peterborough Telegraph Business Awards where Allia is sponsoring the Environmental Achievement category for the second year running. Last year I presented the award to the Larkfleet Group for their work developing green and sustainable homes and I am sure this year’s winner, whoever they may be, will be equally deserving. What a fabulous end to the week.
Blog post by Gareth Jones, Centre Manager, Allia Future Business Centre Peterborough.
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