Smart Nottingham: SME Discussion

Enabling Innovation - Inviting SMEs to share smart innovations for the city

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This event brings together the City Council and NTU to discuss how small businesses can introduce innovation into a smarter Nottingham

  • From: Wednesday 28 November 2018, 12 pm
  • To: Wednesday 28 November 2018, 5 pm
  • Registration: 12 pm
  • Location: PAV 25 & 26, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Ln, Clifton, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 27 November 2018, 12.00 am

Event details

Nottingham Trent University's Enabling Innovation programme and Nottingham City Council request your help in making Nottingham a Smart City! We are bringing together a community of smart and talented people to share technology and ideas to allow Nottingham residents and businesses to live and work smarter, and to make NTU a Smart Campus.

The City Council are actively working towards making Nottingham a city of the future and have published a strategy to guide this development. This strategy splits into 4 main areas:-

  • Smart Energy
    Generating clean energy to reduce fuel costs and to minimise environmental impact
  • Smart Transport
    Improving air quality by reducing congestion, accelerating the switch to low carbon transport modes, and promoting active travel
  • Smart Homes
    Building and retrofitting homes that are fit for the future while adopting innovative approaches that reduce ongoing maintenance costs
  • Smart Health & Wellbeing
    Promoting independence and healthy lifestyles to reduce health inequalities

We present this opportunity for you to discuss the issues that the City and the University face, and the work already underway. If you have ideas within any of the areas above or things you feel the city needs as part of the strategy, this is your chance to share them and make links for future collaboration. If you have a service/system which is suitable for Smart Cities projects, come along to connect with potential users. You will be able to discuss technical aspects with academic staff and identify funding opportunities.

Content includes

Introduction to Smart Nottingham/Smart Campus

The event will begin with a talk on existing projects from Nottingham City Council discussing their Future City Strategy. Following this, guest will also hear about NTU’s plans for a Smart Clifton Campus and the opportunities this offers.

Funding/Further opportunities

Delegates will have the chance to discover a range of opportunities for funding from sources including Enabling Innovation, Innovate UK, The D2N2 Growth Hub

A variety of guest and academic talks


  • Siemens and MindSphere
  • Legendary Games
  • NTU academics on smart and digital research
  • Strategic partnerships with NTU

Pitch your idea

All businesses attending will be provided the opportunity to present their ideas for a smarter Nottingham city and NTU campus. These discussions will take place during the event in a round table of idea sharing and proposals from SMEs. Businesses who are interested can send their ideas to ahead of the event.

Following this event, eligible companies will be entitled to a further 8 hours of support from NTU to develop the idea further. For example, to research or prototype the technology, or to provide support towards the completion of funding bids.


12 pm – Registration and lunch

12:30 pm – Introduction to NTU and the event

12:40 pm – Nottingham City council, introduction to the smart city initiative

12:50 pm – Introduction to NTU smart campus

1:00 pm – How Siemens and MindSphere can enable SME innovation in the digital and hardware space

1:15 pm - Legendary Games

1:30 pm – Coffee Break

1:45 pm - A series of talks from NTU academics including:

  • Dr Georgina Cosma
  • Dr Omprakash Kaiwartya
  • Dr Eiman Kanjo
  • Dr Ahmad Lotfi

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – Strategic partnerships with NTU

3:15 pm – InnovateUk: How SME’s can apply for Innovate funding

3:30 pm – Tour of the Smart home set up

4:00 pm – Networking

5:00 pm - close

Booking information

Please click 'Reserve your place' above, and complete the short online booking process.

This event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance. In order to attend this event you must be eligible for support from the Enabling Innovation Programme, which supports SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Enabling Innovation is a three-year collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Derby to support SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to innovate. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

If you would like any further information about this event before booking your place, please email us.

Location details


Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Ln
NG11 8NS

Still need help?

Adrian Axinte
0115 848 2152