Wednesday 22 July 2015

The Greater Birmingham Digital Academy and Summer School

From March to June 2015 Andy worked with CidaCo and partners on a project funded by Digital Birmingham at the city council to create and deliver a raft of eight workshops and a two day intensive Summer School for small and micro businesses in Birmingham (UK)

The programme is specifically designed to support companies and help them identify and adopt new digital technologies for their businesses to foster growth.

The Workshops
A case study from a delegate discussing where the gaps are in their business

Identifying the opportunities and gaps together

Andy (@andyc172) introduces digital platforms and tools for business efficiency

The Summer School
Keith Evans MD of CidaCo (@keyinnovate) opens the two day Summer School

Alexis Bradbury (@alexisbradbury) showing how to utilise website analytics and marketing campaign tools

Delegates get first-hand support and guidance from software companies like KashFlow and MyCake Finance (@mycakefinance)

Andy (@andyc172) delivers a walkthrough and "workflow" session using Flipboard and Hootsuite

Everybody graduates with a certificate

One of the tools we're using for the first time at the Summer School is Storify which we used document the days twitter activity via hashtag #digiacademy. You can see how the 2 days worked and what delegates thought on our stream here.

If you'd like this programme delivered in your region please feel free to get in touch with Andy in the UK office here

Monday 20 July 2015

Global Innovation Partners invited to be on City of Rotterdam International Advisory Board

In May 2015 Andy Curtis was honoured to be appointed as a member of the City of Rotterdam International Advisory Board. (IAB Rotterdam)

The board is made up of experts from business, academia and economic development who bring their skills and experience from destinations all over the globe. 

During a week of intensive work the board created a new strategic framework to underpin the work-streams and programmes that the city will deliver to foster and support economic growth over the next two years.

The 2015 IAB Rotterdam team

The strategy development begins

The innovation team discuss opportunities

Workshop with key stakeholders in the city

The final presentation of the plan to the city

More info on the IAB here: