Monthly news from @digibrum
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Monthly news from @digibrum


A digest of digital and smart city activities during January, which are headed up by Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Chair of the Smart City Commission.


The ERDF outline application has been successful and we have been invited to progress to Full Stage Application. The Big Data Corridor (BDC) is a new initiative led by Birmingham City Council in partnership with Aston University, Future Cities Catapult, Centro, Telensa, Innovation Birmingham, local SMEs and community groups of the Eastern Corridor Smart Demonstrator. It aims to create an innovative, connected data marketplace - a new disruptive economy - where SMEs use data to create new applications, services and experiences to serve personalised demand for businesses and communities in the Corridor, generating social and environmental value alongside hard economic impacts. 

SMEs will be supported to use data and technologies to create new services, and products that will respond to specific challenges in East Birmingham to deliver to beneficiaries in the Corridor, generating social, environmental and economic value. It will create new businesses, help existing companies expand and provide quality new jobs for local people. 

For more information about this application, please contact Nicola Bryant.


Digital Birmingham attended the City4Age kick-off meeting, a Horizon 2020 funded project in which Birmingham is a test-bed partner.

The aim of the project is to increase the take-up of digital technologies by people with mild cognitive impairment with an emphasis on prevention and self-care. It will test the use of wearable technologies like 'Withings' watches for collection of personal data on, for instance, mobility and sleep patterns as well as configure beacons in their local community to give them proximity data on local services and activities when they are out and about in their neighbourhood. This unobtrusive means of collecting data about an individual’s movements will provide the basis to support older people to remain active; identify early onset of frailty through data modelling and analysis and prompt more timely and personalised interventions as required.

Birmingham is working with a range of partners to start to shape the pilot which will take place in Washwood Heath and Shard End as part of the Eastern Corridor Smart Demonstrator.


Digital Birmingham have been working with the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and partners to promote the region’s smart capabilities and ambitions.

This first video sets the context to smart and what that means for the people and businesses that live, work and visit here. You can view the video below and we invite you to share and promote this across your networks and sites.
Please visit to view the extended version.


#RethinkMedia 2016 is Birmingham City University's one-day conference for digital media professionals will take place in Birmingham on Wednesday 16th March 2016 and aims to deliver valuable talks by industry leaders, insightful panel discussions and fantastic networking opportunities.
For more information, please visit
As part of the BBC's Digital Cities week, Birmingham's regular Code Club will play host to a Hack Weekend on 19 & 20 March 2016, where under-19s will be challenged to produce a themed prototype, which will be presented and judged by a panel of tech industry experts.
For more information, please email 



Below is a selection of some of the funding available to entrepreneurs and businesses in the region as well as discussion groups to have your say on local initiatives.

See a range of funding and business support advice available to start-ups and SMEs; from access to loans, business assist programmes and recruitment advice. More...

The GBSLEP Growth Hub is an online portal for all business advice, funding and support which is available to businesses in the Greater Birmingham area. More...

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses - 
applications now open to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises for business and management support. More...

Contribute your ideas to Birmingham's Smart City Roadmap and aspirations here and tell us about the activities and projects you're working on.
Follow conversations online using #smartbrum.

Birmingham City Council has two live consultations:

  1. What data you would like to see made open to the public?
  2. What do you want the future of Waste in Birmingham to look like?
Register your suggestions via the Birmingham Speaks portal here
If you'd like further information on any of the topics covered above, please call the team on 0121 303 8779.
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