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Google innovation expert to speak at Venturefest North East

Google UK comes to Venturefest North East next month, to deliver the key note speech to delegates at this year’s innovation conference on 21st October at Hilton NewcastleGateshead.

Venturefest North East is the region’s innovation conference, organised by NewcastleScienceCity in conjunction with the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, with support from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Joe Faith who is a Product Manager at Google UK, will deliver a keynote presentation at the conference, focusing on what lessons the UK can learn from the ‘lean innovation’ modelsemerging from Silicon Valley in the United States.

Using his experience of working with start-ups on the Google Cloud Platform in silicon valley, Joe will tell entrepreneurs attending the conference how lean innovation and the use of ‘Minimum Viable Products’ can help get world-leading products to market faster and cheaper.

A former senior lecturer at NorthumbriaUniversity, Joe moved to the US in 2011 to take up a post with Google based at their headquarters in California. In 2014 he returned to the UK to startthe development of a major new product in London.

Delegates attending the free all-day conference will hear from a variety of other innovation experts, each presenting case studies of successful innovation in practice.

With everything from lessons learned from human space medicine with Simon Evetts of Wyle Group, NASA’s primary life science and medical operations service provider, through to the state of innovation in the UK, presented by Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, the conference will have something for everyone.

Delegates will be also be given a unique preview of the brand new Innovation Programme being launched by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP). Opportunities that the Innovation Programme will present for regional businesses will be discussed in a talk led by Professor Roy Sandbach, our Innovation Champion.

A number of workshops will also be held throughout the day where delegates will hear from sector specialists including the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) about the latest innovation in the offshore engineering sector, as well as the latest NHS innovations, including the amazing potential of 3d printed human body parts, presented by the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Conference tickets are free and the full event programme is now available online at www.venturefestnortheast.com.

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