United Kingdom. Held in Ipswich, Suffolk, Innovate East was a collaborative event hosted in equal partnership by Anglian Water and Essex & Suffolk Water.
Building on both organisations’ work in innovation, it aimed to combine their efforts to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the water industry, in the eastern region and as a whole.
Evolution Dome’s structures fitted perfectly to the theme of the event, and 12 of the structures housed design sprints, hackathons and daily dashes over three days for the attendees. Each was sponsored by a relevant organisation that held an interest in helping to solve the problem it was trying to address.
The guests hailed from close to 300 organisations, and ranged from data scientists and councillors to construction experts and third sector specialists.
Ash Austin, Director for Evolution Dome said: “It was amazing to see so many of our structures in use at Innovate East – they were all installed and finished with floor and carpet in just one day, which just shows how quick our temporary structure solutions can be rolled out! The event itself was fantastic, the team where amazing to work with and we look forward to working with them again in the near future.”
Gemma Woods, Event Executive for Anglian Water, said: “Innovate East was a resounding success. As Anglian Water’s biggest event to date, we lent heavily on our suppliers, this included Ash and the team at Evolution Dome. Their futuristic infrastructure looked incredible and enabled blue-sky, creative and innovative thinking. It certainly set a precedent for delegates as soon as they walked onto site. The setup, close down and three event days went without a hitch. The legacy of the event is long continuing and the impact will benefit both the water industry and the East of England as a whole.”