The Water Hub launches at VentureFest – Newcastle

We were invited to host our first ever Water Hub Challenge at VentureFest on 14 November 2017, St James’s Park. The Challenge presented to the audience considered ways of reducing the impacts of flooding by harnessing new technologies.

The audience were challenged to create the best, most accessible flood forecasting, warning information and response service possible using all data out there, in a way which improves communication and reach to responders and the public, especially for those in areas out with formal flood warning schemes. In particular, by way of Improving localised flood warning services, communicating flood risk more effectively and bespoke support for people at risk of flooding – before, during and after the event.

The event was hosted by Innovate NE UK with representatives from The Environment Agency, Durham University and Northumbrian Water presenting on the challenges faced by their respective organisations.

Intense discussion took place throughout the day with SMEs from across the North East of England. Fantastic ideation was in full flow, creating valuable relationships for future Water Hub challenges.