Collaborate to innovate

Collaborate to innovate

Industry Events Collaborate to innovate

Date: Thursday 7th December 2017, 9 AM - 6 PM
Venue: The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry CV7 9JU. Please click here for directions

How to register: Please register via the event website


Collaborate to Innovate celebrates the very best in UK collaborations and innovations in engineering.

From the biggest and boldest infrastructure projects to the most fundamental technology breakthroughs, effective collaboration is the lifeblood of engineering innovation and these Awards celebrate the most effective partnerships!

Judged by a panel of leading UK engineers – winning entries had to demonstrate that they were innovative, collaborative and likely to have an impact in their field of application.

The event provided a fascinating snapshot of some of the trends and technologies that are defining modern engineering, and also highlighted the degree to which industry and academia are collaborating to solve fundamental problems across a variety of sectors.

From the biggest and boldest infrastructure projects to the most fundamental technology breakthroughs, effective collaboration is the lifeblood of engineering innovation, and through C2I we aim to uncover and celebrate some of the UK’s most inspiring, innovative and effective collaborative technology projects.

The competition was open to any collaborative group. Whether you’re a major OEM collaborating with another large business, or a tiny academic research group working with an equally tiny university spin-out, if you’re developing innovative technology we asked to hear from you. All entries had to be collaborative and meet a technical challenge related to one of our broad category themes.

Entries were judged by a panel of judges drawn from the highest levels of industry and winners were announced at a special Winners’ Party in September.

The event culminates in a one-day conference, held in December 2017 at the MTC Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry where the winners will present their projects alongside keynote presentations on the challenges of collaboration and innovation.

Why attend?

The Conference

Through The Engineer’s 2017 Collaborate to Innovate awards our panel of top UK engineers identified some of the UK’s most successful and innovative examples of engineering collaboration.

Now you can hear all about what makes these projects so special at our Collaborate to Innovate conference, which will be held on December 7th at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry.

Delegates will also hear from a series of keynote speakers on a range of subjects including how to instigate and manage cross-sectoral collaboration; the benefits and challenges of open innovation; and how to effectively collaborate in the digital space.

MTC Tour

The first 50 people to register will be invited to join a guided tour of MTC’s world-leading 7000m2 Workshop space.

The tour will illustrate how the MTC has worked with customers and partners to solve manufacturing challenges across a range of vertical sectors, and showcase the MTC’s technical expertise in areas including: Additive Manufacturing, Non-Conventional Machining; Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Design and Simulation, Data Systems, and Metrology and NDT.

Tours will take place from 9am-3pm, 10 people per tour.

Disclaimer: MTC Tours are subject to cancellation at any time. As a high-level research and development facility, we have new projects and assignments coming in to the Workshop all the time for our members. Some are highly sensitive or completely confidential, therefore if a project of this kind comes in, then the Workshop will be locked down and the tour unable to table place.

All delegates on a tour will need to bring photographic ID on the day (a valid international passport is the only acceptable form of ID) and this will be checked when entering the MTC building.

Benefits of Attending:

•Understand the latest digital drivers and future trends driving collaborative innovation
•Mitigate IP risk in shared digital environments
•Take away practical recommendation in managing open innovation
•Learn different models of innovation in enabling cross-sector partnerships and knowledge transfer


09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 09:35 Opening Remarks

09:35 - 10:05 Panel: Powering the next generation of engineering through collaboration

10:05 - 10:25 Collaborative engineering in the digital space

10:25 - 10:45 Energy, Efficiency & Sustainability: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

10:45 - 11:05 Health & Wellbeing: Spiral - Inducing Bypass Graft

11:05 - 11:35 Break

11:35 - 12:00 Innovation Spotlight led by BAE Systems

12:00 - 12:20 Information, Data & Connectivity: Setting World Records in 5G Wireless Spectral Efficiency Using Massive MIMO

12:20 - 12:40 Engineering Open Innovation

12:40 - 13:00 Safety & Security: Understanding failure: A path towards safer lithium ion batteries

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:05 - 14:35 Keynote Address – Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrat party and MP for Twickenham

14:35 - 14:55 The Built Environment : Making the 38 - storey 52 Lime Street (Scalpel): Structural design of modern open - plan buildings using the travelling fire methodology

14:55 - 15:15 Safeguarding IP in collaborative and shared digital environments

15:15 - 15:40 Innovation Spotlight led by Airbus

15:40 - 15:45 Young Innovator – Engagement initiatives

15:45 - 16:05 Break

16:05 - 16:25 Accelerating innovation through cross-sector collaboration

16:25 - 16:45 Transportation: Delivering the High Efficiency Selective Catalytic Reduction Project

16:45 - 17:05 Academic Innovator: EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation)

17:05 - 17:10 Closing remarks

17:10 - 18:00 Drinks reception


Related information

The MTC engineers have been working alongside our team. We’ve all been impressed by their modest attitudes and exceptional knowledge. As a result, we’ll be manufacturing components that couldn’t previously be made.

Jason Aldridge
Managing Director, Arrowsmith