Peterborough DNA Innovation Week

Peterborough DNA’s Innovation Week is dedicated to exciting and fun activities, designed to appeal to all age groups, to those with various interests but unified by one common trait – the desire to think creatively and innovate for the sake of solving pressing challenges in our city.

Peterborough DNA aims to shape a smarter, more sustainable city and do things differently. Check out the events we’ve planned for you and join us throughout the week!

Innovation Week

Become an Environment Super Hero with Children’s University

When: Saturday 8th November
Time: We are running two sessions; 10am-12pm and 12pm-2pm
Where: University Centre Peterborough
To book your place email or call 0845 196 5750

An exciting opportunity for 7-14 year olds to find out more about the Children’s University and how to become one of Peterborough’s first Environment Super Heroes! The day will begin with a fun and exciting introduction to Environment Capital, highlighting what it means – one planet living.

There will be 10 different activities to teach children the different aspects of living a one planet lifestyle. These will vary from learning about where energy comes from by ‘digging for coal’ to brainstorming ideas on how to reuse people’s rubbish. At the end of the workshop each participant will make a pledge to reduce their environmental footprint.
Please also attach the activity plan (attachment A) and the flyer (attachment B)

We’re looking for young people with bright ideas – are you up to the challenge?

When: Monday 10th November
Time: 5pm-7.30pm
Where: University Centre Peterborough
To book your place email or call 0845 196 5750.

Have you ever wondered why some things happen the way they do? Why people drop litter, drive everywhere and eat apples from New Zealand? Then this is your chance to explore some of the challenges our cities face and come up with your own, business led, ideas for solving them. The event is looking for some of Peterborough’s best young talent to work in teams with ideas experts and develop solutions to make our city a better place to live and work. Participants will then have the opportunity to present to a ‘Dragons Den’ style audience on the 13th of November – the team with the best pitch will receive a financial investment to take their idea forward.

Note – to register for this event you must also be available to attend the follow-up event on the 13th of November.

Environmental super heros!

When: Tuesday 11th November
Time: 4.30-5.30pm
Where: University Centre Peterborough
To book your place email or call 0845 196 5750

Charlotte Palmer, the Council’s climate change manager will be delivering a Children’s University lecture to explain the city’s Environment Capital aspirations, why they are important and how we are going to achieve them. This will be a fun, interactive session and the hours will count towards each child’s Children’s University passport.

Wednesday, 12th November
Join the final Brainwave Innovation Workshop to learn some fantastic breakthrough thinking techniques!

When: Wednesday 12th November
Time: 4-8pm
Where: University Centre Peterborough
More information and book here

12th November will see the third ‘breakthrough thinking’ event taking place as part of the Brainwave Innovation workshop series. These events are designed to draw together a diverse group of people to think creatively about how to address city challenges. With a central theme of Skills Development the workshop will explore excitedly and noisily five different, real world, skills related issues that will be brought to the workshop by five ‘problem owners’. The workshop will start with a presentation by Dr David Hall, founder of The Ideas Centre, who will explain why creativity is so vital, and what it is that makes it so difficult. A few practical exercises will follow to experience techniques that are available to break through those blockers and come up with novel and useful ways of solving the problems. The ideas created during the workshop can then be submitted into the Brainwave Challenge Fund which offers up to £20,000 to turn ideas into reality.

Thursday, 13th November
Help Peterborough’s young talent make our city a better place for the future

When: Thursday 13th November
Time: 6-9pm
Where: University Centre Peterborough
More information and book here

We’re helping 30 young people from schools across the city to come up with ideas to solve city challenges. We need a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style audience to attend the presentations and vote for their favourite idea. Tickets are £10 (plus £1.25 booking fee) each and all profits from the evening will go towards helping the winning team bring their idea to life. Come and enjoy a light supper and hear about some of the great ideas coming from our local young talent – you never know, you may even find a solution to that challenge you’ve been struggling with.

Friday 14th – Saturday 15th November
Open City Hackathon: Come and build apps for the interactive screen being installed on Long Causeway, Peterborough

When: Friday 14th November – Saturday 15th November
Time: 7pm – 7pm (24 hours)
Where: The Becket Chapel, Peterborough Cathedral
More information on Open City is available here.

We’re inviting Peterborough’s creative and digital people to come together for a 24hr Hackathon and help design content for an exciting new interactive screen that will be installed in the city centre.