30 & 31 March

Deadline: 15 March 2017

STEAMlab#1 is the first in a series of themed ‘challenge’ workshops held in a supportive, experimental, learning lab environment. A two day intensive workshop, STEAMlab will use collaborative innovation and design thinking to enable rapid concept and/or product development for up to six participants.

*Please note to take part in this workshop you have to fulfil the eligibility criteria detailed towards the end of this post. For more information and to access the application form email:*

About STEAMlab

If you work in any of the STEAM subject areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, Maths) and have an interest and willingness to work in collaboratively in an open, cross disciplinary, commons based environment then get in touch!

STEAMlab workshops will enable enterprises, including micro businesses and sole traders, to research and develop innovative solutions to new business ideas, products and services. Aimed at designers, entrepreneurs, creatives, academics, coders, artists, developers, scientists, manufacturers, health professionals and engineers with established, or newly established businesses, we are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in supporting projects that focus on building learning and knowledge with the skills and technologies of the future. There is a thematic focus based on growth areas of Low Carbon, Health and Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, and Creative and Digital.

Workshop Theme

The overarching theme of the inaugural workshop is around perception. On day one we will explore a live challenge, built around perceptions of a particular material, magnesium, with manufacturers Meridian Technologies UK. This process will introduce you to open innovation and design thinking methodologies and encourage theoretical explorations on the potential uses of the arts, creativity, and digital technologies in this context.

During the second day of the workshop participants will explore and develop their own projects with the support of industry experts and academics. Projects can be at any stage – research, concept, development or prototyping.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify to access the FREE workshops you will need to meet the following criteria:

• Be seeking to innovate and willing to share ideas
• Must be available during the published workshop dates
• Be considered as a business / enterprise – sole trader, micro business, SME (employing fewer than 250 FTE people).
• Based within the GBS LEP region – Birmingham, Solihull, North Worcs and South Staffs.
• Be a business, with an annual turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet total of less than €43m (NB this includes micro businesses and sole traders – don’t be put off by these numbers!)
• Operate in at least one of the following sectors: arts, digital and creative industries, health and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, low carbon.

If your business meets the above criteria we would like to hear from you.

To Apply:

For more information and to access the application form email:

Completed Expressions of Interest need to be submitted by Tuesday 15th March, 2017.

The programme is part of STEAMhouse Phase 1 which will be a new 15,000 sq ft centre for creative innovation, developed in partnership with Eastside Projects. It will open on Digbeth High Street in Autumn 2017 with a range of spaces designed to enable local businesses to incubate new ideas and prototype new creative products. It will house co-working and project space and a substantial new fabrication facility with equipment to support production in the areas of digital, wood, metal and print to assist in taking ideas forward to creation. The centre will offer business planning support to 200 SMEs; a programme of open innovation and design thinking workshops; support around Intellectual Property (IP) and opportunities to develop collaborative research partnerships.

The STEAMlab programme is funded by Arts Council England through the Creative Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is themed around the growth sectors identified by Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).