The National Innovation Centre for Data

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Computing

Abstract

The global economy is undergoing a data-driven revolution. Exponential growth in the volume of personal and professional data is raising huge new opportunities and challenges for organisations and individuals. Properly processed and analysed, data can lead to radical innovations, enabling significant value creation. Worldwide revenues for big data analytics are estimated to grow from nearly $122bn in 2015 to more than $187bn in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the period.

However, whilst the enormous potential for data innovation to increase productivity across all organisations is widely recognised, many organisations will not benefit due to an acute skills shortage. PwC's 2015 Annual CEO Survey found that 80% of UK CEOs see data analytics as a key strand of their strategy and a source of competitive advantage, 73% believe that availability of key skills is a major threat. Subsequently, various Government funded reports have supported this conclusion, recognising that the digital skills gap is approaching crisis levels and finding that 'the wider set of big data skills are not being strategically addressed. Therefore, while analysis predicts that data will benefit the UK economy by up to £241bn between 2015 and 2020, the full extent of this opportunity is currently unrealised.

The National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) - previously referred to as the National Institute for Smart Data Innovation - will play a leading role in addressing this key problem that is holding back the UK, by creating a unique new facility which delivers data analytics skills into industry and the public sector by exploiting the knowledge and expertise currently locked within Universities. A flexible rolling programme of collaborative projects focussed on organisations' specific challenges and opportunities will transfer practical data skills into the workforce of those organisations. These projects will be supported by a range of related activities, including awareness raising events, themed business and technical seminars and technical training courses. The result of engagement with NICD will be to enable organisations to increase their productivity by optimising their existing operations, and to grow by launching new data-driven products and services. The UK economy and wider society will benefit from this increase in innovation through data.

NICD's objectives are therefore:
- To deliver insights that make UK organisations aware of the value of data to their business, and aware of the skills required to realise that value.
- To deliver data analytics skills into the workforce of UK organisations, enabling them to create value from their data.
- To connect UK organisations into networks of data skills so that they can continually learn with others how to innovate through data.

Newcastle is an ideal location for NICD. It has one of the largest and fastest growing digital clusters in the country with strong representation from multi-national companies, including SAGE (the UK's largest software company), Hewlett Packard and Accenture, as well as significant public sector IT facilities, including the HMRC Digital Delivery Centre, and major commercial data centres.

NICD's facilities will also be used to excite and educate students and schoolchildren about the opportunity for rewarding careers in the digital sector. This is another way in which it will contribute to tackling the key data skills gap.

By providing world-class facilities and services under one roof, the NICD building will act as a 'beacon' for Data Innovation. It will accelerate innovation by delivering key technical and practical data skills into organisations, enabling them to improve their competitiveness and grow their business. Its activities will deliver economic growth and enable the UK to become a global leader in innovation through data.

Planned Impact

NICD is focussed on impact. It will create a vehicle that enables a pathway to impact from leading UK research-based institutions. It will work with them and industry partners to take the outputs of foundational research, and the skills obtained through that research, and turn them into economic benefit for UK PLC. This will also increase the skills and employability of the students taking part in these collaborations, from apprentices to PhDs.

NICD will help the UK digital economy by addressing the data skills gaps and increasing innovative activity using data. This approach fits with the Government's UK Digital Strategy objective of supporting the data economy and its objectives of raising productivity and increasing economic growth and policy aims for the digital economy.

The approach is also consistent with Sir Andrew Witty's Review of Universities and Growth (Encouraging a British Invention Revolution, October 2013), which suggests that universities, where world class research is taking place, should lead collaborative efforts to develop technologies offering the UK comparative advantage in international markets. It is also consistent with 'Building our Industrial Strategy' where Government aims to invest in innovation strengths and facilitate the exchange of ideas and collaboration between universities and private and public sector organisations . NICD will be positioned to engage with SMEs, recognising, as does Witty, their lack of resources for external engagement and the need for quality support from universities. The Institution will draw on expertise from Newcastle University (ranked 1st in the UK for impact in Computing Science) whose staff are incentivised to pro-actively seek out innovative and potentially innovative SMEs and to support them with technology, expertise, talent and know-how.

NICD will therefore be a vital addition to the innovation landscape - a Centre well connected to the UK's research and innovation generators, with a clear focus on enabling the private and public sector to exploit market opportunities and thereby accelerate economic growth.

Publications

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Description TThe National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) award represents £15M capital funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that was managed by the EPSRC. The capital funding enabled Newcastle University to design and build The Catalyst, a ground-breaking new facility that acts as home for NICD and a 'beacon' for data related innovation in the UK. NICD is focussed on addressing the shortage of data skills in the UK by transferring practical data skills into the workforce of private and public sector organisation. NICD runs short- and long-term collaborative projects that are empowering organisations to gain insights from their data, enabling them to optimise existing operations and create efficiencies and/or launch new products and services. The NICD process of engagement and offer of services is unique for a UK University and has reduced the friction inherent in non-academic collaborations. Already engaged with over 500 organisations, NICD's activities are opening access to a vibrant data ecosystem for collaborators and partners.
Exploitation Route The findings of all NICD projects are taken forward and implemented by the collaborating organisation. Examples include inventory data aggregation leading to supply chain efficiencies and related cost savings; exploration of customer and market data to create customer retention strategies leading to increased customer revenues; predictive maintenance analysis enabling the introduction of new customer services and better understanding battery life and new predictive systems for capturing and processing customer insights. NICD harvests knowledge from each engagement and is building a process that addresses individual business questions, upskills employees and delivers ROI to the collaborating party. This process will continue to be updated and refined.
Sectors Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other

URL https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nicd/case-studies/
 
Description Findings from NICD collaborative projects have been implemented by regional, national and international organisations. Examples include: LKQ's UK subsidiary, Euro Car Parts used data analytics to challenge longstanding assumptions for efficient company operation and reveal new opportunities. The NICD project identified "substantial" savings and sources of additional revenue across their business. The processes and efficiencies gained have been rolled out to 22 international subsidiaries. Newcastle Building Society worked with NICD to explore how customer behaviours and characteristics can impact decisions to stay with or leave a lender. NICD enabled them to develop a model and tool which is now live in the business and being used to make business decisions. AkzoNobel wanted to use data to make their paint coating products more competitive. They worked with NICD to gain insight into the factors that cause corrosion on container ships, using a range of data sets including the global positioning of more than 80,000 vessels, taken every 15 minutes for the last 11 years. The findings have enabled a predictive maintenance model and the ability to use data to make the performance of Akzo's coating products more visible to the customer. Procter & Gamble (P&G) wanted to move towards 'measured behaviour' - learning about customers' habits through direct observation, which can offer more accurate predictions on what people think about their products. P&G worked with NICD to create new predictive systems for capturing and processing customer insights, and to better understand the skills needed to develop such systems in-house. The NHS Business Authority is a Special Health Authority and arm's length body of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). NHSBA worked with NICD on two business problems based on primary care prescriptions data. One project aimed to assess whether a particular policy was achieving the intended outcomes, another project built a model to report on variation in behaviour across a range of metrics. NICD taught staff a range of approaches, from collaborative coding and discussion, to challenge and demonstration. Connected Energy specialises in technology systems for grid decarbonisation through the design of energy storage systems that utilise second-life EV batteries. NICD worked with Connected Energy to work out how to use data from second-life EV batteries to predict their future capacities and monitor the battery systems to optimise their outputs. The project helped Connected Energy gain a clear picture of their data to understand what was missing and develop accurate predictions for planned maintenance and warranties. NICD continues to refine and improve a process for engagement that is unique to UK Universities, deploying a core technical team of data scientists to explore business questions from the private and public sector that have impact on the economic and social stage. The relationships developed have already led to over £1M in industrial investment in PhD studentships and industrial placements and internships for over 37 students. For more information on NICD case studies see: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nicd/case-studies/ In 2020 the North of Tyne Combined Authority awarded a £1.4M grant to NICD to enable it to run more projects with regional companies.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Retail,Transport,Other
Impact Types Economic

 
Description AkzoNobel Collaborative Project 
Organisation AkzoNobel
Department AkzoNobel UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The company approached the team at NICD with two goals in mind: to help it use its data to create models that could benefit customers, and learn some of the skills that would enable it do more of this work in-house. Working with Newcastle University's National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), AkzoNobel's representatives built predictive models that would provide customers with vital business insights, as well as a quality product. What is more, they learned some of the skills that would allow them to turn more of their ideas into reality in future.
Collaborator Contribution AkzoNobel needed a collaborator that could enable it to understand and prepare the data it needed. Whilst they have data scientists in house, they realised it was a much larger project than just building predictive models, it was about bringing data from multiple places, understanding the cloud aspect of the project and scaling the computing. As AkzoNobel is a longstanding supporter of Newcastle University's EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data, which trains future leaders in data analytics, they knew the benefits of working with people that had a strong balance of skills.
Impact - Cleaned and analysed data from different locations, and in different formats - Developed a Minimum Viable Product that could offer real value to customers - Learned a variety of skills in predictive modelling and machine learning - Encouraged other AkzoNobel staff to consider how they could develop their own ideas By September, they had created two models: - One would enable customers to gauge the corrosion status of a hull, presented in a red, amber or green status - Another would present the level of corrosion as a percentage, which would enable customers to estimate the amount of paint that would be required in dry dock Through working with NICD, the AkzoNobel Data Insights Team now has a more rounded understanding of how to secure and share data, and make the most of these link-ups. The excitement of the NICD project has also filtered down to other AkzoNobel staff. Other departments are already considering how similar projects would enable them to deliver efficiencies and new products.
Start Year 2018
 
Description AkzoNobel Collaborative Project 
Organisation AkzoNobel
Department AkzoNobel UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NICD Core Technical Team will work with AkzoNobel on a time and materials basis to address the problem of Machine Learning analysis of test coating images. The project will be led by AkzoNobel and NICD will support the project programme actively advising on technical skills, relevant tools and technologies and transferring this knowledge to the AkzoNobel team as appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from AkzoNobel to collaborate with NICD Core Technical team; data from AkzoNobel; platforms, tools, technologies used by AkzoNobel; permission from AkzoNobel to access data and platforms, tools, technologies. Agreement by AkzoNobel to write a case study at the end of the project and publicise the work. Agreement for NICD to discuss/publicise the fact that there is an ongoing collaborative project with AkzoNobel over the duration of the project.
Impact Project outcomes pending - project is still active
Start Year 2019
 
Description AkzoNobel Feasibility Study 
Organisation AkzoNobel
Department AkzoNobel UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NICD and AkzoNobel attempted to develop an automated solution for extracting text and numeric data from BTC sheets, and outlined the different approaches that were attempted to provide a solution to the problem.
Collaborator Contribution The AkzoNobel team worked with NICD to image segment, provided user knowledge and used these images to create train/test data.
Impact As a consequence of the collaboration with NICD, the AkzoNobel team managed to design a machine readable form that could be taken back and used by the AkzoNobel team to ensure accurate data capture moving forward.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Connected Energy Collaborative Project 
Organisation Connected Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The NICD Core Technical team work with Connected Energy to understand how big data techniques can be used to better understand and control the performance and degradation of 2nd life electric vehicle batteries.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from Connected Energy to collaborate with; data from Connected Energy; platforms from Connected Energy; permission from Connected Energy to access data and platforms; permission from Connected Energy to publicise collaboration and to write a case study based on project for publicity with their· approval.
Impact Connected Energy gained: -more accurate monitoring so batteries are used equally and that outputs are accurate -confidence in offering customers warranties on second life battery systems
Start Year 2019
 
Description Connected Energy Collaborative Project 
Organisation Connected Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NICD Core Technical Team will work with Connected Energy on a time and materials basis to address the problem of the . The project will be led by Connected Energy and NICD will support the project programme actively advising on technical skills, relevant tools and technologies and transferring this knowledge to the Connected Energy team as appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from Connected Energy to collaborate with NICO core technical team; data from Connected Energy; platforms, tools, technologies used by Connected Energy; permission from Connected Energy to access data and platforms, tools, technologies. Agreement to write a case study at the end of the project and publicise the work. Agreement for NICO to discuss/publicise the fact that there is an ongoing collaborative project with Connected Energy over the duration of the project. Agreement to publicise project highlights (e.g. through social media), subject to client agreement, over the duration of the project.
Impact Outcomes to follow - project on going
Start Year 2020
 
Description Engie Collaborative Project 
Organisation Engie
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NICD will support Engie to develop an Electric Vehicle Charging Optimal Distribution Model to transition Engie's own fleet to electric in the most cost efficient way and also to transition the fleets of Engie's clients.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of domain expertise, data and staff resource.
Impact Project outcomes pending - project is still active
Start Year 2020
 
Description NHS BSA Collaborative Project 
Organisation NHS Business Service Authority
Sector Public 
PI Contribution NICD Core Technical Team will work with NHS Business Services Authority Data Science team on a time and materials basis to address the problem of producing an automated forecasting model to predict when rises in drug prices impact the drugs spend. The project will be led by NHSBSA Data Science team and NICD will support the project programme actively advising on technical skills, relevant tools and technologies and transferring this knowledge to the NHSBSA Data Science team as appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from NHSBSA Data Science team to collaborate with NICD Core Technical team; data from NHSBSA; platforms, tools, technologies used by NHSBSA Data Science team; permission from NHSBSA to access data and platforms, tools, technologies.
Impact Outcomes to follow - project on going
Start Year 2019
 
Description Newcastle Building Society - Mortgage Retention Project 
Organisation Newcastle Building Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The NICD Core Technical assisted Newcastle Building Society with interrogating its data to understand the drivers of retention for mortgage borrowers coming to the end of special terms. The NICD team helped to create a scorecard setting out the probability of retention based on key variables and upskilled the Newcastle Building Society team with various data skills including how to undertake this type of investigation without guidance.
Collaborator Contribution The Newcastle Building Society Team provided staff to deliver on the project along with data sets for the NICD team to carry out this data interrogation.
Impact - The Newcastle Building Society developed technical skills in learning the R programming language and analytical skills to interrogate their data to drive the questions they should be asking about their customers. - The skills the NBS team learnt will create efficiencies, reduce workloads and enable the data team to carry out projects independently. - The tool that was developed during this project is live now and is assisting business decisions.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Northern Powergrid Collaborative Project 
Organisation Northern Powergrid
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The NICD Core Technical Team supported Northern Powergrid to explore tools and techniques to measure and improve productivity/efficiency at Northern Powergrid based on available data sources. They provided a baseline productivity measure(s), assistance with improvement initiatives and effective monitoring and reporting, in line with outline scope document.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from Northern Powergrid to collaborate with; data from Northern Powergrid; platforms from Northern Powergrid; permission from Northern Powergrid to access data and platforms; permission from Northern Powergrid to write a case study based on project for publicity with their approval.
Impact Northern Powergrid plan to collaborate on a second project with NICD in order to further progress their business objectives and obtain data skills.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Proctor & Gamble Cloud Based Platform 
Organisation Procter & Gamble
Department Newcastle Innovation Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The NICD Core Technical team assisted Procter & Gamble in the development of a Rating and Review Analyzer through cloud and web interface. They provided data capture, data integration, data activation, development support and direct upskilling of the P&G team.
Collaborator Contribution Procter & Gamble provided 2 members of staff to contribute their time and effort to deliver the project and to receive the upskilling. P&G also provided data and end user expertise.
Impact - The P&G team gained insights on how to transform data quality across the company. - The P&G team encouraged management to invest in a dedicated data analytics unit. - The P&G team identified "substantial" potential savings and sources of additional revenue. - The project shifted company ethos towards a more data-led mindset.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Sage Collaborative Project 
Organisation Sage UK Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NICD Core Technical Team will work with the Client on a time and materials basis to address the problem of the Sage Churn Modelling. The project will be led by Sage and NICD will support the project programme actively advising on technical skills, relevant tools and technologies and transferring this knowledge to the Client team as appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from Sage to collaborate with NICD core technical team; data from Sage; platforms, tools, technologies used by Sage; permission from the Client to access data and platforms, tools, technologies as applicable to the project.
Impact Project outcomes pending - project is still live.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Siemens MEDA Collaborative Project 
Organisation Siemens AG
Department Siemens plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The NICD Core Technical Team provided Data Engineering consultancy support within the MEDA/YODA project and the initial design of a common energy data platform. NICD's tasks focused on enabling both the interpretation of user requirements which will be secured during the (user requirement sessions) whilst also supporting the lead solution architect with the data schema and platform design itself.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of domain expertise, data and staff resource.
Impact The output of this project resulted in the creation of a second phase project in order to progress the project in order to secure funding.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Soil Machine Dynamics Collaborative Project 
Organisation Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The NICD Core Technical Team will work with Soil Machine Dynamics on a time and materials basis to address the problem of the SMD Data Lifecycle. The project will be led by Soil Machine Dynamics and NICD will support the project programme actively advising on technical skills, relevant tools and technologies and transferring this knowledge to the Soil Machine Dynamics team as appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from Soil Machine Dynamics to collaborate with NICD Core Technical team; data from Soil Machine Dynamics; platforms, tools, technologies used by Soil Machine Dynamics; permission from Soil Machine Dynamics to access data and platforms, tools, technologies. Agreement to write a case study at the end of the project and publicise the work. Agreement for NICD to discuss/publicise the fact that there is an ongoing collaborative project with Soil Machine Dynamics over the duration of the project.
Impact Outcomes to follow - project on going
Start Year 2019
 
Description Thirteen Group Collaborative Project 
Organisation Thirteen Housing Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NICD Core Technical Team will work with Thirteen Housing Group on a time and materials basis to address the problem of the Voids & Shared Ownership data. The project will be led by Thirteen Housing Group and NICD will support the project programme actively advising on technical skills, relevant tools and technologies and transferring this knowledge to the Thirteen Housing Group team as appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from Thirteen Housing Group to collaborate with NICD core technical team; data from Thirteen; platforms, tools, technologies used by Thirteen; permission from Thirteen to access data and platforms, tools, technologies. Agreement to write a case study at the end of the project and publicise the work. Agreement for NICD to discuss/publicise the fact that there is an ongoing collaborative project with Thirteen Housing Group over the duration of the project. Agreement to publicise project highlights (e.g. through social media), subject to client agreement, over the duration of the project.
Impact Project outcomes pending - project is still active
Start Year 2020
 
Description True Potential Collaborative Project 
Organisation True Potential LLP
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution NICD Core Technical Team will work with True Potential on a time and materials basis to address the problem of the Direct Debit Initiative. The project will be led by True Potential and NICD will support the project programme actively advising on technical skills, relevant tools and technologies and transferring this knowledge to the True Potential team as appropriate.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from True Potential to collaborate with NICD core technical team; data from True Potential; platforms, tools, technologies used by True Potential; permission from True Potential to access data and platforms, tools, technologies.
Impact Project outcomes pending - project is still active
Start Year 2020
 
Description West End Food Bank Collaborative Project 
Organisation Newcastle West End Foodbank
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The NICD Core Technical Team assisted the West End Food Bank in understanding how their clients interact with their food parcel service. The NICD team provided insight into uptake in food bank use due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. The NICD Team helped WEFB to understand the demographics of their clients, how food bank vouchers are redeemed and the workload of the distribution centres in order to review their operations.
Collaborator Contribution The Newcastle West End Food Bank provided domain expertise and data for the NICD team to carry out this data analysis.
Impact NICD delivered a presentation to the West End Food Bank board of trustees focusing on the insight into user demographics within a city context, the drivers of foodbank usage and characteristics of high-frequency users. WEFB received insight from data analysis output and hope to carry forward this analysis through the engagement of a student from the Newcastle University Data Science MSc programme.
Start Year 2020
 
Description AI Tech North Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Steve Caughey led a workshop at the conference which focused on "Better analytics today, ai tomorrow". Outcomes were awareness raising of the NICD offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description ANNE - Analyst Network North East 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Analyst Network NE is a half day conference. Presenters are analysts & researchers from across the academic, public and private sectors in the NE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ANNE Seminar Spring 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to regional analysts which focused on NICD collaborative projects, this resulted in an invitation to sit on the ANNE board.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Amazon Web Services talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Representatives from Amazon Web Services talk about Big Data, Machine Learning and Data Analytics at AWS. An interactive informative discussion to find out more about the AWS solutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BEIS - UK Industrial Strategy: Progressing Rural Contributions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered that focused on data opportunities for rural economy researchers, this resulted in engagement with the National Innovation Centre for Rural Economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cisco Discovery Workshop Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Provide an overview of Current activities, outline ambition, opportunities and limitations. The event was attended by Newcastle City Council policy makers, University and Thinking Digital.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cisco Public Sector Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the business community that focused on the value of public sector data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cityfibre Company Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to CityFibre that focused on the NICD offer with reference to the new city fibre network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Community Engagement Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NICD & NICA invited local residents, businesses and neighbours to the Helix Site to promote community engagement. Public were given an opportunity to look at architectural plans for the NICD building, discuss impact on the surrounding area and reveal how it will look upon completion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Creative Space Management - The Science of Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the public on the importance of data for social and economic good.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DCMS National Data Strategy Roundtable 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Facilitation of a roundtable co-hosted with the North of Tyne Combined Authority to discuss the DCMS National Data Strategy from a regional perspective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DWP Analytics Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the DWP CTO and Data Leads which focused on improving utilisation of data within DWP. This resulted in further engagement with DWP on multiple projects including DataJam.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data Insights Event with Accenture & BT 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event featured a keynote from Accenture, a keynote from BT and a panel Q&A - it provided an overview of the core elements of a successful data strategy with the opportunity to hear from industry experts in business and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Data Insights Event with PwC & Talk Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An event which included a keynote from PwC, a keynote from Talk Talk, a workshop and a panel. PwC discussed the impact that COVID-19 has had on business' data strategy, recognising that the way businesses utilise their technology and data has been significantly impacted by the change in working patterns, the need to reprioritise analytics and have insight at the ready, and a change in technology infrastructure needs going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description DataJam NE Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A 2 day conference that brought together data and digital individuals across public and private sector organisations to focus on addressing key themes and problems for the North East region. Partnership event with NICD, DWP, Newcastle City Council and NELEP. This resulted in a variety of collaborations and follow up enquiries from businesses looking to engage in NICD services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DataJam North East Event Series - Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We delivered the second event in the DataJam North East Event Series which focused on Environment: 'Improved use of data to address Environmental Issues'.
The event organised in partnership with DataJam NE and ANNE(Analyst Network North East), was attended by 50 people across 24 organisations made up of both public and private sectors. It included speed talks from the Urban Observatory, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University's Sustainability Team, Capability North East, Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE) and CGI. A follow up discussion group was organised as an outcome to explore how the DataJam community can support VONNE's Climate Coalition project 'Becoming England's greenest region'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DataJam North East Event Series - Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Event focused on discussing 'Improved use of Health data in a COVID and post-COVID world'. Included 11 talks from individuals involved in covid-19 projects followed by a panel to discuss Health related topics. 141 people across 38 organisations mix of public and private sectors. Biggest outcome was the breaking off of a sub working group to support the Newcastle City Council with their Track and Trace project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DataJam North East Event Series - Health - Track and Trace Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A workshop to share best practice, insights and identify data sources that could support the Newcastle City Council's Track and Trace project to support tracking of covid cases in the region. Outcome was identification of data sources, insights from data experts across the region, which eventually developed into the creation of an app for measuring how busy the city centre is.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DataJam North East Event Series - Inclusivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The fourth event in the DataJam North East Event Series focused on Inclusivity. The event included 7 speed talks and a panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DataJam North East Event Series - Mobility 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The third event in the DataJam North East Event Series focused on Mobility. The event included 11 speed talks and a panel Q&A discussing the data challenges with Mobility as a focus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DataJam North East Event Series - Smart Living 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We held the 5th and final event in the DataJam NE Virtual Event Series focusing on the theme of Smart Living. The event was attended by 30 attendees from 18 organisations and featured 6 interesting speed talks from ARUP, Urban Foresight, Hull City Council, Newcastle University, Future Homes Alliance and ADL Smartcare.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DataJam Regional Coordination Group Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A workshop which brought together data experts from across the region to explore possible data sources to enable the Regional Coordination Group to make better informed decisions about the regional recovery from covid-19. Outcomes were identification of additional data sources to support the RCG project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description DataJam Visualisation Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to regional public and private sector organisations, demonstrations and talks were also delivered to showcase visualisation software. This resulted in engagement with visualisation vendors which have lead to partnership events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Department for International Trade - Canadian Delegation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NICD supported an inward investment visit from the Department of International Trade who brought a Canadian delegation to the Newcastle Helix site, a presentation about the NICD offer was delivered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Department of Work & Pensions DataJam 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DWP Digital, Newcastle University, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and local authorities two-day event bringing data, digital and service design teams together to make a real difference to real issues affecting the North East.

It is One Team Government in action. The start of an ongoing collaboration between public sector, academia and beyond guided by these principles.

Concentrating on three key themes of Health, Skills and Child attainment, DataJam NorthEast will demonstrate the potential for improving life in the region when data, collaboration and actionable outcomes are the focus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Digital Leaders North East Panel - Digital Skills 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event was a panel discussion about digital upskilling in the region, this influenced regional outlook about the need for upskilling within the digital space.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Digital Skills Taskforce Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to government digital skills taskforce about the NICD offer, this resulted in further engagement activities with a variety of different organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Digital Union/Dynamo/NICD Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the Digital Union group that focused on the NICD and Catalyst offers. A panel discussion also took place that focused on digital skills.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Dynamo Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the Dynamo Group that focused on NICD funding opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EY European Team Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the EY European Management team which focused on the Newcastle Helix site and the NICD offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engie Innovation Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered that focused on the value of data utilisation to Engie, this resulted in follow up discussions about collaborative projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FinTech North Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the financial services community that focused on the NICD and The Catalyst offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fujifilm Data Driven Decision Making for Bioprocessing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to Pharma organisations that focused on NICD services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Helen McArdle Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A public lecture was delivered that focused on the opportunities and threats that are presented by data utilisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Helix Open Day presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Providing information about the Helix site and its occupiers to citizens, businesses and partners, providing an overview of the buildings and the research and activity.

Attracted approx. 120 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ignite 100 Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the Ignite 100 Incubator businesses which focused on the NICD offer, this resulted in stronger regional awareness of the NICD services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ignite/Arrow Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the Ignite 100 Incubator businesses that focused on the Arrow and NICD offerings. This resulted in further engagement with the Arrow programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Innovation Supernetwork Intro to The Catalyst 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the North East community that focused on the NICD offer, this resulted in increased awareness about The Catalyst building and the NICD services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description IoT Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To discuss the potential to coordinate the interest in research, development, and deployment of IoT in the North-East by:
1. Mapping out the regional research and industry practitioners
2. Connecting together those individuals and organisations
3. Delivering events to increase the awareness of, and interest in, IoT regionally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description KTN AI for Services on Tour Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We participated in a virtual road trip around the UK with AI for Services Tour to discover the innovation taking place in the professional and financial services sector. Steve Caughey represented the North East - an outcome was awareness raising for the NICD offer and new business generation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description LegalGeek Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered which focused on the NICD services and vision at the UK Conference, this resulted in enhanced conversations with the legal sector to encourage a move to Newcastle upon Tyne.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Liverpool AI Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the North West community that focused on the NICD vision and services, this increased the NICD awareness on a more national scale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MI Garage Event - Digital Catapult 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Networking and TED style talks about demonstrating interesting use-cases of ML/neural networks techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Microsoft Roundtable for Public Sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended a roundtable hosted by Microsoft to discuss the role of data within the public sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description NELEP Data Delivery Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered on Steve Caughey's research findings on a joint research project with the NELEP concerning data capabilities in the North East. This has resulted in influencing the NELEP local industrial strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description NICD North East Response to COVID-19 Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A virtual event delivered via the Zoom platform which included 13 presentations from individuals across the North East region who shared details of the COVID-19 related projects that they are delivering in order to generate support and gain insight from data experts across the region. The outcomes included creation of connections between individuals across the region to allow a better response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Newcastle Start-Up Week Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the start up community which focused on the NICD offer, this resulted in follow up enquiries from businesses wishing to engage with NICD's services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Newcastle University Guest Lecture - Computing Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to Computing Science students that focused on the NICD story and offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newcastle University Institute of Coding Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered that focused on upskilling in data skills for both public and private sector organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newcastle University Professors' Induction Talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to new professors at Newcastle University which focused on the NICD offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newcastle University RISE Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to early stage businesses about the opportunities to exploit data, this resulted in follow up enquiries from businesses to engage with the NICD services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description North East Chamber of Commerce Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the NECC board which focused on the NICD offer and this resulted in engagement with a variety of businesses, one specific example is a successful collaborative project with Newcastle Building Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description North of Tyne Devolution Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A panel took place to support the North of Tyne launch which resulted in a stronger regional reputation for NICD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Northern Design Centre Rise and Design 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to creative businesses about the NICD offer which resulted in follow up enquiries from businesses who wanted to engage with NICD services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to NWG executives about the opportunities of utilisation of data. The outcome resulted in engagement with NWG on innovation projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description OR Society Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered at the OR Society Conference at the IET in London which focused on the NICD offer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description P&G Management Team Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to the P&G Management team which focused on the NICD offer, this resulted in a stronger relationship and collaborative projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Procter and Gamble Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered to research staff at P&G to describe major trends in computing science, this resulted in an improved relationship with P&G and also transformed into a collaborative project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Proctor & Gamble 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NICD presentation to senior management team from Proctor & Gamble. This initial contact resulted in a Discovery Workshop and subsequently a project is currently being developed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Smart Cities Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event included a panel discussion and presentation of the Newcastle Helix and NICD offer, this resulted in multiple discussions involving businesses wishing to move to Newcastle.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sunderland Software City Digital Skills Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered that focused on the NICD upskilling offer and a workshop followed, this had an impact on the regional outlook and thinking about digital upskilling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tech Nation Report Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Tech Nation event publicised the results of the annual report and engaged in a panel to discuss the issues raised. The event allowed NICD to influence the information that goes into further annual reports.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Womble Bond Dickinson Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation was delivered which focused on the NICD offer and opportunities to collaborate with WBD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019