About Smart Manufacturing Experiment

FutureScope Smart Manufacturing Experiment is a 12-week programme designed to empower up to 15 manufacturing companies from the UK to leverage the smart technologies, tools and techniques of Industry 4.0. The workshop series will enable participants to design actionable solutions for identified business challenges and opportunities.

Funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund and delivered by Digital Catapult as part of the Smart Nano NI consortium, the Smart Manufacturing Experiment pathway will offer participants the chance to:

  • Learn from and work alongside experts in nanotechnology, photonics, 5G, data Science (machine learning and AI), internet of things (IoT), distributed systems (such as blockchain) and immersive technologies (including augmented and virtual reality.)
  • Potential to gain training in innovation practice and smart technologies.
  • Access specialist expertise and learning resources from the members of the Smart Nano NI consortium – Digital Catapult, Queen’s University, Ulster University, Seagate Technology Ireland, Analytics Engines, Causeway Sensors, Cirdan and Yelo.
  • Benefit from a dedicated learning facilitator to guide them through the accelerator process.
  • Define a specific business challenge and scope out the potential advanced technology solution to that challenge.

At the end of the 12 week period, having created a proposal for a solution to address their specific business challenge or opportunity, participants will take part in a Demo Day in early 2023 to present this proposal to industry experts and peers. The resulting feedback from this event will enable the participants to take their proposal to the next stage of development.

Why get involved?

Participants will gain unique access to world class technologists in smart technologies including nanotechnology, photonics, 5G, internet of things (IoT), distributed systems (such as blockchain) and immersive technologies (including augmented reality and virtual reality.)
Working alongside global experts in innovation practice, showcasing innovation principles and methodologies.

Networking opportunities with peers, potential collaborators and funders.

Who should apply?

This offering is designed for Manufacturing startups, small and medium enterprises and corporates based in Northern Ireland and the UK.

It will be of relevance to those with an interest in either adopting or expanding the use of advanced digital technologies to address specific business challenges.

The initiative would also be of benefit to companies adjacent to manufacturing – for example, supply chain, logistics.

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Additional detail

The time commitment for participants will be two to three hours per week over 12 weeks (October 2022 – January 2023), with non-workshop time access to facilitators being available for two hours per week.

Participation in the initiative is free and funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund. Approximately £5,000 of in-kind technical support from members of the Smart Nano NI consortium – please note that ‘De Minimis’ State Aid rules apply.

Smart Manufacturing Experiment FAQs

The FAQs should answer any questions you have about the programme, from the application process to what will be required of you as participants. If you have a question that is not covered by our FAQs please send an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you with a response.

Terms & Conditions

Please read the full programme terms and conditions before applying.

How to apply and next steps

  1. To apply, each applicant will need to register their interest using our registration form.
  2. Applicants will receive a follow-up email with a link to the application form through Submittable.
  3. Applicant teams will need to complete the application form by 23:59 on 13 September 2022 to be considered for the programme.

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