9 Years of Innovations

Now in its ninth consecutive year, Innovation Fest is a showcase of creative talent from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University.

Encouraging students to tackle real problems with research and innovation, the festival allows students to engage in enterprise and develop themselves as future world-changers.

Innovation Fest 2022

The Innovation Fest is anticipated to take place in May & June 2022 and will be held at the newly developed £72m STEAMhouse Belmont Works Building. While the events are underway, employers from different domains are invited to attend to discuss, advise and suggest opportunities for the competing members. Our top BCU academia will hugely participate in the event by providing feedback, recommending future works, and also acting as Judges to select the best projects which will be awarded certifications and prizes.


Engineering and Built Environment

The Innovation Fest brings together an exciting combination of key technical disciplines and creative technologies that complement one another to provide new solutions with high sector impact and solve the issues posed by industry, the environment, and the health and well-being agendas.

Digital & Tech

Our Computing and Digital Technology students are internationally recognised for the high quality of research, innovation and extensive industry partnerships. To showcase their talent and innovative ideas, Innovation Fest’s Digital & Tech presents projects in four main categories: Computer and Data Science, Digital Media Technology, Digital Transformation and Networks and Cybersecurity.

Innovation Expo

Innovation Expo is a collective team experience for our first-year students in computing, engineering and the built environment. Together with theory, experience and imagination our multidisciplinary approach develops and cultivates creative minds through collaborative innovative practice to construct purposeful yet viable products and solutions. Our students express talent by addressing STEAM challenges with UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind

PhD hub – 3-minute Pitch

The PhD Hub – 3 Min Pitch is a contest that offers PhD students the opportunity to showcase the significance of their research. It is sponsored by the PhD Hub, an EU funded project under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 – Knowledge Alliance promoting academic and industrial collaboration within a multidisciplinary (STEAM) research framework.

Innovation Fest Creative Team

Everyone says it, but in our case it’s true: our team is the secret to our success. Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we’. We’re very proud of the team we’ve built. All team members are unique individuals who are united and work together.

Andrew Aftelak

Head of the School of CDT

Nasser Sherkat

Head of School of EBE

Rehan Bhana

Associate Professor

Nour Albaarini

Tech Lead