Business innovation challenge

Businesses are being challenged to improve their innovation strategy with the help of design experts at Coventry University.

The university’s design hub wants businesses to get in touch with them so staff can help in developing innovation strategies for firms.

The Design Hub is leading the way in responding to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills’ new white paper Innovation Nation, which has called for sharing of knowledge between the public and private sectors.

Innovation challenge project manager Julia Stew said: “We’re inviting businesses across the West Midlands to get in touch to find out how we can help them to develop their innovation strategy.  We can help with concept development, industrial design, graphic design and initial prototyping.”

For more details see Coventry University. 

Open source course launched

A short course for businesses wanting to take advantage of open source software is set to be launched at Birmingham City University.

Open source offers the prospect of cheaper software developed using an independent body of experts.

The course, called developing systems using open source, introduces the conceptual framework of open source systems and covers licences, communities, principles and processes. Students on the course will gain the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, administer and make full use of the open source system and its networking applications.

For further details see Birmingham City University.