SmartSheffield #18 - Waste not, want not!

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In this Sheffield Digital Festival edition of the SmartSheffield meetup we're going to be looking at waste, recycling and energy recovery...

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The 2021 Sheffield Digital Festival takes place from Monday the 17th to 21st May, with lots of tech events taking place. Most will be online, including ours, but perhaps some will be in person as Covid restrictions gradually ease.

As ours is one of the online ones you will have to provide your own food and beverages we're afraid, but we are going to do our best to make the event as sociable as possible, and to that end we will be using AirMeet once again, so we can take advantage of its Social Lounge feature and hold video conversations around tables before and after the main talks. This worked really well last time, and we're sure the conversations will be interesting, engaging and fruitful once again.

We're also hoping to attract a more international audience for this event, and are reserving one of the four speaking slots for speaker from outside of our own city.

Our most excellent hosts for this, the 18th edition of the SmartSheffield meetup, are Arup Group, and the event will mark the final meetup of the current season. Fret not, though, as we are extremely pleased to announce that both Arup and Pitch-In Project at the University of Sheffield have signed up for another season of SmartSheffield meetups! We will therefore hopefully (all appendages crossed!) be returning to our bi-monthly schedule after the Summer break and hosting them in person once more!

As the event's subtitle indicates, the topic this time is waste, recycling and energy recovery - an area in which Sheffield has a wealth of history and activity, which we're very much looking forward to learning more about, in this increasingly important area of smart city development.

Speakers announced so far:

  • Sophie Walker from Dsposal: "Can open data & digitalisation turn rubbish into resources?"
  • Karlind Govender from Magic Mill: "Svinnergy - A multi-city waste-to-energy value chain between Sweden and South Africa."

We'll announce additional speakers as we get confirmation, but in the meantime do let us know if you have something relevant to contribute to the event!

As always, there will be four short speaking slots of 10 minutes each, with no Q&A - questions can be asked in conversation with the speakers in the networking lounge after the talks. We will also highlight any new projects and activity during the regular SmartSheffield News slot , so if you have anything to announce, please let us know at

There will also be a meeting of The Things Network Sheffield at 5pm beforehand. Please book your ticket to this meeting when you register for the main meetup!

Please share this announcement with your networks and anyone you think will be interested in the theme, and please do also remind yourselves of all the excellent speakers and projects we've heard about at previous events by visiting the website and following @SmartSheffield on Twitter!

We really look forward to seeing you there!

Chris Dymond - Unfolding.

Neil Hooton - Arup Group.


The SmartSheffield meetup is a free and inclusive open forum and social meeting space for anyone interested in 'smart cities' or urban innovation, and everyone is welcome.

The group is open for anyone to come along, find out what’s going on and contribute - the main aims are to bring people together who share an interest in using technology to improve the city and the lives of its citizens, and to discover, discuss, get involved in and give birth to local smart city projects and initiatives.

We employ Sheffield Digital's Code of Conduct and abide by the standards it lays down.

To get an idea of the kinds of topics we cover, please read about the previous meetups at

SmartSheffield is sponsored by:

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Arup is a global independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services to shape the future of the built environment.The firm's independent spirit, culture of responsibility and unorthodox approach stem in part from its ownership structure, as it is owned in trust on behalf of its staff.Sheffield was Arup's first UK office to open outside of London and has become embedded in the regeneration of the city, continuously contributing to the region’s transformation.

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Pitch-In - Connecting Capabilities for the Internet of Things

The Pitch-In project (which stands for Promoting the Internet of Things via Collaboration between HEIs and Industry) will extract benefit for the UK from IoT technologies and expertise via wide-ranging collaboration between academic institutions and the public and private sectors.

Funded until 2021 through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, the four university partners - Sheffield, Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle - are investigating the adoption of Internet of Things technologies across four priority sectors: Cities, Energy, Health & Wellbeing, and Manufacturing.

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Creative Space is an award winning property management and consultancy company that operates workspaces and urban realm for clusters of knowledge based businesses including digital, creative industries, advanced manufacturing, science and technology sectors. Specifically targeted at innovation and high growth sectors, Creative Space provides managed workspace solutions as well as meanwhile use strategies to reduce liabilities for property owners and to stimulate business growth and enterprise.

Creative Space operate the Electric Works, at the heart of Sheffield's Digital Campus just a few minutes walk from the Train Station, Sheffield Hallam University's city campus and the Cultural Industries Quarter.

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Sheffield Digital is the association for the people and businesses of Sheffield's digital industries. Founded in 2015 it aims to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region.

Sheffield Digital does this by concentrating on three things:

CONNECT – bringing together the people and businesses that are Sheffield’s digital industries, to foster collaboration and learning, and to have fun.

REPRESENT – providing a single, powerful voice for the digital community in order to influence policy makers and educators.

PROMOTE – shouting about our digital businesses and their capabilities locally, nationally and internationally.

Sheffield Digital operates on a not-for-profit basis, with any income made going back into running the organisation and supporting the work it does.

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