This Is Our Brum will bring together a group of private, public and charity sector professionals around the question of socially responsible development.

Taking place on Wednesday, October 9th from 10:00 – 16:00, it’s a fantastic addition to the Birmingham Tech Week schedule. We asked its founder, Devon Geary, all about the event and what she’s most excited about.

(Devon Geary, Founder of This is Our Brum, pictured on the left)

  1. Tell us a bit about This is our Brum

This Is Our Brum is all about relationships, community, and collaboration. 

In the morning, we’ll hear from key leaders across the three sectors as they discuss the impact they expect Commonwealth Games, HS2, and/or the burgeoning Tech Boom to have on their respective sectors and on Birmingham more holistically. In the afternoon, we will break out into audience-led conversations through Open Space Conferencing sessions and spend time exploring relevant topics together.

Throughout the day, we will foreground the impact our three catalysts are likely to have on three vulnerable segments of Birmingham’s population: 16-24s, 16-24s who have lived experience of homelessness/housing insecurity, and asylum seekers and refugees. These three populations have been highlighted because they are likely to be directly impacted by the three catalysts. The goal of foregrounding these populations is to identify some of the potential challenges so that, together, we can design innovative solutions to generate socially responsible and holistically beneficial growth across the city.

  1. What are you most excited about?

Getting everybody into the room, facilitating introductions, and taking part in dynamic conversations that have the potential to change the city for good! 

For the past three months, I’ve had the privilege of connecting personally with over 150 people from across Birmingham to talk about their work and the impact they anticipate Commonwealth Games, HS2, and the burgeoning Tech Boom will have on what they do and how they do it. Their accomplishments are impressive to say the least, and there have been many overlaps in people’s interests, passions, and work. And yet, I’ve been struck, time and again, by how infrequently people in one sector know about people in another sector. Or even by how infrequently people within the same sector know about each other.

Each person and sector has a unique perspective that needs to be part of this conversation because we are all part of Birmingham. I’m excited to be able to create a space where that conversation can take shape

  1. What do you think is the most exciting tech opportunity for Birmingham?

Relationships. That may seem a strange answer, but my reason is simple: Technology is only as strong as the relationships it enhances. When we take time to pause and reconnect relationally, the possibilities for person-centred innovation are limitless. And that is exciting, indeed.

  1. Finally, why should people register to attend This is our Brum?

To meet people from across the city who are doing work you’re interested in, to build a robust cross-sector network of relationships, and to share your unique perspective and expertise with colleagues from across the city. This Is Our Brum will conclude with a guided networking activity and with touchpoints for future collaborations. If you’re interested in shaping Birmingham’s future, are as excited to listen as you are to share, and want to make a positive difference, please come and join us!

For more information or to attend the event, register here. 

Holly B

Holly B

Holly is contributing to Birmingham Tech Week's content for the second time. She enjoys running, reading and spending time with family and friends.