Showcase: Digital solutions to housing and waste challenges

Hear from nine SMEs that have been working with Birmingham City Council as part of the DIATOMIC accelerator.
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Event finished: 17th April 2024

When and where?

STEAMhouse, Belmont Row, Birmingham, B4 7RQ
17th April 2024
12:00pm - 6:00pm


This event is now complete

The DIATOMIC accelerator has been supporting innovative SMEs in the West Midlands to respond to a series of challenges identified in collaboration with Birmingham City Council. Over the last few months, the SMEs have been trialling their solutions in the areas of Data Insights, Performance, Citizen Engagement & Knowledge Sharing, in the context of housing and waste management services.  

This event will be a chance to hear from the nine SMEs who have been testing their solutions on the programme. We will be showcasing the projects and celebrating their achievements. Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about solutions that could help to create cleaner and healthier cities and a better experience for citizens. There will also be the chance to network with the cohort, programme partners, investors and other key players from local authorities, housing associations and the private sector.  

Meet the SMEs being featured: 

  • Air Zone Tech has developed a residential smart ventilation technology called Think.Air™ that protects people’s health and wellbeing whilst contributing towards Net Zero. 
  • Chimni offers property owners a digital property logbook, providing a secure record of key documents including building work, certification and smart device accounts. 
  • Furbnow helps homeowners looking to invest in energy efficiency solutions in their property to reduce their bills and carbon emissions. 
  • Kagool is a global data and analytics specialist, and a Microsoft partner, which offers missed bins detection using cameras on board waste collection vehicles, GPS and telematics. 
  • NolijWork is an early-stage software startup that has produced a service diagnostic tool / model that analyses operational processes from data, to understand service performance and identify opportunities for improvement. 
  • Novoville is a cloud-based citizen engagement tool allowing residents to apply for benefits, pay bills, report environmental problems and procure repair, maintenance and decarbonisation work for their homes. 
  • Osmium delivers real-time asset management services including energy monitoring for buildings. We are Birmingham-based and aim to make a significant contribution to the region’s development as a centre for innovative sustainable technology. 
  • Secure Sensor Innovative Design is an Internet of Things zero carbon specialist, whose software, ‘Safe House’, monitors the environmental conditions of a property and the surroundings of an individual, using sensors and alerts when the property may be at risk of mould and damp. 
  • Tenants Hub Tech Ltd offers building and city-wide fault management software; technology powering the future of civic management.


12.00 Registration & Networking Lunch
13.00 Connected Places Catapult Welcome
13.15 Birmingham City Council Welcome
13.20 SME presentations
13.20 Introduction from Julie Harrison
13.25 Nolijworks
13.35 SSID
13.45 Tenants Hub
13.55 Chimni
14.05 Kagool Ltd
14.15 Networking break
14.45 SME presentations and Introduction from Sayeed Kadir
14.50 Air Zone Tech
15.00 Introduction from Daniel Gregory
15.05 Furbnow
15.15 Novoville
15.25 Osmium
15.35 Rikesh Shah – Keynote
15.50 Panel Discussion – Catherine Hadfield, Connected Places Catapult
Rikesh Shah, Conrad Parke, Pia van Anthwerp, Emily Stubbs
16.20 Closing Remarks
16.25 Networking Drinks Reception
18.00 Event Close

The DIATOMIC accelerator is led by Connected Places Catapult in collaboration with Birmingham City Council, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and STEAMhouse. The DIATOMIC programme is part of the wider West Midlands Innovation Accelerator.