1. Overview

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Accenture will be running a Design Thinking Session. The session will be held on the afternoon of the 5th July Newcastle


  1. Background

The Great Exhibition of the North is a three-month celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit and the impact of our inventors, artists and designers. It’s a chance to show how our innovative spirit has shaped the world and is building the economy of tomorrow.

The Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, taking place 4-6th July, will be the preeminent experience for businesses during the Exhibition. With an outstanding line up of speakers, workshops and showcases, businesses can expect to be inspired by stories of innovation from across industry.

The Business Summit will provide businesses from across the North with learning, networking and commercial opportunities, as well as shine a spotlight on innovative start-ups and trailblazing scaleups that call the North their home.

The Northern Powerhouse Business Summit is being delivered by NGI, with a team of delivery partners that includes Sunderland Software City, Thinking Digital, Digital Catapult, Beacon House Events and Hemingway Design. It is part of ‘GX’ which is a programme of innovation support for NELEP businesses that will wraparound the Great Exhibition and is part-funded by England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth Programme 2014-2020.

  1. About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

  1. What We are Offering

Led by Accenture and supported by a range of innovative small businesses, this Design Thinking session will provide an insight into the Government’s grand challenges

The session will run for approximately 3 hours on the afternoon of the 5th July (expected timing is 2.30pm-5.30pm).


Gran Challenges

  1. Growing the Artificial Intelligence and data driven economy – How might we better leverage data (or AI) to drive advancements in science and medicine?
  2. Clean Growth – How might we give customers more control over their energy they use?
  3. Mobility – How might we improve the public transport experience?
  4. Aging Society – How might we enable people to enjoy longer careers?

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