Innovate Manchester Workshop

Innovate Manchester Workshop

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Calling out Greater Manchester SMEs to respond to musicMagpie Innovation Challenge!

About Innovate Manchester

Innovate Manchester is designed to find fresh ideas and tangible solutions to challenges faced by local businesses.

The new 2022 programme will consist of four themed cohorts running from September to December 2022, bringing together large organisations, Greater Manchester SMEs and academics with the dedicated and ongoing support of MIDAS and the GC Business Growth Hub.

We are delighted to launch the first challenge with musicMagpie.

Can you rise to the challenge?

Innovate Manchester is looking for SMEs who are open to collaborate and have significant expertise in AI and machine learning, and an understanding of consumer tech.

This exciting opportunity will provide the successful SME with the opportunity to work directly with musicMagpie to help develop a solution.

‘The Challenge’

musicMagpie currently deploys numerous Smart Drop Kiosks in Asda stores nationwide. This enables customers to trade their mobile phone devices at a convenient location and receive instant payment.

The first stage of the challenge is to improve the automatic valuation in the Smart Drop Kiosks, using AI and machine learning, to ensure customers receive the correct amount for their device. At present, there is a manual dependency on assessing a device via the kiosk, the aim is to reduce the reliance on this resource and increase consistency of the grading. Once this solution has been successfully implemented, musicMagpie will look to roll the technology out across their other product lines.

About musicMagpie

musicMagpie is a leader in the re-commerce of consumer technology (including smartphones, tablets, consoles, personal computers), disc media (including CDs, DVDs and games) and books in the UK and US, with sustainability running to the very heart of its operations

Founded in 2007, the Group has an established presence in the UK, with operations in Macclesfield and Hazel Grove, Greater Manchester, and in the US in Atlanta, Georgia.

Operating through its two trusted brands – musicMagpie in the UK and Decluttr in the US – the Group’s core business is to provide customers with a smart, sustainable, and trusted way to buy, rent and sell refurbished consumer technology and physical media products. The Group sells its products through its own online stores, and and their respective mobile application, and through third-party online channels, principally eBay and Amazon.

The opportunity for SMEs in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester based SMEs interested in providing a solution are invited to express interest in learning more at an innovation workshop on Wednesday 28th September. Please see (INSERT LINK TO PROGRAMME OVERVIEW) for more information on the Innovate Manchester programme and eligibility criteria.

The workshop will include representatives from musicMagpie, a select number of SMEs, specialists in this field from GC Business Growth Hub, MIDAS and local universities.

The workshop will comprise of a panel discussion and Q&A session with the opportunity to learn more and speak directly to representatives from musicMagpie. Following the workshop, musicMagpie will shortlist SMEs to pitch for the project and those selected will receive pitch support from GC Business Growth Hub specialist Advisors and key academics in the field of AI and machine learning where appropriate.

Next steps

For more information, please contact Katherine Barr:

To express your interest, please register by Wednesday 31st August and submit an outline of your challenge reponse. You may be asked to provide further information before having your place confirmed.

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Date And Time

28-09-2022 @ 11:00 AM to
28-09-2022 @ 03:00 PM

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