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Connected Places

Connected Places is a podcast about the future of our towns, cities and transport systems. In each episode we speak to thought leaders, senior industry figures, innovators and businesses from around the world about the new technologies that are shaping the places of tomorrow. Connected Places is brought to you by the Connected Places Catapult - the UK's innovation accelerator for cities, transport and places. We help to connect businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research and new technologies that can spark innovation and grow new markets. For more information about the work the Catapult is doing to support businesses large and small, visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter at:


Last Episode Date: 18 April 2024

Total Episodes: 68

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18 April 2024
Inclusive Innovation in the West Midlands

The UK is positioning itself to be a global hub for innovation by 2035. But how do we make sure that the innovation economy creates opportunities for people and communities from all corners of the country? Getting this right has implications not just for businesses and re...

42 min
28 March 2024
Highlights from the Connected Places Summit - 2024

Last week was a big one for the Connected Places Catapult. On the 20/21 March we hosted our first ever Connected Places Summit, in the heart of the City of London. It was a big one because even though we run multiple events throughout the year, this was the first time we...

31 min
7 March 2024
Minding the gaps in London with Graeme Craig

Ask any Londoner what the city’s greatest challenge is and they’ll probably mention the housing crisis or, more specifically, the affordable housing crisis. Over the last 40 years, London’s population has boomed from 6.9 million in 1980 to 9.6 million today. London n...

36 min
25 January 2024
In conversation with Baroness Brown of Cambridge

In this episode we meet Professor Dame Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge; member of the House of Lords and an engineer by training. We talked about the UK Government’s ambition to become a science and technology superpower by 2030; what it’s like to straddle the ...

36 min
13 December 2023
2023 - A Year In Review

It’s been another eventful year on the Connected Places Podcast and we’ve got a lot to look back on as 2023 draws to a close! In this episode we revisit some of the stories we’ve featured on the show this year, and the fascinating guests we’ve been able to have on...

29 min
28 November 2023
Meet the Innovators

Innovating isn’t easy. It's risky, it's fraught with failure, and there’s no guarantees of success. In this episode we meet two companies that have had to navigate the innovation rollercoaster to get to where they are. Both companies have been supported by the Connected...

21 min
5 October 2023
Reimagining national infrastructure with Sir John Armitt

The future of Britain’s national infrastructure is getting a lot of attention. In large part because it’s facing some big challenges. Not least our changing climate and the commitment to decarbonise our economy. But also the question of who pays for it, who benefit...

36 min
2 October 2023
How are tech innovators making flying more accessible?

There are 14 million people in the UK with some form of disability.  For too many, using public transport can be a nightmare - whether it’s getting on and off a bus, or navigating the complex, stressful and often-confusing environment of a large transport interchange....

29 min
14 September 2023
The power of digital twins with IOTICS

We conclude our three-part podcast series on digital twins with a conversation with Ali Nicholl, Head of Engagement at IOTICS, a data company helping innovators to better collaborate on digital transformation. Ali and his colleagues are passionate about this. They’re imp...

42 min
7 August 2023
The power of digital twins with National Grid ESO

In this episode we meet National Grid ESO, the electricity system operator for Great Britain, and one of the sponsors of the Digital Twin Hub’s inaugural Connected Digital Twins Summit held this summer. The UK Government has a target for National Grid ESO to be running a ...

33 min
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