Industry 4.0 Hack & Pitch

Industry 4.0 GIF


Industry 4.0 Hack & Pitch, from Digital Catapult and Innovate UK, challenges SMEs to identify innovative solutions that can positively disrupt the UK’s manufacturing industry.

We are looking for SMEs to respond to challenges posed by industry giants. If you have existing experience or a specific interest in digital manufacturing we are keen to engage with SMEs in the following areas:

  1. Digital Twins/Simulation
  2. Asset Tracking
  3. Production Optimisation

Selected participants will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with industry leaders, manufacturers and technology experts as well as raise their profile by taking to the stage at the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester, set to host over 2,000 participants in April.

Six benefits of getting involved:

  1. Access to industry leaders, technologists and challenge specialists from within international manufacturing organisations
  2. Promotion as a leader in developing Industry 4.0 solutions at a key industry event
  3. Opportunity to shape current or future product/service offerings with potential clients
  4. Network in an exclusive environment
  5. Strong visual presence on Innovate UK stand at the conference
  6. Inclusion in online, on-the-day and post event marketing and communications

Register your interest below and more details will be circulated to you shortly.

Steps to Success

Once you have registered your interest, the following steps will pave the way to the Summit:

  1. Access the Knowledge Pack

The Knowledge Pack will be delivered directly to your inbox in the next few days and will provide registrants with more information on the areas they wish to explore, including insight into challenges from collaborating manufacturers.

  1. Submit Your Application

Initial responses to the industry challenges will be requested via a short online application form to enable us to better understand your interest and capability. Assessment criteria will be detailed in the Knowledge Pack.

The deadline for full applications closes on Monday 20 March at 1200h.

  1. The Hack Begins

A week prior to the Summit shortlisted applicants will be given further insight into the challenges faced by manufacturers, from the manufacturers themselves. Based on this knowledge companies will be asked to develop a tailored concept to bring to the conference.

  1. Join the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester

Hack-A-Day – Tuesday 4 April

On Day 1 of the conference participants will workshop and refine their proposed concepts with industry experts, manufacturers and technologists before being given time to perfect a pitch for the following day.

Pitch Day – Wednesday 5 April

Day 2 will see a concentrated morning of closed pitching followed by a public finale where three finalists will take to the stage seeking to be crowned Summit Champions.


Following the conclusion of the Summit, proposals will be captured and circulated to participating manufacturers for review, encouraging ongoing collaboration and communication.

Register your interest

Organisation Type
How mature is your business?
Companies House Number(if registered):
What is your interest in joining Hack & Pitch at the Industry 4.0 Summit?:
Which of the challenge areas do you have interest in?:
Are you happy for Digital Catapult to contact you about opportunities and initiatives that might be of interest to you?

We will be back in touch shortly with the knowledge pack and a link to the online application form.