Digital Materials and Metals Manufacturing 2024 – Outreach Sandpit

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14th May – Early careers sandpit event

15th – 16th May – Conference event (full schedule here)

Early Careers Outreach Sandpit


A topic related to the manufacturing and history of tools will be detailed on the day to ensure that the ideas generated are spontaneous.

Why Sheffield?


Time Event Leader
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:30 Introduction and Ice Breaker Dan Cogswell
Colin Hunter
9:30 – 10:00 Effective Outreach and Task Setting Dan Cogswell
Alice La Porta
10:00 – 11:00 Design Thinking Process
Frame a Question
Colin Hunter
11:00 – 11:30 Travel (Cutlers to Hawley)
11:30 – 14:00 Gather Inspiration at the Hawley Collection
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Travel (Hawley to Cutlers)
14:30 – 15:00 Generate Ideas Colin Hunter
15:00 – 17:00 Make Ideas Tangible
Test to Learn with Expert Consultants
17:00 Share the Story– Group Poster Submission



Colin Hunter is an Author, Mentor, Coach, and the Founder and CEO of PotentialSquared, an international leadership consultancy that specialises in high impact leadership assessment and development solutions. 

Colin works with leaders and their teams around the globe creating measurable playgrounds to help them create an engaged, capable group of followers and bringing fresh ideas and stories to their teams and clients alike. 

About Potential Squared

In the fast-paced and constantly changing world we live in, innovation has become a core skill that teams and businesses need to understand the wants and needs of customers and find new and better ways to solve problems.  Many of the problems that companies and individuals face today are dynamic, multifaceted, inherently human, and often have no clear solution.  For these types of problems that are complex, open-ended, and ambiguous, design thinking is ideally suited to help solve them.

“Design thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”

—Tim Brown, Chair, IDEO

Join us for an experiential session with Colin Hunter as he guides you through the design thinking process, where you’ll begin by defining a design challenge and finish with a prototype solution ready for testing.

Expert Consultants 

Alice La Porta (Outreach)

James Farrar (Digital Simulation)

James Beighton (Interactive Skills for Industry)

Keith Crawshaw (Chairman of Hawley trustees)

Funded by: 

This work was supported by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship [grant number MR/T02058X/1].

In partnership with: 

Logo of the Henry Royce Institute             University of Sheffield