SKYrooms: new SKY thinking




Thu 10.15am - 11.30am (Please arrive by 10.15am for 10.30am start)

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Talk / Seminar

How has a design-led approach shaped SKYroom – a new space designed to inspire creativity, collaboration and innovation?

Rupert Cryer, joined by innovation expert Kursty Groves, outlines the thinking behind SKYrooms and the implementation principles that apply to innovation in any sector.

SKYroom is a new innovation space in 1 Horse Guards Road, designed to enable organisations to work more creatively and more collaboratively.

The prototype for a wider network of spaces, SKYrooms is based in Policy Lab and was developed in partnership with IDEO, workspace innovation expert Kursty Groves and the Royal College of Art.

Rupert Cryer is joined by Kursty Groves for this session that sets out both the rationale for SKYrooms and the principles that can be applied when implementing innovation in any sector, including:
- refining the initial thinking from concept to proposal
- the value of collaboration in the strategic development and the practical implementation
- focusing on people and outcomes over place
- designing the next steps

Following the session, there is the option of a short tour of 1 Horse Guards Road which celebrates its centenary this year, was redeveloped by Foster + Partners and featured in the most recent James Bond film, SPECTRE.

As places are limited, please click on the Eventbrite link to register your interest at

1015 Arrive at 1 Horse Guards Road reception
1030 SKYroom seminar, including Q&A
1130 Networking
1145 Close or opportunity for a short tour of 1 Horse Guards Road
1215 Close

Policy Lab

Policy Lab is a small unit in the Cabinet Office bringing design, data and digital tools to policy-making in central government. The Lab's projects include housing and homelessness, childcare and work & health.

As well as delivering projects, the Lab works to build the skills and capability of all civil servants, and identify and test new methods in policy-making.

SKYrooms is a new, grassroots innovation initiative, creating a network of spaces to inspire innovation. Developed with Policy Lab, it has a focus on pioneering and developing new approaches for implementing innovation across sectors to drive open innovation.

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