Norfolk to host Smart technology conference

18 September 2018

Hundreds of professionals from across the UK and Europe are expected to arrive in Norfolk next month to attend ‘The Things Network on Tour’ at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

The two-day conference is the first of its kind in the UK and will focus on smart technology that enables low power, long range connectivity between devices – known as ‘long range wide area network’ (LoRaWAN).  Delegates from a wide range of sectors are expected to attend including local authorities, housing associations, public sector organisations, research and higher education, and the business community.  Many of these people will be looking to learn how LoRaWAN enabled devices could provide innovative solutions for their area of work.

The conference will include a three day ‘hackathing’ where digital and tech experts will be given 44 hours to tackle a series of challenges set by Norfolk County Council, to come up with solutions to real world problems.  Tom FitzPatrick, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Digital and Innovation Committee, explains:  “With this technology, the possibilities are endless. We wanted to provide real life scenarios to a handful of the UK’s brightest and most talented, to see if their creativity could help tackle some of the problems we face every day as an authority.”

Places are still available to attend the conference or to participate in the Hackathing. Tickets start from £40 and students and faculty can receive an 85% discount.

Emily Crittenden, Organiser of The Things Network on Tour, said:  “We’re organising this event as we feel it is really important to offer learning, networking, promote excellence in the East of England, wider UK and the global The Things Network Community.  We feel that LoRaWAN technology is an enabling technology that will help create Smarter Connected Communities due to its ability to transmit data over vast distances with no subscription fees.”

For more information visit www.thethingsconference.uk

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