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Tech event will explore South West's smart future

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 10 October 2017 9:17

Tech event will explore South West's smart future

500 delegates from local, national and global businesses will gather in the South West on Tuesday 17 October to discuss innovative approaches to the way we live, move around and work in future.

Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2017, which is taking place at the Watershed in Bristol, is the region’s largest-ever gathering of tech companies.

They firms will share, pitch ideas and talk about products and services that can transform homes, transport, work and health.

Venturefest aims to generate growth for start-up companies, provide them with the opportunity to engage with big corporations and find new business opportunities.

This year, the theme is Smart Cities, which looks at how a city region can link up assets such as transport, housing, water supply, hospitals and schools using technology and data.

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West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, who will speak at the conference, said: “Smart tech has the potential to revolutionise the way we all live, travel and work.

"We’re well placed to become a smart region as we’re home to the largest cluster of digital expertise outside London and our businesses and universities are at the forefront of innovation in super computing, sensor technology, internet of things and next generation networks or 5G.

“I’m delighted that more than half of the companies supported through Invest Bristol and Bath are new or expanding digital and high tech businesses, creating 800 new jobs in the last year. The tech industry – which contributes £1.6bn to the regional economy every year - is critical to our growth and sustainability, and we will continue to be bold in attracting innovators.”

The event is sponsored by Osborne Clark, Innovate UK, GKN, University of the West of England, University of Bristol and Oracle.  

For more information, to register and to sign up to the workshops, click here.

 

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