Digital infrastructureSmart CitiesConnexin joins the Northern Powerhouse

Connexin joins the Northern Powerhouse

Smart cities technology firm Connexin has become an official partner of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme.

Connexin joins a high-profile network of leading businesses that are helping shape the direction of the government’s combined Northern Powerhouse campaign.

Founded and based in Hull, Connexin is at the forefront of the city’s burgeoning tech sector, which employs more than 4,000 people and turned over £568m in 2017. The city’s industry has grown by 15 per cent since 2014, the Tech Nation 2018 survey showed, as Hull continues to make bold strides forward.

Furqan Alamgir, CEO & Founder of Connexin says: “Connexin is made in Hull.  The North is in our DNA.  It feels like a natural fit for us to formally join the Northern Powerhouse through its partnership programme.

“We want to throw our weight behind what we see as a team effort by government, the education sector, citizens and business to realise the potential of the North.

“The North of England is advancing technologically at pace and it’s a privilege to be part of it.”

The news comes ahead of the organisation’s Connexin Live event, which will examine the importance of ‘Smarter City Operations’, ‘Smart in Health’, and ‘Smart in Education’.

Taking place at the Hull Bonus Arena on 4 October, the event will also explore the following topics:

  • Beyond the technology – how can smart cities improve quality of life for people and businesses?
  • Overcoming barriers – what’s holding back our cities from becoming smarter and how we can overcome these?
  • Working together – how can we work together to deliver smarter, connected communities?

The event will bring together experts from leading businesses, local government, universities and development organisations to make connections, explore synergies and learn from one another.

Keynote speakers will include Arvind Satyam, Global Managing Director Smart Cities at Cisco, Furqan Alamgir, CEO & Founder at Connexin as well as representatives from Hull City Council, Newcastle City Council, Northern Powerhouse and Future Cities Catapult.

The emphasis will be on smart technologies such as LoRaWan and Internet of Things applied in the real world.  Expert speakers will use demonstrations and case studies to show how smart technologies are boosting local economies and enhancing lives.

Further information can be found here.

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