Connexin Live set to showcase Hull's smart city prospects
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Oct 2018
Hull wireless internet firm Connexin has become an official partner of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, on the eve of the company’s premier smart city event Connexin Live.
The pioneering tech company 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.
This afternoon, Connexin Live will bring together some of the region’s top tech minds at the Bonus Arena, as Hull aims to put itself ahead of the smart city game.
Furqan Alamgir, CEO & founder of Connexin, said: “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.”
Connexin Live will include speakers from Connexin, Hull City Council, the University of Hull and networking giant Cisco.
The day will showcase the potential of Hull as a smart city, and how technology can be used to have greater control over the environment and promote a better quality of life.
Ian Anderson, town clerk at Hull City Council, will speak about Hull’s vision of a smart city, before portfolio holder Andy Burton examines what is possible in the rapidly developing world of technology.
Cisco’s Arvind Satyam will examine the ecosystem which engulfs smart cities, with Connexin’s Mr Alamgir also on the line-up.
Speaking about the latest Northern Powerhouse partner, Jake Berry MP, Northern Powerhouse Ministe, said: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Connexin to the Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme.
“With their expertise in connecting people to the digital world and building metropolitan networks and smart city infrastructure, they are well-placed to join us in boosting productivity levels and supercharging economic growth across the North.”
The vision of a smart city is centred on the somewhat bizarre term, the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things connects everyday objects, enabling people to make more informed decisions, have greater control over their environment and live a better quality of life.
With cheaper chipsets, smarter applications, better batteries and new ways to connect, everything around us from our TVs to our Cars are becoming connected and “smarter”; giving birth to the Internet of Things.