11 June 2020
University of Northampton

More than 500 people – including delegates from the US, China, Singapore and Iraq – have signed up to attend Merged Futures 2020, Digital Northampton’s second annual tech innovation showcase.

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, this year’s event, which will take place tomorrow (Friday 12 June) will be held online, meaning the global reach of the project has expanded.

Digital Northampton is a collaboration between local digital businesses, the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire County Council designed to support digital innovation in and around Northampton.

The project connects the new and growing tech community in Northamptonshire through social media, events and competitions, helping to put the county on the map for innovation and promote the benefits of a local digital supply chain.

The overall aim is to bring digital learning and knowledge-sharing to a wider audience, encouraging collaboration across different sectors.

Thanks to long-term supporters and Merged Futures sponsors CityFibre, the event will showcase the local tech sector including:

  • discussions on the role of social media in the age of coronavirus
  • a workshop exploring user research techniques when creating new online services
  • the importance of e-learning and on-boarding new staff
  • how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are becoming everyday tools
  • the importance of cyber security for all
  • how the classroom now stretches across Europe
  • digitisation in a human world and how we’re coping

The event will close with a fun interactive quiz and a panel discussion on the benefits of collaboration, including examples of how Digital Northampton has played its part in bringing people together and what the recent lockdown means for the future of our community.

Delegates can join in from 10am on Friday 12 June by visiting the Merged Futures website to book a free ticket.

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