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Glimpse of the future

Third annual ptg tech expo is its biggest yet

The annual ptg tech expo
The annual ptg tech expo

More than 680 tech professionals, 28 vendors and six speakers gathered in Wakefeld last month for pure technology group’s third annual tech expo.

The largest event of its kind in the North of England, pt18 was held in the grounds of ptg’s Chapelthorpe Hall HQ and showcased a range of cutting edge technologies, from IoT and 3D printing to robotics and assisted reality.

Highlights included a demonstration of Toshiba’s assisted reality smart glasses; the launch of a 3D printer from Ikonic; drone racing by DJI; demonstrations of Tesla and McLaren cars; and a guest appearance from Titan the Robot.

In addition, pure technology group made a number of announcements, including the launch of new IoT and VR services and an enhanced IT security offering with full vulnerability and penetration testing.

Learn from the worst
Security was a key theme of the accompanying seminar programme, which began with a talk on developments in cybercrime given by Jamie Bartlett, author of The Dark Net: Inside The Digital Underworld.

He urged attendees to view the growing cyber threat as an opportunity to design game-changing products and services and argued that despite its lawlessness the dark net is a highly innovative space. As he put it in a post-event tweet: ‘If you’re looking for new ideas, ingenuity and innovation – the criminal underworld isn’t a bad place to start.’

Bartlett was followed by Sarah Shields, Vice President and GM UK & Ireland at Dell EMC, who talked about the fourth industrial revolution now underway. She pointed out that despite unanimity about the need for digital transformation, 93% of global organisations admit they face obstacles to becoming a digital business by 2030.

Neil Sawyer, Commercial Channel Director (UK&I) of HP, analysed some of the tech sector’s key trends, including the demands of the ‘experience age’, before Mimecast urged people to change their mind-set when it comes to cyber resilience.

Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood closed the day’s programme with a recap of his career highlights and advice on teamwork, including the maxim that ‘to travel fast people should go alone, but to travel far they should go together’.

Cliff Fox, ptg Group COO, heralded the day a great success. He said: “This event was about getting our customers and guests ‘hands on’ with future technologies from some of the world’s leading brands. Held in a 1,000 sq. metre structure, with state-of-the art AV, lighting and music, we wanted pt18 to be as innovative as the tech it played host to. And the 98% Net Promotor Score (NPS) from delegates as they left shows that we fulfilled this goal… and then some.

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