Commenting on the purpose of pt18, Cliff Fox, Group COO at ptg, said: “We covered some topical subjects; IT security has never been more relevant and IoT, AR/VR and digital transformation are key to the future. This event was about getting our customers and guests ‘hands on’ with future technologies from some of the world’s leading brands and trying it for themselves. Held in a 1000 sq. metre structure, used at Creamfields and other festivals, 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) feedback from delegates as they left, shows that we fulfilled this goal… and then some.”
“Despite the world of tech being so exciting, the scene is – in complete contrast – still crowded with tired expos that fail to inspire,” continued Cliff. “We shouldn’t be treading the aisles in traditional exhibition halls to try and hunt out ‘what’s new’ and hear theory – far better to get hands-on with what’s new right now”.
“Our goal is to deliver thought-provoking content that encourages people to think beyond the realms of what’s possible. Jamie Bartlett urging delegates to learn from the underworld might, at first glance, sound like a shocking statement, but there was so much business rationale behind his advice. So often we see tech that has been designed ‘for good’, swiped by criminals and used to break the law. Jamie was encouraging us to flip this trend and learn from some disruptive business geniuses who are creating next-generation innovations that we could harness for far more positive – and lawful – purposes.”
Amongst other highlights from pt18 were the demonstrations of the brand new dynaEdge assisted reality smart glasses from Toshiba, the UK launch of the new 3D printer from Ikonic, drone racing by DJI, demonstrations of Tesla and McLaren cars and a guest appearance from Titan the Robot. The pure technology group also made a number of exclusive announcements including the launch of its new IoT and VR services, plus its enhanced IT security offering with full vulnerability and penetration testing.
Vendors in attendance on the day included Barracuda, Bitdefender, Black Marble, Canon, Dell EMC, DigitalXRAID, DJI Drones, F-Secure, hp, Huawei, Ikonic, Jardine Motor Group, Lenovo, McLaren, Microsoft, Mimecast, PowerVision, S2S, Sphero, Symantec, Tesla, Toshiba, UBTech, Vapour, Virtual College, XYZ Printing, Zen Office and the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit.
The event also raised over a thousand pounds for ptg’s nominated charity Candlelighters.
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