Help to design the Essex of the future

Published: 26 September 2016 at 14:50

Postgraduate Medical Institute, Chelmsford

Free interactive event for students will take place at Anglia Ruskin University

An interactive workshop at Anglia Ruskin University will allow students to use digital technology and connectivity to design a future Essex that is smart, connected and people-focused.
The My Smarter Essex event is open to youngsters aged between 14 and 18 who are interested in how digital technology and connectivity can improve how we live, work and play.
The event will examine how innovation and technology can improve day-to-day aspects of our lives such as public transport, health and social care and the buildings around us.

 Several local companies involved in medicine, space, transport, ICT and many other areas will exhibit at the event. Representatives from these businesses, as well as recent graduates, will be on hand to speak to pupils and teachers about career prospects.
The event is being put on by Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University and Essex County Council (ECC). It will take place from 4pm until 7pm on Thursday 6 October at Anglia Ruskin’s Postgraduate Medical Institute.
Fiona Bodle, Assistant Director for Enterprise and Innovation at Anglia Ruskin, said: 

“In recent years, digital technologies have completely transformed the way we interact with our surroundings. This fun and educational event will allow students the chance to use this increased connectivity to design and plan a smarter Essex.
“We also hope participants will take inspiration from the stories of local companies that will be coming along on the day to provide information and careers guidance.
“We’re looking forward to working with Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society and Essex County Council to continue to promote the future demand for engineering and technology skills within our local businesses.”

Cllr Kevin Bentley, ECC’s lead for public service reform, said: 

“We know that our world around us is already being transformed by digital technology. Autonomous vehicles, robots who will care for us, or computers that will know we are sick before we do are just around the corner. 

"These technologies have the potential to transform our lives, and public services need to radically change to seize these opportunities. And who is better to design a smarter future for Essex than our young people?”

The event is free, but places must be booked for school groups. See for booking details.