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Have your say on Bideford's Tech Future at the Smart Tech Christmas Fayre!

Tech Faye Smart Towns

Torridge District Council are delighted to announce an innovative Smart Tech Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December at the Burton@Bideford Art Gallery from 12 to 4pm - working with national experts and innovators at the University of Plymouth, Connected Places Catapult, EPIC eHealth, Petroc, and Digital North Devon to name just a few!

A Smart Town is all about how we can use technology to make life better for people who use their Town Centres - and how to make it greener, healthier, and a better more enjoyable place to spend time. It's all about  the tech serving people, and helping to make town centres more alive.

The Smart Tech Christmas Fayre will be a really fun place to learn more about the concept and to have your say on Bideford's future. There will be plenty of hands on fun, from Virtual Reality to 3D Printing, a Robot Santa, Robot Companion Cats, wearable health solutions, with demos on how technology can help us to make the most of our Town Centre visits and improve life in Bideford.

The Fayre promises a Smart Santa's grotto and will be a showcase for Smart Tech, from wearables to sensors, with plenty of opportunities to try things out on the day.

Chris Fuller - Economic Development Officer at Torridge says:

"We are delighted that Bideford is one of the 100 towns shortlisted as part of the government's £1billion Future High Street Fund. We are keen to explore, along with national experts, the role of technology in any future town. But we also want to build this adventure on giving the community the opportunity to talk about the issues they face as well as solid research. Over the next few months there will be a huge amount for the community to get involved in, exploring what's possible and getting views on how they want the Bideford of the future to work for them.

The emphasis will be on creating new community and work spaces, housing and also incorporating the latest technology whilst reflecting on changes in how we use our Town Centres. All of this will be with the environment at the heart of our thoughts and plans. We very much hope that business owners, shoppers, enthusiasts and visitors of all sorts will have a great time at the event, whilst also learning more about some of the technology on display. This is very much the first step of an exciting process to let people have their input on how to make our Town Centre a healthier, greener and more enjoyable place to spend time."

For more information contact chris.fuller@torridge.gov.uk or Tel 01237 428880

26 November 2019