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Innovation Briefing Issue 5 | Event connects 5G Testbeds & Trials in special way

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 29 Apr 2021
  • Last modified 4 May 2021
Matt Warman MP and 5G Testbeds & Trials Programme Director Ian Smith (pictured) kicked off the spectacularly successful Be Better Connected event, which ran from March 23rd to 24th.

Nearly 300 people registered for the two-day event, which was organised by UK5G.

By using a combination of the online tools Videoflex and Remo, they managed to give the feeling of attending a face-to-face event. Videoflex was used for keynote speeches while Remo offered the sense of meeting people at tables in an exhibition centre. On the first day, the tables concentrated on the individual Testbeds & Trials projects, while the second day looked at aspects of running a 5G project. The tables that were devoted to education and 5G skills and the new Green and Environmental Working Group were particularly busy.

The event is a credit to the UK5G collaboration team, the Cambridge Wireless events team and all those who worked to make it such a success. Many of those who attended said that they found it invaluable for making contact with people who could help them with their projects or who might buy their services in the future.

With only one year left to run on the programme there is not much scope for this to become an annual event, and we would hope that life can return to normal face-to-face interactions, but so popular was the gathering of all the people on the projects and the mechanism by which they were brought together that there are already calls for another, similar event later this year.

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