Following on from the success of the inaugural show held in in 2016, Smart Tech Live returned this year, this time bringing seminar programme to delegates in the north of England with an additional date in York.
Organised by the UK team, in partnership with the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), the 2017 events set out to deliver a brand-new seminar programme tailored around the business opportunities for electrical contractors in smart technology.
Smart Tech Live kicked off in London, returning to The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden on the 9th June. The programme featured two panel discussions hosted by Voltimum and the ECA. The panels included technical experts from associations including NICEIC, ELECSA and CEDIA, manufacturers like Schneider Electric, Legrand and ABB as well as installers who are already profiting from smart technology. Unique to this show was a seminar from Legrand on the opportunities for contractors in the assisted living sector.
The seminar covered how contractors could use smart technology to prepare homes for an ageing population so the inhabitants can continue to live comfortably and independently in an environment that can be adapted to their needs.
On the 15th June, the show headed north, bringing the seminar programme to the ancient city of York. Whilst this was a more intimate seminar, delegates were keen to engage with the speakers and take advantage of the opportunity to network with each other and the exhibiting manufacturers. Exclusive to the York seminar was a presentation from Ivory Egg explaining the fundamentals of connecting a home using KNX and the advantages of investing in training.
The big change this year was the addition of a second seminar. Whilst the programme of the day was similar to the London event, the layout was very different. The York event was held in a smaller venue with the exhibitor stands integrated within the seminar area (rather than in a separate room as in London). Both exhibitors and delegates responded positively to this layout as it meant exhibitors could contribute to the panel discussions and could continue the discussions on stage with visitors to their stand in the coffee breaks.
Dean Reddy, Product Marketing Manager at ABB said:
“Even though it was the first time the event had been held in York, we found it was well attended. The layout of the show, with exhibitor stands being in the same room as the presentation area, worked really well. This allowed the delegates to interact with our team straight after their presentations, while questions were fresh in their minds.”
Eddie Embleton, Voltimum Managing Director, commented:
“Both shows were very well attended and we are delighted with the levels of engagement from delegates. It clearly shows there is an appetite for more information on the business opportunities surrounding smart technology, in both residential and commercial space.
“We look forward to hearing feedback from the delegates who attended the seminars so we can start planning an even better programme for 2018.”
Smart Tech Live will return in 2018