The Hypercat Summit 2016

Published: 12 July 2016

Almost 2,000 smart-city thinkers from 47 countries gathered at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Monday 20 June for the Hypercat Summit, which also saw the official launch of Senate Publishing’s Smart Cities: Innovation through Collaboration. This groundbreaking publication has been produced in partnership with summit organisers the Hypercat Alliance, an association of public- and private-sector organisations committed to accelerating demand for connected technology through collaboration.

The summit, which marked the start of the capital’s Technology Week, featured an impressive cast of speakers representing all sectors of smart city development, including leaders from government and industry.

Hypercat Alliance founding director Justin Anderson opened proceedings with a keynote speech, followed by three illuminating sessions covering aspects of the smart city future. Panellists included Bettina Tratz-Ryzn, research VP, Smart Ecosystems, Gartner; Ruth McKernan, chief executive Innovate UK; Chi Onwurah, shadow minister for the digital economy; and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, chairman of Startup Fest Europe and former Head of Cabinet, European Union.

Senate Publishing chairman, Lord David Evans, was delighted to host the ‘Transforming the Way We Work’ section of the evening and entertained the audience with a humorous and pertinent poem:

There's a new, new world a comin’...

It’s really going to be somethin’...

The Internet of Thingies - interoperability and AI.

The pronunciation alone is enough to make me cry!

Read the full poem here

Senate Publishing was delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response to Smart Cities: Innovation through Collaboration at the Hypercat Summit. With the invaluable support of media partners such as Innovate UK, Future Cities Catapult and Symantec, the publication’s launch campaign received nearly one million hits online.

Senate Publishing would like to congratulate the Hypercat Alliance for a superbly organised and most insightful summit. Our gratitude also goes out to the sponsors, contributors and media partners who enabled Smart Cities: Innovation through Collaboration to come to fruition.

If you missed the launch, the full publication is still available to view digitally here. To keep up to date with news from the pioneers of the Internet of Things and interoperability, follow The Hypercat Alliance here.