Bristol to host the world’s first 5G festival

Bristol to host the world’s first 5G festival

A world-first event in Bristol this weekend will demonstrate how new 5G technology will completely “transform the way we live, work, and study in our cities”, according to Bristol University.

Across 17 and 18 March, Bristol’s Millenium Square will host the 5G Festival. Innovative wireless technology, futuristic urban art installations, and spectacular VR and 3-D projections will be open for demonstrations and visitor interaction.

The University of Bristol says that this weekend’s festival “puts Britain at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology.”

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol, said: “We are really excited to be hosting this weekend’s public event.  This is a unique chance, thanks to the close co-operation of our technology partners, for members of the public to experience the world’s first 5G urban network.”

“As 5G comes ever-closer to commercial reality, the opportunity to contribute to a ‘real world’ test of the technology like this in Bristol is invaluable.”

Researchers from the University of Bristol have joined together with The Watershed and We The Curious to support the technological developments happening in Bristol, and around the world.

A full programme of demonstrations, virtual reality dance exhibits, and a plethora of tech companies are open to the public across the two day festival.

Artists Chomko and Rosier will be presenting "Shadowing" - an urban art installation that gives street lights the power of memory
Artists Chomko and Rosier will be presenting “Shadowing” – an urban art installation that gives street lights the power of memory. Photo credit: Chomko and Rosier

Chomko and Rosier, winners of the Watershed 2014 Playable City Award, are bringing their urban art installation back to Bristol for the weekend, as part of the 5G festival.

Artist Matt Rosier said: “This weekend we are presenting “Shadowing” which is an art installation that gives street lights the quality of memory.

“The project was actually born in Bristol in 2014. We presented “Shadowing” in 8 locations, including Clifton, Montpelier, and Stokes Croft. Since then we’ve toured shadowing across the world, from Tokyo to Tel Aviv. And now we’re back in Bristol this weekend, which is really exciting.”

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Nokia, BT, and UK tech businesses will be displaying how the £16 million invested by the government will be used to develop and revolutionise our digital life.

Bristol's Millenium Square will host 5G festival together with The Watershed, We The Curious, and The University of Bristol
Bristol’s Millenium Square will host 5G festival together with The Watershed, We The Curious, and The University of Bristol. Photo credit: Maurizio Pesce / Flickr

The funding will go towards a multitude of sectors including transport, education, and public safety.

University researchers will show how “smart city safety” has the potential to operate in our city’s future.

Cormac Whelan, CEO of Nokia in the UK and Ireland, added: “As 5G comes ever-closer to commercial reality, the opportunity to contribute to a ‘real world’ test of the technology like this in Bristol is invaluable.

“With the UK’s exciting ambition of becoming one of the first European markets to launch 5G, Nokia is thrilled to be working with the University of Bristol and with BT to make this public demonstration happen and to evaluate how the technology will work in a smart city such as Bristol.”

 

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