Digital Transformation: THE FUTURE BEGAN ON THE FOURTH OF NOVEMBER
Cornwall’s first Digital Transformation Space
On November’s first Thursday, after much planning, testing, waiting and refining, we were finally able to open Digital Transformation’s new space in partnership with The Cornwall College Group and Software Cornwall.
Based in the brand-new FibreHub on The Cornwall College campus at Pool, this is where the growing digital revolution within Cornish business will be catalysed and supercharged.
Physical and virtual visitors were told about the building’s backstory, the project’s aims, its tangible benefits and, thanks to the keynote’s dizzying whistle-stop tour of global innovation and likely future landscapes, were shown what limitless possibility looks like to a world-leading thinker.
Inma Martinez: The ambitious is plausible and the future is positive
If other speakers discussed digital possibilities, the genesis of the FibreHub and the potential synergy between digital and less digital businesses, keynote Inma Martinez had everyone gripping their seats and catching their breath as she whisked them all towards the horizon at warp speed.
Nano-satellites the size of a pack of cards; IoX (the Internet of Everything); the future of motoring in the era of the million-kilometre battery; EaaS (Energy as a Service: you subscribe to your energy provider as you would to Spotify); the difference between intelligence (what’s going on) and cognition (what to actually do about it). Recognised worldwide as a leading digital-technologies entrepreneur and sought-after expert in transformative technologies and digital disruption, Inma made the ambitious sound plausible and the future, somehow, feel positive and ours if not to control then certainly to explore and relish.
As Allyson Glover said:
Inma was such a perfect speaker for an occasion like today in a building like this. She spoke so clearly about the possibility of change, and the need for it. UP’s whole history and purpose is about helping Cornish businesses to thrive, and digital has been at the forefront of our thinking for years, but the last 18 months have underlined its importance and crystallised our thinking. The opportunities for Cornish businesses are almost as mind-boggling as some of the innovations Inma told us about. So much has changed, is changing and will continue to change; this new space will be the physical focus for a digital transformation which will benefit the whole of Cornwall.