24 March 2014 11:38

A special showcase event is set to highlight the high-quality research, resident companies and exciting business opportunities available at one of the UK’s leading ICT centres of excellence.

InfoLab21, at Lancaster University, will be opening its doors to the public and businesses between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday, April 2, with a day packed with speakers, demonstrations, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

There will be opportunities to try out fun demonstrations of emerging research technologies, and the chance to chat to and listen to academics and resident businesses ongoing research developments.

Dr Steve Fish, Head of Business Partnerships and Enterprise for the School of Computing and Communications, said: “InfoLab21 is one of the top ICT centres of excellence here in the UK and Europe.

“InfoLab21 is a hub for top quality academic ICT research, which has real impacts on the way we all lead our lives. We are also home to around 20 businesses working in the ICT sector providing innovative services and technologies that are helping to drive our regional economy.

“This showcase event provides a great opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs to discover some of the fantastic and exciting work that is taking place here at Lancaster University and also how they can also work with our world-leading experts to make a real difference to their companies.”

Speakers at the showcase include:

  • Martin Higginson, an internet entrepreneur at Ide Group who, following significant business success with companies such as Monstermob Plc, CityBlock and Netplay TV, is looking at setting up a mobile marketing business in Lancaster.
  • Paul Jenkins, director of the EIT ICT Labs London Node. Mr Jenkins will talk about the barriers to deploying new technology, education to equip future generations with knowledge of evolving challenges, and the support available for small ICT firms looking to expand into Europe.
  • Jason Alexander, lecturer at Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications. Dr Alexander will talk about the development of revolutionary shape-changing displays that mutate their surface to better represent the on-screen content.

The showcase, which forms part of Lancaster University's 50th anniversary celebrations, is free to attend and tickets are available by visiting www.infoshow.eventbrite.co.uk

Updates about the event are also available on Twitter by following the hashtag #InfoShow14

More information about InfoLab21 is available by visiting http://www.infolab21.lancs.ac.uk/