Our Summer Conference on 'Converged User Experience' is taking place at Adastral Park, Ipswich, on the 13th and 14th June 2017.
Converged User Experience - what is that all about?
One may have heard about 'Converged Networks', a term which says it on the tin and which WhatIs.com describes as:
"Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network. The use of multiple communication modes on a single network offers convenience and flexibility that are not possible with separate infrastructures. Network convergence is also called media convergence."
Then there is 'Technological Convergence', when different systems or procedures come together in one device or form factor*. 'Convergence' seems to be a key word wherever we look these days, there even is Convergence 2017 a music, art and technology festival in London.
So, bringing things together, building context, cross-pollinate between previously unrelated subjects, building, creating, enabling is what it is about, in whichever way or form, and the world of ICT is the medium it thrives on.
As an organisation that aims to bring academic expertise together with industrial power to create a better world for people, we identified the subject of 'Converged User Experience' as one of the big strategic challenges.
Fixed, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things) infrastructures are coming together as technology evolves, but it is the user who remains the point at which all this technology truly converges. It is the experience of the user that matters. Network engineering and data science combine in order to serve the users' need to communicate with each other wherever and whenever, to be entertained, and to control their environment on the switch of a button.
The ICT industry faces and ongoing challenge to cost-effectively deliver the connectivity and the performance required.
The Tommy Flowers Institute Summer Conference will address this challenge. We have fantastic speakers lined up and participants will have the opportunity to network and input their expertise in break out sessions. Additionally participants will have the opportunity to visit Innovation 2017, BT's major technology exhibiton.
*quote from WhatIs.com