About The Things Conference On Tour

The Things Network is a two day conference focused on digital transformation through adopting smart technology that enables connectivity between devices. We will look at topics on Data Analysis, Robots, Space, DevOps, Ethical Open Data, LoRa, Smart City Standards and a whole bunch of use cases for LoRaWAN.

The Things Conference On Tour will be on the 15th & 16th October 2018​, hosted at St​. Andrews Hall in Norwich, Norfolk. You can find more information about this on our Venue page.

We’re confident we can attract 450 attendees ​from around the UK and Europe bringing together innovative businesses across sector who are using LoRaWAN enabled devices already and those seeking to learn more about LoRaWAN and LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) solutions .

Whilst it is our first “The Things Conference On Tour” we have a fabulous team with experience running community groups and a popular conference in Norfolk & Ipswich.

We’re organising this event as we feel it is really important to offer learning, networking, promote excellence in the East of England, wider UK & Global The Things Network Community.

We feel that LoRa technology is an enabling technology that is as relevant as Wi-Fi, BlueTooth & NFC and is emerging to become the main method of communication to create Smarter Connected Communities due to its ability to transmit data over vast distances with no subscription fees.

Want to learn more about LoRa, check out our blog.

We can do this as LoRa is a type of Radio Frequency (Old Tech) that lies within the public broadcast range of frequencies – this type of technology is part of what has been classically called “Industry 4.0” and “Digital Transformation” and the bit that makes it “new” is the ability to transmit and receive over vast distances based on a tiny chip SEMTECH manufacture which uses a protocol named “LoRa” – the network LoRa produces is called “LoRaWAN”.

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This conference is suitable for people working in the following sectors:

  • Social Care
  • Transport
  • Housing / Construction
  • Agriculture / Horticulture / Ecology
  • Science
  • Tracking & Logistics
  • Environment
  • Health Care
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Digital Transformation
  • Urban Innovation / Urban Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Technology Businesses
  • Electronic Engineers
  • Hardware Hackers (RaspberryPi, Arduino, Micro:bit, et al)
  • Network Engineers
  • Radio Enthusiasts / Ham Radio community
  • Anyone with an interest in new technology

What is included in my ticket?

You will be able to attend talks and participate in workshops. You will get to meet various partners who will exhibit throughout the event.

Hot & cold drinks will be provided throughout the day as will lunch at no extra cost.

Where does the money go?

This is an official The Things Network Conference that is volunteer led and organised by volunteers. Ticket costs cover the cost of venue, food, speaker accommodation & travel, lanyards, AV equipment and services that support hosting a conference of this size and interactivity.

Any proceeds left over (if there are any!) will go to The Things Network, Digital East Anglia with at least 25% donated between StepIntoTech & The Creative Computer Club Foundation.

Digital East Anglia will use any money to host it’s event’s for free and it will enable Digital East Anglia to do more in the East of England to promote skills and excellence in technology and digital creativity. Thank You for your support in enabling us to do this.

Is there parking on site?

No, however there is parking available at St Andrews Car Park on Duke Street roughly three minutes walk from the venue and most accomodation in Norwich has the option of parking as part of your stay.

Is the conference accessible for disabled persons?

Yes, St Andrews Hall & Blackfriars Hall is disabled access friendly with close proximity but limited parking available directly outside the venue entrances.

If you have any queries please contact The Halls team directly.