Technology to take centre stage at New Anglia LEP’s iExpo 2015 showcase

New Anglia LEP's 2014 iExpo evemt at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich.

New Anglia LEP's 2014 iExpo evemt at Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich. - Credit: Keith Whitmore

Oceanographic “sea-gliders”, aeronautical imagery and 3D skull printing from digital computer images, are some of the exciting examples of future technology from Suffolk and Norfolk which will be showcased at a regional innovation event tomorrow.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s iExpo 2015 event, takes place at Centrum, on the Norwich Research Park, from 10am to 3pm, and aims to build on the success of the inaugural iExpo held at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, last year.

It will bring together young entrepreneurs, business leaders, stars of academia and innovation agencies to showcase products and services and share their expertise in an inspiring programme of masterclasses.

The College of West Anglia will feature an award-winning eco-car developed by engineering students and apprentices - the prototype has a fuel efficiency of 254 miles per gallon, and Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) will be showcasing their diverse talent including: contemporary textile design and a user-experience area where visitors can explore the latest gaming technology.

In addition, the UK Space Agency and Satellite Applications Catapult will be exhibiting and hosting a masterclass which will explore how companies can benefit from being part of the Space sector and how to grow business through satellite technology.

Suffolk exhibitors at the event will include:

: : Skyview Robotics, an aerial robotics company specialising in remote spectral sensing and imagery. It will demonstrate how it can identify anomalies, from detecting the earliest sign of disease in crops to faults in solar panels and cracks in bridges;

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: : Livepad41, which will be demonstrating real-time data visualisation and analysis. screened across the event; and

: : Minima Design, an innovation design specialist which will showcase its designs for extra-ordinary products including medical devices and consumer products

In all, more than 50 exhibitors will be taking part in the event, which is expected to attract more than 600 visitors.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP, said: “Innovation is the key to a vibrant, dynamic economy. Here, in Norfolk and Suffolk we have world-class knowledge and talent in sectors ranging from agri-tech to advanced engineering and ICT, creative and cultural industries to health and life sciences.

“iExpo is the place where our expertise is showcased and we can demonstrate what a truly exciting future we are helping to shape - bringing benefits to people on a local, national and global scale.”

Professor David Richardson, vice chancellor of University of East Anglia (UEA), said: “UEA is proud to be sponsoring the iExpo, working alongside our partners on the Norwich Research Park.

“As a university in the top 1% of worldwide institutions, innovation is at the heart of UEA’s research and teaching, and collaboration with our partners both nationally and globally continues to strengthen our reputation for excellence in innovation and enterprise”.

Stefanie Thorne, head of research and enterprise services at University Campus Suffolk (UCS), which is also a sponsor, said: “UCS is delighted to act as a sponsor of iExpo 2015. Universities act as drivers of regional and national innovation and growth and are playing a key and active role in the emergent innovation ecosystem within New Anglia.”