Smart Parks (day CPD event)

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This all-day CPD event will comprise talks, networking and specially selected trade stands all around the theme of using technology to make parks easier to find, interact with and manage. A nice buffet lunch and refreshments are included too.

As well as gaining an insight on what could make parks work smarter expect to be inspired by Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute and award winning play designer with Davies White

All details are subject to minor revision 

PROGRAMME (as at 13 September 2019)

09:00 Arrival for Refreshments, Stands & Networking

10:00 Chairman’s welcome

10.10 Proludic (Annabel Brown) - 'The Proludic Sports & PRO App – Satisfying the outdoor gym consumer, while knowing your user'

10.30 Info-Point (Neil Rathbone) - 'Smart Parks, Smart Phones: going digital on a budget '

10.50 Refreshment break, Stands & Networking

11:15 Jupiter Play/Yalp (Richard Cocker) - ‘Smart play - interact and get feedback’

11:35 Hertsmere Borough Council - The HelloParks platform (with reference to ParksHerts' experience)

11:55 Inspirational address by Adam White, President of the Landscape Institute and award-winning designer with Davies White

12:15 Q&A Session with Panel of Morning Speakers 

12:30 Buffet Lunch (included) and networking 

13:10 Chambers Electronics (Donald Stewart) – ‘Integrating specialised counting devices to evidence parks' occupancy and value'

13:30 Play Inspection Company (Keith Dalton) - ‘Smart/remote asset management'

13:45 Comfort break

14.10 (Simon Poulter) - ' Platforming Parks'

14:30 Nesta (Tiffany Gregor)

14:50 "Empowering Parks for the 21st Century - Outcome of event on 26th Sept" (Ian Baggott)

15:00 Q&A with Panel of Afternoon Speakers

15.15 Close and Finish

What you will learn

Following a presentation from Proludic on its Sports and PRO App , Info-point (Webnebulus) will look at the challenges, the hype, and the pitfalls of going ‘mobile digital’ using Bring Your Own Device, and present case studies of how different types of outdoor venues are overcoming them, including the latest innovative approaches; Jupiter Play & Leisure will explain the benefits of interactive play equipment, the impact they have on health & wellbeing, as well as the live usage statistics available; Hertsmere Borough Council supported by CyberMedia will show how ParksHerts website users access details of the park they want to visit on their smartphone and will introduce the opportunity for others to do the same using the HelloParks platform. After lunch Chambers Electronics (supplier of people and bicycle counters) will cover various options for how to count the number of visitors to your site – helpful when explaining its value to others. In a similar vein The Play Inspection Company will give an overview of how the inspection app can evidence that providers have been diligent in the inspection and maintenance of their playground assets, help maintain playground standards and with defending any claims. will share about the NESTA celebrated project NetPark, a new project at Finsbury Park and about digital in parks more generally. NESTA will round off the Smart Parks event with a forward-looking session and as a bonus there will then be a feedback session on the outcomes of the now-full MHCLG/Landscape Institute Event on Parks being held on 26 September.

Until lunch finishes there will be a series of stands in the adjoining room which will link to the theme and the talks. It is also hoped to run a QR-code based treasure hunt linked to the stands.

There is an associated twitter feed for this event and hashtags #smartparks #smartparks2019



Ibis Hotel, Stevenage, East of England, SG1 1EJ

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