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IOTUK Retail Pit Stop: The Future of the High Street

Through our Digital Catapult Centre Brighton programme we partnered with IOTUK to run a new model of 2-day intensive event called a ‘Pit Stop’. The aim of the event was to explore the ways technology can grow the high-street through the application of real-time data, the improvement of retailer productivity and the creation of innovative retail experiences.

An overview of the day can be seen here:

At the event we had a fantastic mix of large and local retailers, SMEs and academics, and we are really excited at some of the new connections, partnership and projects which have already begun to emerge from it. We are currently working with our retail partners to support SMEs to develop new products and services which will be road-tested in their stores over the summer.

Over the 2 days we had talks from some leaders in the field of Retail Innovation. A selection of these can be viewed on our youtube channel.

Frank Quix, Q&A Research: The Store of the Future -

Guy Douglas, High Street Digital Hub: The Great British High Street –

Jack Moolark, 20.20: Redefining Digital Customer Experience -

If you want to find out more about our Retail Innovation project or any other of our Digital Catapult activity please contact

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Rebecca Groves

Hi, I'm Wired Sussex's Skills and Talent Strategy Lead. I oversee our skills and talent strategy for the regional digital sector. This includes the delivery of activity which addresses this strategy, such as our annual Talent festival, and working with members to help them benefit from our initiatives.

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