In January 2019 cThings showcased their LoRa network displaying live data from sensors installed in the Cambridgeshire town of St Neots where they monitored pollution for the public to see. The event was called Future Takeover — an event over two evenings, Thursday and Friday, as well as during the day on Saturday. Each evening presented a diverse mix of speakers, including cultural strategist and producer Sherry Dobbin, Umbrellium partner Andrew Chetty, and University of Cambridge future-transport researcher John Miles.
Saturday’s free, family-friendly drop-in event Future Town Fair included an ideas lounge, a maker fair featuring local creatives, 3D projection, and virtual reality gaming and the cThings live data dashboard.
Nearly 200 people attended Future Takeover, describing it as inspiring, positive, and an important event for the town. Future Takeover has created a strong foundation on which to build further activity involving public and private organisations and the town community.