First Regional Technology Expo in Orange

22 June 2018

Two men in HP’s Virtual Reality Pod

Orange today welcomed some of Australia’s leading technology experts and startups for the first Regional Technology Expo to promote innovation in the Central West with the support of the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW.

The Expo, which is expected to attract 5,000 people over the next three days (22–24 June), is showcasing the region’s capabilities and providing a platform for leading local technology businesses.

The event’s theme of ‘Embrace Today Explore Tomorrow’ caters for all sections of the community with a focus on six areas including business, home, education, health, agriculture and automotive.

Orange Daybreak Rotary Club Organising Committee Co-chair Graeme Fleming said technology advances had provided regional businesses with an enormous chance to grow while also preparing children for the jobs of the future.

'We are overwhelmed with the response to the NSW Regional Technology Expo which is hosting over 60 exhibitors. It will have something for everyone,' he said.

'The Regional Technology Expo includes presentations from Microsoft, Telstra, NBN and Jobs for NSW with topics ranging from cybersecurity, virtual reality, getting the best out of your NBN service, and government funding for regional entrepreneurs.

'There will also be a Smart Region Technology forum, young entrepreneur workshops, drone demonstrations and robotics displays with participants including Central West businesses, entrepreneurs and even local schools.'

The Expo is being held across two locations at Orange Function Centre and James Sheahan Catholic High School.

Attractions include an agriculture component featuring a virtual farm, digital sensors, wireless networks and live cattle assessments.

One attraction from Central West technology company Inland Digital showcased ‘HP’s Virtual Reality (VR) Pod’ as part of its exhibit. With a 360-degree viewing angle, it shakes in line with animation to provide a thrilling adventure.

There is also live stream video from the Barrier Reef, Alaska Sea Life Centre and Reef HQ turtle hatching.