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making friends with the future

Stephen Hilton founded BFG in 2016, following a successful career as Director of Futures at Bristol City Council. BFG’s experience stems from two decades of ground breaking work, which resulted in Bristol being ranked as UK #1 Smart City. The BFG team members founded Bristol is Open, the city’s Internet of Things Testbed and developed many UK and European Smart City projects, ranging from autonomous vehicles to smart energy grids; the smart city operations centre to open data programmes.  This breadth of Smart City knowledge, experience and learning is now available to cities, regions, businesses and organisations in the UK and around the world via Bristol Futures Global and our network of Smart City experts. Examples of our recent work includes,

  • Supporting Bristol and the West of England’s engagement with the Taipei Smart Cities Summit and Expo 2019
  • Project managing the 5G Smart Tourism programme for the West of England Combined Authority
  • Developing and drafting the West of England’s £50M bid to the Urban Connected Communities fund
  • Quality Assurance and user-testing as part of a large, collaborative R&D project focussing on AR, VR and 5G
  • Developing University of the West of England’s approach to being a civic university
  • Developing and drafting the University of Bristol and West of England Combined Authority’s £5million winning bid to the 5G TESTBED AND TRIALS programme
  • Supporting Bristol City Council to develop an ambitious business case and bid to Wave 2 of the Local Full Fibre Network Challenge
  • Advising tech start-ups on their engagement with Local Authoritues, in the areas of tele-care, Industry 4.0 and high-street regeneration
  • Supporting the British Council and the WeAlmatey Parnership to develop Open Data and Smart City strategy in Kazakhstan
  • Publishing a research report on Smart City Governance with Prof Alex Marsh, University of Bristol
  • Sharing knowledge with Japanese cities about Smart Citues and rhe UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Developing a publication on Blockchain, Knowledge Exchange and Smart Cities for University of Bristol
  • Developing a £7m University-Industry bid to the HEFCE Connecting Capabilitues Fund
  • Publishing 'Where do I Plug in my Mobile?' - a feature for The Planner on Cities learning to live in Permanent Beta
  • Evaluating funding bids on behalf of a major national technology funding body
  • Drafting Bristol’s response to the UK Government Call for Evidence on Full Fibre and 5G

  • Appearing on BBC Points West talking about the future impact of 5G

  • Chairing the Invest Bristol & Bath VentureFest 2017 smart city Conference 

  • Supporting Zeetta Networks, the leading open Software Defined Networking company

  • Supporting Smart Energy GB launch the REAL RATIO a Framework for UK Smart Meter roll out 

  • Supporting Arcadis to increase the resilience of Polish citie
  • Helping the Science and Innovation Network to develop a UK-US Internet of Things workshop for cities at SxSW in Austin, Texa
  • Building links between Bristol and Chicago through the AOT Array of Things projects
  • Working with Fraser International to host a visit from the Canadian City of Summerside who aim to be a Living La
  • Winning the IEEE Connected OFCity Challenge to deliver optical innovation for future services in a smart city, in Los Angeles
  • Spoke about New Challenges for Cities at the Regional Studies Association Winter Conference
  • Appeared in 'Australia Beyond 2020' on Channel 7
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  • Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning 2018
    Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning 2018
  • ZEETTA NETWORKS = CLIENT
    ZEETTA NETWORKS = CLIENT
  • STEPHEN HILTON - Director
    STEPHEN HILTON - Director
  • STEVE HUNT - CONSULTANT
    STEVE HUNT - CONSULTANT
  • UK-US IOT event
    UK-US IOT event
  • DR CHRIS TUPPEN - ASSOCIATE
    DR CHRIS TUPPEN - ASSOCIATE
  • SARAH TOY - CONSULTANT
    SARAH TOY - CONSULTANT
  • SUZANNE WILSON - CONSULTANT
    SUZANNE WILSON - CONSULTANT
  • Eating the Data Elephant - blog post
    Eating the Data Elephant - blog post
  • Cities in Permanent Beta - blog post
    Cities in Permanent Beta - blog post
  • Smart Infrastructure - blog post
    Smart Infrastructure - blog post
  • ICF 2018 - SPEAKING
    ICF 2018 - SPEAKING
  • Stephen Hiltoin - Director
    Stephen Hiltoin - Director
  • Stephen Hilton, Cities For Life
    Stephen Hilton, Cities For Life
  • STEPHEN - SPEAKING IN PARIS
    STEPHEN - SPEAKING IN PARIS
  • Smart Nimyism - blog post
    Smart Nimyism - blog post