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Month of technology to be launched in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 March 2011

Forum staff James Coates, Kim Woods and Jayne Evans start getting ready for the  Phones, Plasmas and Pixels event which starts on friday and runs for a month.

Forum staff James Coates, Kim Woods and Jayne Evans start getting ready for the Phones, Plasmas and Pixels event which starts on friday and runs for a month.

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Whether you are good with your gadgets or digitally distressed, the Forum will be staging a month-long series of events to inform and inspire people about Norfolk and digital technology.

From workshops to help people change their phone ring tone, to a chance to try old computer games, to events showcasing innovations, Phones, Pixels and Plasmas is designed to appeal to all.

Forum spokesman Jayne Evans said the event would look back at technology through the ages and also look to the future. “It is a really eclectic mix of things.”

Among the events is a device advice clinic which is being held by City College Norwich students where they will help people with their technological problems.

“The younger generation know so much more,” said Ms Evans. “For them it is second nature. They speak the language and can explain it to those who need it explained. I think it is really important to showcase how Norfolk has adapted and benefits from the digital revolution.”

“We have jokingly said ‘are you digitally distressed?’, but the change is remarkable even if you are a gadget addict. Even if you are part of the younger generation there will be things going on that will excite.

“It will be a chance for people to explore the whole of the Forum.

“Part of the Forum Trust’s mission statement is to help people to understand digital technology, and the event has been organised in partnership with businesses, charities and public sector organisations from across Norfolk.”

The Forum has Europe’s largest permanent digital gallery, Fusion, which shows digital film, image, sound, video or live TV.

The gallery is already used by charities and local art groups.

Phones, Pixels and Plasmas, which is sponsored by the Evening News, launches next Friday. NHS Norfolk will demonstrate how digital information technology is used to help people access healthcare and advice and there will be an education technology show. For more details about the events programme go to
www.theforumnorwich.co.uk.

Are you organising an unusual event? Call Evening News reporter Annabelle Dickson on 01603 772426 or email annabelle.dickson@archant.co.uk

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