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As Director of Futures at Bristol City Council, Stephen Hilton transformed the nebulous concept in to reality by delivering multiple projects spanning, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Energy Grids, Open Data and recently, Virtual Reality and 5G Networks. However, Stephen’s passion is for technology and democracy – paving the way for a “Smart Society” where everyone can contributes and everyone can benefit.
Stephen is currently Strategic Advisor to the West of England Mayor, leading the creation of the Smart City Region. He is Founder and Director of Bristol Futures Global, the leading UK Smart Cities Consultancy, a Fellow of University of Bristol, a Trustee of the Bristol Architecture Centre and a non-exec Director of Bristol £, the UK’s leading local currency. Stephen also has a severe visual impairment, which gives him a unique and valuable outlook on the world.