News archive: B4RN Invited to Present to EU Digital Champs
June 25th, 2012
Author: Chris Conder
Posted In: Archive News
Update: Neelie Kroes has just blogged about her meeting with Chris in which she describes B4RN as “a company that completely changed my ideas about the broadband market“.
Following on from a very successful Digital Agenda conference last week in which B4RN received some great publicity and support. Chris Conder met with EC VP Neelie Kroes who also mentioned B4RN at the very start of her keynote speech to over 1000 conference delegates and many hundreds more watching on-line. She showed off her bracelet made from B4RN fibre optic.
Chris was asked to stay on in Brussels for a few days by Neelie Kroes so that she would be able to attend the High level meeting with the Digital Champions and talk about what we are doing with B4RN. She is on the agenda for 11:30 today CET.
This is a fantastic opportunity, not only for the B4RN project, but for the digitally disadvantaged as a whole, whether rural or urban. The UK Digital Champion, Martha Lane-Fox is also present at this meeting. Here is a photo of Chris addressing the meeting.
As Chris had a few extra days in Brussels she was urged by her family and on-line followers to step out and take a look around. She produced this video of her trip out, only nearly getting lost but not quite. Lots of “ooh look, a big building” comments, (typical of us country folk!) and also she could not resist looking down a hole and finding some cables!