In ConveRSAtion: Could commandeering the town wifi connect the community?

Fellowship Event


St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

  • Fellowship
  • Fellowship in Action

IS THIS FOR EVERYONE? What would you do if you could take over your town WiFi network? We’re going to try it out.

The RSA welcomes a partnership with MSL Discover to explore connectivity, localism and culture.

Come to beautiful St Mary in the Castle in historic Hastings on 23rd September 2019, for open discussions about the next networks that might weave through our towns and cities.

"In ConveRSAtion: Could commandeering the town wifi connect the community?" is a free afternoon session hosted by the RSA.  Fellows and local arts and creative industries practitioners are invited to discuss themes inspired by recent RSA national debates around coastal economies and digital skills. A drinks reception sponsored by the RSA follows at the end of the day and is open to all participants.

Please book your free place for this free afternoon session using the link at the top of this page.

For those interested, there are also ticketed morning sessions featuring speakers from national public sector agencies as well as regional bodies keen to bottom out the reality of how local communities can build ‘smart towns’ and ‘smart villages’ well before 5G arrives. Key themes for discussion: 

  • Why do we need 5G when we already have free town WiFi? 
  • Can we use existing broadband networks to build our local economy? 
  • It’s a climate emergency. Can a network help us monitor energy use?  
  • Can we signpost our history and heritage better for visitors?  
  • We are a festival, arts and music town; will live streaming build new businesses? 

Tickets for the morning session include lunch and refreshments, and fees will help the organisers cover event costs. Details and bookings for the Morning sessions here.


In ConveRSAtion with: 

Artists Kevin Grist, Rosanna Lowe and Judith Ricketts were commissioned to create digital works under the title, This is for everyone, is live in the town centre from September 

Web developer, Jon Nicholson, creator of an interactive map platform for the works. 

Iain Bennett, Director of the Fifth Sector, with strong interests in intelligent connectivity;  

Damian Etherington, Hastings Museum and Borough Council lead on cultural strategy. 

Ian McInnes, of Technology Box, who developed the town WiFi network 

For information on the morning sessions see

#mslprojectshastings#msldigital #isthisforeveryone

Image Credit: Judith Ricketts

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments, please let the team know: [email protected]. Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements or severe allergies.


Location: St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings, TN34 3AF

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