Reading Year of Culture present

Texts & Tech: Celebrating Innovation in Reading

Venue: Green Park (Directions)

Tue 5 Jul, 19:00

Door time: 6.30pm



The story of how the world's first text message came to be sent from Reading - with the man who sent it.

When Neil Papworth typed "Merry Christmas" on his PC at Sema Group in Reading back in December 1992 he was taking a major step in the tech revolution that would come to transform our lives - the message arrived on a mobile phone at Vodafone's Christmas Party and was the world's first ever text.

The Reading-born engineer has subsequently written about his experience everywhere from The Sun to The Times of India, starred in a Super Bowl ad and been an answer on iconic US gameshow Jeopardy. After working with Sema and its successors, he has since worked as a developer and designer in Singapore, Sydney and Seattle, before taking up his current role as a software architect in Montreal.

Reading Year of Culture joins with co-working hub Grow@GreenPark, for a special event featuring Neil reflecting on Reading's role in the global SMS phenomenon as well as a look at emerging technologies including 3D printing.

250 South Oak Way, Green Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 6UG.

Ticket information

Tickets are free but should be booked in advance at EVENTBRITE 

Venue info

Green Park

100 Longwater Avenue
Green Park

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Contact: 0118 9606060

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