Bath Digital Festival is back from 23-27 October 2018
And celebrating its sixth year as The Financial Times ranks Bath as one of the top 10 tech hubs of tomorrow
May 3, 2018: Join local businesses, IT experts, and digital pioneers taking a step into the future at Bath Digital Festival 2018. After the success of last year’s event, plans are already in the pipeline for another exciting five days of talks, activities, workshops and more as the World Heritage City is taken over by digital gurus and techies.
Now in its sixth year, the festival will run from 23-27 October 2018 at numerous locations across Bath. But Bath Digital Festival isn’t just for computer geeks! Last year over 2000 individuals, ranging in age from pre-school to pensioners, took part in more than 80 events across 26 venues; from robots to raising cash for local charities, cyber security to virtual reality, self-driving cars to coding for kids.
With a focus on making the digital world accessible to all, there really was something for everyone at Bath Digital Festival 2017, thanks to collaborations with tech experts from both local companies and international corporations such as Google, Apple, Dyson, Tesla and Natwest. Last year Dyson stole the limelight with a showcase of their latest projects, including their 360 EyeTM robot vacuum. The roundtable event run by Bath based digital experts, Deep Blue Sky, was also an event highlight, raising £2,000 for local homeless charities Julian House and The Genesis Trust.
“Last year’s event was a huge success for all those involved,” says Bath and North East Somerset Council Leader,Tim Warren, who spoke at the 2017 festival launch party. “I am delighted this event is coming back to the City again this year as the digital sector is becoming more and more important to Bath’s economy.”
Based on the theme of ‘Discovery’, the 2018 programme promises even more innovative advances, inclusive events, and stimulating debate and is shaping up to be the biggest and best festival yet. Amongst the corporate sponsors already signed up to add their expertise this year are Invest in Bath, Minuteman Press and Bath based Mayden Academy, who specialise in fast-track software developer training programmes. “We’ve supported Bath Digital Festival for a couple of years, “ commented Mike Oram, Academy Lead and Senior Developer. “We’re keen to inspire and support future generations of developers so we see real parallels between what we are doing and the whole ethos and spirit of the festival.”
Understanding and embracing digital technology is what Bath Digital Festival is all about explains Jim Morrison, Director of Bath Digital Festival and CEO of Deep Blue Sky. “Technologies are changing and advancing at an incredible pace – and everyone is impacted, from families to multi-national corporations.” The Financial Times recently listed Bath as one of their top 10 tech hubs of tomorrow. “We live and work in one of the epicentres of this acceleration,” Jim continues. “So we have a duty as a city, and as a community of leading tech companies like Deep Blue Sky, to bring together everyone whom digital change touches, with those who are at the leading edge of that change.”
If you’ve got an idea to showcase, a story to tell, or you’d like to sponsor Bath Digital Festival 2018 there’s still time to get involved. “For sponsors, the festival is a unique opportunity to position your brand in front of a wide consumer audience of forward thinkers,” adds Jim. “And promote your company as an industry leader, a visionary with a social conscience and interest in furthering society through innovation of technology and ideas.”
“For speakers and event organisers the festival offers a super friendly environment, that’s keen to support novice presenters and seasoned professionals alike. It’s a futuristic platform to share your experience and ideas with an audience that’s hungry to learn and discover.”
For further information on the range of sponsorship packages available, or to register your interest as a speaker or volunteer, please visit www.bathdigitalfestival.co.uk
Bath Digital Festival runs from 23-27 October 2018. Tickets go on sale in June.
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