Bristol Technology Festival 2021

10-15th October 2021

Bristol Tech Festival is returning! We'll have more information soon on our full lineup of events.

OUR 2021 PARTNERS

This festival would not be possible without the support of partners. Thank you!

Headline Partner

Community Partners

Pushon

Our Mission

Our aim is to create a platform that allows groups to run and promote tech events under the banner of Bristol Technology Festival and to provide support and guidance.

OUR SCHEDULE

09:00 - 17:00
Digital Market Places Disrupting The UK Energy Market

Digital Market Places Disrupting The UK Energy Market

University of the West of England

To discuss how the Renewable Exchange platform has changed the UK renewables market to allow generator to connect with offtakers in transparent, flexible and time-efficient way and enabling projects to increase their revenues.

Tickets coming soon!

11:00 - 12:00
Location Intelligence - using geospatial data and services to transform day to day operations

Location Intelligence - using geospatial data and services to transform day to day operations

Deloitte

If "80% of data has a geospatial component" why do organisations sometimes struggle to exploit it fully? We will discuss the technical, commercial, and cultural barriers to spatial democratisation;explore strategies to overcome them;and examine the advantages your organisation can realise when it becomes Location Insight driven.

12:00 - 14:00
A Bristol Tech Festival Keynote

A Bristol Tech Festival Keynote

Bristol Tech Festival

Bristol Tech Festival is pleased to host a fireside chat with Antonia Forster.

Antonia is a Unity/C# games and software developer, specialising in immersive experiences such as AR, VR & XR.

In 2017, her record-breaking TEDxBristol talk was delivered to a live audience of 2,000 people, and has since gained over 92,000 views online.

In 2018,  Antonia was nominated and shortlisted for Nature’s John Maddox Prize, in recognition of work as an LGBTQ+ speaker and activist.

She has been named one of Bristol’s Top Nine “Women To Watch” in STEM, and featured in numerous magazine, radio and television features.

Tickets coming soon!

15:30 - 16:30
Delivering digital skills for the workforce of the future

Delivering digital skills for the workforce of the future

Founders4Schools

Tech and IT-related job vacancies make up 12% of all open UK job vacancies, with more than 100K open vacancies per month. It is the fastest-growing sector. At the same time, the Tech sector struggles to attract diverse talent and even less so build a diverse talent pipeline to fill these desperately needed skills. The Question: How do we get young people interested in STE(A)M. How can we help them understand and acquire the skills needed to thrive in Tech related Industries and become successful members of the workforce? How will this need change in the near future? Do we have the infrastructure in place to deliver what our economy needs? How can education outreach help us bridge the Gap?
Panel discussion addressing the issue with experts from Industry and the Skills sector.

15:30 - 17:30
LegalTech comes of age: our innovation and opportunity guide to the next few years

LegalTech comes of age: our innovation and opportunity guide to the next few years

Bristol+BathLegalTech

As captured in the 2021 research report on the West’s influential cluster, LegalTech is developing rapidly as a significant sub-sector within the broader tech industry, while simultaneously driving the digital transformation of an entire profession. The speed of legal digital adoption has accelerated in the last two years and at our event you can hear from some of the national leaders in this industry about what they believe the biggest innovations and opportunities of the mid-2020s will be

8:30 - 10:00
Scaling your ambitious tech company: can your finance system keep up?

Scaling your ambitious tech company: can your finance system keep up?

Xledger UK

Due to the increased demand for the technology sector’s products and services during the pandemic, it is safe to say there is opportunity for immense growth within this booming industry. In this panel discussion our speakers will provide insight on how the right finance system and processes can support your ambitious tech company to grow, not only fast, but smart.
Join us and our 3 expert speakers who work within the tech world on Tuesday 12th October from 8:30am-10:00am at the Engine Shed (in the Junction Room). You will hear from:
  • Jennifer Sims, Senior Consultant, Xledger – Leading cloud-based finance software provider
  • Helen Bassett, Partner, Smith and Williamson – one of the UK’s top 10 largest accountancy practices
  • Jacinta Magee, Chief Financial Officer, Ascenti – an innovative health provider who are pioneering new digitally enabled physiotherapy and musculoskeletal services.
Each speaker will bring a different point of view and expertise of the ever-growing sector to shed some light on how your finance function could help evolve your tech company.
Event Agenda:
8:30am - Breakfast and networking
9:00am - 9:45am Panel Discussion
10:00am - Event close

10:00 - 11:00
Non-dilutive funding and R&D tax credits

Non-dilutive funding and R&D tax credits

DRIAD/ForrestBrown

An overview of public funding opportunities that are available and short reminder of their process.

Why requesting R&D tax credits and the presentation of the process.

10:00 - 11:00
What editorial eCommerce means for conversions

What editorial eCommerce means for conversions

Atomic Smash

How beautiful and informative storytelling can help engage and convert more customers online.

10:00 - 11:00
Why investing in a culture of curiosity can transform your business and change the world

Why investing in a culture of curiosity can transform your business and change the world

Atomic Smash

We will cover how we've encouraged our team to lean into their curiosity, to be supportive and to never stop learning — and by doing so, to live out Atomic Smash’s company values. We'll talk through the practical ways to do this, such as introducing dedicated monthly L&D time and resources and launching a thank you budget for team members to show recognition to one another, as well as the outcomes. You’ll get a taste of the benefits of bringing curiosity and a healthy growth mindset into your business and learn how it can impact team culture... or even change the world.

10:00 - 11:00
Advanced Air Mobility: from medical drone deliveries to people movement through a distributed zero-carbon aviation network

Advanced Air Mobility: from medical drone deliveries to people movement through a distributed zero-carbon aviation network

Deloitte

Advanced Air Mobility is a huge topic! For this session we will share examples of the work we’ve delivered including medical supplies delivered by drone and our thoughts on how low- or zero-emission air vehicles offer the prospect of a revolution in travel. Join us to find out more!

11:00 - 12:00
Why should we care about digitising the physical world?

Why should we care about digitising the physical world?

Deloitte

The NASA pencil, Google wings widget! Amazing design through their simplicity. By creating physical digital twins are we in danger of creating a tech solution for the sake of a tech solution (and it is super cool) and missing the ‘so what’. We will look at some of principles by behind the architecture of ‘AssetMesh’ and how ensure value to the end user.

12:30 - 13:15
B Corps - How to use your business as a force for good

B Corps - How to use your business as a force for good

The Square Club

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Come along to this free talk by Andy Hawkins of Business on Purpose to learn more about how to make your business a B-Corp.

Register Here

14:00 - 15:00
The real MVP; the secret to high-growth tech for startups

The real MVP; the secret to high-growth tech for startups

Unfold

Whether you're designing the first or the 100th version of your digital platform, deciding what features to include is difficult. There are so many exciting options and ideas to choose from that it's hard to know where to start.

For startups and scale-ups, resources are always tight, which is why so many are using the minimum viable product (MVP) approach to help them deliver success faster. In this talk we'll look at how you can utilise the power of the MVP to drive better results for new and existing products by looking at:

- What is an MVP, who should use them and their benefits
- The process of developing an MVP
- Types of MVP
- The importance of user testing feedback and how to collect it
- Common mistakes to avoid in product development
- Measuring success post-launch, vanity metrics and KPI's

16:00 - 17:00
Discover SETsquared

Discover SETsquared

SETSquared Bristol

Calling all tech entrepreneurs! SETsquared Bristol's open event, Discover, reveals why a business incubator can help you grow your business and make an impact. The session includes talks from SETsquared's Centre Director, an Entrepreneur in Residence, and a SETsquared alumni - Zoe Colosimo from Neighbourly - followed by Q&A with the panel.

 

Get Tickets Here

16:00 - 19:00
Fuelling Innovation with Newicon

Fuelling Innovation with Newicon

Newicon

Discover how to turn your ideas into successful innovation with Newicon.

Come and join us at the Engine Shed for an evening of innovation, networking and drinks with Newicon and partners.

Mark Probert, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and Senior Strategist at Newicon, will guide you through the design-sprint process, revealing how you can take advantage of this cutting edge tool.

From creative thinking to clickable prototypes, discover how design sprints can fuel innovation in your business.

Design sprints take the best of design thinking and the agile methodology and combine them in an easy-to-follow process.It is a tried and tested tool for:

  • Generating solutions to business challenges
  • Understanding the needs of your users
  • Creating a focused set of features for those solutions
  • Building a working prototype of your solution

No matter the size of your organization, design sprints are an agile way to design and develop new products and services using a human centric approach.

This event is for everyone interested in fuelling innovation in their business, from startups to SMEs and large organisations.

We have more than 15 years of experience designing and developing innovative solutions for companies of all sizes across many sectors.

During this event we will be sharing our knowledge and experience of designing products and services for a variety of clients and industries, including energy, aerospace and finance among others.

Fuelling Innovation with Newicon is proudly part of Bristol Technology Festival 2021.

 

4:00 Welcome tea and coffee

4:30 Mark Probert 's presentation

5:10 Networking Drinks.

6:30 Event finishes.

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17:00 - 18:00
Inspiring women and girls in STEAM for Ada Lovelace Day

Inspiring women and girls in STEAM for Ada Lovelace Day

Engine Shed

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, Engine Shed and SETsquared bring together a panel of inspiring women in tech.

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, the woman who is widely regarded as the first ever computer programmer, Engine Shed and SETsquared Bristol bring together a panel of women in STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) to talk about their tech careers, which have developed into something much more entrepreneurial.

The event will be a place for women in tech and girls in STEAM education to inspire, be inspired and celebrate the original coder, Ada Lovelace.

We welcome children, if appropriate and accompanied by an adult online.

19:30 - 20:30
Sustainability Solutions - Green Jobs in Engineering and Technology

Sustainability Solutions - Green Jobs in Engineering and Technology

Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation

How might we reach Net Zero by 2030? In this event we hear from engineers working to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Come and find out about jobs in sustainability solutions to see how you can contribute to our future.

DETI Inspire champions science for children in the West of England with a particular focus on breaking stereotypes and challenging perceptions about STEM careers in order to appeal to under-represented groups in engineering. Our vision is for every young person in the West of England to have access to inclusive, engaging and inspiring engineering experiences with real-life relatable role models. We make it our mission to support and inspire the next generation of digital engineers.

Tickets Available Soon

09:00-17:00
Fintech West Summit

Fintech West Summit

FinTech West

As part of Bristol Tech Week, we shall be highlighting innovation in one of the UK's top FinTech clusters and looking at what the future holds. We'll hear from a panel of speakers who will provide relevant updates on key FinTech initiatives and futures, as well as representatives from FinTech firms in the South West.

Plus there's an exciting announcment for the future benefit of FinTech across the region.

Detailed agenda to follow but the the event starts with networking from 9am and presentations from 9.30am until mid-afternoon with a break for a light lunch - further networking opportunities at the close.

Get Tickets Here

10:00 - 11:30
Break Into Tech: Masterclass for Non-Technical Founders

Break Into Tech: Masterclass for Non-Technical Founders

Tech for Non-Techies

If you have an idea for an app or web-based business, but no technical background, join this masterclass and you’ll learn about:
1) The framework for how to go from idea to live product
2) What's worth investing in and what's just waste
3) How to work with developers effectively
4) How and when to hire a team

Register Here

13:30 - 17:00
SETsquared #Idea2Pitch Event

SETsquared #Idea2Pitch Event

SETSquared Bristol

SETsquared Bristol's #Idea2Pitch will help hone your ideas, and shape them into a pitch for gaining interest or support in your venture.

Do you have a great tech business idea, but don’t know where to start? Or are you unsure what to do next in order to grow your technology company? Then sign up for #Idea2Pitch event hosted by SETsquared Bristol to help hone your ideas, and shape them into a pitch for gaining interest or support in your venture.

#Idea2Pitch includes an interactive workshop on what makes a good business idea, and how to pitch it for maximum effect, and an introduction to SETsquared, the Global No.1 university-backed business incubator.

Tech founders or aspiring tech entrepreneurs of all levels and backgrounds are welcome to apply to attend.

15:00 - 16:30
eCommerce Success In The New Normal

eCommerce Success In The New Normal

PushOn

PushON are proud Community partners of the Bristol Technology Festival and are delighted to be running this free event discussing the new normal of commerce.

During Covid-19, bricks and mortar stores were left with two options: move business online or lose customers. As lockdowns across the world begin to lift and life resumes, eCommerce and retail businesses should look to innovate their business models to maintain any advantage they may have gained during the pandemic. eCommerce is expected to have its first trillion-dollar year of sales in 2022. Are you ready to have a slice of the proverbial pie?

In this panel discussion you’ll hear from industry experts on:

• Staying on top of the latest payment trends and making payment seamless
• Embracing ‘social shopping’ and curating the shopping experience
• Turning fulfilment into a competitive advantage
• Finding ways to weave sustainable practices into your operation
• Looking at how to make your supply chain agile enough to support rapid growth
• Prioritising your existing customers and converting them into brand ambassadors

It’s such an interesting time for Commerce. With Black Friday and dare we say it, Christmas, fast approaching, businesses are looking to these busy times, evaluating how they handled the increase strain on them during the pandemic. Use our event to learn which areas may be points of weakness for you and go away with a plan in place to ensure new opportunities are taken in what is sure to be a record breaking few months.

Register Here

16:30 - 18:30
AI Ethics

AI Ethics

Tech Ethics Bristol

More information coming soon!

17:30 - 19:30
Pixie is coming to Bristol

Pixie is coming to Bristol

Pixie

#Passionatelyindependent - Pixie is a community discovery app working to create positive change on our high streets. We help our customers find new indies, support local business and get rewarded. In turn our retailers gain new customers and encourage a circular economy, building customer loyalty and support.
This event is to celebrate our expansion into Bristol and it's communities, showcase local talent and prove how 'Tech for Good' projects can really make a difference that counts.

We hope to have a food and drink offering and encourage relaxed social environment that gets people interested in our app, how it works, and what we have in plan for the future!

More Information coming soon!

18:30 - 20:00
You Get What You Get 1.0

You Get What You Get 1.0

Get Norts

An inspirational and fun-filled evening of NFT knowledge, innovation, technology, art and live music.
"Easily The Fest's Best Event." Elon Musk

10:00 - 11:00
Earth we love you...but we need some space – how our GRAVITY Challenge explores out-of-this world solutions

Earth we love you...but we need some space – how our GRAVITY Challenge explores out-of-this world solutions

Deloitte

GRAVITY Challenge is a global technology innovation program for corporates, entrepreneurs and universities - to design and build solutions to solve real industry, social and environmental problems, using space data and capabilities. Join the Deloitte Space team for an interactive session on the programme with discussion on a selection of Gravity Challenges and the technologies being used to solve them.

10:30 - 11:30
Non-dilutive funding and R&D tax credits

Non-dilutive funding and R&D tax credits

DRIAD/ForrestBrown

An overview of public funding opportunities that are available and short reminder of their process.
Why requesting R&D tax credits and the presentation of the process.

11:00 - 12:00
Putting the user experience at the centre of your digital partnership

Putting the user experience at the centre of your digital partnership

Digital Wonderlab

Digital Wonderlab

Working in partnership with the right digital partner is paramount to ensuring that you focus front and centre on the people who matter the most - the beneficiaries!

Tickets coming soon!

12:30 - 14:00
Inspiring Bristol Green Tech Innovators

Inspiring Bristol Green Tech Innovators

Green Tech South West


We're delighted to showcase a set of lightning talks from three fantastic Bristol Green Tech innovators, as part of the Bristol Technology Festival 2021 -

"Seeing the wood for the trees with corporate activism" - Jaya Chakrabarti MBE, Chief Evangelising Officer at Project Vana.

With recent press coverage on afforestation being a way to “fix the planet”, there is dire need for decent LIVE data on land ownership to identify where trees can be planted. There is also a complexity when it comes to the most effective land use once that land has been identified. Corporate land ownership data is a missing piece of this puzzle. It is our intention to fill in some blanks using available corporate transparency data and technologies.

"Building up Buttercup, creating a sustainable e-learning and publishing business" - Rachel Mills, Founder at Buttercup Learning

Buttercup Learning creates educational content to inspire children, their carers and teachers alike to care for our planet. Rachel shares her experience developing sustainable web design and digital products that match her larger vision for Buttercup Learning.  Her goal to explore and provide digital and craft-based carbon literacy to other creative tech, ed tech businesses and creative students.

"The cooling crisis: How global cooling is contributing to global warming" - Molly Allington, CEO at Albotherm

Air conditioning alone accounts for 20% of electricity usage from buildings and 10% of total global electricity usage. To stop this cycle in its tracks, we need to make better use of our natural resources and find more sustainable alternatives to air conditioning. Molly will take about how she develops paints that are designed to reflect the sun's rays at high temperatures, reducing solar gain and helping to cool buildings without burning fossil fuels.

13:00 - 16:00
Quantum in the City and Quantum in Europe

Quantum in the City and Quantum in Europe

University of Bristol

A duo of events to look at the Quantum Technology Ecosystem in Bristol and in the wider UK and Europe.

Sessions will include:

- Introduction to Quantum Landscape in Bristol

- Panel session on Quantum Technology in the wider UK and Europe

- Virtual Tour of the Quantum Technology Innovation Centre

14:30 - 15:00
International Home Working: Implications For Technology Businesses To Consider

International Home Working: Implications For Technology Businesses To Consider

BDO

With COVID-19 impacting our working habits, many technology businesses are embracing a fully remote workforce.

For most this will not prove an issue, but what considerations need to be made when working from home means working in a different country?

Join us, as we discuss the tax and legal implications of staff working from their home jurisdiction on a permanent basis.

17:00 - 19:00
CMM Celebratory Event

CMM Celebratory Event

Constructing Modern Methods (CMM)

Join us at the Engine Shed on Thursday 14th October 5pm-7pm to raise a glass and celebrate the official launch of the CMM digital toolkit!

During the event we will provide an opportunity for attendees to demo the toolkit alongside networking opportunities and talks from our guest speakers.

Please see below for more information on the event schedule.

Demo & Networking (5.00pm-5.30pm)
Guest Speaker (5.30-5.45pm)
Demo & Networking continued (6.00pm-7.00pm)

Bubbles and nibbles will be provided!

18:30 - 20:00
New Tools For The Future

New Tools For The Future

Invented Futures

In a world where technology can often take away independence and agency, and emerging technology can seem to dominate how we see ourselves in the future, what kinds of “tools” do we have to make and remake - even dismantle! - our relationship with the future.
Including voices from diverse ranges of disciplines such as ecology, mycology, quantum physics, social science and design, Invented Futures will touch on the biggest issues troubling the future from niche perspectives.
Whether you’re looking for ways to create new relationships between past, present and future
if you’re questioning the very framing of linear time as a basis for understanding the world
if you’re wondering about how to go about conditions for sustainable futures
or if you didn’t know that you should be wondering about any of this in the first place - we want you to come along and learn new, accessible (yet strange) tools for the future.
Our steering questions for New Tools For The Future:
What can the connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software show us about how to rethink our relationship with the future?
How might technologies of ecology and system-making in nature such as mycology, teach us a thing or two about technologies embedded in society?
What is it about the edge of chaos that leads to creation of new ideas?
How might different cultural and historical traditions of thinking about time enrich the way we live alongside emerging technologies?

19:00 - 24:00
The SPARKies

The SPARKies

TechSPARK

The digital and tech awards for the West is heading back to Bristol in 2021.

For the 9th consecutive year, we'll be shining a light on the very best people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in Bristol, Bath and the broader West of England region. We can't wait!

The SPARKies will be back October 14th, at 7pm. We'll be selling tickets soon! This year we're back in Bristol and super hopeful (🤞) that we'll be meeting in person!

There are 17 categories representing the brilliance of the tech scene in the West up for grabs. We're celebrating the entire local tech spectrum - including those wonderful people and companies that work tirelessly to support and grow the cluster.

Buy Tickets Here

10:00 - 11:00
Invest in your PR, so investors invest in you

Invest in your PR, so investors invest in you

Social Tech Communications

Research carried out last year found that there is a significant correlation between levels of media coverage an early stage company generates and the amount of funding they receive in their next funding round.
But where do you begin?
At a time when innovation, disruption and transformation are being increasingly encouraged and celebrated, and the start-up and scale-up community becomes increasingly crowded, how can start-up businesses and entrepreneurs create standout for themselves in the eyes of potential investors?
This session will highlight the role a robust communications strategy plays in attracting investment, and the impact it can have on investor decision making. The session will showcase the eight key steps required to develop a strong PR plan. It will also illustrate what success might look like for those start-up, scale-up and high-growth businesses who invest in building their brand and reputation amongst their key stakeholders.

10:00 - 11:00
Motion Simulator - combining the power of AI and Simulation to help transport operators make data driven decisions.

Motion Simulator - combining the power of AI and Simulation to help transport operators make data driven decisions.

Deloitte

Deloitte have developed a cloud-based data analytics platform, used by Network Rail and the Department for Transportation, which harnesses the power of AI and Simulation technology to improve performance and simplify smart investment in public transport networks. Underpinned by a Unified Data Model, it unifies disparate data sources to create a holistic view of the entire transport network.

17:00 - 19:00
Closing Celebration

Closing Celebration

Huboo

Huboo Technologies would like to invite you to celebrate the successes of the 2021 Bristol's Tech Festival. Reflecting on the festival week for showcasing, celebrating & connecting everything great in our community.

Please join us for drinks and networking in Huboo's new office space in the city centre to celebrate the end of Bristol's third technology festival.

More information coming soon!

Want to run an event or get involved?

The launch team

Ben Shorrock

MD, TechSPARK

Marty Reid

Head of Engine Shed

David Henderson

Fintech West

Karin Rudolph

Course Director, Newicon Academy

Nick Rutherford

Founder, Bristol Tech Showcase

Marina Traversari

Global Program Manager - Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (TEAC)

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An Introduction to the OS Data Hub
Slow Computing: Why We Need Balanced Digital Lives.
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Why is now the time to innovate with Open Finance
Building back better, building back with impact
What is Quantum?
Be Prepared to Forget Everything You Know About Innovation
Making Better Tech Decisions with Jobs to be Done
Top 6 trending people challenges and how Tech SME's are overcoming them
New Epoch, New Leader
Adopting Space Technology Down Here on Earth
WTF is Cloud Native and Why Should I Care?
Using Drones and Satellites to Transform Business Operations
Building digital capability: Getting the right skills for the right person at the right time
Reimagining Digital Placemaking: Technology and the public realm towards 2030
Data ethics of the future and it's impact on innovation
The Visual Voyage: Guide your customers on the path to purchase
Financial Technology in Research and Education
Be Prepared to Forget Everything You Know About Innovation
Mobility as a Service: How do we develop the future of transport
Up skilling and getting started in tech
Amanda Solloway, Minister for Science
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor

Bristol Tech Festival is committed to an inclusive event