9th-15th November 2020

Bristol Technology Festival 2020

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Bristol Tech Festival

Bristol’s Technology Festival was born in 2019 seeking to showcase the sheer breadth of technology that had been developed in the local ecosystem, and share the stories of those entrepreneurs, engineers and creatives behind the technology with the people of the city, and further afield. It seeks to destroy any barriers between technology businesses, their suppliers, educational and charity organisations and the residents of the community that they live and work in. 

With 2020 marking the start of a new decade, we ask what will the next decade see for the Bristol Tech Cluster? And, how can we influence it for the better of society, and the environment. Bristol Technology Festival now seeks to capture peoples’ hopes and predictions for the next decade. In what ways will technology influence how we live and work? What impact will the tech cluster have locally, and globally? 

Why Join Us?

 

This decade has started with a shock, that will surely change the direction of the tech cluster and echoes of it will continue to be felt far beyond the current crisis. But technological ingenuity has never led a straight path. 

So, we’re inviting you to come on a journey with us, to share your aspirations of where you’d like to see the Bristol Tech Cluster in the next decade. Then join us every year, until 2030, whatever sector, whatever role you play, to follow that journey, and map the twists and turns, and to celebrate the remarkable successes that we know will be achieved by the people of this city.

CONNECT

Be one of the 5000+ attendees across our events. Meet, connect, share and expand your network.

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CONTRIBUTE

Add your knowledge and be a part of the conversation.

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LEARN

Whether you're a developer, designer, creative, entrepreneur, parent or just interested we have sessions for everyone!

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Our Schedule

09:00 - 17:00
Digital Engineering Careers Event

Digital Engineering Careers Event

Digital Engineering Technology Innovation (DETI) Inspire

How can digital engineering help make a more sustainable future?

Join the DETI Inspire team and explore how we can use digital tools to help make a more sustainable future.

In this digital engineering careers event for young people, we will hear from inspirational engineers who are designing and creating innovative new solutions to real-world problems.

If you'd like to know more about what digital engineering is, what skills you need to be an engineer and what careers are available, then join us during Bristol Technology Festival from the 9th - 15th November and find out what engineering is all about.

12:00-13:00
Festival Launch

Festival Launch

Bristol Tech Festival

We'll launch the Bristol Tech Festival 2020 and hear plans for the week

13:00 - 14:30
New Epoch, New Leader

New Epoch, New Leader

Robert Half

With the economy evolving at an unprecedented rate, business and techonology leaders face greater levels of disruption than ever before.  Predicting exactly what the future will require is an impossible task, so leaders must instead equip themselves with a strong portfolio of future-oriented and change-ready skills in order to keep responding to fluctuating market demands.

Katy Tanner, Robert Half’s Director of Leadership Development, will provide an opportunity to explore what the next normal may look like for you, your leadership and your company.

Mark Pullen, CEO of X Ledger, will tell the story of his leadership journey from his roots in professional rugby playing for Wasps, through to now leading one of the UK’s fastest growth Bristol based cloud ERP providers.

13:00 - 14:00
WeCount – data-hacking for sustainable mobility in cities

WeCount – data-hacking for sustainable mobility in cities

University of the West of England

Are you interested in using data for good? Have you ever wondered how citizens can drive innovation in the tech space?

Join UWE-Bristol and Transport and Mobility Leuven as they introduce WeCount, a collaborative research project that puts citizens in the driver’s seat of data generation and use about urban traffic – everything from walking, cycling, cars and lorries. Learn how the Telraam technology works and explore some of the data yourselves! Suitable for all self-confessed hackers, nerds and geeks.

www.we-count.net

13:30 - 17:00
SETsquared #Idea2Pitch

SETsquared #Idea2Pitch

SETSquared Bristol

Do you have a great high 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

14:00 - 15:00
Making Better Tech Decisions with Jobs to be Done

Making Better Tech Decisions with Jobs to be Done

mrjoe

Create innovative products, services and features based on the real, often hidden user need.

Joe will talk through this c-suite friendly, practical, user centred design approach that helps uncover user needs and align an organisation around the customer and the jobs they need to do. Design products and features your users will love.

14:30 - 15:30
The Angels Investors Club

The Angels Investors Club

Angel Investors Club

7:45 - 9:30
Building back better, building back with impact

Building back better, building back with impact

ADLIB

The ”Building back better” event is for tech business owners and employees, for those that are converted and sophisticated in their sustainability understanding, well in their journey, but also for those who would like to build back better and aren’t sure where to start. The event is certain to offer inspiration for both.
Experts are set to take the virtual stage for 5 Impact Presentations revolving around the topics of sustainability and ‘building back better’, followed by a Panel Discussion.

Topics and Speakers:

  • Why we built a business based on purpose. Jo Hand @ Giki
  • Why we became an Employee Owned Business. Olly Willans and Bekah Evans @ Torchbox
  • How we’re supporting the regional economy to build back better. David Henderson @ Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Why going Climate Positive is a lot easier than you think. Dennis Hettema @ Ecologi
  • Why become a B Corp. Andy Hawkins @ Business On Purpose

09:00-11:00
How technology can help you boost your financial skills leading to lifetime financial wellbeing

How technology can help you boost your financial skills leading to lifetime financial wellbeing

Moneyhub

Today’s economic conditions, combined with a lack of financial education, has left millions of people struggling to keep on top of their finances and potentially jeopardising their financial future.
Many prioritise the day to day spending over building financial resilience as they are not sure how to save regularly, what to do in regards to their pension, or are just unclear how to get the most out of their money. Educational financial management tools like Moneyhub can support you in achieving the confidence to make better financial decisions, which can help you find financial wellbeing for good.
Find out how the Moneyhub app for Apple, Android and desktop can help you on your journey towards financial wellbeing:
  • See all your finances in one place - All your bank accounts, pensions, savings, investments, loans, mortgages and more – across all your devices.
  • Understand your money - Get powerful insights into your spending habits and the tools to help you change your behaviour, help you save, and build up your pension pot.
  • Get advice along the way - Instantly connect your account to professionals who can help you make the big decisions.

09:30 - 12:30
What is Quantum Technology?

What is Quantum Technology?

University of Bristol

In today's world it seems anything new and interesting is marketed as being Quantum, with the word continuing to be used in films such as Marvel's Ant-Man and Christopher Nolan's Tenet. But what is Quantum and how will Quantum Technologies be used in reality?
In this event, we will first learn what quantum means and how we can harness the spooky science behind the quantum realm to create practical opportunities which will change our lives.

Then, we will discover the different types of quantum technologies and learn more about their applications from the Bristol-based companies who are helping to create the UK Quantum Industry.

Finally, our panel of quantum experts will discuss the challenges behind creating Quantum Technologies and will answer any of your burning questions.

12:00 - 13:00
Top 6 trending people challenges and how Tech SME's are overcoming them

Top 6 trending people challenges and how Tech SME's are overcoming them

TEAMANGO

We partner with several tech companies in Bristol and further afield in London/Europe. During this session we share the top 6 people challenges faced by the tech community and share insights to how they are tackling them. This will cover:

  • A data led approach to mental health
  • Becoming leaner and stronger in these uncertain times; restructuring and redundancy‚ know your options
  • Improving focus and productivity in distributed teams
  • The widening skills gap and what SME's can do to overcome it
  • The urge/need to promote our best people; How to support their transition from doer to management
  • How to keep diversity and inclusion front of mind in unprecedented times.

Some of our partners will be supporting this event - TBC - VWV, Bcohco and People Matter

16:00 - 18:00
LegalTech: Bristol's next global tech success story

LegalTech: Bristol's next global tech success story

Bristol+BathLegalTech

LegalTech is a fast growing market encompassing a wide range of technologies that accelerate, automate, streamline all types of legal process; adding value, reducing costs and opening up access. The West of England is one of the global city regions blazing a trail in LegalTech and an in-depth research report has been commissioned to analyse where we are today. Whether you're already inside the LegalTech community or know nothing about it but want to know how you could get involved in this dynamic sector, come along to hear more about progress and for a world exclusive pre-publication insight into some of the headlines from that research

10:00 - 11:00
The Data Architecture Battle - what tools/tech/platforms do you choose?

The Data Architecture Battle - what tools/tech/platforms do you choose?

Data3

When it comes to data architecture, there are so many choices...

  • Azure vs AWS vs GCP
  • Snowflake vs SQL vs Athena vs Matillion vs the rest
  • Python vs R
  • Power BI vs Tableau vs Google Data Studio vs Looker

Which ones do you use?

What are the pros and cons?

What are our lessons learnt?

The Data3 SWAT team will help you to decide through a battle-style debate.

10:00 - 11:00
Securing investment to grow your tech business

Securing investment to grow your tech business

Development Bank of Wales

This session will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the tech start-up investment journey. We’ll cover the key funding stages founders need to navigate when growing their business, outlining what investors are looking for at every step of the way.

11:00 - 12:00
Get rich quick?

Get rich quick?

Geovation

Want to find out how to win the innovation lottery? Well this talk is for you! Hear from Geovation's virtual CTO - Paul Nebel.

Innovation start-ups have the potential to provide rich rewards, but enthusiasm and ambition alone are not enough to survive. Most people, once they have an inkling of a problem, jump straight to the solution. This means that their entire business ends up serving the technology, rather than technology being used to achieve the aims of the business.

During this hour-long talk, Geovation's virtual CTO will show you how to start from the right place, establish product-market fit, identify your assumptions and turn them into hypotheses to build experiments that ensure you are building products your customers will love.

Find out how to approach innovation in a clear, systematic way that removes as much uncertainty as possible from your life and leaves you free to achieve your goals.

12:00 - 12:45
Employee Wellbeing: Now it's time for it to become a business priority

Employee Wellbeing: Now it's time for it to become a business priority

People Matter

Organisations can no longer afford to ignore the subject of their employee's wellbeing. The rate at which people are experiencing burnout and other mental health issues is increasing dramatically. Employers need to act fast to support their staff. Now more than ever before organisations have the opportunity to not just "do the right thing" but to lead the conversation and become actively engaged in supporting their employees wellbeing.

14:00 - 16:30
Quantum and Deep Technology Entrepreneurship

Quantum and Deep Technology Entrepreneurship

University of Bristol

The Bristol ecosystem has developed into one of the UK's most prominent and established locations to build an innovative quantum or deep tech company. So what support is available locally and how can you build your own quantum or deep tech company?

This event will firstly take a look at the pathway to emerging technology entrepreneurship, looking at barriers to commercialisation, how to discover investment opportunities in the Bristol and South West area and hearing about the highs (and lows!) from Bristol entrepreneurs.

A panel of experts from Bristol's start-up ecosystem will then discuss what training and infrastructure is available within Bristol and will discuss the ways Bristol is paving a way for deep science companies outside of the golden triangle.

Finally, we'll bring you the launch of QTIC+ a revolutionary Innovation Centre which will provide much needed facilities for the development of new quantum and deep tech companies within the Bristol region.

17:30 - 18:30
The A-Z of hiring your first developer

The A-Z of hiring your first developer

Stephenson Law

Running a start-up is a complex mission, made all the more complicated when your team starts to grow.
You’ve got the industry-breaking idea, trademarked the name, and embarked on your start-up journey - now what?
Get the down-low on the ‘A-Z of Hiring your First Developer’, from advertising to employment contracts, right down to making the fateful choice on your first recruit.
Hosted by “Best New Recruitment Agency” winner SR2, and jargon-free law firm, Stephenson Law: this event will provide a considered approach to hiring, paying close attention to the legal frameworks you’ll need to build a team that lasts.
In addition to industry-leading advice, you’ll benefit from a host of virtual activities, including focused group sessions - designed to lighten the load as you grow your world-class team!

18:30 - 20:00
Invented Futures

Invented Futures

Invented Futures

Invented Futures will bring together thinkers, researchers, technologists and artists to uncover the role of speculation - through prototypes, fiction, philosophy, literature - in re-shaping our understanding of the ‘future’ and the technology we live alongside.

08:30 - 16:30
Ideas in Action Walking Workshops. Creative collaboration on the move: fresh thinking to fuel marketing, find new leads & grow your business

Ideas in Action Walking Workshops. Creative collaboration on the move: fresh thinking to fuel marketing, find new leads & grow your business

F&G Funnel Mechanics

Ideas In Action Walking Workshops at Bristol Tech Festival 2020

The progressive businesses of Bristol and its Tech Cluster need creative and responsible marketing to grow ethically and profitably over the next decade. But how?

Our Ideas in Action Walking Workshops are short sessions of creative consultancy designed to inspire fresh thinking for your lead generation campaigns. No charge, just free ideas you can take away and implement to drive your growth.

Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the office, We're back to working from home. And while we're happy to ditch the commute, we miss face to face communication. The benefits to more flexible working may be clear, but there's no online fix yet for those spontaneous moments of creativity that spur innovation.

We've spotted a way to address this. We're inviting marketers to take part in small Covid-secure brainstorms on the move as part of the Bristol Technology Festival.

What to expect

  • A 30 minute walking brainstorm following an accessible-to-all route along the River Avon through Bristol
  •  Share your marketing challenge in advance and the F&G Funnel Mechanics team will prepare a tailored brainstorm session for your business. Choose your slot, on the half hour, between 8.30 and 4.30
  • Delegates will have fun, be inspired and take away practical tools/learning that they can implement
    Plus, coffees are on us!

Let's spark some creativity!

Why F&G Funnel Mechanics
We work with progressive businesses to build sales and marketing funnels that drive growth. Testament to our creative coaching powers, we partnered with OS accelerator Geovation to deliver marketing mentoring to its startups.

F&G Funnel Mechanics launched at the first Bristol Technology Festival. Now, a year later, we're back with our Ideas In Action Walking Workshops designed to help Bristol's marketers and entrepreneurs to brainstorm their next phase of marketing growth.

09:00
Silicon Gorge Pitching Final

Silicon Gorge Pitching Final

Investment Activator Programme

The final of the Silicon Gorge Investment Competition for startups raising between £150K-£2m.

9:00 - 18:00
Hacking the future of fair work

Hacking the future of fair work

Gapsquare

We currently live through the biggest social experiment on the future of work. All of the changes that were meant to be driven by AI and automation sometime in 2030, have largely happened over the past few months. Rushed and clumsy, these changes have not always brought about the best outcome for companies and workers. In addition, the economic downturn is reshaping industries and occupations, putting additional pressure on companies to empower resilient talent.

10:00 - 11:30
FinTech West

FinTech West

FinTech West

FinTech West is the place for disruptive start-ups, dynamic scale-ups and established enterprises. We share ideas, what’s working (and what isn’t), and how we can shape the future of our industry – together.

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10:00 - 12:00
Slow Computing: Why We Need Balanced Digital Lives by Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser

Slow Computing: Why We Need Balanced Digital Lives by Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser

Bristol University Press

Is it possible to experience the joy and benefits of computing, but to do so in a way that gives us control over our time and data? In this interactive workshop we’ll explore individual and collective ways to practice slow computing and set out solutions to enable you to reflect on what it means to practice 'slow computing' and how it might relate to your own life.

11:00 - 12:00
An Introduction to the OS Data Hub

An Introduction to the OS Data Hub

Geovation

Find out more about Ordnance Survey's new data portal that allows free access to the most comprehensive geographic data for Great Britain

11:00 - 12:00
What Is Cloud Native and Why Should I Care?

What Is Cloud Native and Why Should I Care?

Container Solutions

Cloud Native is transforming organisations in every industry, making them run faster and smarter and changing the way they work and deliver value. Pini Reznik, Container Solutions' CRO, will guide you through a journey to help you understand what it means, and how it works.

9:00 - 10:30
Data ethics of the future and its impact on innovation

Data ethics of the future and its impact on innovation

TLT

Data has become central to the way in which we live and work. Technology companies of the future will be founded on the use and exploitation of data but also judged on their legal and ethical use of that data. We will look at the current legal and ethical framework for data ethics; consider how this is likely to evolve in the future and what technology companies should be doing now to get ahead of the curve.

10:00 - 11:30
Financial Technology in Research and Education

Financial Technology in Research and Education

University of the West of England

10:00 - 11:00
The Visual Voyage: Guide your customers on the path to purchase

The Visual Voyage: Guide your customers on the path to purchase

Workbrands

"Are your prospects getting lost on the customer journey? Perhaps it’s not what your content says that’s driving them away…but how it says it.

The pandemic has led to tech businesses relying on digital marketing over face to face meetings and events. So it’s clear that more than ever that your company’s content needs to capture your audience’s attention – and keep it.

To do this, visual appeal is vital. So join Workbrands founder and director Nick Farrar as he guides you on a Visual Voyage, demonstrating how the right creative execution at every stage of the sales cycle can increase engagement and improve the effectiveness of your content.

Having spent over 20 years in marketing, your host Nick Farrar has an in-depth understanding of what makes brands work, live and breathe and knows exactly how to maximise ROI for clients.

Before co-founding Workbrands, he was director of a recruitment comms agency and MD of an international publishing and events company.

A passionate advocate for the use of creativity in strategic business thinking, Nick is well-versed in helping others tell their own story through design in a way that engages their audience."

12:00 - 14:00
TechSPARK Top 50

TechSPARK Top 50

TechSPARK

TechSPARK's list of the Top 50 most influential entrepreneurs, technologists and creators causing welcomed disruption in the South West’s tech scene.

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.

Who's hosting events?

Moneyhub

Building smart fintech tools inc APIs for businesses to support their customers' financial wellbeing using machine learning.

FinTech West

Supporting the FinTech community in the South West

ADLIB

We are a recruitment agency operating within the Technology, Data, Engineering & Science industries. Proudly BCorp certified.

TechSPARK

All things tech in the West

Tiny Giant

We are an award-winning team of creative technolgists dedicated to helping pioneering brands create stand-out ideas, craft experiences and confidently step into new media and tech

TLT

We're a UK law firm built around the needs of clients, providing expert advice across all UK jurisdictions.

Bristol University Press

A newly-created dynamic, not-for-profit scholarly press based at the University of Bristol

Robert Half

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm.

Invented Futures

Invented Futures is a research collective based at Spike Island art studios and SETsquared Bristol.

Container Solutions

We bring culture, strategy and technology together to make sure your Cloud Native Transformation is done right.

University of the West of England

UWE Bristol is one of Britain's most popular universities, with more than 30,000 students and 3,000 staff and is the largest provider of higher education in the south west of England.

Bristol+BathLegalTech

Connecting and collaborating with law firms, not for profit organisations, entrepreneurs, individuals and techies.

Want to run an event or get involved?

The launch team

Ben Shorrock

MD, TechSPARK

David Henderson

Head of Business Transformation, Hargreaves Lansdown

Sarah Kruger

Director, Deloitte

Heather McDonald Tait

Founder, Why Communications

Nick Rutherford

Founder, Bristol Tech Showcase

Marty Reid

Head of Engine Shed

Karin Rudolph

Course Director, Newicon Academy

OUR PARTNERS

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

Festival Partner

Website Partner

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