OUR 2021 SCHEDULE

10:00 - 11:00
Digital Solutions Disrupting the UK Energy Market

Digital Solutions Disrupting the UK Energy Market

Renewable Exchange

What is the future of power trading? Our innovative digital technology solution revolutionised the energy market in the UK.

In this session learn about the opportunities and challenges of being an industry disruptor and introducing new tech solutions. We will also talk about our work with Monolith and Microservices architecture, the challenges of quick service expansion and what it’s like managing a remote team spread across Europe.

Everyone’s welcome; this session may be especially of interest to those with keen interest in digital technologies challenging the norm.

Join us for an informal chat in the Engine Shed lobby after the presentation, too!

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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.

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12:00 - 14:30
Bristol Technology Festival Keynote with Antonia Forster & Creative Technologies Showcase

Bristol Technology Festival Keynote with Antonia Forster & Creative Technologies Showcase

Bristol Tech Festival

Day one of Bristol Tech Fest kicks off in style with inspiration from our festival keynote followed by a showcase covering the region’s most exciting Creative Technologies.

 

Bristol Tech Festival Keynote 2021: Antonia Forster

Named one of Bristol’s “Women to Watch” in STEM, Antonia has won a number of awards as a prominent LGBTQ+ speaker and activist, with a TEDx appearance now racking up 150,000 views online. Antonia’s journey from zoologist to self-taught coder, to professional Unity/C# games and software developer should offer inspiration to anyone unsure if they can make the move into a technology career.

 

Bristol Createch Ones to Watch

The CIC Createch Ones to Watch 2021 highlights 100 inspiring examples from all around the UK which bring together creative skills from industries such as fashion, film & TV production, video gaming, music, design, animation and advertising with innovative uses of technologies. 20% of the 2021 Createch Ones to Watch come from Bristol and the South West

This panel will introduce some of these innovative businesses and explore what it is about the city which generates a productive crossover between creativity and technology.

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12:30 - 13:15
Using your Business as a Force for Good – B Corp

Using your Business as a Force for Good – B Corp

Business On Purpose

Bristol already has 20 Certified B Corporations. They are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Come along to find out more about how B Corp can support you to improve your social and environmental impact, developing your triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit.

Our own Andy Hawkins is a B Leader and runs Business On Purpose who have helped dozens of companies with their own B Corp journey ranging from small businesses with one or two people right the way up to multi-nationals. This time more than ever it’s imprtant we all play our part to be the very best version of ourselves that we can be. The B Corp framework helps you to move from aspirations to actions.

Free tickets available here.

The event will be held in the presentation space (Abraham Room) at Square Works.

(As this event is expected to sell out, there will be another the day after at the same time)

Together we can do so much more.

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.

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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.
    • Jennifer's career in the business finance and digital sectors has equipped her to understand the requirements of a wide variety of clients. During her time with Xledger, Jennifer has been responsible for customer implementations, alongside working as a solution architect - she plays a key role in helping clients realise their goals, add value to their businesses and stay one step ahead in an ever-changing world.
  • Helen Bassett, Partner, Smith and Williamson – one of the UK’s top 10 largest accountancy practices.
    • Helen is a specialist advisor to tech businesses across multiple verticals; including: fintech, cyber security, agencies, medtech, AI, animatronics, SAAS, mixed reality, realtech, gaming, product development and experience tech. Helen is a cloud technology enthusiast and is passionate about the accounting efficiencies and agility available to businesses through automation.
  • Jacinta Magee, Chief Financial Officer, Ascenti – an innovative health provider who are pioneering new digitally enabled physiotherapy and musculoskeletal services.
    • Jacinta has worked with a range of businesses, all with differing corporate and funding structures and end goals. And from this, she has developed her expertise and enthusiasm for helping companies modernise and grow especially through the use of technology across the whole of the business.
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
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.

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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!

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10:00 - 11:00
Early stage fundraisings – ‘Getting the deal done’

Early stage fundraisings – ‘Getting the deal done’

Burges Salmon/BDO

The session will be focused on providing practical tips and ‘take-aways’ for tech start-ups looking to raise equity funding. We will discuss preparing for investment, explore some of the fundamental investment terms and provide some guidance on how to execute the deal efficiently and avoid some common pitfalls.

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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.

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11:30 - 12:00
The anatomy of a ransomware attack

The anatomy of a ransomware attack

Softcat

In this talk Adam Louca, Chief Technologist for Security at Softcat, will discuss how ransomware has evolved and the steps a ransomware attack take before looking into some real world case studies. We will then discuss mechanisms to detect and respond to these types of attack.

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12:00 - 13:00
Hiring with limited resources

Hiring with limited resources

ISL Recruitment

We know that startups have great ambitions but limited resources, and investing in people can quickly eat into valuable funds. Doing it on the cheap can have disastrous consequences, but with the right plan you can achieve a lot without spending loads.

We’ll talk about employer branding and social media, hiring diverse talent, and networking with a purpose. You’ll leave with some key tips on maximising the effectiveness of your hiring strategy.

 

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12:30 - 13:15
Using your Business as a Force for Good – B Corp

Using your Business as a Force for Good – B Corp

Business On Purpose

Bristol already has 20 Certified B Corporations. They are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Come along to find out more about how B Corp can support you to improve your social and environmental impact, developing your triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit.

Our own Andy Hawkins is a B Leader and runs Business On Purpose who have helped dozens of companies with their own B Corp journey ranging from small businesses with one or two people right the way up to multi-nationals. This time more than ever it’s imprtant we all play our part to be the very best version of ourselves that we can be. The B Corp framework helps you to move from aspirations to actions.

Free tickets available here

The event will be held in the presentation space (Abraham Room) at Square Works.

(As this event is expected to sell out, there will be another the day before at the same time)

Together we can do so much more.

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

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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.

 

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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 on Tuesday 12th October 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, and Richard O' Brien, Head of Digital Marketing, will guide you through the design-sprint process, from the starting point to how to visualise your ideas and successfully market your innovation using the latest digital marketing tools.

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.

 

Schedule:

4:00 Welcome tea and coffee

4:20 Mark Probert 's presentation

4:40.Richard O'Brien's presentation

5:00 Networking drinks and food

7:00. 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.

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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.

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09:00-16:00
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.

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10:00 - 11:00
How to conquer your Inner Critic

How to conquer your Inner Critic

Luceat Consulting

You wouldn't let a friend talk to you in the way you talk to yourself!

We all struggle with the inner dialogue that holds us back, tells us we can't, erodes our confidence. Sometimes we can keep them quiet, sometimes they're just too loud.

In this energetic and practical workshop, Sarah Morgan of Luceat Consulting talks us through why the critic can rear its head and some practical ways to stop it in its tracks.

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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

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11:00 - 12:00
Designing Digital Platforms for Stratospheric Success

Designing Digital Platforms for Stratospheric Success

Calvium

Platforms are a core part of business ecosystems and central to the ways that we interact with our environments. This session explores the critical design phase, providing essential insight for leaders wishing to innovate and build their own platforms. Learn from the award-winning Calvium team; specialists in designing, developing and deploying digital platforms for over 20 years.

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12:30 - 13:30
Grant funding for your tech platform or software

Grant funding for your tech platform or software

Unfold

This is a joint webinar hosted by Unfold and Granted Consultancy. The webinar aims to uncover the grant funding landscape for innovative software businesses looking to gain extra funding. We'll also be touching on topics such as how to project manage and how to build a grant fundable piece of software.

Agenda (TBC):

    • Speaker introductions
    • Outline of common funding criteria
    • What makes a grant fundable tech project?
    • How to get there in practice
    • Setting up for success
    • Agile/waterfall approaches
    • How to structure your software build/build in the most efficient way
    • Team, resources and finding the right talent
    • Costing
    • IP
    • Project management

If you cannot attend on the date/time specified, please sign up for a space anyway as we will be emailing all registrants a link to the session recording afterwards.

To RSVP/secure your place, please book through Hopin.

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.

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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.

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16:00 - 18:30
AI Ethics Best Practices and the Future of Innovation

AI Ethics Best Practices and the Future of Innovation

Tech Ethics Bristol

Ethical considerations and awareness of the unintended consequences of emerging technologies are transforming the way we relate to each other and with the companies offering these services.

Trust and transparency have become essential values for any business working with technology, and in this special event, we will be sharing some examples of best practices and perspectives from organizations working in AI ethics.

Come and join us on Wednesday 13th October from 4 pm at the Engine Shed for an evening of discussions and practical insights with experts from industry and academia.

Presentations:

1.  Adopting an ESG strategy for ethical organisations. Ethics Grade.

Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) has become a priority for organisations around the world.

However, an area of ESG which is often overlooked is Digital Responsibility, and more specifically, AI Governance.

In this presentation, Will Llewelyn will talk about the importance of recognising AI Governance as an ESG issue and what companies can do to manage AI systems safely and ethically.

2. The Data Hazard Labels Project. Jean Golding Institute. University of Bristol.

In this talk, Nina and Natalie from Jean Golding Institute will be presenting the initial results of a project to create a series of Data Hazard labels, which aim to help innovators and researchers reflect on and communicate the potential ethical implications of their data science work to wider audiences.

3. Ethical AI in practice. LV Insurance.

In order for businesses to minimize risk when deploying machine learning models, they must have a rigorous process of model governance & risk analysis which emphasises ethical considerations to avoid potential discrimination or similar negative results.

LV= have a mature data science team of over 40 and are leading the way when it comes to best practice when implementing machine learning into their systems and processes.

In this talk, Venura will give an overview of the areas businesses should consider when it comes to embedding AI ethics into their governance, working practices and culture.

Tech Ethics Bristol is organised by Collective Intelligence.
https://www.collective-intelligence.co.uk/
And sponsored by Adlib.
https://www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk/

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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

18:30 - 21:30
The CEO Collective

The CEO Collective

Executive Foundation

In celebration of Bristol Technology Festival 2021 we are launching the inaugural CEO Collective event.

Join our community of ambitious CEOs for this invite-only reception.

A meeting of like minds who are invested in building the local ecosystem and exploring a smarter way to do business – together.

We meet quarterly at high growth company locations across Bristol.

All proceeds for this event will be donated to 91 Ways so join us to enjoy the cultural diversity of Bristol with delicious food and invigorating conversation.

To join please email Mike Wilshire at mike.wilsher@executive-foundation.com

9:00 - 10:00
International Home Working: Implications For Tech Businesses To Consider

International Home Working: Implications For Tech Businesses To Consider

BDO/TLT

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

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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.

 

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10:00 - 10:45
Softcat Sustainability: Lead, don’t lag

Softcat Sustainability: Lead, don’t lag

Softcat

With sustainability continuing to increase in importance and the tech industry being a key area to drive change, Softcat talks about its journey so far, its future goals and how it hopes to make a difference.

10:00 - 12:00
Disruption of old habits through the power of innovation

Disruption of old habits through the power of innovation

CFMS

Digital innovation refers to the application of technology to solve business problems. But what does this mean in real-life projects of different scales?
Join us in this discussion, where you will hear first-hand about the different approches used at HS2, KISPE and One Big Circle.

- Robert Cairns, Innovation Manager at HS2, will talk about the design optimisation of earthworks for flood prevention, as well as air acoustics which resulted in significant savings and improvements across the project.
- Davide Bianchi, Head of Advanced Simulation at CFMS, will talk about the KISPE project and the latest methodologies used to automatically generate hundreds of finite element models of the Open Source Satellite structure, optimise the results, and bring a versatile multi-mission OSSAT closer to reality.
- Emily Kent, Co-founder of One Big Circle, will talk about the AIVR (Automated Intelligent Video Review) technology that has increased safety and efficiency for the UK rail industry whilst reducing costs and time on site.

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10:00 - 11:30
A Showcase on Smart Cities, Sustainability and System Collaboration

A Showcase on Smart Cities, Sustainability and System Collaboration

Bristol Innovators' Group

Technology has the power to help cities to become better connected, make better decisions, and deliver a better quality of life. Cities across the world are leading bold projects that harness this power.

This event will ask – what can Bristol learn from these projects? If we are to become more sustainable, do we need to shift our perspectives on how city systems work, and work together better to create innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges?

We’ll hear current stories from Bristol and elsewhere in the world, including:

Peter Bjorn Larsen sharing how Copenhagen is progressing in its bold aim of being carbon neutral by 2025.

Richard Watts sharing examples and stories of how fibre can enable digital freedom in cities and communities.

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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

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!

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12:00 - 13:00
The dark side of crypto- the biggest scams, hacks, faked deaths, missing people and Ponzi schemes

The dark side of crypto- the biggest scams, hacks, faked deaths, missing people and Ponzi schemes

Crypto Curry Club

Erica Stanford will go into the biggest hacks and scams in crypto- how do these scams get so big, who's behind them, how do they continue to get so many victims even when law enforcement have exposed them, where does multi-level marketing come into crypto and what marketing and sales tactics make these so bad. Erica will talk about some of the biggest trends in crypto scams and frauds, share some tips on how to tell a scam from what's real, and share some of the craziest stories.

If thousands of people can lose billions of dollars in OneCoin, masterminded by the now infamous Missing Cryptoqueen made famous by the BBC's podcast series and called 'one of the biggest scams in history' by The Times, what makes you think your money is safe? OneCoin isn't alone. In this talk, Erica will go into some of the most shocking scams affected millions of innocent people all around the world with everything from religious leaders to celebrities involved. You'll get access to the back story of the most extreme Ponzi schemes, the most bizarre hoaxes and brutal exit strategies from some of the biggest charlatans of crypto.

Erica spent 2020 researching and writing about all the biggest hacks and scams affecting crypto for her bestselling book Crypto Wars: Faked Deaths, Missing Billions and Industry Disruption.

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12:00 - 13:00
Tech for good - From good intentions to good outcomes

Tech for good - From good intentions to good outcomes

TLT

Innovative uses of data can create huge benefits for the public sector, companies, and individuals. Some of the smartest new and growing tech providers are active in sectors as diverse as financial services, healthcare, and policing. But good intentions don’t always result in good outcomes where data is concerned, and uses of personal data are heavily regulated and carry significant commercial, financial, and reputational risks if things go wrong.
This discussion draws on the extensive industry expertise of the panellists to look at how technologies such as AI, machine learning, and augmented and virtual reality can be provided and deployed in a way that ensures best intentions at the outset don’t lead to problems down the line; and how buyers and suppliers of tech solutions can ensure compliance with myriad data protection laws.

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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.

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13:00 - 15:00
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

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16:30 - 17:15
Why scrutiny is crucial to innovation’s success

Why scrutiny is crucial to innovation’s success

The Media Relations Coach

The solutions that best withstand scrutiny are the ones that will deliver innovation, says Felicity Cowie, a media relations expert committed to championing investigation in entrepreneurship.

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15:00 - 17:30
The impossible challenge? Finding, growing and retaining tech talent

The impossible challenge? Finding, growing and retaining tech talent

Amdaris

Investing in tech talent is critical for an organisation’s future survival. However, for companies in need of filling critical roles the rapid rise in demand means hiring top talent comes with its challenges.

During our panel discussion, our experts from across technology and recruitment will discuss the challenges and solutions for building teams within the tech space.

There will also be an open Q&A session during each panel so that you can steer the debate. In addition, there are plenty of networking opportunities.

Join Amdaris and our panel of experts from Huboo, OVO Energy, Chorus, Stephenson Law, ISL Recruitment and Clue Computing as we discuss the challenges in finding and hiring talent in the tech sector on Thursday 14th October from 3:00pm-5:30pm at Harvey Nichols (you will find us at the bar!)
Your panel members:
Panel 1 – Building the right team to deliver your impossible software development challenges
• Andy Rogers, Co-CEO, Amdaris – Andy has drawn on his 15+ year career in management to lead an exciting growth phase for Amdaris. He spearheaded the revisioning and rebranding of the business establishing it as one of the fastest-growing UK software development companies.
• James Burgess, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, Ovo Energy - James is a Senior Talent Advisor at OVO in London. His main fields of expertise are in the Technology space, managing the recruitment of Software Engineers, Product Managers, Designers and Agile professionals for OVO's various brands.
• Ed Boal, Managing Director of Stephenson Law – Ed is a passionate advocate for delivering legals differently. A highly versatile technology lawyer and a nominee for the Tech Dealmaker of the Year Award, Ed is known for his expert advice in supporting next-generation companies with their fundraises, M&As and corporate deals. Ed's love for technology positions him as the legal go-to when it comes to advancements - and obstacles - in the world of tech.
Panel 2 – How do you attract and hire the best talent into tech roles?
• Glyn Blaize, COO, Amdaris – A founder of software application company NORTHSTAR, Glyn has held several director roles during his career, including Commercial, Sales and Operations, and brings with him a wealth of recruitment, resourcing and operations experience.
• Alan Furley, Director, ISL Recruitment - Alan is a director and owner at ISL Recruitment, a business that helps tech startups and scaleups grow through talent planning and finding great people. ISL has been awarded as a UK Best Workplace for 3 of the last 4 years.
• Clare Elford, CEO , Clue Computing- Clare is CEO of Clue, the leading investigation platform empowering intelligence units globally. Having successfully exited her first business, Clare is gearing up to scale Clue in a sustained way, baking resilience into the team and the business model. Clare is an advocate of finding a fresh approach and leading from the front.
Panel 3 - How do you grow, nurture and retain your tech teams?
• Vlad Nanu, Co-CEO Amdaris - Before co-founding Amdaris in 2009, Vlad led software teams at firms in Moldova and Silicon Valley before moving to Bristol. Vlad uses his 15+ years of expertise in nearshore operations and management to deliver large-scale software programs.
• Lee Berry, Head of Product, Huboo - During his 25-year IT career, Lee Berry has worked across the globe from Europe to Australia and back. His varied background includes development, business analysis, project management, IT management and most recently, product management. An agile evangelist and leader, he is an experienced Scrum Master and coach but his passion is for all things product.
• Steve Batt - Head of IT Operations, Chorus - Steve Batt is Head of IT Operation at Chorus and has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, where he has held senior management positions at the likes of Serco, Mouchel and Civica. As an expert in ITIL and IT service operations, Steve focuses on building engaged and motivated technical teams and implementing mature operational processes to support IT service transformation.

Event Schedule:
3:00-3:30pm Welcome & Intro
3:30-4:00pm Panel discussion 1 –
Building the right team to deliver your impossible software development challenges.
4:00-4:15pm Break
4:15-4:45pm Panel discussion 2 –
How do you attract and hire the best talent into tech roles?
4:45-5:00pm Break
5:00-5:30pm Panel discussion 3 –
How do you grow, nurture and retain your tech teams?
5:30pm onwards Networking, pre-SPARKies drinks and canapes.

Please note spaces will be limited and first come first served.
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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!

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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!

The venue: framework, 35 King Street is the same

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

New Tools For The Future

Invented Futures

As the future is increasingly anticipated by emerging technology, uncertainty, complexity, or climate and infrastructure crises, Invented Futures asks you to join in asking what kinds of new “tools” do we need to make and remake our relationship with the future.
 
Hear from the perspective from Experimental Physics discovering at the edge of chaos, to the ways dreams, mythmaking and fantasy are key tools for communicating new discoveries, in order to build an alternative toolkit for thinking about the future.

New Tools for the Future will ask:

  • How do we know what we know about the future and our agency in it, and how can we go beyond that?
  • 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?

The panel: 

Professor Antonella de Santo founded the University of Sussex team working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. In 2013, she became the first woman to hold the position of Professor of Physics at the university. In 2017, she received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Antonella is making world-leading contributions to the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model, currently focusing on the search for Supersymmetry. Prior to her work on ATLAS, for about a decade she had been making leading contributions to the study of neutrino oscillations. 

Dr Franziska Kohlt is a researcher in Science Communication, the History of Science & Literature at University of York. She completed her doctoral research at Oxford on Victorian fantasy writers and their work and thinking as scientists, and how it was the language and imagination of fantasy that gave psychology its vehicles for making science breakthrough discoveries - including evolutionary psychology, or dreams -  imaginable and understandable to scientific and public communities well beyond their time. She is the editor of The Lewis Carroll Review and Reviews Editor of the British Society for Literature and Science.

Maria Leonard is a cultural researcher with a particular focus, separately, on the future; death; and diasporas. She is founder/producer of Invented Futures and Editor-in-Chief of Qisetna: Talking Syria, as well as a writer and poet. 

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.

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10:30 - 12:00
Let's Make Art with AI

Let's Make Art with AI

Skylark Creative

Making art is a brilliant way to stretch your creative muscles, boost productivity, inspire new thinking and escape day-to-day stress for a while. The great news is, thanks to AI technologies, you can now create art in exciting new ways – even if you think you can’t paint or draw. Want to try?

In this hands-on, exploratory workshop, I will share some of my favourite machine learning creative projects and show you how you can make your own pieces using a range of tools.

You don’t have to be a coder or artist to join in. All you need is an open mind and a desire to play!

You’ll leave the session with:

  • A deeper understanding of machine learning and how it can be used to make art and extend creative thinking.

  • Your own pieces of art created using a range of machine learning tools.

  • An understanding of AI creative platforms you can use.

  • Tools, tips and resources to help you make your own creative work with machine learning.

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12:00 - 14:00
Tech for Good Bristol + Bath, Power up Lunch

Tech for Good Bristol + Bath, Power up Lunch

Rocketmakers/TechSPARK

At this one-off event, we will explore the breadth and depth of Tech for Good companies across Bristol and Bath. We will consider how those of us working outside the community can support their endeavors and bring a flavour of Tech for Good to our own lives and companies.
Our panel will bring perspectives from across the political, private, and investment sectors giving us plenty of food for thought. And as if that wasn't enough, we'll also launch a new open dataset, microsite, and map to help us all celebrate and build the vibrant and growing Tech for Good community.

Who's on the panel?
Carla Denyer - British Green Party politician and candidate for 2021 Green Party leadership election.
Cansu Deniz Bayrak - Senior Partner Bethnal Green Ventures
Sonny Masero - Chief Strategy Officer EVORA Global and NED at Soil Association
More tbc...

What's the agenda?
12:00 - 12:30 Arrive and grab a bite to eat
12:30 - 13:15 Panel discussion
13:15 - 13:30 Launch of microsite, open dataset and map
13:15 - 14:00 Networking and more lunch

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12:30 - 13:30
Mentorship – Supporting Women in Tech

Mentorship – Supporting Women in Tech

MotherBoard - A community for mums working in Tech and Data


Our fifth MotherBoard event in this years series will feature a panel talk and Q&A with industry experts and will be covering the importance of coding boot camps and mentorship programs. We will be discussing what coding camps are doing to entice more women into tech and also how to get the best out of mentorship (What makes a good mentor, how to find a mentor, importance of having a mentor). Overall, this will be a guide on for women looking to get into software development and also how to support those who are looking to progress into leadership positions through vital support and guidance.

We will be speaking with:

Jon Linklater-Johnson - Head of Engineering - LabGenius
Margaret Davidson - Growth Manager - IO Academy
Sarah O'Grady - Lead Teacher & Engineer - Le Wagon
Nicola Martin - Head of Quality - Adarga

This is an online event, hosted on CrowdCast. We can’t wait to see you there!

12.20pm - CrowdCast room opens

12.30pm - Event starts with a welcome from your meet-up organiser, Amber and an introduction to the panel.

12.35pm – Panel talk with a range of tech leaders.

13.20pm – Audience Q&A

13.30pm – Event closes

The event will be recorded and will be available to view shortly afterwards.

MotherBoard is a community that has been created to drive positive change throughout the UK Technology and Data sectors. Creating environments that support the inclusion of working mothers offers a significant solution to the shortage of talent across the Technology and Data sectors. We’re here to educate, challenge, and create that shift. We’re not here to berate, we’re here to connect, embrace and champion positive change-makers.

Our community is open to all. Mothers working in tech, organisations who are up-skilling returners back into work as well as employers that are consciously looking to create inclusive programmes to attract mothers into their Technology and Data teams. We actively encourage females, males, and non-binary folk to join us and to get involved.
Your community organisers are:

Amber from ADLIB - http://www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk

If you would like to get involved in building and running our community please get in touch with Amber at amber@adlib-recruitment.co.uk

You can follow us on Instagram @motherboarduk

Brought to you by ADLIB - http://www.adlib-recruitment.co.uk

Sponsored by notonthehighstreet https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/

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13:30 - 15:30
Innovation At Amazon And How Amazon Innovates

Innovation At Amazon And How Amazon Innovates

Amazon Web Services

Times of crisis create an opportunity to collaborate, invent and adapt to better serve customers, accelerating our need to build for the future. Businesses of all sizes are working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to migrate and innovate in the cloud, adopt new working models and shift to flexible IT platforms. Wherever you are in your journey, AWS can help you accelerate and reach your goals of a better future.

We invite you to join a conversation with Olga Miloserdova, who leads our Digital Innovation program for Private Equity in EMEA, helping customers through their digital transformation by leveraging Amazon’s innovation technology to drive new products and enhanced customer experience. Olga has been with Amazon for 5 years, previously working on new product launches in Prime Video and Alexa.

Olga will take you to explore Amazon’s peculiar innovation culture and dive deeper into the impact of its four pillars: Culture, Mechanisms, Architecture, and Organization. We will share examples of how adopting these concepts has helped our customers in their transformation journey, while enabling and accelerating innovation inside their organization.

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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.

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Our Charity Partner

This year Bristol Tech Festival is partnering with Digilocal to support young people into coding! 

Donate here or you can donate directly to DigiLocal by scanning the QR code facilitated by our friends Moneyhub, ensuring DigiLocal receives 100% of all donations, immediately.

OUR 2021 PARTNERS

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

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Community Partners

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