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We believe technology conferences should be fun and engaging – and open to all, regardless of experience.

At Bristol Tech Festival we explore the industry through a series of fun social events, encouraging everyone to participate through interactive seminars, workshops and activity spread across the city.

Last years Tech Festival included awesome events from Deloitte, xledger, Rocketmakers, University of Bristol, PushON and more, as well as The SPARKies 2021 and the launch of Tech for Good Bristol & Bath.

Purpose Day sponsored by

KD is a user-centred innovation and product development consultancy. We focus on designing a better world; creating value through tomorrow’s products and experiences. We combine creative, technical and user experience expertise to deliver world changing products and services for medical, consumer and industrial clients.

9:30 - 10:15
How can we champion tech democracy for the small business economy?

How can we champion tech democracy for the small business economy?

Talk

BaseKit is on a mission for tech democracy for small businesses. We want anyone with a business idea to have the confidence, no matter their expertise, location or background, to start a business and thrive online.

But we cannot do it alone. We want more companies to champion efforts to cross the digital divide to give anyone with a business idea the best chance to succeed. We talked to 529 UK micro businesses (with <5 employees) to understand how to better champion tech democracy.

In this 45 minute panel discussion, we are delighted to unveil our findings with perspective from a fantastic panel of experts including:

  • Founder at Dffrnt, Ash Phillips
  • Head of Partner Sales at Xero, Ian Phillips
  • Founder at FD Works, Jonathan Gaunt
  • CEO at BaseKit, Simon Best
  • Discussion chaired by TechSPARK

10:00 - 11:00
The Sustainable Developer: How Your Software Could Code a Greener Future

The Sustainable Developer: How Your Software Could Code a Greener Future

Workshop

Join us to hear all about the career journey from women doing this job, how they got there and the impact they're having on the world.

10:00 - 11:30
Business on Purpose - B Corp 101 Workshop

Business on Purpose - B Corp 101 Workshop

Workshop

The world needs every business to step up, measure and improve their social and environmental impact. Going through the B Corp Impact Assessment is a great way to get started.

In this 90 minute B Corp workshop we will provide an overview and get you started by working through one of the sections together to demystify the process, giving you to knowledge, network and tools to make progress.

10:30 - 11:30
Building a product for the new tomorrow

Building a product for the new tomorrow

Talk

A unique glimpse into how four of the UK’s finest creative technology agencies turn good ideas, into great products.

Are you fixing the problems of tomorrow? Whilst aesthetics are important, the design of a good product is a much more complex, nuanced and iterative process. This event promises to give you a leg up in creating a product for the new tomorrow. A unique glimpse into how four of the UK’s finest creative technology agencies turn good ideas, into great products.

10:00 - 12:00
Government innovation in science and technology - where next?

Government innovation in science and technology - where next?

Talk

A world-leading programme of innovation in science and tech is a huge Government priority. How does it manage its ecosystem and partnerships to achieve this? How can firms wanting to work with Public Sector innovators become suppliers and grow their business? Where are investors focused right now? How will the NHS and health tech industry collaborate?

This panel discussion and networking event will give the science and tech community access to the Government's own perspective on the topic, VC input on the industry investment landscape, and discussion opportunity with growth and collaboration specialists to inspire businesses to deepen their connections with the public sector's innovation agenda.

Panellists include, Alex Leach, acting director of innovation at the West of England AHSN, Liam Cahill, founder of Together Digital, Hugo Villanueva, biotech and health specialist VC at Octopus Ventures and Dr Chen Mao Davies, CEO and Founder of LatchAid and Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award Winner 2021.

10:00 - 13:00
How can you decarbonise without compromise?

How can you decarbonise without compromise?

Interactive

Genous is a new bespoke concierge platform to help you decarbonise your life and your home. Our straightforward tools help you make decisions that both significantly reduce your footprint and save you money.

Drop by at your leisure to grab a doughnut, try out the platform and speak to our experts about the science behind it.

Digital Innovation agency Gravitywell is hosting this event.

11:00 - 12:00
Funding and Initiatives available to help businesses on their journey to net zero

Funding and Initiatives available to help businesses on their journey to net zero

Workshop

Join our session to find out what incentives are available to businesses to help their journey to net zero.

12:00 - 13:30
How to stay purpose-led as you scale

How to stay purpose-led as you scale

Talk

As your tech business looks to grow, how can you ensure your values remain, and that your customers don't suffer?

Join Bristol based finance and tech company Xledger, on Monday 10th October, as they host a panel on what it means to stay purpose led as you scale.

12:00 - 14:00
ESG over Lunch

ESG over Lunch

Talk

Join us at RSM’s Temple Quay offices for a complementary lunch and an update from our experts on the Environmental, Social and Governance issues that Tech companies are tackling on a day by day basis.

12:00 - 14:00
Health-Tech Products - Innovation to Implementation!

Health-Tech Products - Innovation to Implementation!

Talk

 

 

Inspiration and insight from the region's HealthTech cluster taking on the shared challenge of developing health-tech products to make a big impact in people's lives.

Talks & Panel Discussion with leading founders and investors in the healthech space, followed by a networking lunch and free to access workshops in Engine Shed.

14:00 - 15:00
AI Ethics – A perspective on change

AI Ethics – A perspective on change

Interactive

AI is everywhere, and its pervasiveness is now a given. Capturing AI’s unprecedented opportunities requires understanding its impact and deciding the role we allow it to have in society.

This is what we call AI Ethics – and the very core of this debate is the role of ethics in the digital world, the ways it interacts with existing regulations, and the way we strive to achieve a safer and fairer use of AI across organisations and society more broadly.

14:00 - 15:00
Digital placemaking for positive places and flourishing futures

Digital placemaking for positive places and flourishing futures

Workshop

Join us for an inspiring, interactive session discussing the potential of digital technology to sustainably support local people and places.

We will share diverse ways digital technologies are supporting people to live better lives locally, followed by an online inspiration session to stimulate ideas around harnessing digital technology for place engagement and wellbeing.

13:30 - 17:30
South West Showcase

South West Showcase

Interactive

Join Tech South West as we bring together the best of the South West tech sector at Bristol Tech Festival.

This bustling event will include a 5x5 showcase of some of the region’s most exciting tech brands, expert-led roundtables, speed networking, a special announcement - and a free lunch.

Places are limited so book your spot!

17:30 - 20:00
Profit AND Purpose with Club Launch

Profit AND Purpose with Club Launch

Talk

AND Digital are on a mission to close the world’s Digital Skills Gap and we are pleased to partner with the Bristol Technology Festival to launch our brand new Bristol office 'Club Wangari'.

Therefore, we would like to cordially invite you to join us at AND Digital’s Welcome Drinks & Canapés Reception to celebrate this joyous occasion, which will also incorporate a panel discussion on ‘Profit AND Purpose’ - Can tech help you achieve both in a challenging economic climate? With a looming recession, rising living costs and COVID recovery still underway, this is a question that is incredibly pertinent to leadership teams, so I hope you can join

18:00 - 20:00
Vision, Value, Purpose: Amplify Your Message

Vision, Value, Purpose: Amplify Your Message

Workshop

Business is changing for the better. Ethical tech is motivating your team as much as your clients, so telling your purpose-driven story is more vital than ever before in attracting & retaining those who share your values.

Join Bristol-based Made Talent & leading creative agency Halt. for this scroll-stopping deep dive into curating & optimizing your message to market. By the end of the evening, you may not even need a recruiter to find your next great hire!

You’ll get valuable branding advice for modern tech businesses, and you’ll leave more confident to compel others, as well as gaining exclusive access to our Made Community of thought leaders and likeminded peers changing the world for the better through technology.

Protect Day sponsored by

NMI is a leading global payment enablement platform, processing more than $180 billion in payments annually. We enable payments for over 3,200 partners and over 260,000 merchants around the world and across the entire commerce ecosystem. We’re constantly innovating in order to power the next era of payments, building in the latest technology so ISVs, ISOs, banks and fintech innovators can focus on what they do best.

Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference

Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference

Conference

We believe Cyber conferences should be fun and engaging - and open to all regardless of experience. At Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference we explore the industry through fun social engineering & gamification activities, encouraging everyone to participate through interactive events and real-world challenges.

With a blend of workshops, hackathons, panel debates and 15+ industry leading speakers this is the region's largest cyber collective, designed to support those working in the industry and celebrate the most innovative cyber start-ups.

08:30 -15:30
Cyber Runway

Cyber Runway

Social/Networking

Cyber Runway is the UK’s largest cybersecurity accelerator that’s being delivered by Plexal, Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and is backed by DCMS. We’re hosting an event in Bristol to bring the community closer together.

Register to join us for networking, insights and a chance to hear from and connect with leading innovators from the ecosystem.

Registration does not guarantee you a place at this event. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at our discretion.

You'll have access to the Keynote Session at Bristol and Bath CyberCon, being held in the same building on Tuesday.

Other Sessions Include:

  • Speed Networking
  • Founder Journeys Q&A
  • Business Ideas and Pivoting
  • Sales and Marketing - how to stand out in a crowded cybersecurity marketplace
  • Follow-up sessions with Bristol and Bath Cyber Community Manager

8:30 - 17:00
High Integrity Software Conference 2022

High Integrity Software Conference 2022

Conference

Modern-day national infrastructure programs are often comprised of critical software-intensive systems. A key differentiator with these projects is the scale of the engineering endeavour coupled with the need to remain operational for the long term – often over several decades.

After two years of virtual events, HIS 2022 will be making its physical comeback. Join us on Tuesday 11th October at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre for what promises to be a great event.

09:00 - 11:00
How to scale in turbulent times

How to scale in turbulent times

Social/Networking

Brexit, the pandemic, a recession, the Russia-Ukraine war, cost of living crisis, and now another recession. Economic turbulence is - for the time being - our "normal"; tech brands are having to move out of "pause mode" and rethink their long-term scaling strategies.

In this breakfast panel discussion hosted by PR experts, Antidote Communications, tech leaders and marketers will discuss how and why scaling strategies have to change, how to appeal to investors in today's world and what comms considerations can help fuel sustainable growth in today's economy.

09:15 - 16:30
Tech South West's Scaleup Session

Tech South West's Scaleup Session

Interactive

Get the insight, information and expertise to help you grow your tech business in the South West and beyond.

This full-day of workshops and networking will be delivered in partnership with Bishop Fleming, British Business Bank, King Recruit, Skowt Consulting and Astley Media and will include Finance, Talent, Brand Strategy and Legal supported by SetSquared.

If you run a scaleup in the South West, this day is for you.

10:00 - 12:00
Renewable Future for Bristol

Renewable Future for Bristol

Conference

A conference and showcase of renewable energy tech in the city - both emerging and established. Including hydro schemes, solar schemes, SolCell. all based at Skyline Park which has the largest off grid renewable power system in the city.

11:00 - 13:30
The Future of Health Care

The Future of Health Care

Social/Networking

Join our health care cluster to discuss what will healthcare look like in 2040 and what trends shape new technology-enabled models of care?

16:00 - 17:30
Ada Lovelace: Inspiring girls and women in STEM

Ada Lovelace: Inspiring girls and women in STEM

Interactive

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, join Engine Shed and SETsquared Bristol for a fireside chat and hear from a panel of inspiring women who have successfully navigated careers in STEM.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions to the panel followed by a networking session with refreshments provided.

17:30 - 20:00
Open Source Bristol

Open Source Bristol

Talk

Organised in partnership by Scott Logic and the open source foundation, FINOS, the Open Source Bristol meetup aims to expand contributions to and consumption of open source technologies that support enterprises in addressing their business challenges.

We wish to encourage everyone to consume and contribute safely to open source software by fostering collaboration in the community around open source solutions and services for organisations across the economy.

In the true spirit of openness, this group welcomes people at all levels of experience, from students and undergraduates to senior business leaders.

People Day sponsored by

Ghyston is an award-winning UK software company based in Bristol. Named after the industrious Giant, Ghyston, we blend established practices with cutting-edge technologies to deliver high-quality bespoke software projects for ambitious companies.

08:30 - 10:00
How can we retain talent in the South West?

How can we retain talent in the South West?

Social/Networking

Join Ghyston for breakfast; day sponsors of 'People' at the Bristol Tech Festival!

We are hosting an interactive breakfast session, to discuss ideas on how we can tackle issues surrounding talent acquisition in the South West.

Finding and retaining good people is hard. Here in the South West it is vital that we protect our talent pipeline to continue to build our reputation as a tech hub.

Come along to share your stories and experiences over a croissant and coffee!

08:30 -15:30
Cyber Runway

Cyber Runway

Workshop

Cyber Runway is the UK’s largest cybersecurity accelerator that’s being delivered by Plexal, Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and is backed by DCMS. We’re hosting an event in Bristol to bring the community closer together.

Register to join us for networking, insights and a chance to hear from and connect with leading innovators from the ecosystem.

Registration does not guarantee you a place at this event. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at our discretion.

You'll have access to the Keynote Session at Bristol and Bath CyberCon, being held in the same building on Tuesday.

Other Sessions Include:

  • Speed Networking
  • Founder Journeys Q&A
  • Business Ideas and Pivoting
  • Sales and Marketing - how to stand out in a crowded cybersecurity marketplace
  • Follow-up sessions with Bristol and Bath Cyber Community Manager

08:45 - 10:30
How to create and retain high-performance teams

How to create and retain high-performance teams

Talk

As a Founding Partner of the Bristol Technology Festival, AND Digital would like to take this opportunity to invite you to kick-start your morning by networking with like-minded people, breakfast and hearing from an expert-led panel on ‘How to create and retain high-performance teams’.

By attending this event, you will:

  • Develop new perspectives on how to manage teams
  • Explore the importance of high performance cultures
  • Learn how to structure teams to maximise their effectiveness
  • Develop your leadership style to achieve effective leadership in teams
  • Understand how to maintain sustained performance of teams

We hope to see you there!

09:15 - 15:30
Go Global, with RSM

Go Global, with RSM

Interactive

Everything you wanted to know about international expansion!

Boost your company journey by learning how to expand overseas. From on-the-ground partnerships and talent acquisition, to financial essentials and market insight.

This packed - and free - day is being delivered by Tech South West in partnership with RSM. Limited availability.

10:00 - 11:00
How do I get into Cyber?

How do I get into Cyber?

Workshop

Join me to find out about the different entry levels of joining Risk Advisory and Cyber role i.e. Industrial Placement, Summer Vacation Scheme, Grad Programme and possibly Experience Hire route if mature attendees.

10:30 - 11:30
Chairing early-stage tech businesses - and how can we do better

Chairing early-stage tech businesses - and how can we do better

Interactive

We'll present the findings of a research project which explored the role of chairs in early stage tech businesses, with investors, chairs and founders.

We'll explore some of the issues arising, with a selection of the participants and explore how we can create a bigger, better and more diverse pool of available chairs.

Join us to learn more and contribute to this topic to help increase the pace and success rate of scaling tech businesses.

11:00 - 12:00
Inclusive Leadership - The Secret To Unlocking Collective Brilliance

Inclusive Leadership - The Secret To Unlocking Collective Brilliance

Workshop

A unique opportunity to develop your leadership mindset to have maximum impact in our increasingly diverse and complex world.

As part of the Bristol Technology Festival Diversily are delighted to bring you this interactive workshop to help you develop the mindset needed for leadership in a new era.

Command and control style leadership is no longer effective in an increasingly diverse and complex world. It is time for Leadership 2.0!

11:30 - 12:30
Getting your first 10 hires right: How to build the right startup team

Getting your first 10 hires right: How to build the right startup team

Workshop

Are you hiring role-by-role, struggling to see past the short-term? Do you want to attract the top talent but are unsure about how to make yourself stand out? Are you afraid of the consequences of a bad hire?

Then you're not alone.

13:00 - 1400
Tech is changing the game

Tech is changing the game

Talk

Marking a transition of power from the old economy to the new, Bristol and Bath are taking part of the latest global trend of fast-growing tech start-ups sponsoring sports teams and events that reach millions of people.

With the growing advances in sport and technology it was inevitable that both would come together in prevalent partnerships. Technology companies stepped-up their game when it comes to sponsorship promotion and our panel of businesses are no different.

Find out why Ambition, Growth & Culture all play a part in the latest match for competition.

13:30 - 17:00
Idea2Pitch

Idea2Pitch

Workshop

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 the 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.

Tech founders or aspiring tech entrepreneurs of all levels and backgrounds are welcome to apply to attend. The event will take place at the Chessel Centre on Chessel Street.

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.

Workshop leader: Rick Chapman, Entrepreneur in Residence at SETsquared

13:30 - 17:00

University FinTech Talent Showcase

A chance for the FinTech and Financial Services industry to meet emerging university FinTech talent.

Whether it is to scout out potential recruits, to discuss engaging with the universities or simply to learn about the growing numbers of FinTech students emerging from the region's universities, this is a great event to attend. Industry is demanding more FinTech skills of all sorts and here they are!

14:00 - 15:00
Doing things differently, How Neurodiversity drives innovation in tech and teaches about inclusion

Doing things differently, How Neurodiversity drives innovation in tech and teaches about inclusion

Interactive

14:00 - 16:00
Recruit Differently: Temple Quarter

Recruit Differently: Temple Quarter

Interactive

Come and join us and hear about the launch of an exciting new project, Recruit Differently: Temple Quarter.

Hear from an expert panel of speakers, enjoy lunch and networking and learn how employers will be supported in how to ‘recruit differently’, address skills gaps and build a more resilient workforce.

The project is being led by the Western Training Provider Network and working with local employers from SMEs to multinationals, community partners and Universities that will enable employers to unearth and establish a broader pipeline of exciting new talent.

There will be detail on how businesses can receive free expert advice and consultancy that could enable them to adopt a more strategic approach to workforce planning, and deliver more inclusive ways to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce by creating and establishing inspiring new apprenticeship opportunities.

 

15:00 - 16:00
Supercharge Your Workplace Culture

Supercharge Your Workplace Culture

Talk

Workplace culture makes for a hot topic in the world of Tech, and for many is the deciding factor when choosing an employer. Feeling like you belong is about more than ticking a box, more than free coffee and a bowl of fruit.

Join Bristol-based Made Talent and an esteemed panel of thought leaders in E, D & I, employee wellbeing, rewards & retention and culture & change management for an open panel discussion on what it truly means to make your business a great place to work.

You’ll leave this online conversation with money-can’t-buy insight and exclusive access to our Made Community of industry peers & business leaders making tech-for-good a better place to work.

18:00 - 20:00
Exciting Powerful Future of IoT

Exciting Powerful Future of IoT

Talk

Strap in and get ready for an IoT thrill ride, full of twists and turns as we break through current barriers, and envision the new tomorrow.

18:00 - 20:30
Tech Ethics Bristol - AI & the Future of Work

Tech Ethics Bristol - AI & the Future of Work

Talk

Come along to "AI & the Future of Work" on Wednesday 12th October
at Framework in Bristol. This event is part of Bristol Tech Festival.
At this event, we will be exploring how AI will affect the future of work from recruitment to skills augmentation and more.

Come and join our speakers from the academic and commerical worlds

18:00 - 20:00
Web Accessibility: Testing and Beyond

Web Accessibility: Testing and Beyond

Talk

From public sector to private companies, accessible websites and apps are a legal requirement with specific legislation in place, and guidelines and standards available.

But looking beyond the legal requirements, what does Accessibility really mean to the people using these websites and apps? How does the way we design, build and test them affect the experience people receive and their perception of our organisations? In this combined session from Scott Logic and South West Test, we will consider web Accessibility from a broad perspective and will take a more detailed look at some of the testing techniques and tools that can help you discover whether your products are inclusive for everyone who might use them.

Play Day sponsored by

Henry Nicholas is a specialist marketing, PR, data and insight, tech, digital and creative recruitment agency that's dedicated to advancing careers and growing businesses.

It's not rocket science, it's a fine art.

09:00 - 10:30
Destroy your project before it even begins

Destroy your project before it even begins

Talk

Join AND Digital’s Agile Coaches as they show you how to assess your projects to determine whether they are really worth following through. Taking you through a diverse range of frameworks and tools that can support rigorous judgement and evaluation, they’ll show you how to cultivate a resilient mindset where critique becomes a foundation for better solutions and, ultimately, success. This session is for decision makers working in business who want to make quicker, more informed decisions to accelerate their growth.

09:00 – 16:30
The FinTech West Conference

The FinTech West Conference

Conference

Please join us for our 4th annual conference. We've an impressive line up of experience and skills representing the ever growing local and national FinTech community - including a welcome from Ron Kalifa and TWO major announcements to benefit the local community.

10:30 - 11:30
Innovation for Creatives: Funding the big Idea

Innovation for Creatives: Funding the big Idea

Interactive

Confidence in consumer spending is a fundamental driver behind the creative economy, which relies heavily on the disposable income of households.

As the cost of living crisis intensifies, creative sector businesses will need to explore new cashflow and grant funding options, commercialise innovations and internationalise their offerings.

In this webinar, we’ll explore how Innovate UK EDGE’s game changing growth support can help you meet these challenges, and provide the inside track on Innovate UK’s new creative sector grant competitions.

11:00 - 15:00
Playing with Virtual Production

Playing with Virtual Production

Interactive

Come down to the Virtual Venue in Brislington to learn about Virtual Production for film and TV. Experience large-scale LED volumes first-hand, and play with a real camera tracking rig, allowing you to transport yourself into virtual worlds with the help of Unreal engine. Hosted by Thomas Benoy, Senior Creative Producer, and other members of the PYTCH team.

12:00 - 14:00
Customer-centric insights to fuel Business Growth

Customer-centric insights to fuel Business Growth

Talk

Join AND Digital for lunch, networking and an expert panel of industry leaders from some of the UK’s biggest household brand name such as British Airways and Funky Pigeon to hear their customer-centric insights and perspectives on:

  • Understanding what is truly important for your customers
  • Why data and analytics are non negotiable when it comes to customer-centric decision making
  • How to create certainty during a sustained period of changing consumer behaviours
  • What role does technology play in supporting your strategic goals and identifying gaps in your ecosystem

12:30 - 13:30
Design for Sustainability and Climate Action

Design for Sustainability and Climate Action

Talk

Green Tech South West presents our next online event with insightful talks combining digital design and sustainability from three brilliant speakers - James Chudley from cxpartners, and two speakers from Climate Labs, Ahsan Khan and Phil Spencer.

Designing Nature Inspired Sustainable Futures.

As designers, the scope of our work and the problems that we find ourselves working on is increasing exponentially in complexity, scale and impact. We find ourselves working to help transform services and tackle systemic problems such as inequality, digital transformation and business sustainability.

14:00 - 15:30
Tezos presents… | NFT Peeps

Tezos presents… | NFT Peeps

Workshop

The inaugural Tezos meetup in Bristol as part of Bristol Technology Festival. Informative. Insightful. Inspirational.

An opportunity to learn from experts and practitioners using the Tezos blockchain in an array of practical, positive and progressive ways.

15:00 - 17:30
Building a better future: Tech for Good Creative Exploration

Building a better future: Tech for Good Creative Exploration

Workshop

Our recent Unconference surfaced a variety of key themes from Tech Volunteering, to Digital Skills, Digital Inclusion, Diversity, and Building partnerships for effective collaboration.

During the Bristol Tech Festival we will be hosting a Lego Serious Play style event as an accessible and creative way to explore challenges and problem solve solutions for connecting the expertise, resources, and networks to support tech for good challenges faced across our region.

We expect to also build on the existing regional tech for good map to surface expertise, resources and initiatives across the region.

18:00 - 20:30
Get Up, Startup!

Get Up, Startup!

Social/Networking

 

SETsquared Bristol and Engine Shed are delighted to invite you to our regular meetup for Bristol's tech and innovation scene to get together over a fun packed evening of ideas, songs and refreshments.

Pioneer Day sponsored by

Computer Futures is part of SThree PLC, the leading global STEM recruitment company.

For more than 30 years, we’ve been connecting businesses with highly skilled IT talent. Our approach is simple – we combine our global networks, local expertise, and specialist market knowledge to provide first-rate IT recruitment and employment solutions that help professionals to excel and businesses to grow.

09:30 - 10:15

The key to delivering successful software solutions

A leading technology agency creating experiences of the future // Web, Mobile, Software, IoT, AI, AR/VR and beyond.

In only 30 minutes, you will see how software projects expensively fail, and learn how to ensure your next software project doesn't flop.

10:00 - 11:00
Deloitte Presents: Satellites and Whales

Deloitte Presents: Satellites and Whales

Interactive

Join us to find out how the Gravity Challenge is using innovative space technology to solve real-world problems facing the environment.

10:00 - 11:15
Is ‘wagile’ a dirty word? Debating software delivery models

Is ‘wagile’ a dirty word? Debating software delivery models

Talk

What began as a slur now has a growing following; but is ‘wagile’ - a mix of agile and waterfall software delivery methods - really gaining traction as a credible software delivery approach? Agile delivery is hailed as the best model for most projects - but does its success mean it's being used too broadly? And how does an ill-suited software delivery approach affect build?

Join Helastel’s developer panel - including Director of Operations James Tipler, Scrum Master Sukhwinder Talwal, Solution Architect Lewis Barnes, and Head of Development Lee Griffin - as they discuss whether necessity has been the mother of wagile’s invention, if there’s a requirement for a new approach in software delivery, and how teams can establish best fit methodologies from the off.

10:00 - 12:00
Getting to Know Launch Space - the high-impact tech incubator

Getting to Know Launch Space - the high-impact tech incubator

Social/Networking

Come and talk to the Launch Space team about early-stage business incubation for your tech business, and hear first-hand from some of the latest founder success stories.

We're also offering a behind the scenes tour of the Robotic Innovation Facility, Future Space, and the Health Tech Hub.

10:00 - 12:30
Tech Ethics for Innovators

Tech Ethics for Innovators

Workshop

Come and join our special Tech Ethics for Innovators session at the Bristol Tech Festival.

Discussions about the unintended consequences of technology and the role of ethics have become an important topic of debate for governments, regulators , academics, civil society and businesses around the world.

Everyone seems to be talking about ethical and responsible innovation, but what do we mean when we talk about ethics?

Ethics is a method that can be learnt, and this workshop will offer you the foundations to start applying ethics to the design and development of your product and services.

10:00 - 15:00
Tech South West's Startup Session

Tech South West's Startup Session

Interactive

Tailor-made for founders looking to take their pre-seed or seed-stage companies to the next level.

Supported by Innovate UK EDGE, the jam-packed day will include panel discussions, a live pitch event, interactive workshops and a free lunch.

What’s not to love?

10:30 - 11:30
Equity financing: Interview an Investor

Equity financing: Interview an Investor

Investment

Is equity financing right for you? Turn the tables and ask questions directly to Angels, Venture Capitalists and Co-Funders. Our round table of five prominent South West investors will help you understand the pitching process from their perspective and what it takes to raise finance.

We'll be sharing practical strategies for creating 'investability' with a sound value proposition, developing a compelling pitch and standing out from the crowd with effective communication.

11:00 - 12:00
5G – what’s the big deal?

5G – what’s the big deal?

Interactive

Join us to learn about the ways in which 5G is transforming businesses and the world we live in.

12:00 - 13:30
EdTech and Sustainability: How emerging technologies in education are challenging the status quo

EdTech and Sustainability: How emerging technologies in education are challenging the status quo

Interactive

Come and join us for our online interactive talk and panel session as we delve into how emerging technology is used in education.

Andrés Sandoval-Hernández, Head of the Department of Education from the University of Bath will present a keynote looking at tools and skills required to level-up and how Virtual Reality for Environmental Education is being used.

An interactive Q&A panel discussion will then follow with innovative SMEs from the education sector.

 

12:00 - 13:30
People, Place, Tech and beyond: innovation in communities and cities

People, Place, Tech and beyond: innovation in communities and cities

Social/Networking

This free event is being hosted by the Bristol Innovators' Group (BIG), in partnership with Future Space. This session will focus on how to make change happen in neighbourhoods, communities, and cities.

We know we must work together to support pioneering innovation and experimentation. But where do we start? We’ll discuss international and local examples of action that makes lives better for people living and working in neighbourhoods and cities.

12:00 - 14:00
Pioneers of finance in scaling tech businesses. Battle scars & lessons from the finance front line.

Pioneers of finance in scaling tech businesses. Battle scars & lessons from the finance front line.

Talk

Join us for a complementary light lunch at Bishop Fleming's Temple Back offices to hear more about the challenges and successes of our panel of senior finance experts from the tech and digital sector, including Peter Edgar (Huboo), Caroline Clark (Zebera and KETS Quantum Security), and Nick Boorman (Rovco), chaired by Nick Sturge.

15:00 - 17:00
Tech West England Advocates Launch Event

Tech West England Advocates Launch Event

Social/Networking

Over the last several months we have been holding a series of Tech Roundtable events to really listen to Techs across West England to identify ways we can build on the existing Tech eco-system and to maximise the global reach of Tech Advocates.

Join us for our official launch of Tech West England Advocates kindly hosted by Huboo and co-sponsored by the Department of International Trade. Learn about our Global Tech Advocates community and our exciting plans to support Techs from across the South West and West Midlands to Scale Up and Grow Globally.

15:00 - 18:00
Retro Arcade Gaming

Retro Arcade Gaming

Interactive

Phew! If like us you are going to be feeling pretty exhausted and/or invigorated by the end of the Bristol Tech Festival and want to kick back and have some fun, we've got Friday afternoon sorted for you.

Meeting at Bristol's Four Quarters Retro Gaming Bar at 1500, you'll have the chance to try out classic games spanning from the 70’s to the late 90’s, including Space Invaders, The Simpsons, Mortal Combat, Tetris, and Time Crisis 2.

Not feeling competitive? No worries. There’s a drink behind the bar for you - just turn up and chat.

Launch Partner

Community Partners