9:30 - 10:15

Purpose Monday

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

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 - 12:00

Purpose Monday

Government innovation in science and technology - where next?

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

• Hugo Villanueva, biotech and health specialist VC at Octopus Ventures

• Matt Newman, Deputy Director of Accelerated Access Collaboration for Innovation, Research and Life Sciences, NHS England

• Dr Chen Mao Davies, CEO and Founder of LatchAid and Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award Winner 2021.

12:00 - 13:30

Purpose Monday

How to stay purpose-led as you scale

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

Purpose Monday

ESG over Lunch

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

Purpose Monday

Health-Tech Products - Innovation to Implementation!

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 healthtech space, followed by a networking lunch.

At 14:00 following the main event, Haseltine Lake Kempner and WEAHSN will deliver practical advice and surgery sessions on healthtech focussed IP, procurement and regulation challenges.

17:30 - 20:00

Purpose Monday

Profit AND Purpose with Club Launch

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

9:30 - 10:30

Protect Tuesday

Building 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.

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.

17:30 - 20:00

Protect Tuesday

Open Source Bristol

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.

08:45 - 10:30

People Wednesday

How to create and retain high-performance teams

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!

13:00 - 1400

People Wednesday

Tech is changing the game

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.

15:00 - 16:00

People Wednesday

Why accessible design is good design

When delivering a product or service at pace, we have found that accessibility considerations are often one of the first things to be cut.

Accessible design matters, but when delivering a product or service at pace, we have found that accessibility considerations are often one of the first things to be cut or forgotten about.

This talk will use practical examples to show how accessible design doesn't just improve the experience of users with access needs - it enhances the user experience for everyone.

16:00 - 17:00

People Wednesday

Why UX design often fails in Agile delivery and what you can do about it

Most of the approaches that look to combine User Experience design and Agile delivery are flawed; these approaches might be well-meaning, but by trying to force design work into sprints means work is rushed and done poorly or missed altogether.

The most common approach to integrating UXD and Agile is dual track (AKA staggered sprint), a practice that in reality creates siloes separating design from development leading to a number of issues.

We will examine alternative approaches that align UXD and Agile in a way that is truly user-centered and agile in practice.

17:00 - 20:00

People Wednesday

Learn how Hippo Digital design and deliver people-centred services

Join us for complimentary drinks at the engine shed to learn about Hippo Digital. Hippo is a full-service digital consultancy working in the public and private sectors. They build trusted, effective relationships and combine data, design and engineering to support meaningful transformation.

Hippo always starts with the user in mind, and our solutions are personalised, evidence-based, and proven to help organisations build for the future.

18:00 - 20:00

People Wednesday

Exciting Powerful Future of IoT

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.

An evening that promises to open the pandora box of possibilities and solutions in a world of advanced connectivity. Ideas on how you can start to shape your path now, and prepare for what tomorrow looks like.

18:00 - 20:00

People Wednesday

Web Accessibility: Testing and Beyond

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.

18:00 - 20:30

People Wednesday

Tech Ethics Bristol - AI & the Future of Work

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

09:00 - 10:30

Play Thursday

Destroy your project before it even begins

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.

12:00 - 14:00

Play Thursday

Customer-centric insights to fuel Business Growth

Customer-oriented strategies are fast becoming the road to success in today’s highly transparent tech environment. Your brand is no longer just the image you paint, the opinions of the customers are becoming louder.

Join AND Digital for lunch, networking and an expert panel of industry leaders who will give their insights and perspectives on customer-centricity.

10:00 - 11:15

Pioneer Friday

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

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.

12:00 - 14:00

Pioneer Friday

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

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.