Bristol Media’s plans to bring the global conference Social Media Week (SMWi) to the city are officially underway – with the full schedule now released. Tickets are now available to book from its SMWi page – so hurry to nab a space in those big name talks.

“SMWiBristol will offer opportunities to learn new skills for you and your business”


SMWi will take place from 14-18 November 2016. Keynote speakers include Facebook, Twitter and Buzzfeed, but the event also invites speakers on a more local level, some of which will run sessions on how to become an expert at social media.

Introducing SMWi

The schedule includes a whole range of discussions led by a whole range of speakers throughout the city. It’s not all talks either. If you’re a hands-on learner you can attend the practical skill-up sessions, as well as take part in the knowledge intensive masterclasses.

We caught up with Lis Anderson, Bristol Media’s director, who tells us what you can expect from SMWi. The scope for learning is huge, as Lis explains: “SMWi Bristol will offer opportunities to learn new skills for you and your business… but the week will also be sharing best practice, innovation and inspiration from many of the city’s leading lights and organisations – from Aardman, Trunki, Yogscast to Visit Bristol.”

SMWi Bristol seeks to exhibit, “the region’s talent and industry sectors through a wide range of workshops, seminars and roundtables that help skill-up the city.”

Look out for…

There is an array of highlights from SMWi Bristol. You’ll finally get the chance to ask the super giants of the social media world your long awaited questions and, if this isn’t enough, e3’s series of Let’s “Do” Lunches, led by those who managed to beat the cycle of procrastination, promises to inspire.

“Bristol is gaining traction as one of the UK’s most important creative and media hubs”


With over 40 events, there’s a whole lot of things to look forward to. But, we asked Lis to narrow this down to her favorites, “it’s hard to pick just a few highlights, but here goes. In addition to the Facebook, Twitter and Buzzfeed keynotes at Everyman, we have General Assembly, trainers of creative, digital and tech sector, making their debut in Bristol offering a series of events throughout the week.”

Lis also notes, “Central to the week’s activity will be our ‘using social media for good’ initiative. Recruitment specialists ADLIB are conducting a research study looking at skills gaps in the sector.” You can get involved in this research here!

You can check out the full schedule on SMWi Bristol’s website.

Bringing it to Bristol

SMW is a fantastic event to be coming to the city, particularly as Bristol will be the first city in the UK outside of London to host SMW. On top of this, it will be one of the first ever cities to host an SMWi, which is tailored to smaller cities as it provides a more flexible programme that better suit the needs of the location.

“Bristol is gaining traction as one of the UK’s most important creative and media hubs. It has an aggressive goal to become the most connected creative community in the UK and joining the globalSocial Media Week platform we believe supports that.”

In addition to being a facilitator to cross-industry collaboration,  SMWi Bristol provides a global platform to showcase the city.

Bristol’s very own treasures, Aardman and Yogscast, will also be partaking in the event. Their secrets about how Youtube is propelling the future of their businesses will be revealed in their session on Tuesday 15 November.

Want to get involved? Follow @Bristol_Media on Twitter and use the hashtag #SMWiBristol. To book tickets pop over to Bristol Media’s SMWi page. You can also sign up to innovation platform, – all the big questions raised in the week will be discussed here!

Shona Wright

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