All this week on TechSPARK we’ll be highlighting a couple of event from this year’s Bath Digital Festival – just in time for you to sign up for the next day. If you’d like to see all the event hosted each day head to the BDF Website.

Friday morning at Bath Digital Festival

Designing Tech Tools for Crisis & Natural Disaster Relief in Developed and Developing Countries

10am – 11am, Friday 25th October 2019 @ Apex Hotel

We’ll be talking about the unique and specific challenges when designing for, and conducting research in disaster-affected communities around the world, how we plan and perform research and testing and how we approach building products that aim to solve deep human problems such as: How can you trust your local community to support you in your time of need? How do you mitigate harassment? How do people keep themselves safe? What are the micro-decisions you make in a voluntary exchange? When does helping, become ‘free labour’?

And, does using AI and machine learning really matter to users?

Also on Friday morning:


Friday afternoon at Bath Digital Festival

From AI to Robots, From Apps to Wearables – Let’s Design for Everyone, OK?

2pm – 2:45pm, Friday 25th October 2019 @ Apex Hotel

Robin Christopherson, of the UK’s leading inclusive tech experts AbilityNet, will thoroughly and wonderfully blast away any preconceptions you may have about the potential of technology to deliver a truly inclusive digital experience for everyone. From AI to robots, from apps to wearables, he’ll be showing how inclusive technology has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of ability or environment. Will you be part of the Everybody Technology future?

Also on Friday afternoon:


Friday evening at Bath Digital Festival

I am Echoborg

6pm – 8pm, Friday 25th October 2019 @ Walcot House

I am Echoborg is a funny, thought-provoking show created afresh each time by the audience in conversation with an artificial intelligence.

The host sets the audience a challenge; to discover the best possible outcome for the relationship between humans and intelligent machines. But the AI has another agenda. The content, tone and ending of each show are different each time depending on the conversations that unfold.

This is a pioneering use of AI as a tool to offer audiences genuine agency in an experiential exploration of the impacts of automation on what it is to be human.


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Geraint Evans