Bath Digital Festival 2020 will be taking place as usual between 20th and 24th October. This year’s festival will be exclusively online but BDF promises to be bringing the same wide range of content as in previous years, with a line up of tech entrepreneurs, expert panels and discussions covering a wide range of topics across the industry.

The festival’s organisers wanted to ensure that even in the current economic climate, BDF takes place to support the industry as it takes on the post-COVID era. The IT job market in Bath is more active than it has ever been, with as many professionals currently searching for jobs as companies are looking for talent. One of the key aims of the festival is to bring businesses and job-seeking professionals together, providing event sponsorship and advertising for the former, and a showcase covering the Bath tech scene for the latter. For job hunters, the festival provides the perfect opportunity to see which companies in Bath they could see themselves working for.

BDF 2020 also opens up the Bath tech scene to non-tech businesses who may benefit from the services the city has to offer, especially in a world where being online has never been so imperative.

A key innovation at this year’s Bath Digital Festival is the launch of the Digital Skills Exchange, which aims to tackle the city’s digital talent and skills shortage by improving the flow of talent into businesses. By opening the doors of Bath businesses, showcasing the work they do and the digital roles available, the Digital Skills Exchange will help match individual skills and talents to the various digital and tech roles that exist.

Bath Digital Festival still has some available slots for guest speakers and the team is open to ideas as to the type of events you might like to run online.

This year’s festival is going ahead in large part due to the generous funding from key sponsors: Altran, Ashfords, Boost & Co, Brevio, Curo, DataSharp, Dialect, Evident Agency, Invest in Bath, iSTART, MoreSoda, MUD, OneSub, Realworld, Rocketmakers and Storm.

Your virtual wrist band can be obtained via the Bath Digital Festival website, and this year is complimentary, though donations can be made by those looking to support the programme.

You can visit www.bathdigitalfestival.co.uk for more details and to find out how you can get involved.

Geraint Evans