Bristol Technology Festival (BTF) is back once again to bring you an array of events across the city delivered for and by our tech community. We’re so excited to announce that TechSPARK will be running the festival to showcase the amazing feats of technological innovation, talent and sense of community that Bristol is proudly home to. Making this all possible is our community partners. 

We believe technology conferences should be fun, engaging and open to all, regardless of experience, so from 10 – 14 October 2022, Bristol will host a series of over 50 social events, encouraging everyone to participate through interactive seminars, workshops and activity spread across the city.

This year, we will be bringing you a different theme each day: Purpose, Protect, People, Play, Pioneer. These themes will span the depth and breadth of what Bristol’s tech and digital cluster has to offer, encompassing everything from Green Tech companies innovatively tackling the climate crisis, to smart AI solutions to truly demonstrate the vibrancy of our sector. 

If you’d like to get involved in the festival, whether that’s supporting as a sponsor, hosting an event, as an attendee, or as all three, you can find the information you need on the BTF website here.

What to expect from Bristol Technology Festival

Bristol Technology Festival first launched in 2019 by a small group of tech enablers, movers and shakers, with the ambition to collate a series of events in the space of a week. It was of course a huge hit, attracting an audience from across the country, putting Bristol’s tech scene on a pedestal. 

After a couple of covid-disrupted year’s which meant adapting the format to remote and hybrid models, we’re relieved to be bringing the festival back in-person, giving you all the chance to connect with one another and interact with the events you attend. 

As usual, events throughout the festival are crowdsourced from organisations across the city. These include tech companies, public bodies, schools, community interest groups and charities. Events are open to people in the tech sector, business leaders from across sectors, visitors wanting to know more about the region, and anyone wanting to know more about the city’s digital industries.

If you’re apart of these groups, why not host an event? Providing the topic aligns with one of our five themes, we’d love to hear from you. If you have an idea for a keynote, workshop or panel up your sleeve, please submit your info on this form here

Breaking down the themes

Purpose: Monday will focus on Tech for Good and the emerging business that are challenging the status quo. From MetTech to ClimaTech, this day will showcase powerful solutions and ideas to build a better world for the future.

Protect: Tuesday’s aim is to highlight the importance of building resilience and protecting our communities. From developing new preventative health care to building ethical AI to understanding the value of our Cyber sector, this day is about tech to help safeguard people.

People: Wednesday explores one of the biggest challenges technology businesses in the city are facing – attracting, retaining and up-skilling world-class tech talent. We will hear about the strategies and tactics to better serve businesses in the city.

Play: Thursday will be looking towards our exciting gaming and creative cluster, showcasing projects and technologies from the VR/AR/MR and Create-Tech industry. This day will focus on the convergence of technology, gaming and our creative sector.

Pioneer: The last day of the festival focuses on some of the game-changing research, development and technologies coming out of the city. Our aim is to promote the depth of original thinkers and businesses now competing on an international stage.

We’re also super excited to announce that as part of this year’s Protect day, TechSPARK will be hosting the Bristol & Bath Cyber Conf 2022. It’s returning for the first time since 2019, thanks to our headline sponsor The Cyber Scheme. Expect a day full 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 startups.

You can secure yourself a space at the conference and find out more info here. Keep your eyes peeled for speakers to be announced coming soon! 

If you’re interested in supporting the Bristol Technology Festival or the Bristol & Bath Cyber Conf, we’d love to chat to you! We can’t wait to see you at the various events across the week; stay tuned for updates on events on the BTF website