We can’t quite believe it’s Bristol Technology Festival (BTF) next week! With over 70 events set to take place across the week throughout Bristol, it’s going to be a jam-packed schedule. If you’re just hearing about BTF, you can find out more about what to expect here.

This year, we will be bringing you a different theme each day: Purpose, Protect, People, Play, and Pioneer. The festival is kicking off with Purpose Day, sponsored by Kinneir Dufort – expect a focus on Tech for Good and the emerging business that are challenging the status quo. From MedTech to ClimaTech, this day will showcase powerful solutions and ideas to build a better world for the future.

For each day of the festival, we’ll be bringing you our top picks, just in time for you to sign up. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the full schedule here

9:30-11:15 - How can we champion tech democracy for the small business economy?

BaseKit is on a mission for tech democracy for small businesses. They 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 BaseKit cannot do it alone. They want more companies to champion efforts to cross the digital divide to give anyone with a business idea the best chance to succeed. They’ve spoken to 529 UK micro-businesses (with <5 employees) to understand how to better champion tech democracy.

In this 45-minute panel discussion, BaseKit will be unveiling their 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
Register here

12:00-13:30 - 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. Come along for this lively panel discussion, and free lunch, to hear different perspectives and advice on what to do if:

– Your business is growing rapidly, and you need to ensure both your product and service maintain authentic

– You need help defining your purpose

– You’re interested in social engagement, sponsorship, CSR and giving back to causes that fit with your purpose

– You want to ensure the people in your organisation understand your purpose, and live its values

Register here

14:00-15:00 - AI Ethics: A perspective on change

AI is everywhere, and its pervasiveness is now a given. Capturing AI’s unprecedented opportunities requires understanding its impact and deciding the role we allow it to have in society.

This is what we call AI Ethics – and the very core of this debate is the role of ethics in the digital world, the ways it interacts with existing regulations, and the way we strive to achieve a safer and fairer use of AI across organisations and society more broadly.

Join Deloitte for this online event to take part in the discussion.

Register here

17:30-20:00 - Profit AND Purpose with Club Launch

AND Digital is on a mission to close the world’s Digital Skills Gap and they’re pleased to partner with the Bristol Technology Festival to launch their brand new Bristol office ‘Club Wangari’.

Therefore, the team would like to cordially invite you to join them 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.

Register here