Bristol Technology Festival (BTF) is finally here! We hope you’re excited to make new connections, strengthen old ones, learn new things, and share your own knowledge across the 70+ plus events that are happening in Bristol this week. If you’ve never attended BTF before, you can read more on what to expect from the festival here.

This year we’re bringing you five days each with a different theme. Today things are kicking off with Purpose Day, tomorrow will be Protect Day and the week continues with People, Play and Pioneer. If you haven’t signed up for a whole host of great events for today, check out our top picks to narrow things down.

We’re here to help you get prepped for tomorrow too, with our selection of events happening on Protect Day that we think you should find yourself at. Protect Day is kindly sponsored by NMI, a leading global payment enablement platform, processing more than $180 billion in payments annually.

8:00-17:00 - Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference

The Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference will be taking place for the duration of Protect Day, delivered by TechSPARK. Reserve yourself a space to hear from some of the industry’s leading cyber experts.

We believe Cyber conferences should be fun and engaging – and open to all regardless of experience. At Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference we will explore the industry through fun social engineering & gamification activities, encouraging everyone to participate through interactive events and real-world challenges.

With a blend 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.

Register here

9:30-10:30 - Building a product for the new tomorrow

Our Founding Partner, Newicon, is hosting this event to provide a unique glimpse into how four of the UK’s finest creative technology agencies turn good ideas, into great products.

Are you fixing the problems of tomorrow? Whilst aesthetics are important, the design of a good product is a much more complex, nuanced and iterative process. This event promises to give you a leg up in creating a product for the new tomorrow.

Mark Probert presents The Product Partnership, in this exclusive event for Bristol Technology Festival 2022. Mark along with Huw Robson, innovation extraordinaire and former Director at HP Labs will be taking you through the partnership’s unique approach, product insights and showing you how four leading agencies efficiently collaborate with a shared mission to build great products.

Register here

16:00-17:30 - Ada Lovelace: Inspiring girls and women in STEM

Have you ever wondered what a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics could look like? Do these subjects excite you but you are unsure what applications they could have outside the classroom? Or do you think they are boring with no relevance to interesting jobs?

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, join Engine Shed and SETsquared Bristol for a fireside chat and hear from a panel of inspiring women who have successfully navigated careers in STEM. There will be an opportunity to ask questions to the panel followed by a networking session with refreshments provided.

This event is open to all, and will be particularly inspiring to young women and girls in secondary education who are interested in pursuing a career in STEM or are unsure which career path they want to take.

Register here

17:30-20:00 - Open Source Bristol

Organised in partnership by Scott Logic and the open source foundation, FINOS, the Open Source Bristol meetup aims to expand contributions to and consumption of open source technologies that support enterprises in addressing their business challenges.

The group wishes to encourage everyone to consume and contribute safely to open source software by fostering collaboration in the community around open source solutions and services for organisations across the economy.

This session will be a BTF special and the meetup will be held at Scott Logic’s Bristol office. Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Victory Brown, Founder of Dezignhers
  • Chris Booth, Cora Experience Manager – Machine learning and Insights, NatWest
  • Rowan Willis, Senior Developer, Scott Logic
Register here