The Bristol Technology Festival (BTF) is taking place in less than a week! The techSPARK team can’t wait to bring the UK’s largest and most connected regional technology festival to Bristol once again this October.

Supported by our headline partner, Ghyston, an award-winning UK software company, the festival will be taking place from 9 – 13 October 2023 in various locations across our vibrant city. As usual, connecting people and sharing knowledge will be at the core of BTF.

In case you need refreshing, the five themes are:

Science: From healthcare and biotechnology to robotics and space exploration, science tech is transforming the way we live and work.

People: Sponsored by AND Digital, the theme of people and talent focuses on the individuals who make up the tech industry, as well as the skills and knowledge required to succeed in this field.

Awareness: Raising awareness of the risks to our cybersecurity, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of ensuring the security of our digital infrastructure.

Resilience: The theme of resilience focuses on ensuring the stability and strength of our sector.  We will be highlighting risks and the importance of future proofing our business.

Knowledge: The final day will provide opportunities for attendees to connect with other professionals, learn about the latest developments and trends, and gain insights into the future of the industry.

With a host of events taking place each day, we’re helping you to narrow down the selection by hand-picking our top choices. Check out our list for Science Day here, and read on for People Day highlights! And of course, you can browse the full schedule on the BTF site too. 

Dedicated to unlocking new thinking and translating ideas into impact, join senior level executives to hear a blend of perspectives on the most critical tech leadership challenges facing business leaders today. With a mix of insightful and strategic thinking, you will have the opportunity to interact, engage and learn from experienced thought leaders and practitioners; whilst having the chance to contribute with your own viewpoints and leadership experiences.

By attending this high-profile event, we will focus on important tech management topics such as Leadership, D&I, High-Performance, Culture, and Transformation. Delegates will leave with new ideas to help their organisation grow and the inspiration to put those ideas into practice.

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Explaining the complexities of evolving technology to key audiences, be they investors, customers or potential employees has always been important. But the shift to sustainable business practices and the energy transition have increased this imperative. Being able to effectively communicate the impact of your technology on people and planet is now a necessity.

In this session, we will hear from Steve Butterworth the CEO at Neighbourly, Pip Stockford the CEO at SustainIt, Joanna Auburn the Founder and CPO at Trace and Stuart Pringle, the Director at Make the Break. The panel will be chaired by AMBITIOUS’s ESG and Sustainablility Lead, Katy Barney.

They will share reflections on how technical information (either about their product itself or the data they produce) can effectively be ‘translated’ and leveraged to ultimately support better sustainability outcomes. The session will be valuable for both businesses looking to advance their sustainability journey, and any hoping to learn from leading tech scale-ups and established players in the space.

Join us in the Xledger office on the 4th floor for an insightful afternoon as part of Bristol Tech Festival.

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With only 24% of people making up the UK tech workforce being women and 50% of women leaving the industry before 35, there is a clear, alarming, and known issue of gender equality in tech.

To gain and retain women, true allyship is essential, and part of that is creating awareness, understanding and compassion for the impact female* reproductive health can have on women’s careers and experience at work.

During this event, as part of Bristol Technology Festival, we will discuss the realities of reproductive health at work, and how companies can be more inclusive and supportive.

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Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.