Bath Digital Festival is set to return on 23-27 October for its most ambitious year yet. The week-long festival of everything to do with digital technology will encompass 85 talks held in various locations around the city, and early bird tickets are available for just £10 (usually £15), which is ridiculously cheap for what’s on offer.
That £10 ticket will get you access of the full schedule of events, and you just need to reserve your place on the ones you want to attend (hurry though, popular talks will book up fast). Helpfully, the mammoth festival is broken down in to a different theme each day.
- Tues 23 – Digital creativity: Design and creativity using digital tools
- Weds 24 – Digital working: How tech is changing the way we work
- Thurs 25 – Digital for good: Digital as a force for social change
- Fri 26 – Digital intelligence: Machine learning and AI
- Sat 27 – Digital future: A glimpse of what might be still to come
Within those themes are specific streams aimed at hobbyists, businesses and tech professionals, so there’s a little something for everyone. There’s even a range of child-friendly events for parents to bring their kids to, and get them a head-start with their coding skills. Read on for our pick on the talks you’ll want to reserve your place on.
01. All-dayer for web makers
This full-day event will explore the most exciting developments in the web industry and user experience design. There’s a cracking roster of speakers: Jonny Rae-Evans will explore how to design for good (or, as he refers to it, ‘the subtle art of not killing anyone’), Mud’s Michelle Barker will dive into CSS Grid, Mike Brondbjerg will show you how to use data as a creative material, and Tara Ojo will offer a look at the web world though the eyes of a ‘junior’ dev.
02. AI vs Human Creativity
Artificial intelligence is a hot topic at the moment, but where does it leave creatives? In this talk, Edit’s Rob McGowan muses on whether AI can ever truly be considered autonomously creative, and explores a future where AI can be used as a tool to build connections in society and open up new possibilities. Following the talk there will be panel discussion that digs into the ethics around using AI.
03. The secrets of social media
There’s no denying the power social media can have over your career, if you know how to wield it correctly. In this talk the clever people who crafted a brilliant online presence for startups Hugg and Swoon share their insights on how to build a powerful digital brand.
04. Lego Robot Wars
Love Lego? Got coding skills? Combine the two to build a fearsome bot, then battle your creation against other teams’ robots until a champion is crowned. Sam Ramsay, the founder of Lego Robot Club, will be offering guidance to help you fulfil your true potential. Just beware the house bots!
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