Bristol Technology Festival (BTF) is back for its third edition from October 10th till 15 octoberth, 2021. The city will host over 50 events, with themes spanning the breadth and depth of Bristol’s growing tech and digital sector. The current plan is to organize events in a hybrid model with online talks and a selection of others at venues with limited capacity, Stay tuned for ticket releases coming soon.
BTF was born in 2019 with a mission to showcase the enormous scale of technology developed in the local ecosystem, while sharing the stories of the entrepreneurs, engineers and creatives behind the technology with the city and beyond . Last year’s festival saw 53 events, with over 5,000 attendees dialed in from as far-flung places as Singapore and San Francisco. Aiming to reach even more audiences for 2021.
Bristol has a long history of technological innovation and a booming ecosystem, with some of the most productive tech talent in the UK (TechNation 2019). It feeds industries around the world with breakthrough engineering and digital innovation. The region is renowned for its creative approach to technical challenges, and was recently recognized as the Best City for Startups in the UK Outside of London, along with notable companies including IMDb, GraphCore, Ovo and Dyson.
Return of Bristol Technology Festival
While 2020 was undoubtedly a challenging year for all, it has underscored the importance of technology in our lives and demonstrated how it can help connect us. BTF 2021 will try to capture people’s hopes and predictions for the next decade, exploring prevalent questions such as: How will technology affect how we live and work? What will be the impact of the tech cluster locally and globally?
BTF is coordinated by a group of volunteers from across the ecosystem, including representatives of Hargreaves Lansdowne, newcon, TechSpark, and engine shed. Events throughout the festival draw crowds from organizations across the city.
These include tech companies, public bodies, schools, community interest groups and charities. Events are open to tech people, business leaders from all walks of life, visitors looking to learn more about the region, and those interested in learning more about the city’s digital industries. Some events include:
- The Engine Shed will host the launch of the festival with Deloitte Digital bringing together key people in the region to understand how the technology will support the city’s growth in the future.
- For the ninth year in a row, TechSpark will be hosting its annual Sparkys Awards. The awards will gather 500 people to highlight the best people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in Bristol, Bath and the wider West of England region.
- Fintech West will host its annual FinTech Summit to dive deep into the latest innovations, connecting businesses in one of the UK’s leading fintech communities.
2021 will also see the launch of the Festival Community Partner Initiative where businesses across the city Show your support by becoming one of 50 community partners, with all the money invested in giving the festival a sustainable future.
softcat Has become the main sponsor of the festival in 2021. Softcat CIO Rob Parkinson says “We are delighted to be involved in the 2021 Bristol Technology Festival. Bringing local technology communities together and highlighting all the innovations that are on display in this area is an important way to drive collaboration and industry growth.
“The last 18 months have been tough for many industries, but technology has come as a enabler and has made many rethink how they interact and do business. As the impact of technology continues to grow, platforms like the Bristol Technology Festival have never been more important and we are delighted to support it.