Bath Digital Festival returns

Bath Digital Festival returns this May, and forget about Jane Austen. This is all about cutting-edge tech.

Curated by techSPARK and split across three days, the event will focus on three internationally impactful themes, all with strong roots and foundations in the City of Bath: Sport, Space and Cities. 

Each theme has been carefully selected to explore Bath’s heritage in each, but also to change the perceptions of the city itself. 

Ben Shorrock, techSPARK managing director, explains: “Bath has an incredible and well-deserved cultural heritage. But peel back the Georgian Regency and you’ll find that there is actually so much more to the city than you likely ever realised.

“The 2024 Bath Digital Festival will explore how Bath’s past has shaped its present and how we can tap into the challenger mindset of the city’s cutting-edge businesses to build a better tomorrow.” 

Tuesday, May 14th will be dedicated to Sport & Life Sciences, where attendees can interact with the latest tech innovations in sport, as well as meet the amazing teams behind these developments. 

Sessions across the day will cover everything from psychology, technology and sport; including  augmented humans, the role and business of esports, leadership,  the future of the Olympic Games and how tech is driving the world of sports and life sciences.

Wednesday, May 15th is the Cities Session at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, which will feature an incredible showcase of the cutting-edge developments that are being woven into our cities. Bath is one of the oldest and most renowned cities in the country. But BDF 2024 will explore how businesses are using the latest advances in Extended Reality, the Internet of Things, new energy sources, and materials science to preserve heritage and build communities that are fit for the future.

The third and final day of BDF 2024, returns to Newark Works for the Space Session. Long home to the UK’s largest aerospace cluster, the region’s expertise in materials science, electronics, and data is now being utilised in space to forecast climate change, connect remote communities and protect critical satellites from hazardous space debris.

Thursday kicks off with a showcase of the tech that is helping humanity take its place among the stars.  Sessions throughout the day will ask big questions, like what right has Bath got to talk about Space and What has NASA ever done for us? While also exploring Women in STEM and Innovation, Opportunity and Ownership

Thursday also marks techSPARK’s 10th anniversary of becoming the non-profit organisation that it is today, with the milestone being marked by a special BDF 2024 party!  

Lucy Paine, BDF Curator, adds: “To describe this year’s Bath Digital Festival in a word, it would be curiosity.

“The curiosity to explore what’s out there, to take what seems to be the impossible and turn it into something real.  Whether that’s how to detect glucose levels through your skin, how green initiatives are doing more than just making our commute more sustainable and how, 250 years on from Herschel the region has built on thier astronomical legacy.” 

Bath Digital Festival is organised by techSPARK, the not-for-profit growth network in Bristol and Bath techSPARK.   There is still plenty of time for businesses in the region to get involved with the festival and host their own Fringe Events. Any and all interpretations of the themes can be explored, so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get involved in the space day.

Amazing ideas can be sent to the techSPARK team, via https://techspark.co/bdf 

For the latest news and updates on Bath Digital Festival head to https://techspark.co/bdf/ and follow @BathDigitalFestival  and @techSPARK across all socials. 

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