Launch of the TribeTech podcast

November 19, 2019

Tech South West has launched a new podcast to showcase and celebrate the best of the region’s technology sector.

The TribeTech podcast is hosted by ‘non-techie’ journalists Robert Hillier and Feyaza Khan who are on a mission to discover the latest tech trends and answer the big questions in tech including "are women and ethnic minorities avoiding the tech sector?" and "will technological advances erode our sense of community?". The podcast is produced in association with regional law firm Stephens Scown LLP and will help shed light on some of the ground-breaking technology being created across the South West.

In each episode, the TribeTech podcast lets listeners learn something new and consider the future, as technology continues to shape our personal lives, jobs and wider world. It was Stephens Scown who first approached Tech South West with the idea and offer to support.

Episode one, available now, is recorded live from behind the scenes at Bristol's first Technology Festival with guests including the festival’s co-founder Nick Sturge, director of Engine Shed. Nick discusses the drivers behind the city's tech scene and the vision to increase participation of women and ethnic minorities within the industry.

Podcast presenter Feyaza Khan said: “Each year millions of pounds comes into the South West through the tech sector, which emphasises just how important the industry is to the economy. There is so much innovation happening and so many interesting companies based in the South West. We want to tell that story.

The TribeTech podcast will also show people that technology is not just about coding and analytics, it’s about empowering women, building bridges between communities and inspiring and creating ambition for young people.”

Stephens Scown has one of the largest dedicated intellectual property and IT law teams in the country. The team has particular expertise in the technology sector, advising leading tech firms, as well as businesses on the legal aspects of purchasing and implementing technology. Ben Travers, head of IP & IT, at Stephens Scown, sits on the internet committee of global trade mark organisation INTA. He said: “I’m fortunate enough to spend my working day getting under the skin of some of the region’s most successful tech firms and the innovation, enthusiasm and dedication they show never fails to impress me. The TribeTech podcast aims to capture that and give listeners an insight into the South West’s tech scene. Whether you work for a technology firm, or are interested in finding out more about one of the region’s most important sectors, TribeTech is for you.”

The South West has more than 10,000 technology companies, with technology being the fastest growing part of the region’s economy. Tech South West helps support, showcase and celebrate the region’s tech sector.

Tech South West are hosting the region’s annual tech awards on Wednesday 27 November in Exeter. Over 200 people are expected to attend the ceremony which cover the whole Tech South West region of Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. The awards recognise and celebrate talent, creativity, business success, education, leadership, diversity and more.

The TribeTech podcast is available on platforms and apps including iTunes and Spotify or  audioboom.com/posts/7422399-bristol-technology-festival

For more information about Tech South West techsouthwest.org.uk