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PRESS RELEASE 21st October 2019
Inaugural Bristol Technology Festival promotes inclusion, diversity and business growth across the city, with over 30 events in one week.
From November 4th to November 10th 2019, Bristol will host the first Bristol Technology Festival. Made up of a series of over 30 events across the city, the festival will bring together the range and breadth of technology led companies and organisations across the city. Its aim is to celebrate the innovation of the region and to champion inclusion in the sector. The festival is coordinated by a group of volunteers from across the ecosystem including representatives from Hargreaves Lansdown, TechSpark and Rocketmakers.
The Bristol & Bath region has a long-standing history of tech innovation and the ecosystem is booming, with the most productive tech talent in the UK. It feeds industries all over the world with breakthrough engineering and digital innovation. The region is famed for its creative approach to technology challenges.
Events throughout the festival are crowdsourced from organisations across the city. These include tech companies, public bodies, schools, community interest groups and charities. Events are open to engineers, business leaders from across sectors, visitors wanting to know more about the region, and residents of the city.
Nick Sturge MBE, Director of the enterprise hub Engine Shed, and chair of the steering committee commented “As a city, we need to make economic growth sustainable and that means the major economic drivers, such as tech, need to achieve two things. Firstly, we have to grow a diverse workforce, reaching out to and welcoming communities within the city which haven’t traditionally been included in the tech sector. Secondly, we need to promote the region externally, nationally and internationally, to attract new talent and to continue to enjoy investment in the burgeoning tech businesses here, as many of them are now scaling up, and gaining a global reputation for innovation.”
One of the events on the program is Bristol Tech Fair, co-organised by Technotopia, a free family-friendly event designed for all residents of the city to get hands on with technology in a fun, creative and inspiring way. Founder of Technotopia, Karin Rudolph, commented “We’ve had unprecedented interest in the Bristol Tech Fair event, with over 900 attendees already confirmed. It’s fantastic to be part of the festival and to help connect lots of people, regardless of their age or background, to the thriving technology developed in our region.”
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About the Bristol Technology Sector
- Bristol & Bath is home to the UK’s most productive tech talent according to TechNation 2018. On average each employee generates 320K in revenue (against 201K in London);
- Bristol is the only ‘globally significant, fast-growing’ tech cluster in the UK according to Centre for Cities/McKinsey;
- Bristol-based Graphcore (#1) & FiveAI (#5) are both in the top 10 publicly announced European deep tech investment rounds of 2017 according to Atomico;
- In 2017 over $304 million was invested in Bristol tech firms which is 15% more per capita than investment in London tech firms according to Atomico;
- In 2017 Bristol was named best placed to start a business by startups.co.uk;
- Bristol was named as the UK’s smartest city in 2017 by Huawei;
- Bristol has been named Best to Live in the UK by the Sunday Times for 4 of the last 5 years;
- In the last couple of years, investment from corporates includes: Cray Supercomputing (relocated EMEA HQ), Cookpad (relocated global HQ), Oracle Cloud Centre of Excellence, Natwest Digital Studio, Just Eat tech centre, Amazon IMDb expansion (also global HQ), Channel 4 Creative Hub and Dyson R&D centre;
- There are 14 Incubators and Accelerators locally with specialist ones include SETSquared (named #1 global university incubator), The Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre and Bristol VR lab;
- In August 2018 Ziylo was acquired for $800 million, the largest university spin-out acquisition in the UK ever.
About Bristol Technology Festival
Dates: November 4th – 10th Bristol Technology Festival is all that is brilliant about the inclusive, collaborative and varied ecosystem that is Bristol Tech all in one city, all in one week.
Bristol has a long-standing history of tech innovation and the ecosystem is booming, with tens of thousands of job openings a year in the sector. Feeding industries all over the world with breakthrough engineering and digital wizardry, it has been difficult to truly understand the breadth of companies operating in the region. Not anymore.
Bristol Technology Festival seeks to showcase the entire ecosystem, from the weird and wonderful, to world leaders in their field, and everything in between. Events are crowdsourced from organisations across the city.
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