Highlights from Brighton Digital Festival 2015A Tech Nation report recently identified Brighton and Hove as one of the most densely populated digital clusters in the UK.
There is perhaps no better proof of this digital explosion than the continued growth of Brighton Digital Festival – which takes place across the city throughout September. Currently celebrating its fifth year, the festival is an open programme of more than 180 exhibitions, conferences, seminars and events.
This year, I have been lucky enough to be involved in the festival’s media campaign, meeting with some of our most inspirational digital thinkers and learning how technology is being used to inspire and drive change.
This call to arms is nowhere more apparent than in the highly successful digital and design conferences, dConstruct and Reasons To Be Creative. Both of these long running events encourage their audience to look forward and design and create a positive future – listen to The Guardian’s tech weekly podcast for an overview.
A number of events are using new technologies to help nurture the next generation of digital thinkers. At Curiosity Hub: Let’s Create Together!, an event made possible by a Digital Education Award from the festival, kids will bring adults into their world of technology using Minecraft, Lego robotics and stop-motion animation.
The festival is also full of artists embracing technology to explore diverse new areas. For example [data]Storm, developed by Genevieve Smith Nunes, is a ballet that bases its choreography on the algorithms of Met Office storm data, whereas Carousel, a charity that promotes the active involvement of people with a learning disability in the arts, is launching an online graphic novel “Curing Perfect”.
With the majority of the events being free to attend, everybody can get involved. It is our future being shaped and the digital cluster want to bring the whole community together in this month long celebration.
The full programme of events can be found at www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk
Image: Roberta Matis
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This post was written by Andrew Will