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Get hands-on with Digital Bristol Week

Nick Sturge giving a talk at Engine Shed

Youngsters get to grips with technology at a Digimakers event

Press release issued: 14 January 2015

Experts from the University of Bristol will be sharing their expertise and advice as part of Digital Bristol Week – a free programme of training, events, workshops and panels organised by the BBC.

Tickets are selling fast for the various events, which run from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 February, and explore the opportunities offered by digital technology.

Whether you want to see behind the scenes at Bristol’s well-known media companies or learn how to build your own website, there are free events everyday thanks to a collaboration between the BBC and broadcast, industry and training partners across the city. 

University of Bristol is heavily involved in the Business Day, being held at Engine Shed on Friday 6 February. The day aims to provide advice and support to Bristol’s fast-growing creative sector, with workshops and talks to help strengthen your business.

Nick Sturge, Director of Bristol SETsquared - the University of Bristol’s award-winning business incubator – and who manages Engine Shed, will be running a workshop looking at ‘Building an Effective Board’ at 9.30am before chairing a discussion about funding opportunities at 10.30am.

Maker Day, on Saturday 7 February, offers six workshops aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds, an introduction to programming for females of all ages and a Raspberry Pi drop-in centre which is also open to everyone. The activities are organised by Digimakers, a joint initiative run by the Faculty of Engineering and the British Chartered Institute for Computing (BCS).

Youngsters will be shown more ways to have fun with technology – whether it’s programming software, creating a game or building a web app.

The ‘Introduction to building web applications’ workshop, run by local web development agency Simpleweb, is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about making web applications.

To book onto any of the workshops, being run between 10am and 4pm at the Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Road, or to find out more about what’s happening on the day, please see the Eventbrite website.

Immersion Day, on Thursday, 5 February, will feature leading experts - including games makers, theatre directors, filmmakers, technologists and academics -  looking at what technology is on the horizon and how it will change the way we consume content. There will be an opportunity to try the content for yourself.

In the morning session from 10am, Professor Bruce Hood, from the University of Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology, will be looking at the psychology and science behind immersive experiences and how they are created in the audience and user.

As part of the European Green Capital’s International Greentech Festival and Digital Bristol Week, Bristol 2015 is bringing together some of the region’s most interesting and innovative cleanweb tech projects on Thursday 5 February at Engine Shed from 6pm.

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Professor of High Performance Networks at the University of Bristol, will be introducing the Bristol is Open project – a joint partnership with Bristol City Council to create three new fast networks in the centre of Bristol to capture information about many aspects of city life, including energy, air quality and traffic flows.

It’s one of five projects which will give short, sharp presentations about what they're doing, why it matters and what's next for them, followed by an insightful panel discussion and time for drinks and networking. More details on the BBC website.

Digital Bristol Week is being produced by the BBC in partnership with the University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Creative Skillset, Creative SkillsHub, Bristol Media, Bristol City Council, Creative England, Engine Shed and the Pervasive Media Studio.

Further information

Digital Bristol Week is a highly successful collaboration between broadcast, industry and training partners across the City.  Free daily events include networking opportunities, conference days and training workshops.  Book now to take advantage of this special opportunity.

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