Are you ready for the Bristol Technology Festival (BTF)? It’s just one week away, and the techSPARK team is buzzing with excitement to bring you the UK’s largest and most connected regional technology festival right here in Bristol this October.

With the generous support of our headline partner, Ghyston—an award-winning UK software company—the festival promises a week of tech-driven festivities from October 9th to 13th, 2023, spread across various locations in our vibrant city. As always, BTF’s core mission is to connect people and share knowledge, fostering collaboration and innovation in the tech industry.


Exploring Bristol Technology Festival’s Five Themes

In case you need a quick refresher, BTF 2023 revolves around five exciting themes:

1. Science: Dive into the world of science and how it’s transforming our lives, from healthcare and biotechnology to robotics and space exploration.

2. People: Sponsored by AND Digital, this theme highlights the individuals shaping the tech industry and the skills and knowledge required to succeed in this dynamic field.

3. Awareness: Delve into the realm of cybersecurity and the challenges and opportunities associated with safeguarding our digital infrastructure.

4. Resilience: This theme underscores the importance of stability and strength in the tech sector, emphasizing risk assessment and future-proofing for businesses.

5. Knowledge: The final day of the festival offers a platform for professionals to connect, learn about the latest industry developments, and gain insights into its future.


Kickstarting the Festival with Ghyston

To kick off BTF 2023, Ghyston presents an interactive session exploring the innovation landscape within Bristol’s thriving tech sector. This event will bring together industry experts, business leaders, and tech enthusiasts to discuss pressing topics that are reshaping our city’s tech ecosystem. Some of the exciting sessions include:

  • Sustainable Innovation: Discuss how the tech sector in Bristol can contribute to the city’s sustainability goals through innovative solutions.
  • Collaboration vs. Competition: A debate on the pros and cons of collaboration among tech companies in Bristol compared to a more competitive approach.
  • The Future of Bristol’s Tech Innovation: Predicting the future directions of innovation in Bristol’s tech sector, considering emerging technologies and trends.
  • The Role of Innovation in Bristol’s Tech Success: Exploring how innovation has played a pivotal role in shaping Bristol’s tech sector and driving its growth.


Celebrating Bristol Game-Changing Tech

Bristol is home to some of the most game-changing tech innovations, and BTF 2023 is set to celebrate these achievements. To kickstart the festival, we’ve curated two showcases that will set an inspiring tone for the week, opening on Science Day.

These showcases will feature deep tech science startups, combining cutting-edge academic thinking with a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit, positioning them as leaders in their respective markets and fields.


Container Magazine: A Speculative Future of Play

Container Magazine offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a speculative future of play. In a two-hour workshop guided by game designer Everest Pipkin, we’ll explore the design of contemporary play technologies as part of sustainable ecosystems.

While efforts are being made to make video game production more sustainable, many games still have a short lifespan before becoming tech waste.

This workshop will challenge us to consider questions like: What would an environmentally friendly game design, distribution, and play process look like? What is a video game beyond its disposable nature? How does a game evolve?

BTF 2023 promises to be an exhilarating week of innovation, sustainability, and collaboration. Stay tuned for more updates and make sure to mark your calendars for October 9th – 13th, 2023! Sign up here.