Bristol Technology Festival unveils schedule for October showcase

4th October 2021
  • Held on October 11-15, Bristol Technology Festival (BTF) will host over 50 events virtually and at numerous locations across Bristol.
  • Leading provider of IT solutions and services Softcat will headline the festival.
  • Several keynote speeches will be spread across the week, conducted by special guests including Antonia Forster – one of Bristol’s “Women to Watch” in STEM.

Bristol Technology Festival (BTF) has unveiled a packed schedule for its tech showcase event, taking place during the week of October 11-15.

Now into its third edition, BTF is an annual celebration designed to bring together events, people and communities to share, learn and explore technology developments in the southwest region. Events will encompass a range of sectors from green and sustainable technology to legal and finance.

This year’s schedule includes a number of highly anticipated events, of which there are more than 50 spread across five packed days.

The theme which wraps around many of the events through the week is ‘changing the face of tech’, with the emphasis on taking tangible action beyond simply talking about a lack of diversity and inclusion. As well as demonstrating the best of what the area’s tech space has to offer, BTF 2021 aims to bring together like-minded organisations ready to inspire wide-reaching change.

It is not too late to get involved. For individuals and organisations interested in attending or hosting an event, there is still time to book tickets and submit proposals.

Softcat headlines busy BTF 2021

BTF 2021 would like to thank Headline Partner Softcat for its indispensable support of BTF 2021.

Looking ahead to the event, Rob Parkinson, CIO at Softcat, commented: “We are delighted to be involved in the 2021 Bristol Technology Festival. Bringing together local technology communities and shining a light on all the innovation the region has to showcase is an important way to drive collaboration and industry growth.

“The last 18 months have been tough for many industries, but technology has come through as an enabler and has made many re-think how they interact and do business. As the impact of technology continues to grow, forums like the Bristol Technology Festival have never been more important and we are pleased to be supporting it.”

Event organisers are also grateful to Deloitte for sponsoring the Bristol Technology Festival Launch Event, on Thursday October 7 which will be held at Engine Shed.

Here, the exclusive launch evening will be a chance for senior leaders and technology influencers from across the region to network, share ideas and see each other in person, with speaker contributions coming from the likes of Moneyhub, Deloitte and Softcat.

Changing the face of tech

Among the many highlights of this year’s festival is a fireside keynote chat with Antonia Forster.

Antonia is a Unity/C# games and software developer, specialising in immersive experiences such as AR, VR and XR. In 2017, her record-breaking TEDxBristol talk was delivered to a live audience of 2,000 people and has since gained over 92,000 views online.

A year later, Antonia was nominated and shortlisted for Nature’s John Maddox Prize, in recognition of her work as an LGBTQ+ speaker and activist. She has also been named one of Bristol’s Top Nine “Women to Watch” in STEM, and has appeared in numerous magazine, radio and television features.

The talk with Antonia is scheduled for Monday October 11th, 12:00-14:00, at Engine Shed.

It is expected to be one of many events held throughout the week that inspire both more women to pursue careers in the tech sector, and organisations to provide greater opportunities and promote diversity.

What else to expect at BTF 2021

Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to the group of volunteers helping to coordinate the festival.

Among them are representatives from Hargreaves Lansdown, Newicon, TechSPARK, and Engine Shed, with events throughout BTF being crowdsourced from organisations across the city of Bristol.

These include tech companies, public bodies, schools, community interest groups and charities, with events open to a huge variety of guests – from tech professionals and businesses to individuals wanting to know more about the area’s digital industries.

Between them, a huge variety of discussions and other activities will be open to attendees:

  • TechSPARK, a not-for-profit network dedicated to connecting, educating, and strengthening the digi-tech cluster in the West, will be hosting its annual SPARKies awards. Now in its ninth year, the awards showcase the very best in people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in the region.
  • FinTech West will host its 2021 fintech summit, exploring the latest innovations and providing important networking opportunities for local industry stakeholders.
  • Alongside the launch event, key sponsor Deloitte is holding a number of talks throughout BTF 2021. This includes a talk on location intelligence, and how using geospatial data and services can transform day to day operations.

This year’s Bristol Technology Festival will also witness the launch of the Festival Community Partner initiative. Here, businesses have the opportunity to become one of 50 community partners, with all funds invested helping to secure the long-term future of the festival.

For more information and to view the schedule for BTF 2021, visit

To submit an event proposal, complete the form here.


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