The fifth annual Wales for Digital event in September will have a new festival feel taking in investors, innovators, smart cities and street food.
Some of the world’s leading tech innovators have been announced in the first wave of names being brought to Wales for Digital (18 - 19 Sep), in a schedule set to take in the internet of things, investors, talent and smart cities.
The fifth annual event, headline sponsored by Welsh fintech pioneer GoCompare, will welcome 2,000 delegates - a mix of innovators, investors, doers and makers - to a new home at Tramshed Tech & Tramshed in Cardiff.
The festival will be filled with keynote speakers, panels, workshops and roundtables on the digital developments that will shape tomorrow’s world.
Start-ups will have the opportunity to tell their tale to investors looking for the next big thing from a stage set in a cinema, while workshops on AI, 5G, digital manufacturing, growth finance and an investor breakfast will take to the water on a boat sailing from Cardiff Bay down the River Taff.
Pendyris Street, the road immediately outside the venue - just five minutes’ walk from Cardiff Central train station- will be closed to traffic, with an Expo taking place in 13 shipping containers. A selection of street food traders will be pitched up bringing tacos (and more) to the tech-heads.
David Warrender, the chief executive at Innovation Point, said: “Hugely exciting innovations are emerging from the Welsh digital scene on a regular basis and, as the Tech Nation 2017 report cited, we’re central to driving growth in the region. Bringing these brilliant speakers to share their tales from the top is a smart way to fuel the fires of the dreamers that might want to get investment for their big idea and learn from what these keynotes have seen and done.”
The first keynotes announced include:
The full agenda taking in further keynotes, workshop, panels, roundtables and more will be announced in the coming weeks by Innovation Point, the digital innovation company organising the event on behalf of Welsh Government.