The Brighton Digital Festival kicks off today which promises to be a month long celebration of digital art and culture. This is the largest event of its kind in the UK and features an incredible range of inspiring conferences, exhibitions, installations and outdoor events as well as a brilliant range of workshops and networking events for freelancers, students and anyone passionate about the digital sector.
The variety of events is astounding but here we highlight some of those that we're most looking forward to.
1st-3rd September, Brighton Dome
Reasons to be Creative brings together ‘the world’s most talented designers, coders, creatives, film makers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, and artists presenting 3 tracks over 3 full days’. It offers an inspiring and educational conference for web designers, coders and apparently anyone with a creative mind.
3rd September, Duke’s of Komedia
Dots is a one day conference about 'connecting ideas' claiming that ‘innovation happens when things are brought together in fresh ways’. Featuring an impressive array of keynote speakers including those from Google, GOV.UK, Naked Wines and other highly regarded digital agencies this looks set to be an inspiring event.
6th September, Creativity Suite, Huxley Building, Brighton University
This is a great event for all those ‘little coders’ out there. Organized by CoderDojo - a volunteer led movement focused on running regular and free coding clubs for young people where they’ll be able to learn how to code and apply their skills to develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more.
UX is a growing and exciting discipline and due to its relative infancy trainees can often be unsure of the best way to progress their career. This event is for UX students, graduates and junior practitioners; and allows attendees to talk to UX professionals directly to gather advice on how to develop their User Experience skills.
10th September, Fabrica Art Gallery
Electric Biro is ‘a one day art hack run by meet-up ‘WLTM/ake’ for artists, designers, musicians, makers and technologists to meet, make and collaborate’. This is a fabulous idea which involves a ‘speed dating’ session where creatives can meet to exchange ideas and meet potential collaborators. The event will also feature new technologies such as mechanical drawing machines, interactive gestural projections and conductive paint (which can even generate sound!). Really - what is there not to like about this event?
11th/12th September, Brighton Dome
The digital line up of September would not be complete without the biannual BrightonSEO conference. This event features an enormous array of speakers and confirmed keynotes so far include topics on content outreach, ecommerce, data imports for Google Analytics and Penalty detection and prevention. For indepth training there will also be workshops on topics such as local SEO, International SEO, Advanced Google Analytics and Link Building.
18th September, Brighton Dome
This is the fourth year of the Brighton Digital Marketing Festival and claims to have a better line up than ever. With keynotes from SmartInsights, Financial Times and Argos as well as workshops focusing on Email Marketing, SEO, Content and Social Media this looks set to be a popular conference. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Teenage Cancer Trust which means this really is a not to be missed event.