Digital futures

The University of Bath Innovation Centre is partnering with the Bath Digital Festival to offer a fun-packed online programme for the entire family this week, Tuesday 20 October to Saturday 24 October.

From the comfort of a screen, festival goers can learn to code, join an interactive workshop on artificial intelligence, join a masterclass in social media marketing or check out the latest tech.

The event series will focus on business recovery, skills and talent, plus launch a brand new Digital Skills Exchange programme to tackle the skills and job gap in the South West. 

Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Bath, said: “We are delighted that the University and its staff can support the staging of this year’s virtual Bath Digital Festival. It is a fantastic celebration of innovation and digital expertise and we hope that individuals and businesses will be inspired by the exciting programme of events.

“Throughout this year the University is working with partners in the local area to develop its Civic University Agreement, setting out how we contribute to the environmental, social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the region, and this event is a great illustration of what we can achieve together.”

The SETsquared Bath innovation Centre will host three workshops, focusing on digital innovation and advanced engineering:

The interactive discussion will be hosted by Sean Devane, Entrepreneur in Residence at SETsquared Bath Advanced Engineering Business Acceleration hub (AEBAH),  joined by industry experts, to discuss how new digital product development tools and techniques are transforming the way start-ups, SMEs and global brands are conceiving, developing and building products and services. 

  • The Future of Start-up and Early Stage Business Incubation – Friday 23 October 
    Brian Prescott, SETsquared Centre Manager, will look at the future of start-up and early stage business incubation in relation to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and opportunities created by new digital tech.

He will also introduce iSTART, a new innovation space for Bath which will focus on digital skills and careers. It aims to provide a more flexible approach to learning which will fit around people’s busy lives. The iSTART project involves a collaboration between Bath College, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath & North East Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). 

  • The Future of Digital Business – Saturday 24 October 10am-11am
    Gary Pratt, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Digital Innovation Business Acceleration Hub and local business to talk about the future of work in the face of rapid technological changes.

For more information on the Bath Digital Festival and to register for events visit: