Festival returns to shine spotlight on Welsh innovation

Organisers of the Wales Festival of Innovation have announced that the event is set to return in June to shine a spotlight on Welsh innovators, entrepreneurs and companies.

Now in its fourth year, the event will run from June 19th to June 30th and reveal the technological advances being made throughout the country. It’ll consist of a range of free events.

Its aim is to provide people in and beyond Wales with a glimpse into the wealth of ground-breaking work that’s happening across the country and to inspire others to do the same.

There’ll be a variety of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, seminars, open days, conferences and other gatherings to display home-grown discoveries, capabilities and expertise.

Although each event will be held under the festival’s branding, they’ll actually be hosted by the individual organisations themselves. This helps to create a more diverse line-up.

The festival will cover a broad range of topics and industries, but all the events are designed to give business people, students, academics and the general public the chance to discover Welsh innovation.

ESTnet, which is the official technology network of Wales, and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are leading the event with the support of industry partners and the Welsh Government.

This year will also see the Wales Technology Awards, organised by ESTnet, take place as part of the festival. The awards ceremony will occur on June 22nd at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Last year, the festival broke previous records and saw more than sixty events take place across the nation. Idris Price, a spokesperson for the festival, said Wales is leading the way when it comes to innovation.

“The Festival of Innovation returns with a clear goal to build on the unprecedented successes of 2016, to champion the unique culture of innovation that exists in every region in Wales,” he said.

“It is vital that we recognise and celebrate the Welsh expertise that is driving development in practically every industry sector. All too often the contributions made by Welsh businesses, universities and entrepreneurs are not given the credit they rightly deserve.

“We aim to showcase Wales as a first-choice location for investment by promoting the wealth of opportunities it offers for those looking to follow the examples set by those hosting events.”