Wales’s biggest digital event is moving to the capital

Digital, Wales’s biggest technology event, is set to take place at the Tramshed Tech co-working space in Cardiff later this year.

The Welsh Government-supported conference, which has evolved from the titles Digital 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, will occur between September 18th and 19th.

Tramshed Tech will be transformed into a hub for more than 2,000 innovators, entrepreneurs and investors who will be making connections, doing business and talking tech.

With huge appetite at the past events for more interaction, workshops and networking, the format has been redesigned to include new activities.

For instance, there’ll be interactive workshops and meeting spaces, as well as dedicated investor zones and an expo arena. The event will also feature a showcase stage area.

During the previous events, more than 2,000 delegates attended, and speakers have come from companies such as Google, Twitter, MIT, Sage, HP, Cisco, Hive, JustPark and Oxfam.

Aimed at putting Wales at the forefront of digital innovation, last year’s event was streamed by hundreds of viewers from over 20 countries worldwide – including Italy, Spain and the US.

This year’s event is being organised by Innovation Point, Wales’s digital and technology company. The organisation connects innovative firms with contacts and investors.

David Warrender, CEO of Innovation Point, said: “The close knit and vocal community of start-ups and SMEs in Wales is a vital component of our digital eco-system and we want to make sure this year’s event programme is designed with their needs in mind.”

Now in its fifth year, Digital is set to bring together some of the most ambitious forward-thinkers and world-leading experts in their fields, inspiring delegates.

Originally set up in 2013, the event is all about stimulating communication and education around digital skills, cyber security and key tech trends such as the Internet of Things.

Warrender continued: “It’s important for tech events to adapt and evolve in order to stay cutting-edge and relevant, in line with the markets that they represent.

Digital will stimulate dynamic communication and collaboration, all while shining a light on the newest ways in which Wales can pack a punch on the world stage.

“We can guarantee that the new destination, name and feel of Digital will add an exciting new dimension to what we can offer and embolden our speakers and delegates to tackle the latest topics and trends.

“Our ultimate goal is to create an environment where progress happens, whether it’s an investor discovering an exciting start-up, a tech corporate collaborating with an innovator, several SMEs joining forces, or a company finding a new funding opportunity to scale up.”

The Digital Dozen programme, designed to showcase Wales’s leading tech firms, will also make a return. It’ll offer publicity, high-profile mentoring and funding opportunities to over 12 firms.

Louise Harris, co-founder and CEO of Tramshed Tech, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Digital and excited to be working with Innovation Point and the City of Cardiff Council to bring Digital into the heart of Wales’ capital city.”