Two week festival to celebrate Welsh innovation returns

A two-week festival of events to celebrate Welsh technology businesses, entrepreneurs and academia will return this month.

Set to take place between the 16th and 30th of June, the Wales Festival of Innovation will showcase the technological marvels being created up and down the country.

Across Wales, the events will cover trending areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, medtech, software development, science and education.

One of the flagship events is called ‘Innovation for the Nation’, which will highlight a range of innovative technology companies. The aim is to expose people to brands they may not have heard of before.

The Cardiff Innovation and Impact Awards will also take place, recognising innovation across all verticals and sectors. They’ll recognise the diversity of technology talent in Wales.

Meanwhile, the Alacrity Foundation will host the Startup Showcase Lunch 2018. It’ll consist of nine lightening-presentations from some of the country’s fastest-growing tech start-ups. 

High-performance IT consultancy DevOpsGuys, which is headquartered in Cardiff, is hosting an event with Women Rock to profile the women at the cutting edge of technology.

Its operations director, Kate Jones, will be speaking at the event. We believe it’s fundamental to harness the skills of people from all backgrounds. This can have a direct effect on staff engagement, productivity and customer satisfaction,” she said.

“Clearly, there’s been a gender imbalance in the technology industry for decades, and this is a real challenge. But we’re actively taking practical steps to close this skills gap and ensure every member of our team has a voice.”

The organisers wrote: “The Wales Festival of Innovation wants to showcase what’s coming next, and how Wales is already leading the way.

“The Festival is designed to provide you with the rare opportunity to view first-hand how Wales is at the forefront of enabling technologies which underpin key industry sectors,” wrote the organisers.

“It is expected to facilitate the exchange of ideas and concepts that will create collaborations and inspire a new generation of innovative products, solutions and cultural endeavours.”