It’s that time of year again, Derry's own week-long festival of digital technology, media, music, art and other geeky stuff. Click here to check out our feature on last year’s CultureTECH event and see what you missed or read on to see what there is to look forward to.
For those of you who don't know...
CultureTECH is an annual festival which provides a meeting place where creative people from the art, culture, music and technology communities can perform, mix, create and inspire. Amongst this week of techno-cultural mixing there will also be a number of events aimed at inspiring and assisting innovative technology start-ups to move their business ideas forward. This year is shaping up to be even better than CultureTECH 2012, with lots of events, inspiring speakers and various acts across Derry-Londonderry, adding an interesting twist to its year as the UK city of culture.
Here is just a taster of the events taking place
If you have an interest in TV or media, you will want to pop in to The Playhouse on 12th September for Belfast Media Festival at CultureTECH. You can join in on the debates about the future of TV content, distribution and technology, get free hands on experience with the latest in broadcast technology and hear some of the industry’s leading figures share their views.
Fascinated by or deeply concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence? For the first time the Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence is coming to Ireland. To check out this year’s entries get yourself down to the University of Ulster on 14th of September!
Love classical music? Love heavy metal music? Just love music? You will probably want to pay a visit to the 'Worlds Apart' concert by symphonic metal band Selene which should prove to be a fascinating and unique performance fusing these two seemingly opposing styles.
The festival will also be featuring; a pop-up gallery in Foyleside Shopping Centre, music gigs in surprising places across the city, digital exhibitions, technology demonstrations, visual installations plenty more to boot.
But Startacus is most interested in...
The promise of opportunities for local people to advance their aspirations of developing a tech company. Firstly, Young Enterprise will be visiting schools in and around Derry-Londonderry to give students the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship in the digital industries. Also Invest NI will be hosting a number of workshops aimed at growing businesses including an e-business session which will explore the ins-and-outs of running an e-business in an accessible and easy to follow fashion. An exciting collection of innovative individuals will be guest speakers at the ‘Fostering StartUp Innovation’ event which, as the name suggest, will provide practical advice and lots of inspiration to start-ups - guest speakers will include Andrew Zarick of Digital DUMBO and AirPOS CEO Marty Neil.
This is just a taster of what’s to come over the week of CultureTECH, so be sure to check out the website for more info on the events that will be filling up the bars, shops, streets and historic buildings throughout the city.
CultureTECH will be running from the 9th-15th of September and is shaping up to be an interesting week so why not come along and see what all the fuss is about? If you are into tech festivals check out our feature onCampusPartyor better still if you will be in London between 2nd and 7th of September pop in and have a look!
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