Brighton Digital Festival Highlights

BDF 2014: Innovation & Technology Highlights

Published On August 14, 2014 | By Scarlett Pares Landells | Things to do features

Brighton Digital Festival provides a platform for organisations and individuals who are passionate about digital culture, to share exciting innovations and technologies, and to learn from others in the field.

Here is the first part of our four part series looking at highlighted events in the four key areas of this years festival: Innovation and Technology, Arts and Culture, Family Friendly and Community Focussed. With this in mind, here are our innovation and technology event highlights focussing on the theme of ‘What can you learn..?’ at BDF 2014


Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsReasons to Be Creative

If you are passionate about your craft, this conference is for you. Bringing together the world’s most talented designers, coders, creatives, film makers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, and artists for presentations over 3 full days. Make no mistake, this is an event that you will walk away from inspired, enlightened, and with a bigger network than when you arrived.

Expect a phenomenal line-up of speakers, featuring more than 35 of the best minds in art, design and code, delivering awe-inspiring sessions, plus workshops that will give you in-depth training from the international community.

Be inspired, be educated, get networked.

Brighton Dome, 1-3 September
Passes from £99-£599


Join us for this one day conference and be inspired and challenged to connect the dots in your own work and beyond.  Dots is about sharing and celebrating ideas that have been created by connecting things in new ways, as well as the people who connect them.

Duke’s at Komedia, 3 September 10am-5pm

Improv For Professional Creativity : A Workshop For Digital and IT Professionals

A fun, exciting workshop where you will learn how improv can enhance your professional creativity, productiveness, collaborative ability and design genius. This is a fun hands-on workshop facilitated by Gerry Thompson of Positive Comedy Learning and Development. It’s free, but you need to register.

Matchbox Mobile, 10 September, 5:30pm


Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsBrighton SEO

A one-day event including a conference and training workshops with talks covering a broad range of the Search spectrum with Content Outreach, Ecommerce and Data Imports for Google Analytics, Penalty detection and prevention, Earned links and audience segmentation benefits. Courses on 11th September cover; Penalty Recovery and Future Proofing, Reporting and Excel for SEOs, Local SEO, International SEO, Content Marketing, Advanced PPC, Advanced Link Building and Effective Outreach, Advanced Google Analytics.

Free tickets sold out in 10 minutes but there are ‘Super-Keen’ tickets for £35 to the conference, and workshop tickets which gives you entrance to one workshop on Thursday 11th and to the conference on the 12th.

Brighton Dome, 11-12 September
Conference £35, 2-day pass £400

YouTube Marketing for Creative Start Ups

Are you a Creative StartUp interested in making your marketing videos seen? Join this workshop to learn how to make an impact on YouTube. is a company passionate about making business videos seen online and on this event we are keen to share some insights into how to get it right.
Venue TBC, 16th September

Brighton Digital Marketing Festival

Welcome to the fourth year of Brighton Digital Marketing Festival. This year’s festival boasts a better line up than ever! With industry leading keynote speakers from SmartInsights and the Financial Times, followed by insightful workshops, there will be something for everyone to improve their marketing skills.
Starts at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, 18 September, 8:30am then moves to various venues

Let’s Get Real Conference

Do you work in or with a cultural organisation? Are you trying to get to know your audience better? Do you think you could use digital tactics more effectively? Spend the day networking with other people in the same boat, sharing, listening, interrogating and getting real about digital in an honest way.
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, 18 September, 9:45am

Design & Development

Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsUX Brighton Career Clinic: Supercharge Your UX Career

Taking the format of a careers clinic this event is aimed at giving advice to UX students, graduates, junior practitioners, those new to UX (or ‘user experience design’) and those who wish to develop their career.

You’ll be able to meet and talk to the best UX professionals in Brighton. You can show them your work and get advice on which skills to focus on to find your ideal job.

Advisors will come from a range of different UX companies to ensure that the breadth of this exciting industry is represented. 10-20 company representatives will be on-hand to give one-to-one advice to those interested in starting, moving into or upwards in User Experience.

Fabrica Art Gallery, 9 September, 6pm

Mobile Application Development for Businesses

Smartphone and tablet use has overtaken computers so businesses cannot afford to neglect the mobile channel. VIDA takes an uncomplicated approach to meeting this challenge by designing and building clever mobile applications that will deliver products and services to consumers. Come see our latest projects!
The DockHub, 11 September, 2pm


Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsBAM! Comics ‘n’ Computers

Can traditional media transition into new media? Can in-print promote on-line or vice versa? What is the best digital model for comics? Will digital comics take a new, bold direction or follow in the wake of traditional comics? Who is stronger, Superman or The Hulk? To explore these and many other issues come along to this workshop, which will include a question and answer session.

Surface Impression presents Bambos, who has worked in the comic industry for almost thirty years and co-founded a traditional comic company (Acme Press Ltd) as well as an on-line comic company (Aces Weekly). He has been a publisher, editor, writer, artist, inker, letterer, teacher and student of comics and has worked for both UK and American publishers.

New Writing South, 3, 25 September

Managing Innovation

The management of innovation is a powerful way to create value by selecting and exploiting the best new ideas—both for improvement and radical change in products, processes and positioning. This two-hour workshop is based on research at CENTRIM, identifying the best practices of successfully innovative organisations and leaders.
68 Middle Street, 10 September, 4-8pm


Could local businesses and consumers benefit from the use of bitcoin? Investigate bitcoin and its applicability in the local economy. We will also look at cryptocurrencies and consider latest developments in the exciting technological space of de-centralised applications, and their probable impact on future economics
The DockHub, 11 September, 6pm

Embedding Innovation – Moving Ideas Into Action

This one day workshop focusses on developing the skills to manage innovative initiatives effectively. The management of innovation is a powerful and practical way to create value by selecting and exploiting the best new ideas—both for improvement and for radical change in products, processes and positioning.
68 Middle Street, 30 September, 9am


Brighton Digital Festival HighlightsBTN ETSY

BTN Etsy are a friendly, supportive, location based team of Etsy sellers based in Brighton and East Sussex. The Brighton Sellers’ Team is unique in the UK in that they hold regular meet ups, in Brighton, to share and exchange information to help team members improve their Etsy shops and increase sales. The aim is also to share other related information such as art exhibitions, business talks, suppliers, crafty events and articles of interest.

The aim of our meet ups is to get to know your team mates in person, an invaluable experience for networking, information exchange and support. Our goal is to have a mixture of agenda based and social meets, with a longer term goal to organise educational or selling events with Team Members.

The Old Market, 9 September, 6:45pm
Free & open to all

Starting A New Business

Starting a new business can seem a daunting task but it needn’t be an expensive one. In this talk, BrightMinded will share their experience of related online technologies. From setting up email and creating a web page to global collaboration there are many tools which allow you to focus on the business rather than establishing infrastructure.
The DockHub, 12 September

How To Build a Sucessful Tech StartUp

The evening, taking place at 68 Middle Street, will help you get your tech business idea off the ground. Crunch’s Darren Fell, who built Brighton-based email marketing firm Pure360 in his front room and took it all the way to a multi-million pound exit, will help get your entrepreneurial juices flowing.
68 Middle Street, 18 September, 6:30pm

Happy StartUps Summercamp

A 3 day camping retreat to unplug, get inspired, meet like minded people and have some fun. Bringing together an incredible line-up of thinkers, do-ers and makers to inspire you, help you lead a better life, get more from your work or business and make the most of your time in this world of ours.
Yoghurt Rooms, Busses Farm, 19-21 September, 10am

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Scarlett is a trainee journalist and Archaeology graduate. Having recently moved from Manchester she is exploring all that Brighton has to offer and writing about it! Arts' music,food, archaeology, reviews and musings coming soon, watch this space. (Blog coming soon!)