Guestblog: A Foolproof Guide to Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festival is an annual programme of events, taking place over four weeks across the city. It’s been going nearly two weeks but there’s still a gargantuan schedule, so the organisers have helped us out with some recommendations. All words by Melissa Ray of the Brighton Digital Festival.

Brighton Digital Festival explores digital culture and celebrates Brighton’s creativity and digital talent. The small but mighty festival team supports the community to produce an open programme of independent events, which is augmented by the arts and education programme that we commission. Here are some of our highlights from across the programme that will be coming up in the weeks ahead.

The Messy Edge

A BDF in-house conference exploring the frontiers of digital culture. Featuring speakers, artists' work and opportunities for discussion around how we run the risk, despite the opportunities that digital gives us, of building a future on the deeply flawed foundations of the present.

13 October – The Attenborough Centre, 11 - 6 PM


Building Better Bots

The dawn of a new age of Artificial Intelligence, robotics, automation and bots promise a whole new world of possibilities, but how can we make sure the reality matches the potential? Robin Christopherson MBE, developers, UX specialists and disabled people discuss how we can make sure that the next generation of tech will make the world a better place.

10 October – Brighton Greater Metropolitan, 6 - 9 PM


Code in the Dark

A party like no other. Developers go head-to- head for in a series of coding challenges. In each heat, competitors have 15 minutes to code a design using a text-editor, HTML/CSS, and lots of technical savvy. Watch out for the crowd interaction.

05 October – Rialto Theatre, 7.30 - 10.30 PM


The Secret Life of Teens: Online identities, image and relationships

How is social media and the digital world changing young people's relationships, image and identity? This interactive workshop provides a forum for parents and carers to get information and honest accounts of young people's experiences and views, whilst exploring the challenges and opportunities offered to young people by this fast evolving online landscape.

04 October – Coachwerks, 6.30 - 8.30 PM
12 October – Coachwerks, 6.30 - 8.30 PM

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Lumen Prize 2017 Winners Exhibition

Be the first to see the shortlist and winners of the global award for digital art on the first stop of its year long worldwide tour. The winners will be announced at a gala event in London on Wednesday 20th September, with the exhibition installed at BDF17 next week.

29 September - 13 October – University of Brighton, David St

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Technology of Education

Education is changing rapidly. Never before have educators had so much access to technological tools for teaching, learning and assessment. Follow and contribute to this round table discussion by educational innovators.

11 October – Tower Theatre, Greater Brighton Met College, 6 - 8 PM

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Talking Mephitic Air

This installation by artists Wesley Goatley and Tobias Revell explores new immersive methods of understanding the local and global systems of air pollution, and the data through which it is measured. Join Wesley and a panel of guests for a lively discussion exploring the issues raised by the art work.

27 September – Onca Gallery, 6.30 - 8.30 PM

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