Learn something new at the Sheffield Digital Festival

Learn something new at the Sheffield Digital Festival

07 May 2021

Sheffield is home to lots of people and businesses who are doing very exciting things with technology, and Sheffield Digital Festival is set to showcase this, when it returns 17 - 21 May.

The festival is offering anyone the chance to get involved and learn more about the digital industries in our city. Plus, you’ll find out why people all over the world are starting to notice Sheffield’s digital scene.

Many of us have used digital technologies much more frequently and in new ways over the past year- from keeping in touch with friends and family over Zoom, to ordering your favourite takeaway or shopping using an app.

But did you know that new technologies that have helped people in the UK and beyond to adapt to the restrictions, have been created right here in Sheffield?

For example, if you have stood outside a supermarket waiting for the ‘traffic light’ system to turn green, that system could be the one designed by Sheffield-based technology company, Razor.

And, if you have visited a cafe, restaurant or bar and have been asked to ‘check-in’ using an app, that could be the app built by Airship, another Sheffield company. This technology has been used in over 11,000 different venues throughout the UK, including Costa, Mercure Hotels, and The Alchemist bars.

Organised by Sheffield Digital and Field, the Festival is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about what is happening in the city, and as it’s completely virtual this year, so all events are free and can be enjoyed from the comfort of home.

The theme of the Festival this month is ‘Remote Control’ so you can expect events that will explore ideas and products developed during the pandemic, and you can hear from people and businesses about how they adapted to the ‘new normal’.

If you have, or work with, children who are obsessed with TikTok, YouTube or Fortnite, you might be interested in an event from The Children’s Media Conference that will explore how and why children interact with certain types of content.

If you work in the manufacturing industries, you can see how life on the factory floor could be made more efficient using the Internet of Things, at an event by the Pitch-In project.

Or if video games are your thing, why not hear from a critic, blogger and artist whose new exhibition at the Site Gallery is inspired by video game characters?

There’re lots more, including a ‘Start-up Showcase’, workshops, and virtual meet-ups - friendly and welcoming events for people to meet others and discuss different topics.

You can see what is happening throughout the Festival week and register for events, on the website: www.sheffielddigitalfestival.com and you can follow the Sheffield Digital Festival on Twitter: @ShefDigiFest and Instagram: @sheffielddigitalfestival.