There's something for everyone at Bath's first Digital Festival
Twenty-seven events will take place over the next ten days as Bath hosts its first Digital Festival.
The city's two universities, City of Bath College, Bath and North East Somerset Council and hi-tech entrepreneurs have all pulled together for the inaugural, action-packed festival, which is designed to both showcase and stimulate Bath's blossoming digital sector.
Organisers say there will be something for everyone, from private sector businesses and not-for-profit organisations looking for a digital cutting edge to budding teenage entrepreneurs and less technology-savvy older people.
The festival will be launched tonight at the Roman Baths with Mobile Sinfonia, a global project launched by The Pogues' founder Jem Finer, which will see people from across the world take part in a symphony composed using mobile phone ringtones.
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Following this, the internationally-recognised digital workshop X Media Lab will take place for two days at the Assembly Rooms, featuring international mentors and keynote speakers.
The digital jamboree will place an emphasis on young people. Children will have the opportunity to try their hand at coding in a number of supervised sessions, while the BathApp competition is asking 13 to 18-year-olds to design a localised phone app.
Teachers can also benefit, with two events specifically designed to highlight the challenges and opportunities in teaching digital.
For those not so technology-minded there will be free Web for the Terrified sessions on March 21 and 22. The introductory internet classes will be delivered by experienced digital teachers at a pace to suit individuals.
The festival's creative director, Mike Ellis, said: "We have something for everyone, from a club night at Komedia where City of Bath College students will show off the latest DJ technology through to a debating session at the Pump Room.
"Those who like to try technology out for themselves might enjoy our Solderathon, where they can get hands on building electronics, or the Storm Hack Day where they can try coding."
There are also plenty of opportunities during the festival for Bath's non-digital organisations, with lunchtime business clinics offering free digital advice. A GovWest conference will focus on how digital technology can help the public sector, and there will also be a dedicated event for not-for-profits.
For those interested in mobile technology there will be the Big M and openMIC conferences, while the SPARKies Awards will celebrate the best of Bath's thriving tech sector.
Mr Ellis added: "The aim of Bath Digital Festival is to provide an opportunity for everyone in Bath, regardless of their previous experience in the digital sector, to come along and take part. Whatever sector you work in, or interests you have, there should be an event that you'll enjoy."
Specific times for events and ticket registration details are available at http://bathdigitalfestival.com. Those interested in the Web for the Terrified event should ring 01225 580500 to register.
â Follow @bathdigital on Twitter for updates during the festival or tweet using the hashtag #BathDigiFest.