Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Conference for the tech-savvy moves online

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A conference designed to showcase the scale and diversity of the tech community in Swindon will be moving online.

Originally scheduled to take place in a physical setting on November 5, the Tech Swindon Summit will now be held over a week – from November 2 to 6 – as an online festival of ideas.

More than 2,000 virtual delegates from across the globe are expected to join the festival to see more of the technology developed in Swindon and the surrounding area.

Lucy Paine, TechSwindon ecosystem co-ordinator, said: "We’re so excited to be able to bring the Tech Swindon Summit together to support and promote our vibrant tech community in Swindon.

There are over 9,000 tech workers in the region and bringing them together is a key part of our mission, doing it online just gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge with even more people.”

The core themes of the Tech Swindon Summit are Tech, Talent, Business Resilience, and Innovation. Events will cover a broad range of expertise from the use of Secure Cloud WAN to Artificial to Intelligence & Cybersecurity, while also speaking to wider world through speakers such as the Global Chief Technology Evangelist at Comptia. Events throughout the festival have been crowdsourced from organisations across the town, including tech companies, public bodies, schools, community groups and charities.

Events are open to people in the tech sector, business leaders from across sectors, visitors wanting to know more about the region, and anyone wanting to know more about the town’s digital industries. Tech Swindon – which was launched at the Swindon headquarters of Nationwide last June – is a Switch on to Swindon Initiative with the mission to bring together the region’s vast tech community. The Tech Swindon Summit is sponsored by Catalent, Nationwide, Swindon & Wiltshire LEP, TechSPARK, and Swindon Borough Council.

A summit schedule, which is being regularly updated to include even more individual events, can be found at www.techswindonsummit.com/schedule