Binary Festival is returning to Liverpool in 2018 and its organisers are inviting local businesses to play a leading role in the event.
Next year’s festival, supported by principal partners Bruntwood, Liverpool City Council and Baltic Creative, takes place on Thursday 22 March and will bring together the city’s digital and creative community for a collection of insightful speakers and workshops covering a range of topics including technology, entrepreneurship and creativity.
It was officially launched at a special showcase at The Old Hall in Bruntwood’s Cotton Exchange building, where more than 100 guests heard from Richard Gregory, a director of Tech North and chair of Liverpool-based Ruler Analytics, and were invited to bring forward their own ideas to collaborate or host events during the festival.
The 2018 festival will focus on the Binary Keynotes, a series of inspiring talks from engaging speakers with new insights and fascinating ideas, which will take place in the Baltic Triangle. Binary Gatherings will showcase the work and talent of the digital sector within the Baltic Triangle and across Liverpool.
Established in 2016 out of Liverpool's Baltic Triangle, Binary Festival returns to celebrate the city's blossoming digital community placing it centre stage. Binary Festival 2017 featured 18 events and featured keynote speakers including the inspirational writer and poet Lemn Sissay MBE, Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible and Steve Bartlett, social influencer and CEO of Social Chain.
The Binary Keynotes for 2018 will include talks by:
Paul Smith from Hyperloop One, the startup promising to revolutionise train travel
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool who is looking to digital connectivity to help spur economic growth
Andy Kent, CEO & Founder of Liverpool’s Angel Solutions
Natalie Haywood, MD & Founder of the LEAF Tea Shop chain
The Binary Gatherings will include workshops topics such as:
Virtual & Augmented Reality hosted by Draw & Code
Artificial Intelligence hosted by Mando
YouTube for Business by Curly Productions
The Fine Art of Tea Tasting by LEAF
The full lineup of Keynotes & Gatherings will be announced in mid-January 2018.
Colin Forshaw, Regional Lead for Bruntwood said: “The Liverpool city region has become one of the UK’s leading centres for digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Binary Festival allows businesses across the sector to gather together and it provides a showcase for the diversity of talent available on our doorstep.
“Bruntwood is always eager to support initiatives that expand the cultural vibrancy of our core cities and connect like-minded business owners and creative thinkers.
“We are hugely proud to be a principal partner this year and we are looking forward to working with the Binary team to help deliver the most eye-catching and insightful festival to date.”
Mark Lawler, MD of Baltic Creative said: "At Binary Festival last year it was fantastic to see musicians, scientists, designers, movie makers, VR experts, health specialists and many, many more come together to share their very personal stories on how tech continues to impact their businesses and lives. As we launch 2018 it will be a celebration of what is happening, and more importantly what will happen in these important sectors that are adding great value to the Liverpool City Region.”
If you would like to discuss ideas for Binary Festival 2018 or request further information about the event programme, please visit the Binary Festival website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.