Plans for Tech Week Humber were revealed as 100 people gathered at the Bonus Arena for the launch event.
Attendees heard that the event would run from November 9-13, encompassing multiple venues across the region.
The launch event was opened by David Keel, chairman of C4DI, who painted a picture of what the region has to offer and importance of promoting it. He then talked about legacy and the potential Tech Week Humber has to shape the future of our region.
Antonio Tombanane, founder of Tech Week Humber, then took to the stage to talk through his plans for the week. He described the week as a five-day festival, with is main aim to not only shout about what the region has to offer but to also invite the world to come and take a look for themselves.
“It was great to be able to finally share our vision with the Humber Tech community today. I see the week as a festival that really inspires everyone to engage with tech," he said.
Last year’s Tech Expo Humber was the first of its kind in the region, attracting 2,000 attendees over two days and reaching a staggering 1.5 million through PR and social. As a result of its success, Tech Week Humber was born.
So, what will Tech Week Humber look like? The week will kick off with a Hackathon held in partnership with the University of Hull. It will look at developing Tech 4 Good and encourage students from all facilities to engage with Tech.
On Tuesday, November 12, Tech Week Humber has teamed up with Wilberforce College to inspire young people and showcase the full potential of a career in tech. This event will be made up of exhibitors, short lectures and workshops that provide the opportunity for hands on learning.
On the Wednesday, the Tech Expo Humber returns to the Bonus Arena. Packed full of innovative tech, the event plans to attract local, national and international industry leaders. People will be invited to party on into the night at the Humber Street Night Summit. Working with partners such as Wykeland and Freedom Festival, the plan is to deliver a carnival of music, comedy and light.
It was announced that this year Tech Expo Humber would partner with Hull Live to deliver the Tech Awards Humber on the following Thursday. The Humber tech community are invited to come together to celebrate the people and the businesses using digital innovation to drive a positive change in the region’s economy.
The week will come to a close with a conference that asks business and educational professionals to redefine leadership. Deconstructing Leadership aims to discuss how we make the technology more accessible and tackle inequality.