Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

CultureTECH: A spectacle of digital delights for IT crowd

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Hordes of self-confessed techno-geeks from all over the world have converged on Northern Ireland for a major digital technology festival.

Over the space of four days CultureTECH, which kicked off on Wednesday and runs until Saturday, will see 1,000 delegates converge on Londonderry as it plays host to all things digital — from street art to digital funfairs and music, plus the latest technological developments across all fields.

The ‘tomorrow’s world’ festival will display how every aspect of our work and leisure could be transformed in the near future.

Among those attending is keynote speaker Sir Nick Kenyon of the Barbican, along with Kath Mainland, CEO of the Edinburgh Fringe, and Ben Hammersley of Wired UK, who will all relate their experience of digital technology in their work.

Duke Special is headlining the music side of the festival, along with local band Japanese Popstars.

In total, there are 90 speakers at the various Culture Tech events, with many travelling from abroad. At the core of the festival is Sinead McLaughlin from the local Chamber of Commerce.

She said: “The fact that CultureTECH has attracted such a high calibre of speakers and performers proves that our ambitions are matched by a confidence that has spread internationally in our ability to deliver on our objectives.

“Make no mistake — CultureTECH is a major event, which is an indication both |that Digital Derry is delivering in its support of the emerging digital business sector in Derry and that City of Culture next year will have a very important digital dimension,” she said.”

Derry City Council town clerk and chief executive, Sharon O’Connor, said CultureTECH presented a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city.

She said: “Derry is a young and vibrant city brimming with new talent and innovation.

“We have the potential to take the lead in the digital revolution and make our mark as a city of opportunity and ingenuity.

“We have already demonstrated our ability to host major events with an international appeal following the resounding success of the Clipper Festival, and events such as CultureTECH extend our reach into the world of business and technology, establishing our place alongside bigger cities in what we can deliver.”

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