Belfast Telegraph

CultureTECH festival bowling Maiden City over

By John Mulgrew

Some of the world's top tech minds will be in Londonderry this weekend in what is proving to be the biggest CultureTECH festival yet.

Entrepreneurs, including one of the brains behind Minecraft, Vu Bui, and top Microsoft man Anthony Salcito will take to the stage.

CultureTECH is now the largest creative industries and technology event in Northern Ireland and one of the largest in the UK and Ireland.

Organiser Mark Nagursk said it had drawn even larger crowds than last year, with some of the big names still to hit the stage.

"It's been going great," he added.

"We have bigger numbers than expected and we have a huge 48 hours ahead of us."

The festival is becoming a significant event for young people, something which is heavily reflected in this year's programme of events.

Among the main attractions today is Maker City, a two-day celebration of innovation that includes a BBC Make It Digital Marquee, electric cart racing at Ebrington Square and a host of intriguing and interesting street food vendors.

On top of that, children from across the province have been building their so-called 'Goblin' cars and will race them in front of the Guildhall.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with CultureTECH to offer an opportunity for youngsters to recreate four of our best-known landmarks through Minecraft, one of the world's most popular games.

Meanwhile, this year's DojoCon will take place at the Nerve Centre in the city.

It will bring a host of top coding talents, mentors and young people together under a "creative coder" theme.

It will welcome speakers from a host of well-known firms including Microsoft, alongside mentors from other 'dojos' across six countries, sharing their experiences and ideas.

There is also TeachMeet, an event for Northern Ireland teachers which will take place at the Guildhall this evening.

Easing into the evening, the entertainment is being dialled up, with live music and food next to the Guildhall, kicking off at 6.30pm.

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