|September 1, 2011||to||September 30, 2011|
Brighton Dome has been the centre of a number of digital conferences with previous clients including Clearleft, Wired Sussex and Microsoft. Now to mark Brighton’s status as the leading digital conference destination, Brighton Dome is at the heart of a month-long Digital Festival taking place in September, coordinated by Lighthouse, which features five iconic digital conferences: dConstruct, Update, Improving Reality, Flash on the Beach and Maker Faire.
With five spaces under one roof – the Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange, Foyer Bar, Founders Room and the Pavilion Theatre – Brighton Dome is one of the most versatile and stylish venues in the South. Built for the Prince of Wales (who became George IV) and steeped in Regency history, Brighton Dome combines state-of-the-art facilities and unrivalled in-house expertise with Grade 1 listed heritage. Able to cater for intimate meetings and events of between 20 – 80 people, the venue can also accommodate larger conferences and events of up to 1742 people.
An annual, internationally renowned conference that gathers many of the brightest minds in the design community to explore big issues in the digital world. This year, speakers including Kevin Slavin, Don Norman, Stephanie Rieger and Matthew Sheret explore how we can bridge the gap between physical and digital product design.
Join makers, crafters and inventors and interact with fascinating creations, home-spun robotics, garden shed inventions, circuit boards and the occasional fireball. Learn to solder or make a musical instrument at this hands-on day of creative invention and technological discovery for all ages.
Update is a one-day conference exploring the hottest topics in mobile design and development. Curated by user experience designer and developer Aral Balkan, Update features inspiring talks from top names from the worlds of iOS, web, and user experience including Brendan Dawes, Jeremy Keith, Sarah Parmenter, Matt Gemmell, Jeff LaMarche, and Cennydd Bowles. Their inspirational keynote sessions are punctuated by lively geek ninja battles debating platforms and technologies, and the conference day itself is followed by two days of hands-on workshops on topics ranging from iOS design to HTML5 for mobile. Update’s special guest this year is Ronald Wayne. He founded Apple alongside Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, created the first Apple logo, and wrote the manual for the first Apple computer. He then gave up his 10% share in Apple for just $2,300. If he’d kept it, it would be worth over $30 billion today and would make him one of the world’s 15 richest people.
Flash on the Beach
Flash on the Beach is a major international conference, and a highlight of Brighton’s digital culture calendar. It brings designers and developers together to share, educate and inspire. This year’s speakers include Joshua Davis and Ben Fry, who create stunning artworks using digital visual languages.
Improving Reality is a conference curated by Lighthouse that explores how digital artists and designers are radically re-engineering our world. Thinkers and makers from the technology, film, education and art worlds will explore how the current generation of makers is not only attempting to augment reality, but go one step further, and actually improve reality. It features artists, Julian Oliver, Blast Theory and Agency of Coney, gaming guru and founder of Makieworld, Alice Taylor, filmmaker and founder of A Swarm of Angels, Matt Hanson, user experience designer, Aral Balkan, and more.
Data is Nature
A night of audio-visual delights and surprises closes the first Brighton Digital Festival. Lighthouse is curating a brilliant line-up of audio-visual performers, including musician and artist Paul Prudence (dataisnature.com), who together will show how digital technology can help us see nature in entirely new ways.
There’s a lot more taking place during the Brighton Digital Festival, full information is available at: brightondigitalfestival.co.uk