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Rochdale’s digital festival ready for lift off

04 June 2019

A young man listening to an audio player.

Final preparations are well under way for Saturday's Rochdale Digital Festival, which is being held at Number One Riverside this weekend.

Our festival - aimed at de-mystifying technology and showing how useful, easy and fun to use it can be - runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 8 June 2019.

Organised in partnership with BBC Radio Manchester, who will be broadcasting live from the event, the festival will celebrate digital in all its forms, with demonstrations, lots of free activities and more.

With 17 per cent of all UK households in fuel poverty, the Energyworks Green Doctor will be providing impartial advice on making your home warmer, cutting fuel and water bills, help reduce your carbon footprint and using smart meters.

The popular FixIt Bar will return, with O2 Rochdale Gurus and students from Hopwood Hall College providing hands-on help for any laptop, iPad, mobile phone or tablet problems. O2 will also be demonstrating their cutting edge technology, including making your home 'smart.' There will be a Google Home Mini to win in O2's virtual heading game competition.

2 people building a robot together.

'More than ever to see and do'

If you fancy a career working in digital technology, Hopwood Hall College staff will be showcasing their IT, creative and digital media courses. The college offer courses in networking and web design and can help take your passion for gaming into a career in games development. Take your video skills to the next level too with a creative media courses or become a graphic designer. Marketing specialists JGM Agency will host Adobe Photoshop demonstrations, showing how to create stunning graphics and how to edit photographs.

New Rochdale start-up business Alternate States will be demonstrating the latest in virtual reality experiences and if you fancy learning to code or just want to get your hands on new tech, there will be plenty to try, take part in and enjoy. 

You'll be able to join an Instagram #DrawThisInYourStyle live collaborative arts project with – who will be using social media to produce art live.

Experts from Skills for Employment will be providing careers advice for anyone looking for a career in digital technology as well as help with things such as applying for a job via social media, searching for jobs and writing an electronic CV.

People trying out virtual reality headsets.

There'll be lots of interactive fun and learning for under 18s and families, helping children and young people to learn through play using coding, robots, electronics and making activity using the latest digital kit. Heritage Hackers will invite you to meet their dinosaur robot before taking part in an augmented reality dinosaur hunt across the town centre. They'll also be hosting lots of child friendly sessions including mindcraft, coding, and scratch (coding for tots).   

Our adult care service will be showcasing some innovative new assistive technology to help people increase their independence in their own home.

2 free masterclasses for businesses will be held the day before the event, on Friday, 7 June 2019 at Touchstones Rochdale, hosted by the Business Growth Hub. One will show all businesses how to improve the performance of their website on internet searches with another aimed at the manufacturing sector focusing on rapid prototyping and 3D printing. Also on Friday, digital champions from Lloyds Bank will also be delivering digital knowhow sessions in local schools, showing how digital skills can act as a springboard to jobs in different sectors including manufacturing, gaming and the arts. 

Councillor Daalat Ali, our deputy council leader and cabinet member for resources said:

"There's more than ever to see and do at this year's festival, so do call in and visit, it will be well worth it. We have lots of digital companies and talent in the borough which we will to show at this year's festival. Whether you are a complete beginner, or already into digital technology, the day will have something for you."

Rochdale Digital Festival is at Number One Riverside, Rochdale on Saturday, 8 June 2019 from 10am to 4pm. You can also listen live on BBC Radio Manchester from 9am on DAB and 95.1FM.