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Rochdale Digital Festival line-up

23 January 2017

Rochdale Digital Festival line-up.

With just weeks to go before Rochdale Digital Festival returns, we have revealed more about the event!!

The FREE 1-day festival - aimed at de-mystifying technology and showing how useful, easy and fun to use it can be - is being staged at Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre on Saturday, 4 March 2017.

Names already confirmed to be at the festival include Barclays, 02 Rochdale, Boots and Hopwood Hall College.

Organised by us, in partnership with BBC Radio Manchester, who will be broadcasting live, the festival has been designed to improve people's digital skills with hands-on help and advice for all age groups.

With almost half the world using the internet as mobile networks grow, visitors will be able to find out how to do online banking, browse products, shop or read a book online, and get tips on using smartphones and tablets. There will also be demonstrations of how to use this website to avoid telephone calls or making face-to-face visits. There will be friendly faces on hand to show how easy it can be and tablets, phones and computers will be available for people to try.

There'll be lots for under 18s and families too, including Rochdale Coder Dojo - a self-led community group - supported by skilled mentors to learn computer coding through play with the latest digital kit.  If you've got young children-  look out for 'Hacker tots'-  a play space where they can use 'Little Bits'-  electronic building blocks and 'Scratch', learning code, making fun things and lots of noise!

Girl engineers – 'Robogals' will be also appearing – with their amazing robots, inspiring young women to consider engineering and technology related careers.

You'll be able to find out how to build sound scapes and raves using a Raspberry Pi - a small computer used to teach programming through fun, practical projects. 

Barclays Digital Eagles will be showing how to do your banking online and the popular 'Help Bar' will return too, for anyone who needs assistance with laptop, tablet and phone issues.

A series of FREE masterclasses for businesses will also be held, revealing tricks of the trade in bite-sized sessions, with topics including internet security and how to build a better website.

'Another unmissable day, helping you do more online, whatever your level'

There will be friendly faces on hand to show how easy it can be and tablets, phones and computers will be available for people to try.

Councillor Daalat Ali, our Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community said:

"We already have a great line-up of local and national names joining us, BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live and we're still adding to the list of things to see and do. It's going to be another unmissable day for local residents, helping you do more online, whatever your level. There will be friendly faces on hand to show you step by step, as well as tablets, phones and computers for you to have a go on."

The festival will bring together a range of exhibitions, performances and workshops and there will also be a 'help-bar' where an 02 'guru' and students will help you get the best from your smartphone and tablet.

Rochdale Digital Festival is being held as part of BeOnline 2017 – a national 2-week campaign to help people discover the internet.

More about Rochdale Digital Festival.