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Afrotech Fest presents
Until Saturday 27 January
In a nutshell
A two-day tech festival by and for black people of African and Caribbean heritage.
Afrotech Fest will explore where technology meets the arts, history, news, activism and representation. With talks, workshops, a hackathon, digital installations, tech fuelled parties, as well as a tech fair and making stations for young people, there’s something for everyone, regardless of their technical ability.
Throughout the two days - Friday and Saturday, the festival will host some of the tech world's brightest and boldest speakers, facilitators and artists who will share their unique perspective on the tech world and what they’re doing with technologies they use. Facilitated workshops will provide the opportunity to explore an area of interest or learn something new, be it a new technology or the unique work black people are doing with tech.
The hackathon is one of the many spots attendees can participate in, where developers, designers and experts are encouraged to use their knowledge to solve problems put forward by community groups. As well as the digital installations featuring a collection of physical prototypes, photography, film and sound that aims to promote the visibility of black people in tech.
Saturday will also bring the energy of our youth track empowering young black techies to showcase their ideas at the tech fair or build one of the many projects at the making stations from the dozens of free kits from our supporters Makey Makey and Micro:bit, and workshops on coding, robotics and more.
Attendees will also have to opportunity to celebrate the festival’s opening at the launch party on Friday night and we’ll keep that spirit up at the cryptoparty on the Saturday night.
What to Expect
Interactive installations, talks on AI, data and coding, interactive dance party, cryptoparty on mobile privacy, making stations for young people full of projects on robotics, sensors and more, as well as a tech fair showcasing young inventors.
Full Participant List here
What people are saying
'Thank you for engaging local young people into tech careers' - Spiral
'A dope night at Afrotech's launch tonight. You all should deffo check them out' - Black Girl Tech
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix is a vibrant, accessible cultural hub serving community initiatives. Rich Mix encourages bold moves, representative futures and outright reach which makes a real difference. Afrotech Fest is in the right place working with Rich Mix'
Tickets + find out more
Visit afrotechfest.co.uk for tickets and further details
Things you should know
BSL interpreters and live captioning will be provided. Reserved seating for people with disabilities (with and without mobility devices) interspersed with non-reserved seating. Service animals are welcome.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
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