TechMedia Festival Launches in Manchester

Article date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:20 GMT


A new technology and media festival is to be launched in Manchester, bringing together the city's entrepreneurial experience and startup talent.

Supported by UKFast, Google, KPMG, NatWest and UBER; Business Rocks brings a shift from the traditional conference format with a festival-style global event that to reinforce Manchester as international technology investment location.

Event founder Jonny Cadden said: "Our mission is to change the face of the digital landscape in Manchester forever, giving the city an iconic, annual festival to be the pride of the region, pushing the boundaries of what is possible to achieve at an event.

"We are doing things slightly differently than a traditional conference by having live music, engaging quizzes and cool prizes just to give the event a little bit extra catering for the dynamic industry we represent.

"We are delighted to announce that newly appointed Head of TechNorth, Claire Braithwaite will be our guest of honour on May 7th."

To launch the festival, an impressive line-up of tech CEOs and industry commentators will come together at UKFast Campus on 7 May 2015 to give a taste of what to expect next year at the global 2016 event.

Lawrence Jones, CEO of cloud infrastructure provider UKFast, is to headline the event, held at UKFast's impressive Technology Park HQ.

Jones said: "Manchester is fast becoming the place to be for technology in the UK and events like this are pushing the city and region further onto the map for industry leading innovation and knowledge sharing.

"I am delighted to be speaking at the event alongside a fantastic panel, who will undoubtedly inspire up-and-coming tech talent and boost the ambitions of Manchester's best innovators and entrepreneurs."

The day will include a variety of presentations, competitions, talks and awards including a Google sponsored "Innov8" Award in a Dragons' Den Style format. The winner gets a lucrative package to accelerate their business.

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