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Rochdale Digital Festival 2019

Saturday, 8 June 2019
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
A tablet with several icons hovering above it.
Venue: Rochdale Central Library
Address: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale
Postcode: OL16 1XU
Price: FREE
Suitable for: Families, Adults, Teenagers, Children, Business
Facilities: Parking, Wheelchair accessible, Refreshments, Toilets
Event organised by: Rochdale Borough Council

Bringing together people and technology, allowing everyone the opportunity to explore the digital scene in the borough and get hands on experience with the latest initiatives.

If you fancy learning to code, joining an Instagram live collaborative arts project, taking part in an augmented reality dinosaur hunt, watch a masterclass in graphic design or just want to get your hands on the latest tech, there will be plenty to try, take part in and enjoy.

A young man using a smartphone, at ease with the technology. FixIt Bar

O2 Rochdale Gurus will provide hands on help for anyone with laptop, iPad, phone or tablet problems.


There'll be lots of interactive fun and learning for under 18s and families too, supported by our local geeks, Heritage Hackers. Their skilled mentors will help children and young people of all ages to learn through play using coding, robots, electronics and making activity using the latest digital kit.

Children can also join Manchester based MadLab at their workshops, using engineering to build a Doodle Bot, a chaotic vibrating robot that creates fascinating patterns as it swirls around.

Help and advice

With over 90% of UK adults using the internet, visitors will be able to learn how to do online banking, browse products, shop or read a book online, and get tips on using smartphones and tablets. There will be friendly faces on hand to show how easy it can be and tablets, phones and computers will be available for visitors to try.

Help for businesses - Friday, 7 June 2019

Free masterclasses for businesses, presented by the Business Growth Hub as part of Rochdale Digital Festival on Friday, 7 June 2019, the day before the event. These will reveal tricks of the trade in bite-sized sessions.

Please note that these sessions will be held at Touchstones Rochdale art and hertitage centre.

  • Masterclass 1 will show all businesses how to improve the performance of their website on internet searches.
  • Masterclass 2 is aimed at the manufacturing and product development sector.

There will also be a digital clinic available throughout for free advice and support for all businesses.


  • Alternate States
  • JGM Agency
  • Skills for Employment
  • Doodlher
  • No Worries IT
  • Heritage Hackers
  • Mad Lab
  • O2 Rochdale
  • Smart Living - Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
  • Bolinda
  • NHS

And many more.


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