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Rochdale Digital Festival 2018

Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Two young people sat at a laptop.
Venue: Rochdale Central Library
Address: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale
Postcode: OL16 1XU
Price: N/A
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Event organised by: Rochdale Borough Council

​​Please note: no festival was held in 2018. The next Rochdale Digital Festival will be held in 2019. This will bring together people, technology, allow everyone the opportunity to explore the digital scene in the borough and get hands on experience with the latest initiatives.

About the 2017 festival

There are easy ways to get more from technology and Rochdale Digital Festival will show you how.

  • Get help to set-up an email account.
  • Save money on phone calls and make video calls with Skype.
  • Watch films or television online.
  • Do your shopping safely online.
  • Set-up your own Facebook page.
  • Find out about Twitter and how you can use it.
  • Learn about online banking.
  • Online security – keep yourself safe.

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 the council 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.

You're also welcome to bring along your own iPad or other tablet if you'd like some help with it.

Lots to see and do for all the family

We've a range of exhibitions and workshops to help you , and BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live from the festival!!

BBC Radio Manchester.  

What to see and do

FixIt Bar

Students will help you with any questions or problems you are having with your laptop, iPad, phone or tablet.

Online retail and services

Barclays, 02 and other local businesses will show you how to browse, buy and use services online.

Council services

We'll show you how you can access our services online, apply for things, report problems and find information on what you need online.


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. 

Make Stuff (Powered by MadLab)

Get to grips with coding and take an introduction to the world of making. Hone your soldering skills with Make Stuff’s LED-tastic skill badge kit and create sewn-circuits using conductive thread.

Meet Coronation Street star Simon Gregson

Simon Gregson returns to Coronation Street. Actor Simon Gregson will be visiting us from 11am – 12.30pm. Best known for playing the soap’s loveable rogue Steve McDonald he says he’s looking forward to learning more: “I’ve got into the habit of using my tablet for loads of useful things, I tweet most days and I’ve recently purchased a drone which I’m really into at the moment but I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to new technology.

I think there’ll be lots to get excited about at Rochdale Digital Festival.”​

Digital courses

If the festival inspires you to learn more, we’ll be showcasing local digital courses and training opportunities.

Help for businesses

FREE masterclasses for businesses, revealing tricks of the trade in bite-sized sessions.

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

11am - 11.45am

Helping businesses to make their websites better

Be honest, is your website really focused on your customers? Want to increase your conversions and make your website better for them? This session will give you hints and tips to spark your interest in usability and help increase online conversions. Presented by Rahna Riley, Acting Chair of the IAPS (Innovative Access to Public Services) Network Leadership Group.

Helping businesses to make their websites better - Book FREE places

12pm – 2pm

Tips on how to market your business online

Marketing is one of the most challenging aspects of running your own business. How do you know how effective your marketing is? Facebook or flyers, what will make a difference? This workshop looks at how you can market your own business effectively in the digital age. Presented by People Plus who have a long track record of helping people to become self-employed and start up their own business.​

Tips on how to market your business online - Book FREE places

2.15pm – 3pm

Let’s Keep Kids Safe Online

Families often think they know exactly what their kids get up to online, and that they understand all the apps and sites their kids use. But with technology changing every day, that's not always the case. O2 have joined forces with NSPCC to help keep your kids safe. This masterclass will take a look at the website created to help you understand the online world with top tips, guidance and advice on subjects ranging from setting up parental controls to reporting online bullying. Presented by O2 Rochdale in partnership with the NSPCC.

Let’s Keep Kids Safe Online - Book FREE places


Women engineers who inspire, engage and empower young women into engineering and related fields. They’ll be with their stash of robots! Robogals

Voice on a laser

Watch as we make the ground floor of the festival into a huge laser voice!

Heritage Hackers

Expect a loud mouthed sea bass who will answer questions about life, the universe and everything, Gracie’s Chip Shop spooky sound machine and kinetic art.

Sonic Pi

Learn how to build amazing soundscapes and raves using a Raspberry Pi.

Mozilla Maker Party

Our monthly maker party will be at the festival, building websites in the physical world, making things with soft electronics and conductive play - join in!

Hacker tots

A play space for younger children, using Little Bits and Scratch, learning code, making fun things and lots of noise.

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