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Rochdale Digital Festival reveals more on 2019 line-up

24 May 2019

A man using a virtual reality system.

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

The free festival - aimed at de-mystifying technology and showing how useful, easy and fun to use it can be - is at Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre on Saturday, 8 June 2019.

Organised by us, in partnership with BBC Radio Manchester, who will be broadcasting live, the festival will be celebrating digital in all its forms, with demonstrations, lots of free activities and more.

New Rochdale start-up business Alternate States, who are based in the recently refurbished former Castleton Library building, will be demonstrating the latest in virtual reality experiences.

The popular FixIt Bar will return, with O2 Rochdale Gurus providing hands on help for anyone with laptop, iPad, phone or tablet problems. O2 will also be demonstrating their cutting edge technology, including making your home ‘smart’ and controlling devices via the Google Home Hub.

If you fancy learning to code or just want to get your hands on new tech, there will be plenty to try, take part in and enjoy.

With the majority of jobs and application forms online, experts from Employment Links will be providing careers advice for anyone looking for a career in digital technology as well as help with things such as applying for a job via social media, searching for jobs and writing an electronic CV.

You’ll be able to join an Instagram #DrawThisInYourStyle live collaborative arts project with – who will be using social media to produce art and then recreate images in your own unique style.

Graphic design and marketing specialists JGM Agency will be hosting Adobe Photoshop demonstrations, showing how to create stunning graphics and edit photographs.

A man helping a woman build a robot.

There’ll be lots of interactive fun and learning for under 18s and families, helping children and young people to learn through play using coding, robots, electronics and making activity using the latest digital kit.

Heritage Hackers will invite you to meet their dinosaur robot before taking part in an augmented reality dinosaur hunt across the town centre! They’ll also be hosting lots of child friendly sessions including mindcraft, coding, and scratch (coding for tots). You’ll be able to find out how to build soundscapes and raves using a Raspberry Pi - a small computer used to teach programming through fun, practical projects. Look out for an interactive painting too as well as displays of contemporary digital art.

'The day will have something for you'

Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) will be showcasing their robots, engineering and coding technology and the councils adult care service will be showcasing some innovative new assistive technology to help increase independence in peoples own home. will be showing how you can save hundreds of pounds on your utility bills with their smart switching service.

Rochdale Digital Festival brings people and technology together. It allows everyone to explore the thriving digital scene here in the borough and get hands on experience with the latest projects.

2 free masterclasses for businesses will be held the day before (Friday, 7 June 2019) at Touchstones Rochdale, hosted by the Business Growth Hub. One will show all businesses how to improve the performance of their website on internet searches with another aimed at the manufacturing sector focusing on rapid prototyping and 3D printing. There will also be a digital clinic available throughout for advice and support for all businesses.

2 young girls using a computer.

Councillor Daalat Ali, our deputy council leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

"Digital technology is everywhere and using it can save time and money. We also have lots of digital companies and talent in the borough which we want to show at this year’s festival. Whether you are a complete beginner, or already into digital technology, the day will have something for you."

Rochdale Digital Festival is at Number One Riverside, Rochdale on Saturday, 8 June 2019, from 10am to 4pm.

Free help with basic computer skills is available all year round at many libraries. Find details of your nearest library