Our highlights of Binary Festival 2018

Last week we delivered the Binary Festival, a creative, digital and tech conference to gather together communities of people in those industries building and making something incredible in Liverpool, the city region and across the North of England.

The day kicked off with a Creative Kitchen Binary Breakfast hosted in Tusk, Hinterlands with a gathering of like-minded people to chat, build new connections and share a cuppa.

The morning keynotes, hosted by Herb Kim, Curator of many Tedx events and founder of Thinking Digital, began with a welcome from Liverpool City Council by the Deputy Mayor, Ann O’Byrne.

She was followed by the inspirational Amanda Follit, tech innovator and leader of newly established TH_NK Live in Liverpool.  Sarah Wiseman, brought much humour and insight into her knowledge of emoji and how we use them in our communication.

Andy Kent, CEO of Angel Solutions, a software company with a creative core, brought enthusiasm, wisdom and a challenge came from the stage for his session for us all to embrace our creativity by using the #BinaryAngels £1 coin in an envelope sneakily hidden under the chairs. (follow Andy on twitter to see who was the most creative with their £1)

Following the coffee break,  the creators and makers took centre stage, with Dominic WIlcox wowing us all with stories of Little Inventors bringing children’s ideas and creativity to life.  Emer Maguire, science presenter entertained us with #instabae music and insight.

“The trickiest entrepreneurial journey of all” was a panel session for 3 of Liverpool’s success stories in what is the hardest industry to succeed in – the food, cafe and restaurant business.  Stories from Natalie Haywood of LEAF, Tomas Maunier from Fazenda and Peter Kinsella founder of Lunya had us all enthralled and entertained alike!

Closing the keynotes, were the talented and highly entertaining Ukulele ensemble Ukebox!

After an onslaught of the senses at the fabulous at Baltic Market, Liverpool’s answer to Lisbon’s Time Out Market, all the delegates headed off across the city to gatherings hosted by a wide range of companies, from Tea Tasting at LEAF, to damsels and dragons storytelling using PowerPoint with Buffalo 7.  There was a session on how to grow your YouTube channel, tours around Liverpool’s Studio School, a masterclass in wine tasting and the launch of the first ever We Are Mobile event hosted by Apposing.

The final two gatherings were hosted at Northern Lights, an OH Create session with Artist Emily Barlett and ‘An artificially intelligent world’ hosted by BIMA both of which were extremely popular.

Hinterlands was a fantastically flexible host venue for us and we’d be more than happy to return.  As long as we run the event in summer with hopefully a bit more warmth!

When attendees had finished their gatherings we all met together at FACT for the final keynote with AI enthusiast Lydia Nicholas and the opening of new exhibition States of Play at FACT.

We absolutely thrive when we are producing events in the creative, tech and digital space, it’s where we find our flow and feel truly alive.


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