An inspirational line-up, exploring the cross-over between technology and creativity.

Take an afternoon out to be part of the Festival main event - an eclectic mini-conference followed by evening socialising in Sheffield’s newest gathering space. We will hear from people and companies who are making digital work that solves problems, breaks new ground or takes us to a different place. We’ll explore new developments and ask how we build on what we have now to make something even better. Expect some interesting installations and demonstrations too.

Our grateful thanks to the team at Kollïder for providing the Ko-Host venue at Castle House for our event.

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  1. Registration

  2. Welcome & introductions

  3. Joi Polloi


    Nick Crossland, Joi Polloi's Creative Director, will share insights about how digital creativity is changing the face of TV broadcasting and experiences of the process of working alongside TV producers to create compelling cross-media events. Read More

  4. Laura Smith


    Laura Smith is CEO and head of interactive visualisations at Slanted Theory, an innovative data visualisation and analytics company that utilises Virtual, Augmented and Mixed reality to disrupt the way data is analysed. Read More

  5. Break & Exhibits


    Exciting product demos from across the tech and creative community witihin the city.

  6. Panel Discussion


    What is the state of digital creativity in Sheffield? What do we do really well and how can we do even better?

  7. Keynote Dr. Stephen Gibson


    Steve Gibson has an active practice that fuses immersive art, audio-visual performance and DIY design. Over the past fifteen years he has created several prominent works, and over the course of his career he has presented at many world-leading venues including Ars Electronica, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Banff Centre for the Arts, the European Media Arts Festival, ISEA, and Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. Read More

  8. Exhibits & Networking


    Exciting product demos from across the tech and creative community witihin the city.

  9. The National Videogame Museum


    The National Videogame Museum have kindly invited all delegates to enjoy free access to the museum for a play from 17:00 - 18:00. Read More

  10. Finish


    The main event programme will finish around 17:30 but we hope you’ll stay to continue the conversations and enjoy the food and drink at Kommune.


We have a very limited number of showcase spots available in the main event at Ko-Host. These spots are specifically for demonstrating new products and creations, or unveiling something you’ve been working on that deserves its own special place. The theme of the festival should influence your proposal: “where creativity meets technical excellence”. We’re looking for work with impact that people will want to explore and engage with. Interested? Please contact Jonny –