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Festival of the Future – Free three day virtual event for Dorset

Robots growing fields of wheat, the tiger who came to tea and virtual yoga: these are just some of the exciting sessions on offer for free at the upcoming Festival of the Future from 13 October.

This brand-new virtual event combines fun and learning and helps us share the great things that are happening in Dorset. Think Bestival or Glastonbury, but with more tea, future-gazing and LinkedIn profiles.

Cllr Peter Wharf, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Development and Change, said: “Some people might think digital isn’t for them, but actually it’s for everyone, so we want to increase Dorset’s knowledge of digital.

“Digital simply means using data and technology to improve people’s lives, listening to what they need and understanding their experience to design solutions. This festival will help everyone see how they can make the most of what is currently available now and in the future.

“Just think about the changes that have come about as a result of COVID, from catch ups with friends on Zoom and virtual conferences, to online appointments with your GP or virtual queues to order your shopping online and you will get an idea of how digital really impacts us all.

“Dorset is a hive of digital activity, so we want to really showcase what is going on and attract investment and skills to this part of the country.”

The Festival of the Future, which has over 55 sessions across three days, is part of the much larger National Digital Leaders Week and is where you can sign up for any presentation you want to.

There is something for everyone from ‘Skills for the future world of work’ for those looking to upskill, to ‘Leading in a digital world’ for senior business leaders. All the sessions are recorded, so even if you can’t attend the live event, be sure to sign up so you can watch later.

Gary Spracklen, head teacher at Prince of Wales School in Dorchester, is one of the speakers. He said: “If you’re a parent or grandparent then there’s definitely something here for you. Our children will spend their lives in a digital revolution and it’s important we are part of that too.”

Robin Knowles, CEO at Digital Leaders, said: “Those who are driving forward digital transformation in the UK will be sharing the very best practice, showcasing their services and offering solutions that are practical and real.

“Dorset and the South West have more events going on in Digital Leaders Week than any other area so we are really pleased to highlight the Festival of the Future.”

Join those who have already signed up to take part by visiting www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/your-council/festival-of-the-future/festiva l-of-the-future.aspx

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