Liverpool’s Binary Festival has announced the first keynote speakers and participants of this year’s inaugural festival; revealing an eclectic mix of pioneering virtual reality software, performances in live coding and poetry, and radical funding ideas.

In May 2016, Liverpool’s first Binary Festival will take place. It’ll be a lively two-day festival that celebrates and connects communities of innovators, inventors, leaders, makers and creators of our future. The ambition is to attract new business, new ideas and new people to be part of Liverpool’s digital revolution. Targeting local, national and international audiences, Day One of the festival (24 May) will offer a series of Binary Gatherings: showcasing the great work and talent of the creative and tech sector within the Baltic Triangle and across the city region. The Binary Gatherings will include sessions such as:

Day Two (25 May) of the festival will focus on Binary Keynotes which will take place in the main auditorium at FACT and will be a day of inspiring talks from great speakers with new insights and fascinating ideas. The Binary Keynotes will focus on themes from the worlds of technology, web, digital media and mobile. The topics will be diverse and relevant to a vast range of sectors. Confirmed speakers for Binary Keynotes include:

  • Indiegogo’s crowdfunding evangelist Kelly Angood;
  • Stuart Miles, Founder of Pocket Lint, the UK’s largest independent gadget and technology news site;
  • Adrian Hon, Creator of the hit app “Zombies Run”
  • Performance artist & Cambridge University computer scientist Sam Aaron;
  • the Southbank Centre’s associate artist, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay(MBE);
  • MD of Liverpool-based, award-winning agency Starship, Clemens Wangerin.

Mark Lawler, Co-Chair of Baltic Triangle Area CIC & Commissioning Body for Binary Festival comments,  “Liverpool is home to some fantastic startup and long established technology businesses. From the Baltic Triangle to the Science Park, businesses and institutions are developing world leading, award winning and commercially successful products across a host of disciplines – from virtual reality, e-commerce, internet of things to gaming. Mark continues, “we feel that now is a great time to open our doors a little wider and show what’s driving the motivation and approach of innovators across this city. The Binary Festival will be a gathering of inspiring businesses and minds.”

Additional Binary Gatherings and Keynotes will be announced over the coming weeks; and for any inspired business, organisation or individual looking to get involved please contact  Binary team: [email protected]

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