Be inspired by Bristol’s digital innovators and pioneers

From a harp replica of the Clifton Suspension Bridge to a dress made from 4,400 lights, the University of Bristol is presenting a series of events during Digital Bristol Week which promises to entertain, inspire and enlighten.

The week, which takes place from 16 to 20 October , features over 30 different talks, workshops, training sessions and exhibitions - all of which are free to the public.

It runs alongside the Festival of the Future City and Venturefest. All three events are joining forces this year to provide a special focus on smart cities and Bristol’s digital innovators and pioneers.

The wide range of masterclasses and workshops are delivered by the BBC Academy, Spike Island, Knowle West Media Centre, At-Bristol, Watershed, the University of Bristol, UWE and Skills West among others.

Here’s an overview of the events organised and supported by the University of Bristol during Digital Bristol Week:

Ada.Ada.Ada - Monday 16 October

Ada.Ada.Ada tells the powerful story of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, at the Lantern Theatre on Monday 16 October. The powerful one woman show features a dress made with 4,400 customisable LED lights and half a kilometre of string.

Ada Lovelace is credited with creating the world’s first computer program in 1843, based on 5,000 diagrams of a ’mechanical general purpose machine’ by Charles Babbage. The aim of the free show, primarily aimed at young people in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10, is to inspire the next generation of technical innovators and help people, especially girls and women, to engage with technology and STEM as a career.

Free tickets are available for two shows, one at 11am and then a second at 2pm.

Understanding Bristol’s Health Stories - Tuesday 17 October

Joina discussion about how data held by health, social care and academic organisations in Bristol can be used to uncover stories about health and wellbeing in the city.

Bristol Health Partners and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute at the University of Bristol are developing an inventory of the information sources that can help tackle a variety of topics, including whether sharing information can transform care for homeless people and linking a patient’s GP record safely with their hospital doctors.

There will be panel presentations followed by round table discussions about how the region’s data is currently used, and how it may be increasingly effectively used in the future.

Understanding Bristol’s Health Stories runs from 5pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 October at the Welcome Hub in Bristol Energy on the Waterfront. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

UKCRIC Urban Observatories Symposium - Tuesday 17 October

The University of Bristol is running the UKCRIC Urban Observatories Symposium in association with the Festival of the Future City, looking how data is being collected from cities across the UK.

A series of urban observatories is being established across the UK to capture the complex interactions of real systems with the environment, people and society.

Hear more about the UKCRIC Urban Observatories with a keynote talk from Phil Blythe, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Transport.

Tickets for the symposium, being held at M Shed from 9am to 5pm, cost 30 and are available online.

Clifton Suspension Bridge Harp exhibit - Friday 20 October

One of the UK’s most famous bridges has been turned into a musical instrument, capable of playing music composed from its own structural data.

A specially-made double-strung harp will give a unique insight into how the Clifton Suspension Bridge moves and the impact of vehicles, pedestrians and the weather.

The project, developed by the Jean Golding Institute at the University of Bristol, sees the harp being played with two robotic arms, each strumming the strings on different sides to represent data collected on the north and south sides of the bridge.

The 153-year-old structure will take on this new guise for Digital Bristol Week, with a free performance on Friday 20 October. The event is open to all from 5pm to 7pm at the Welcome Hub in Bristol Energy on the Waterfront.