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Digital Cities Cardiff… Get the low down!



Monday 13th – Friday 17th March 2017

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BBC Academy, BBC Wales, Tramshed Tech, The Space and Google Digital Garage are proud to be delivering the first Digital Cities Cardiff Week – a free and exciting week of events for Wales’ creative community. Digital Cities Cardiff offers an exciting week of bespoke events for Wales’ creative industries. From practical hands-on workshops to masterclasses, digital surgeries and exclusive keynotes – join us for a week of inspiration, imagination and creative collaboration in the digital space.

Delivered by the BBC, Tramshed Tech, The Space and The Digital Garage @ Google, this is the latest in digital creativity and technological trends taking place at media and event space The Tramshed.

Running from 13 – 17 March, the week comprises of:

·         Three themed and specially tailored days for the TV Production, Arts and Music industries

·         5@5: Keynote speakers, inspiring topics and easy networking at 5pm each day

·         The Digital Garage @ Google: Boost your digital knowledge with free courses and one-to-one mentoring opportunities.

Here’s what you can get up to @ Digital Cities Week Cardiff…

We’ll be holding 5@5 panel sessions which will take part throughout the full week at 5pm to hear about the latest in Creative Clustering with KTN, Digital Education, Digital Learning and Emerging Digital Classroom, Digital Commissioning at the BBC, Live-to-digital music and arts performance and Peter Jenner: Music copyright in the digital age.

The common thread across all 5@5 sessions is to investigate new business models and how to finance digital content in the creative industries…

Here’s a round up of the week and how you can book your tickets!


Monday 13th March 2017: 5@5 Creative Industries Clustering with KTN

5pm @ Google Digital Garage, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, CF11 6BH


About Carrie Wootten

Carrie has worked across the creative digital and education sectors for the last 20 years and is currently one of the team leading the KTN’s work around immersive technology.

Immerse UK was set up at the end of 2016 to help drive productivity and economic growth. It already has over 500 members spanning all sectors of the economy, with large corporates, SMEs, individuals and the academic base all represented.

The aim of the network is to help UK businesses take advantage of these new opportunities, by identifying demand, making connections, facilitating collaboration and tapping into new areas of growth.

About Louise Harris 

Louise has worked in the Education and Digital sectors for over 15 years, with a well-established reputation as an expert working across the two fields.

As a secondary school teacher/head of department previously, Louise brings expert knowledge of the various curriculums around the UK/Rest of the World and detailed knowledge of the Digital sector and its impact on education.

She is a Microsoft MIE Expert Educator, Microsoft MIE. UNESCO Digital competency trained, wth extensive Project Management and Leadership training experience.

About Mark John

Marks experience and knowledge includes over 30 years working in the creative industries across genres and platforms both for the BBC & independent sector. He’s also held creative industry consultancy and advisory posts for skills, training and public sector clients, including Cardiff Council, Creative Skills and TAC.

Mark has enjoyed working across sectors nationally and internationally in production, financial and project management and delivering leadership training in both business and education.

Book your space for Mondays 5@5  here. 

Tuesday 14th March 2017:  5@5 Digital Learning and Emerging Digital Classroom

5pm @ Google Digital Garage, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, CF11 6BH


About Janet Hayward

Janet Hayward hails from Pontlliw, near Swansea, and was educated at Penyrheol Comprehensive School, Gorseinon and at Cardiff University, graduating with a BSc Joint Honours degree in Computer Science and Psychology, followed by a PGCE in Primary Education.

Janet began her teaching career on the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire in 1990 and is now headteacher at Cadoxton Primary School, Barry. The school is a Regional Training Centre for Apple  and also shares a Lego Innovation Studio. The school has gained the Naace 3rd Millennium Learning and Community Impact Award as well as the TES Outstanding ICT Partnership Award.

In 2011, Janet chaired the Digital Classroom Task and Finish Group and has chaired the National Digital Learning Council since its inception in September 2012. In 2013, Janet co-chaired a report into the future of Computer Science in Wales.

In June 2014 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Education and in 2015 was shortlisted in the Varkey Global Education Top 50 Teachers.

About Iain Tweedale

Iain recently joined Tramshed Tech to focus on his passion for the digital transformation of the creative industries and education.

Prior to the Tramshed, Iain was head of the BBC’s Online team in Wales producing daily rolling content for bbc.co.uk, the iPlayer and social media, through to big drama brands such as Doctor Who and Sherlock. The BBC Wales Innovation team is also a centre of expertise for binaural audio and VR production, working with the music industry, TV drama and factual content.

Before the BBC he was head of IBM’s ISP consulting team in Europe, Middle East and Africa, working with broadcasters and telecoms companies.  He has also worked as business development director of a Finnish multinational and as managing director of a telecoms company in Russia.

Book your tickets for Tuesdays 5@5 here.


9:30am – 6.30pm @ Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, CF11 6BH

Get access to practical training and expert advice from the BBC practitioners at the forefront of digital production and get hands on with the latest digital technology. From filming on your smartphone to storytelling online, this carefully selected range of masterclasses and free training is suitable for both experienced professionals wanting to brush up on their digital skills and new entrants to the business.


09:30 Keynote: Digital Trends with Nic Newman, Reuters Institute and former BBC News Website Founder and World News Editor explores how technology is changing the way we tell stories and the very latest trends.

10:30 OMG: The Secrets of Social Storytelling with Rowan Kerek Robertson former head of social media for BBC Television dives into what it is that makes content on social media shareable and explores different ways to connect with your audience via social media.

12.15 **Extra session added by popular demand** Make Immersive Content on Your Smartphone with Mark Robertson, a Journalism Trainer from the BBC Academy on what to do when you arrive on the scene of a story with just your phone, and the must-have apps to go with it.

14:00 An introduction to Digital Innovation at the BBC with Robin Moore, Head of Innovation and Connected Studio, BBC Wales introduces this session, exploring how and why the BBC pioneers in Digital Innovation, introducing short talks on a selection of innovative pilots and the lessons learnt.

15:15 Make Immersive Content on Your Smartphone with Mark Robertson, a Journalism Trainer from the BBC Academy on what to do when you arrive on the scene of a story with just your phone, and the must-have apps to go with it.

17:00 5@5 Digital Commissioning at the BBC: from Sherlock to Doctor Who

Book your space for a morning, afternoon or both for BBC Digital Skills Day! 

Wednesday 15th March: 5@5 Digital Commissioning at the BBC: from Sherlock to Doctor Who

5@5 - Wednesday 15th

About Jo Pearce

As Creative Director Jo sets the Digital Drama Strategy for some of the UK’s most successful brands such as Sherlock and Doctor Who. As well as leading a multi skilled digital team she is the Executive Producer for drama related short form video across BBC Public Service brands. Jo recently took up a new role as Digital Commissioner for BBC Wales leading on her passion for telling stories in new ways and is currently leading 360 creative and live global interactive productions across social platforms.

Book your space for Wednesdays 5@5 here. 

Throughout the day there will also be demos of the latest digital broadcast technology in partnership with the BBC Wales Innovation Lounge and BBC R&D.

Thursday 16th March 2017: DIGITAL ARTS DAY

9:30am – 6.30pm @ Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, CF11 6BH

Tramshed Tech, BBC Academy and The Space present a day of insight and workshops tailored especially for those working in arts and cultural organisations throughout Wales and beyond. From digital storytelling, to photography, digital trends and growing online audiences – these sessions are about making a big impact with your art and enhancing your understanding of and access to the digital arts opportunities on offer.


Morning session with BBC Academy and Tramshed Tech

10:00 Digital Storytelling with Patrick Flavelle, BBC Academy Series Producer. From VR and AR to mobile technology, Patrick explores how digital platforms have transformed traditional storytelling and shares tips on how to engage with new audiences and enhance interactivity in your own productions and arts projects.

11:45 The Power of the Image with David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery and the Diffusion Festival: With platforms such as Instagram and Flickr, the power of the image to tell stories, spark political debate and to reach audiences has never been greater. David Drake will lead a live and networked discussion on Google Hangouts on the power of the image in the digital world.

Lunch and afternoon session with The Space: 13:00-16:00

The team from The Space, the commissioning and development organisation founded by the BBC and Arts Council England, share their insights and practical tips on how to navigate the digital space and grow your online audiences.

•Digital Trends with Katherine Jewkes. Want to know which trends to look out for and how you can make the most of them in your work? Senior Digital Producer at Manchester International Festival and The Space, Katherine Jewkes, lifts the lid on emerging trends and why they are relevant for arts organisations

•Digital Strategy: A Practical Guide. Building a digital plan which can help you achieve your goals can sometimes seem daunting. This quick and practical session breaks down what we mean by ‘digital’ and provides advice on how to get started or build on where you are now.

•Online Audience Development. Keen to make the most of the audience opportunity online but don’t know where to start? From identifying where to find online audiences, to quick wins on social media and new distribution opportunities, The Space Head of Audiences and Distribution Owen Hughes offers tips to help grow and build relationships with your audience.

17:00 5@5 with Paul Shepherd at Coup Media

Book your space to Digital Arts Day.

Thursday 16th March 5@5 Live-to-digital music and arts performance

5pm @ Google Digital Garage, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, CF11 6BH

5@5 - Thursday 16th

About Paul Shepherd

Coup are social and mobile technology business and founders of OiConf, Europe’s fastest growing social and mobile innovation conference. Paul will take us through the latest tends in social and mobile media, looking specifically at the rise (and potential uses) of ChatBots in the creative industries – from start-ups to the big players.

Book for Thursdays 5@5 here.

Friday 17 March 2017: Future of Music and Digital Day

9:30am – 6.30pm @ Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, CF11 6BH

Make sense of the digital transformation happening in the music industry, meet key contacts and spark new collaborations at this exciting day of workshops and keynotes, chaired by Radio 1 and Radio Wales presenter Bethan Elfyn.

Sessions include:

9:30 Music and Digital: Setting the scene with Bethan Elfyn, Bethan Elfyn, BBC Wales Presenter and Producer, Horizons Project Manager, BBC Radio 1 and Radio Wales

10.00 360, VR and Binaural music production with Robin Moore, BBC R&D

11:30 Mozart, VR and Immersive Digital Storytelling for Opera, with David Massey, Welsh Natonal Opera

12:30 Music and the Blockchain, with Matthew Lovett, University of Gloucester

14:00 Crowdsourcing mobile video from live music events with Cathal Furey, CEO FanFootage

15:00 Music and the Games Industry with Stafford Bawler, Game Audio professional

16:00 Big Music Project, with Mike Roberts Big Music Project and Melanie Ryan, Youth Cymru

17:00  5@5 with Peter Jenner

Book your tickets to Fridays Music and Digital Day.

5@5 - Friday 17th

Peter Jenner is a legend in the music industry. The former manager of Pink Floyd has always been at the forefront of new business models and is developing new approaches to copyright and intellectual property in music.

Book Fridays 5@5 tickets here.



Boost your digital knowledge with free courses on everything from web analytics to social media with bespoke sessions and one-to-one mentoring opportunities at The Digital Garage @ Google.

The Digital Garage is a one stop shop for mastering digital marketing. Sign up for free award-winning sessions throughout the week that explain how to use the web to grow your business, sharpen your digital skills and learn about topics ranging from building websites, search and social media, through to online advertising, using video and mobile, web analytics and e-commerce.

Workshops include:

Tell your story online:

One hour masterclasses to promote your business by enhancing its web presence and creating engaging content for potential customers. Tap into consumer insights and measure your success online.

Reach new customers online:

One hour masterclasses to make your business more discoverable online. Understand how to use online marketing to extend reach.

Know your business with Google Analytics:

One hour masterclasses to learn about the importance of digital analytics and how to use tools such as Google Analytics to collect data, understand insights and create goals for your business.

Mentoring Sessions:

1-1 mentoring sessions where Google digital experts answer your questions and help you get more out of digital marketing.

Book on to your preferred course here! 

WIX Workshops with Pete Griffin – WEDNESDAY 15TH – FRIDYA 17TH MARCH


  • Wednesday 15th March @ 12pm
  • Thursday 16th March @ 12pm
  • Friday 17th March @ 2pm with Dave Shaw

Are you interested in web design? Then come along to the Wix Workshops at the Digital Cities event in Tramshed.

Find out how you can design and build stunning websites without code by attending a Wix Workshop at Digital Cities at Tramshed Tech

Find out how Dave Shaw grew his Cardiff streetwear label into a global brand. Attend the Wix meetup on Friday, March 17 @Tramshed. (2pm)

Book your space here.

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Huge thanks to our sponsors of 5@5 Innovation Point. Innovation Point work at the cutting edge of tech development and at the heart of the investment community. We match the right organisations with the right opportunities. We work with partners and collaborations to secure the funding needed to transform business ideas into commercial reality. A partner who stands shoulder to shoulder with you to drive the next wave of growth. Connecting all sizes of private, academic and public sector partners, we act to understand capability, identify opportunities and increase investment supporting innovation in Wales. Find out more at innovationpoint.uk


Follow us on Twitter @BBCAcademy @TramshedTech @BBCWales @BBCCymruFyw @TheSpaceArts @InnoPoint for the latest information #DigiCities

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