Afrotech Fest is a two-day tech and digital festival by and for black people of African and Caribbean heritage. The festival won’t replicate models for tech events, festivals and conferences that currently exist. It will instead explore where technology meets the arts, history, news, activism and representation. Afrotech Fest provides a space where people across a variety of backgrounds can imagine a future that’s free of the problems of the present.
A host of amazing speakers, workshop facilitators and artists sharing their unique perspective on the tech world and what they’re doing with technologies they use.
We've put together an exciting programme covering everything from working in games, to exploring possible futures using Wakanda as a touch point. Afrotech Fest offers interactive events across three venue spaces, including talks, workshops, and parties on both nights. There will be hubs across the venue space where the like-minded can jam, pair programme or just discuss what the possible impacts of AI and machine learning are on the Black community. We hope that everyone who attends finds their people.
Our installations explore the impact and presence of black people in the tech space. From an exploratory VR film that examines the idea of 'black worlds' and accessible space, to an immersive coding and braiding session that ties algorithmic patterns to the steady rhythm of plaiting hair.
We can't wait for our attendees to interact with our digital and digitally-inspired art installations.
We're seeking engaged, empathetic and enthused people to help us make Afrotech Fest the best tech festival it can be. If you're interested in volunteering at festival, send us a message using the contact form below and we'll send you a volunteer pack.
Volunteers will also be asked to agree to our Participant Pledge, which helps us ensure Afrotech Fest is a safer space for all attendees.
Rich Mix is an independent arts venue in the heart of East London. It was established in 2004 and has gone on to become one of the largest and most relevant arts venues in the capital. Rich Mix is spread over five floors, is fully accessible, contains three cinemas, flexible performance spaces and plenty of room for a big ideas festival like ours.
We would love you to get involved if you are interested in inspiring young people to develop an interest in making things and problem-solving, or in helping create a space to address issues of access in tech industries for black peoples of all ages and abilities in the UK. Supporting our work is a great way to show your commitment to marginalised communities, and for you to access a wealth of talent.
Afrotech Fest wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship and support of these organisations and companies:
We would love to hear from interested sponsors, possible speakers, or workshop facilitators or anyone interested in knowing more about the event.
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