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Less Romans. More Robots. 2014 marks the third Bath Digital Festival to be held in our beautiful city. And this year, it's going to be bigger and better than ever. With a full ten days of digital activity designed to cater to all ages and knowledge levels, check out our event programme to find out more.


Web Day

Date: Tuesday 28th October - View all events this day

Time: All day

Venue: Room R204, Roper Building, City of Bath College, BA1 1UP

SOLD OUT – Sorry, but this event has now sold all its tickets!

An action-packed day of events on the modern web, offering techies and non-techies alike an opportunity to be educated, informed, and empowered.

The web has been going for almost 25 years; we open the day with a look at where the web has come from, and where it’s going, before looking at some emerging technologies, what they enable us to do and a workshop where you can give them a try. We also look at how SEO has changed, what the new game in town is, and why content is key, before talking about why Content Management Systems have suddenly become so important, with major players like the New York Times, the Guardian and even Google developing their own.

The afternoon focuses on the drive to make both the web and its data accessible to all. We kick off with a talk about why making the web accessible to everyone is so important, and why we should all do our part.

Day Schedule

9:30 - 10:15Outside the Web API box

Speaker: Ruth John

Web API’s are here, we’ve seen them, but have we used them? What can they do beyond the ordinary? Make your browser dance, make your phone ‘feel’ music Let's start thinking outside the box and really start playing with them.

Audience: everyone



10:15 - 10:45Software as a Service: George Westinghouse versus Thomas Edison

Speaker: Chris McKirgan from Deep Blue Sky

Traditional software services struggle with corporate scalability, compatibility and sustainability, causing headaches for developers, and burning business budgets. Not anymore.

Discover how software as a service (SaaS) on the web is rapidly changing the way in which we do business and develop software solutions, and learn how SaaS can better realise your next big idea in the market.



10:45 - 11:00Tea break

(or coffee, if you're that way inclined)

11:00 - 13:00Introduction to New Technology: Ghost

Speaker: Gabor Javorszky

Ghost is an open source blogging platform built on top of node.js. It started out as a blog post by John O'Nolan, went on to be a kickstarter campaign that ended with just under 800% funding. Then the fun began: how to redo the blogging experience from the ground up taking all the good bits others are doing and doing none of the bad bits of them?

During the workshop I aim to get participants up and running in using Ghost as an end user, and to introduce them to creating a simple theme using handlebars.js, maybe creating a helper and using some of the APIs available. Because Ghost is moving incredibly fast, the exact content of the workshop may change.

Topics covered:

-installing Ghost on a virtual environment
-using Ghost to write posts, manage users (short introduction to markdown)
-creating a theme using javascript and handlebars.js and scss
-writing a helper function in javascript

Audience: coders

11:00 - 11:30SEO is dead, where next?

Speaker: Ian Young

SEO is dead, long live SEO.

How has SEO changed? Why and how does Google want what users want? Why does traditional SEO work against that?

Audience: non-coders


Talk slideshare

SEO ranking factors research

11:45 - 12:15Content is King: CMSs of the future and why they matter

Speaker: Oli Ward

Why have Content Management Systems (CMSs) suddenly become so important, with major players like the New York Times, the Guardian, (purportedly) Google and even PayPal developing their own.

Audience: non-coders



12:15 - 13:00The Guardian: Building a CMS for the responsive web

Speaker: Sébastien Cevey/Simon Hildrew from The Guardian

In light of responsive web design, people often focus heavily on how content should be rendered, but how it is produced is usually overlooked. This talk will review how the challenges of responsive web design can bleed into issues of content production, and how the Guardian solves these issues with Composer – our web-based, digital content-management system.

Audience: non-coders



13:00 - 14:00Lunch

14:00 - 14:30Accessibility by design

Speaker: Laura Kalbag

The beauty of the web is how freely available it is to people all over the world. However, web sites aren’t always designed with access for everyone in mind. Laura will speak about the importance of web accessibility, and how to convince your boss and colleagues of the advantages of an accessible site. Laura will then walk you through practical tips for designing accessible, usable and beautiful websites.

Audience: everyone

14:45 - 16:45Data Workshop: No right way

Speaker: Mike Elsmore @ Cloudant

Understanding the difference between relational systems and NoSQL, and what the relevant (and most importantly irrelevant) use cases are.

Audience: coders

14:45 - 15:15Open Data: What is open data & why does it matter?

Speaker: Tom Heath

In the storm of data-related hype many terms get used without their meaning and potential being properly explored. Open data benefits from a precise definition which is also key to understanding its value. In this talk I'll introduce open data and related concepts, and give examples of how it can bring benefits to organisations of all shapes and sizes.

Audience: non-coders

15:15 - 15:30Tea break

15:30 - 16:00Usability Testing: You can do it, too

Speaker: Dave Ellender

Good design happens when designers and developers have overlapping skills and when their designs are tested with users and improved. So why do we all still experience bad design on a daily basis? In this talk, Dave Ellender, founder of the UXBristol conference, will demystify usability testing and show how everyone can do it.

16:15 - 16:45The black art of eCommerce and why we built our own platform

Speaker: Philip Pantelides from blubolt

eCommerce is as easy as adding a “Buy it Now” button and connecting a payment plugin to a website right? Think again! Philip Pantelides hopes to debunk some myths of online shopping and let in on some of the secrets of running a successful eCommerce platform.

17:00 - 19:00Web Day Social

Audience: everyone