Digital Cities Cardiff: Technology & Content Innovation Day

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Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Two Central Square

Central Square


CF10 1FS

United Kingdom

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New technology and platforms are transforming the way stories are told, who is telling them and where audiences find news and entertainment content. This day provides insights on these trends and seeks to forge new collaborations between local tech companies and the media production sector. We have a fantastic line up of talks, workshops and networking sessions and career planning sessions with the BBC, Clwstwr Creadigol, JOMEC, TV indies, AI companies, drones companies and journalists.

This is a must-attend event if you're working in or looking to get into the creative and tech industries. You will:

  • discover how to get into and develop your career in the creative industries

  • hear from commissioners on what they are looking to commission

  • find out how BBC Cymru Wales’ move into the centre of Cardiff will impact on creativity and storytelling

  • see how AI and technology are changing the world of journalism

  • network with potential employers

  • build connections between tech and content companies


9.30 – 10.00


10.00 – 10:45

Welcome by Professor Stuart Allan, Head of School of Journalism, Media & Culture (Jomec) Introductions to the chairs for the day: Professor Justin Lewis and Emma Meese


Creative Spaces, Technology and Storytelling: The BBC Wales move to Central Square:

10:45 - 12:15

Creative Cluster/Clwstwr Creadigol Workshop: How might different creatives and tech companies solve the challenges in News?

Justin Lewis, Professor of Communication, Sara Pepper, Director Creative Economy, Cardiff University

& Robin Moore, Head of Innovation, BBC Wales

12:15 - 12:45

Community and Hyperlocal Journalism

Emma Meese, Centre for Community Journalism, ICNN, JOMEC

12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Data and Computational Journalism: Glyn Mottershead, JOMEC

How are data, algorithms, chatbots and computational journalism impacting on newsrooms and the traditional skills of telling great stories? Glyn takes us through the latest developments and draws key conclusions about future developments

14:00 - 14-45

Rise of the Machines: AI and the Media

Dr Liam Betsworth, Head of User Experience, Amplyfi

Iain Tweedale, BBC Academy

AI is beginning to have a major impact on the broadcasting and media industries. Following a short introduction by Iain on the key trends, Liam from Cardiff-based tech company Amplyfi, shows us how machine learning and deep learning are being used to research and generate stories in a completely new way.

14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:45

BBC R&D NewsLabs

Robin Moore, Head of Innovation at BBC Wales introduces David Caswell/Rob Mackenzie from BBC R&D to explain their latest News innovation projects

15.45 - 16:15

A journalist’s technology story: Nick Palit, BBC News

Nick has been a news journalist for nearly 30 years, presenting and reporting on both TV and Radio. He is a champion for new technology and at BBC Wales News and he takes us on a journey through how technology innovation has transformed news production and looks to the future.

16:15 - 16.45

Drones in the News: Michael Surcombe, Leaping Wing

The latest drones make aerial shots for news stories easier and more cost effective to produce than ever before. Michael Surcombe from Leaping Wing trains journalists and camera operators to fly drones. He takes us through the latest developments and controversies and you can even have a go with his exciting drone simulator.






Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator,

1 Central Square CF10 1FS (directly opposite Jomec)



AI in Broadcasting

Orchard, Trade Street CF10 5DT

NOTE: There is no onsite parking at JOMEC, however, the School is directly opposite Cardiff Central Train Station.

There is parking beneath John Lewis off Hayes Bridge Road.

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