‘Huge’ CultureTECH gets underway in Derry

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More than 100 events will take place across Derry this week as part of a week long celebration of digital technology.

CultureTECH kick off this morning and will host a range of events including the International Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence and the Belfast Media Festival, during it’s run.

This year’s festival will feature a strong international component with nearly 20 confirmed international speakers representing organisations as diverse as the NY Philharmonic, the Museum of Toulouse, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and tech investors from San Francisco and New York. These international guests will join dozens more from across the UK and Ireland.

The festival’s director, Mark Nagurski, said CultureTECH was becoming a showcase of regional talent.

“This year’s festival is designed to be both accessible and inclusive. At its heart is an industry programme targeting practitioners across media, technology and the arts, but the bulk of the festival is designed for everyone, whether they consider themselves ‘techie’ or not.

“Thanks to the kind support of our partners, including the University of Ulster, most of the events are free and with gaming arcades, film screenings, digital arts exhibitions and music performances across the city throughout the week, there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.

He continued: “The University of Ulster plays a major part in developing creative talent so it’s no surprise that so many of the participants in the festival programme are associated with the University.”

More information is available online at www.culturetech.co/prog