Inspiring digital futures at Birmingham Tech Week 2022

The University of Birmingham is once again supporting Birmingham Tech Week for its 2022 edition, the UK’s largest regional tech festival and conference.


With our focus on regional growth and championing innovation, the University of Birmingham is proud to work alongside Birmingham Tech to host an exciting programme of activities celebrating digital innovation and supporting organisations looking for research insight and to scale in the region.

With over 5,000 people attending, Birmingham Tech Week events will be taking place across the entire West Midlands covering a variety of important and innovative topics. We will be contributing several events to this year’s week of all things tech – delving into digital skills, talent and inclusion, exploring business tech challenges and showing how our coding bootcamps are changing lives.

For the second year running the University’s city centre hub, The Exchange will play host to a Digital Skills Symposium, sponsored by wise, that takes place on Thursday 13 October.

Featuring inspiring talks, panel discussions, interview style sessions with young digital pioneers and corporate employers, SMEs and tech entrepreneurs. This one day event brings together businesses in the field of tech from across all sectors as well as scale-up founders and owners of tech start-ups, senior leaders in the digital industries and academic experts focused on digital skills and innovation.

Register to attend Birmingham Tech Week 2022 Events including the Digital Skills Symposium and more here.

Alongside the main event programme for Birmingham Tech Week the University will be hosting a series of fringe events.

Kicking off the day on 13 October the University of Birmingham’s Business Club team will be hosting a workshop style breakfast event on ‘Identifying Technology Challenges in your Business’. The free session, open to all interested businesses, will support you to recognise barriers to success in your business and identify where you can find support to meet these challenges and grow your business. Places are free and limited for the event so sign up early via the Birmingham Tech Week website. Registration opens at 8:00am on arrival at The Exchange.

The day also includes a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the University of Birmingham Coding and Data Analytics Bootcamps.

Join us for a coffee and hear from the team at an insightful post-Symposium talk ‘Changing Lives with the University of Birmingham Boot Camps’, 4.30pm - 5.15pm.

There will also be a Bootcamp Open Evening, 6pm – 7pm, suitable for employers who would like to learn more about Bootcamps for their colleagues and organisation with an opportunity to raise questions and find out how the bootcamps work.

Closing out the day on Thursday night, the fantastic folk at SuperTech are back with their Annual ProfTech Dinner which this year features keynote guest speaker Graeme Chaplin from The Bank of England. An evening event not to be missed for those in fintech, lawtech, proptech, insurtech, HRtech or other professional services within the tech related domain.

The Exchange will be buzzing on 13 October, celebrating new ideas, entrepreneurial spirit and all with the aim of equipping businesses to embrace the latest developments in the digital frontier.

We can’t wait for this year’s week-long programme to launch on 10 October. See you there!

A full list of events and sessions taking place on the 13 October for this year’s Digital Skills day at The Exchange are outlined below:

University of Birmingham Business Club - Identifying Technology Challenges in your Business

08:00 – 10:00 @ The Exchange, Ground Floor conference rooms

The breakfast event will support you to recognise barriers to success in your business and identify where you can find support to meet these challenges and grow your business.

Sign up now via the tech week website or email

Digital Skills Symposium

10:00 – 16:00 @ The Exchange, Assembly Room, 2nd Floor

How to develop a world-class team for your tech business.

The digital skills gap continues to widen, the ‘great resignation’ continues and tech recruitment remains fiercely competitive. This event co-programmed between the Birmingham Tech Week digital skills team and University of Birmingham, will provide inspirational insight and expertise in how to attract, recruit, retain and develop digital talent within a growing organisation.

Speakers include Sheila Flavell CBE, President of techUK, Paramjit Uppal, CEO & Founder of AND Digital, Debbie Forster, CEO at Tech Talent Charter and University of Birmingham’s Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker.

Sponsored by wise.

Register via the Birmingham Tech website.

Networking drinks and talk ‘Changing Lives with the University of Birmingham Bootcamps

16:45 – 17:15 @ The Exchange, Ground Floor Conference Rooms

Post-Symposium join the University of Birmingham Boot Camps team for networking & drinks with fellow Birmingham Tech Week attendees in the ground floor bar at the Exchange. This event also offers employers and prospective students the opportunity to learn more about our funded codingdata analyticsapplied cyber security, and UX/UI Boot Camps, and hear real-life stories highlighting the positive impact the Boot Camps have had on students' lives!

Register via the Birmingham Tech Website or email to reserve a place.

University of Birmingham Bootcamps Open Evening

18:00 – 19:00 @ The Exchange, Ground Floor Conference Rooms

A fantastic opportunity to learn more about University of Birmingham Boot Camps  which can give your skills and career a boost. Whether you are looking to move up the ladder, reinvent yourself professionally or increase your earnings, we have rigorous and fast-paced programmes to teach you highly sought-after skills. The session will feature an overview of the Boot Camps (offering in codingdata analyticsapplied cyber security, and UX/UI) plus the opportunity to hear directly from alumni on the skills they learnt and the impact on their career, as well as from employers of Boot Camp graduates. Anyone who is considering starting a Boot Camp programme is warmly welcome to come along, no matter what stage you are at in the decision-making process.

Register via the Birmingham Tech Website or email to reserve a place.

SuperTech Annual ProfTech Dinner

18:00 – 21:30 @ The Exchange, Assembly Room, 2nd Floor

An evening of industry networking with keynote speaker Graeme Chaplin, Bank of England.

Book a ticket here