Full Binary Gatherings Line Up Announced

The Binary Gatherings line-up of workshops and talks is expanding – including advice on how to build a successful Youtube following, why the NHS is embracing new technologies, and an insight into the FabLab revolution!

An eclectic mix of satellite events across Liverpool on 24 May 2016, Binary Gatherings will include talks, workshops and parties at a wide variety of the city’s creative and digital spaces, including studios, offices, gardens and universities.

Baltic Triangle-based film company Curly Productions, who create promotional videos, vox pops, experiential coverage and interviews for clients including Yahoo, XBOX 360, Wonderbra and Volvo, will be hosting a special workshop led by their Managing Director Christian Hughes. He will be guiding Binary Festival-goers through Curly’s success on YouTube: how their channels, How To Be A Dad and Toddler Fun Learning, have collectively attracted over 74 million views; the lessons they've learned along the way; and how YouTube is informing the way Curly advises clients about video optimisation and strategy.

Also in the Baltic Triangle, the only SME-led eHealth Cluster in the UK will be discussing how, and why, the NHS is utilising inventive digital technologies to improve care and wellbeing for its patients. Binary attendees will hear all about the inspiring work of Liverpool companies – including MedePad, Damibu, Red Ninja and Citrus Suite – who have produced apps and games on mental health to autism for young people, families, Local Authorities and NHS groups, and providers of domiciliary, supported living and residential care.

Meanwhile, at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art & Design, Binary will ‘meet the makers’ at FabLab Liverpool’s digital fabrication laboratory. An international movement and collective network of workshops that believe in sharing DIY and open source hardware, FabLab promotes access to tech that can benefit businesses by developing research, ideas and play. See FabLab Manager Lol Baker do a series of live demonstrations with 3D printers, laser cutters and 3D scanners – demystifying the technology behind the digital fabrication revolution.

Additional Binary Gatherings across Liverpool city centre and Liverpool Science Park include the do's & dont's of alternative finance, hosted by online marketplace JUXDIT and international crowdfunding platform Indiegogo; plus diverse introductions to virtual reality within socialising, performance and the Internet of Things from experts in the field: Starship Group, Draw and Code and Uniform.

Elsewhere, Liverpool Girl Geeks will be getting our heads around coding; while agencies Elephant Digital and Mando will be sharing the secrets of Linkedin and experience design. Ahead of the Binary keynotes at FACT the next day, specialists from the new media centre will be explaining immersive, 3D audio’s place in the digital and creative Industries with start-up Kinicho.

And for those that just want to party after a long day of Gatherings, we’ll be kicking our heels off at Liverpool's hottest food, drink and garden venue, Constellations, from 5-8pm! See you there...

Laura Robertson is Editor at The Double Negative, and a freelance arts writer, based in Liverpool

Twitter: @doublenegativeL

Image: courtesy Constellations, Liverpool

Binary Festival 2016 Blog: a special media partnership between The Double Negative arts magazine, Creative Tourist culture and travel site and Binary Blog. See the Festival on 24 and 25 May 2016 in Liverpool, UK

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