Digifest is a celebration of the creative minds who think differently, who introduce new ideas and technologies to their organisations. Whether it's the researcher at the cutting edge of vaccine development, the lecturer inspiring the next generation or the manager leading digital transformation, Digifest is for the innovators of tomorrow.
Who should attend?
Leaders, managers and practitioners in HE and FE looking to develop their digital strategies and approaches
Middle and senior managers from HE and FE and other educational organisations
Those who are leading change from within, or working across, a university, college or skills organisation
Those in a managerial capacity across many demographics including libraries, business support, curriculum areas and academic departments
Learning, teaching and resources
Leadership and culture
Join us at Digifest 2023
Are you ready to bring back inspiration, insight and innovation to your workplace? Secure your place now.
Information on how to get to the venue can be found on the ICC website.
Sustainability - reducing our global impact
We are working hard to reduce the impact that Digifest 2023 has on the environment, locally and globally.
Digifest is held at the ICC in the centre of Birmingham, enabling easy and efficient access using public transport from across the UK.
The ICC is a short walk or tram ride from Birmingham New Street station.
The ICC holds the ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for environmental management systems.
A district-based scheme (Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generator) is installed onsite to provide chilled water for air-conditioning, electricity and hot water for heating the ICC and buildings in the immediate vicinity, including Utilita Arena Birmingham. A publicly visible carbon calculator keeps track of the carbon dioxide savings, minimising the ICC’s carbon footprint and providing the ability to sell carbon credit
Energy saving sensors are fitted and use reduced energy LED lighting where possible throughout the venue. The venue’s switch-off procedure ensures that energy use is kept to a minimum in event spaces and offices and that all equipment and lights are switched of when not in use, which is monitored via security
All waste is treated, so that glass, cardboard and paper waste is separated and recycled. Waste that cannot be recycled or reused is incinerated to use for energy via a Birmingham City Council-run scheme at the nearby Tyseley Energy Waste Plant
The ICC is involved in a pilot scheme to turn a flat roof into an eco-friendly environment and to increase insulation and ultimately enhance the landscape of flora and fauna to attract urban species to the environment. The roof provides a haven for the rare black redstart bird whose numbers are thought to be declining following increased development, and whose continuing presence in the city is precarious. The roof has also been designed to encourage ground nesting bees and wasps, invertebrates and other birds
The ICC is also home to two 'Bee Hotels' to encourage Mason Bees
Food is sourced sustainably and as locally as possible
The venue team has implemented many initiatives to demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability and can support organisers to minimise or totally offset the carbon emissions of their conference
We work with exhibition suppliers who offer multiple display deliveries and re-use stands which further reduce the environmental impact vs traditional “space only” events.
We actively encourage exhibitors to be mindful of their environmental impact.
The approach we take with our exhibitions encourages the use of digital messaging, reducing the opportunity for printed materials, graphics and giveaways.
At the event
The Digifest event app significantly reduces the amount of printing required at the event. Any event printing is now FSC certified and fully recyclable. All laminate or UV finishes have been removed from our marketing materials, ensuring that recycling can occur.
Our lanyards, when used, are made of bamboo and PET materials that are biodegradable.
The use of Foamex materials has been replaced with recyclable alternatives for any signage or branding at events. We have eliminated the use of vinyl opting for alternative recyclable or reusable materials.