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Digital Wave is held at the BIC in Bournemouth - the home of the country’s fastest-growing digital economy – it will shine a light on all the degree, college, apprenticeship and career opportunities on offer in the UK’s most exciting industry.

Book your free tickets to attend Digital Wave, a one-day digital careers conference on the 2nd October, exclusively for 14 – 19 year olds.

Anyone under 19 is invited and can attend via their school, college, or independently. An ensemble of acclaimed speakers and exhibitors will be there to help inspire the next wave of digital talent - from creative and technical roles to marketing and management.

Spaces are limited so teachers, tutors and students can book their free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis via our Eventbrite page.

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We are gradually announcing our 2017 speakers, take a look at the confirmed speakers we have so far.

  • Syd Lawrence

    Syd Lawrence

    Co-founder | The Bot Platform

    Syd is one of the co-founders of The Bot Platform and has over 14 years' experience working with cutting edge technology.

    He’s worked with global icons including The Rolling Stones, Coca Cola, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony Music, Universal, Warner Music, and Greenpeace and has won a range of awards.

    Syd has also found time to have some of his personal projects featured in the Tate Modern and the Barbican Museum. It’s for these reasons and many more that in 2014 Syd was inducted into the Hospital Club 100 as one of the most influential technology experts in the world.

  • Amanda Follit

    Amanda Follit

    Head of Digital Operations Services | Amaze

    At 18 Amanda was homeless and living out of a stationary car on a seafront. She trawled the streets to look for her first job and ended up in a retail position.

    With an interest in computers since her teens she taught herself HTML and this led to her moving into IT and then digital roles including being the Project and QA Manager on the first ever ‘comparison engine’ to launch whilst working for

    Now working for agency Amaze Ltd, Amanda has developed unique and innovative services and is also Chair of Young Talent for the British Interactive Media Association.

  • Matt Hawkins

    Matt Hawkins

    Director | MiMiC

    Serial entrepreneur Matt Hawkins has built technology multiple businesses since childhood. Starting from the age of 5 selling sweets out of a plastic till to creating one of the fastest growing ISP’s in the UK which was acquired in 2015. He has won various Entrepreneur and business thinking awards.

    As well helping get better internet connectivity to people and businesses, Matt now enjoys helping people start businesses and guiding/investing in technology start-ups.

  • Mike Hawkyard

    Mike Hawkyard

    Managing Director | Amuzo

    Mike Hawkyard is an expert on games design, gamification, self-publishing and digital marketing. He has given many presentations for organisations like Adobe, Microsoft, UKTI and TIGA on these subjects.

    As MD of Amuzo, he helps brands harnesses the power of play to engage, educate and inspire mobile audiences around the world. As a Board member of TIGA, a trade association for computer game companies, he helps British studios stay competitive in a global marketplace.

    Outside of work Mike is a Manchester United fan and plays golf.

  • Jack Bishop

    Jack Bishop

    Global Head Pilot | Propel RC

    Jack has been flying anything with a remote control(RC) for the past 14 years. Competing at a national level for RC helicopters around the UK and Europe. Jack joined Propel as a demonstration pilot last year, helping to prove how well the Propel line of drones flew to retailers all over the world. With a background in performance, he always likes to put on a show!

    Soon he was whisked off to Propel's development facilities in China to help in the development of the Star Wars drones, especially tuning their flight controllers to make them fly as well as they do today! Jack has been a key contributor to the Star Wars line of products, from tech features to conceptualising new technologies that really do make them 'Out of this world!'

  • Vivienne Rudcenko

    Vivienne Rudcenko

    Communications and Content Manager | YEAY

    Vivienne Rudcenko is a Berlin-based communications specialist with more than 10 years of experience telling stories through print, digital and social media. She started out as a magazine journalist before moving online and managing the digital channels for musicians, building PR campaigns for big technology companies and, in more recent years, developing content strategies for start-ups in London and Berlin.

    She currently looks after the brand voice and communications strategy for YEAY, a mobile shopping app where people buy and sell products with video.

  • Georgina Hurcombe

    Georgina Hurcombe

    Founder and Managing Director | LoveLove Films

    Georgina is LoveLove Films company's founder and Managing Director. As a producer she has worked on a range of award winning content from TV adverts, music videos to factual entertainment and features seen across the likes of CH4, ITV, SKY and the BBC. Georgina regularly works with large multinational brands, organisations and agencies around the world.

    In 2016 Georgina won the LinkedIn 'Are you ready for tomorrow' competition and was also named the DCCI Businesswomen of the year. Away from running LoveLove Films Georgina is a fan of Spinning and eating cake (often at the same time).

  • Oliver Selby

    Oliver Selby

    Scriptwriter | LoveLove Films

    Since the start of this year, Oliver has worked with LoveLove Films as their in-house Scriptwriter. At the tender age of 22, Oliver has already written a multitude of TV adverts and radio adverts for national clients.

    Oliver has always been a keen storyteller with artistic flair; he graduated from Bournemouth University with a first in BA (Hons) Scriptwriting last year, the first of his welsh family to ever go to university or work in the digital sector.

  • Joanne Salmon

    Joanne Salmon

    Animator | LoveLove Films

    Joanne has always had a passion for animation and despite having Treacher Collins Syndrome she has never let this hold her back from her dream of being an animator and has gone on to be an award-winning illustrator and animator.

    Most recent successes include being part of the LoveLove Films team winning a main prize at the Ekotopfilm awards 2017 for an animated project named ‘We Save Land’ about land and wildlife conservation. Joanne works on a range of animated content from TV adverts to Children’s TV content.

  • Jamie Sergeant

    Jamie Sergeant

    Founder and Director | Crowd

    Jamie has over 25 years' experience in the creative industry and agency life, he started his career drawing Disney characters and now focuses on big ideas for the agency he founded called Crowd.

    Crowd are a creative communications agency with offices in Bournemouth, London, San Francisco, Detroit, Dubai, Toronto and Shenzhen. Crowd devise strong creative solutions deeply rooted in sound principles. By creating and nurturing carefully coordinated communication strategies, we help brands burst into life.

    The confidence to be creative, the capacity to surprise and the experience to deliver... the team at Crowd help brands build an audience.

  • David Burton

    David Burton

    Head of Innovation | Redweb

    David Burton trained as a fine artist then graduated to pixels and screens at the turn of the century. He’s a designer during the day, a painter and printmaker at night, and an avid fly fisher in between. David is happiest with a pen in my hand and starting something new.

    David is Head of Innovation at Redweb, where his team is tasked with exploring ideas, experimenting with new technologies, and sharing what they learn with Redweb’s staff and clients.

  • Thor Mitchell

    Thor Mitchell

    Founder | Product.Careers

    Thor was born and raised in the Bournemouth area, and studied Physics at the University of Oxford. After 8 years at Sun Microsystems, he joined Google, spending 9 years in London, Sydney, and Silicon Valley as an Engineer and Product Manager.

    Thor returned to the U.K. in 2015 to join Crowdcube, the world's leading investment crowdfunding platform, where he leads a team of Product Managers who are responsible for product strategy, planning, and delivery.

    Thor is also the founder of, a non-profit initiative to raise awareness of Product Management as a career path amongst undergraduates and graduates.

  • Tom Davis

    Tom Davis

    Service Delivery Manager | Cloudserve

    At the age of 22, Tom heads up the Managed Services Team at a successful Cloud Computing business and is an Ambassador for Microsoft. He has consulted for the likes of the American Red Cross, Samsung and Santander. Tom's also a former Microsoft Apprentice of the Year and has been recognised in several awards and publications.

    Tom is a big believer in the power of youth and ambition in the workplace. In his talk, he’ll share some top tips and tools for getting ahead in the tech sector, standing out to potential employers and getting qualified for free. He’ll also reflect on the last 6 years of his career from Microsoft Apprentice, to building a Cloud Computing business.

Participating organisations

The following organisations will be attending Digital Wave to offer advice and answer any questions that attending students may have. They will also be showing off some of their exciting tech!

  • Eagle Labs Logo
  • Product Careers Logo
  • Amuzo Logo
  • Crowd Logo
  • Createful Logo
  • Cloudserve Logo
  • Scholar Logo
  • YEAY Logo
  • Bot Platform Logo
  • Mimic Logo
  • J.P morgan Logo
  • LoveLove logo
  • Amaze Logo
  • Arts University Bournemouth Logo
  • Bournemouth University Logo
  • Startup Britain Logo
  • Silicon South Logo
  • Bima Logo
  • Digital Horizons Logo
  • Bournemouth and Poole College Logo
  • Dorset LEP Logo
  • LoveLove logo
  • Redweb Logo

Click here to see more photos from Digital Wave 2016 and 2015.