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Tech-fest Hybrid World returns to Adelaide in July

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The Hybrid World Adelaide tech and digital entertainment festival is set to return in 2018 – moving to a new home in the CBD and a mid-year date.

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In an announcement this morning, festival organisers said the July event would include an industry conference and a public program showcasing interactive entertainment, robotics, workshops and futuristic digital experiences.

It will be held across a number of different venues within the CBD area, with these to be announced alongside the full program in the coming months.

A key feature will be the HWA LAB, which is described as a two-day “interactive bootcamp-style lab” that offers tech start-ups and entrepreneurs a chance to access $85,000 worth of State Government investment funds for technology-based ideas in areas such as bio-tech, genomics, robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, block-chain and social media.

“The HWA LAB was a huge success last year, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants and mentors alike,” said HWA creative director Robert Tercek.

“I am thrilled to see the return of an initiative that invests in the development of industry and promotes a future facing economy.”

The inaugural Hybrid World was held at the Tonsley Innovation Precinct  (the former Mitsubishi plant) in October last year as a kind of sister festival to the Adelaide Film Festival, which opened with a “digital carnival” at the precinct.

The dates for the 2018 Film Festival, announced yesterday, are October 10-21.

Adelaide Film Festival CEO Amanda Duthie is CEO of Hybrid World Adelaide, with Tercek and Janet Gaeta as creative directors.

No further details of this year’s program have yet been released, although it promises “an interactive playground of digital experiences, showcasing current technologies and exploring how technology and reality cohabits now and into the future”.

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