The town of Bournemouth - well known for its golden beaches, stunning scenery and enviable South Coast location. It’s easy to assume that Bournemouth is a simply a place to holiday, relax and enjoy an ice cream or two.
Whilst us locals do enjoy our mornings paddle boarding across the harbour and evenings sipping margaritas on the pier, the reality is that Bournemouth is actually the home of an incredibly vibrant and exciting creative and technological community.
Bournemouth not only provides over 15,000 digital jobs but has also been named the top emerging hub of the digital economy and is harnessing a unique start-up sector with a 20% increase in new businesses in the first quarter of 2018.
These statistics and the buzz throughout the community, is harnessing an incredible creative movement with leadership conferences in technology, creativity, film, theatre, visual arts, literature and music flourishing within the town.
These fantastic events bring thousands of people into Bournemouth, promote the town and boost the economy year after year. They are key to the continued growth and innovation of this creative movement - and they have all collaborated together into a fantastic new initiative called “BOMO”.
BOMO is a season of arts, culture and ideas. It brings together 10 leadership conferences which all run throughout September and October including:
Arts by The Sea - 29th Sept -6th October
A visual feast of inspirational and engaging experiences celebrating art, culture, people and place
BFX Festival - 3rd - 7th October
Designed to promote the visual effects, computer games and animation industry
Digital Wave - 2nd October
Inspiring and educating young people in career opportunities in the digital industry
Meetdraw - Ongoing
Quarterly informal networking for the creative and digital sector.
One World By The Sea - 11th - 13th October
An international festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of our local community
Re:Develop - 12th October
A developer conference focused on building great software teams
Short sounds Film Festival - 1st - 2nd November
The world’s first film festival dedicated entirely to the cinema’s crafts of sound and music
UX Insider - 16th October
An insight into what the top organisations in the UK are executing in the world of user experience
Start Up and Scale Summit - 13th October
A host of today’s top entrepreneurs alongside workshops and networking opportunities
You Are the Media Lunch Club - 25th October
A monthly lunch club that encourages businesses to own the spaces that are theirs and creating an owned media approach
These events have all had great success on their own, building large audiences and loyal followers of their content and messages. By collaborating together, they are able to push the creative and technology movement to the next level, building this community for years to come.
BOMO is to become the hub for everything creative and technological in Bournemouth. The place you come to to hear about fantastic events for you to attend, great news stories about the industry and an opportunity for you to help build the future of Bournemouth.
So get involved - follow us on social media, head to our website for the latest news and come along to our launch event on 27th September 2018.
Get in touch if you would like to be involved in any of the events, are interested in sponsoring or have a festival to add.
Help us collaborate and create an exciting technological and creative future for Bournemouth.