The IDEAS Festival is a not-for-profit event hosted by the Educational Charity IEX. 


We love our digital world, and so do the cybercriminals.

Find out how the organised cybercrimes work and hear out some better-than-tv-drama cybercriminal stories.

Meet a cybersecurity enthusiast, professional and a gadget lover.

They want to become a cyborg one day, the sooner the better.  


Is the work police do at a Crime Scene just like it is on TV or in the movies? Find out from an expert who has been there.

Discover the true different roles and responsibilities of Police at Crime Scenes and learn how to fingerprint.

Can you discover who has been there before?

Hands on fingerprinting experiments. Searching for Fingerprints and lifting them.


This double session is a fun and easy gateway into the world of special effects makeup. Create your own scars, scabs, cuts, bruises, etc. Basic techniques, tips/tricks and safety will be taught to create the best makeup scare you can.

Learn the basic knowledge required to open up pathways interest in SFX makeup as a successful hobby. Let your imagination go wild with lots of free room to create the goriest and most creative looks you can.


Come and hold stardust in your hands!

Feel the power of a Big Bang as you explore star fusion and the creation of new elements.

From the first moments of creation to understanding our amazing planet, be prepared to feel adrenaline rushing through your body as we enjoy some incredible science demos that will inspire you to make our world a better place.


Consider yourself a Brainiac? 

Put your grey matter to the test and see if you can separate brain fact from brain fiction.

Enter the world of optical illusions and learn some mind-bending tricks to experiment on your family and friends.

Also learn about cutting-edge methods used in neuroscience to get a sneak peek into our brains at work.


What does a bioluminescent creature that lives in the deepest part of the ocean and a glow stick have in common? More than you think!

Meet some of the weird & wonderful animals in the world of the bioluminescent deep including some sharks!  Learn about angler fish, viper fish, firefly  and squids. Scientists estimate that bioluminescence evolved more than 40 times so you can be enlightened.


Explore and experiment with technologies such as artificial intelligence and brain computer interfaces which are changing the way we interact with computers.

We’ll be playing with some code and thinking about how the way we work with computers is changing so much it’s beginning to challenge our thinking about what makes humans human.


Will you get out of the locked room in time?

If you are someone who likes an occasional riddle, real puzzles, or solving codes and you are looking for a challenge, this session is for you.

You will need to share ideas and work with others to solve the clues efficiently and escape before it is too late.

On your marks, get set....