The Leeds Digital Festival is an open, collaborative festival celebrating digital culture in all its forms over a two-week period each spring.

Whether you’re interested in Fintech, coding, social media, AI, Healthtech, data, start-ups, digital music, cyber security or AR/VR, we’ve got something for you.

The Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this year and has gone from strength to strength since it was first established in 2016. Starting with 56 events, the Festival has grown each year with 2019 welcoming a huge 240 events, 750 speakers and 25,000 attendees to become the largest tech event in the UK.

Our virtual Festival held in April 2020 saw us grow on an international level, as our 134 online events welcomed attendees and speakers from 6 different continents and over 50 countries across the globe. With an ever growing voice and reach, Leeds Digital Festival will continue to celebrate the digital expertise and innovation that is happening in the city on a regional, national and international level.

The Festival has maintained the same collaborative approach since it first began, operating on an open platform system which means that anyone can host an event and it is free to do so. From start-ups to tech giants, anyone with a passion for tech and digital is encouraged to get involved and be part of Leeds Digital Festival 2020.

How can you get involved?

  • Host an event – once you’ve organised your event you’ll just need to submit the details to us using our online form
  • Speak at an event – fill out this form and we’ll get in touch with any speaking opportunities.
  • Become a sponsor – find out more about our sponsorship opportunities for 2020 and 2021 here.
  • Attend the Festival – follow us on social media and keep an eye on the website for news, updates and announcements!

“I don't think I've seen a better collection of smart city, tech, data, digital design events than at Leeds Digital Festival anywhere else in the world.”


“The University of Leeds is delighted to continue to be a leading sponsor of the Leeds Digital Festival. This growing event provides a fantastic opportunity to bring together digital expertise and innovation from around the city.”


“Crisp stops toxic, harmful and fake online content from damaging enterprises, social platforms and society across the globe, but our roots are firmly in Leeds. The Festival has played a huge part in highlighting the incredible talent and innovation in Leeds and we’re proud to play a part as Premium Sponsors.”

Adam Hildreth, CEO and Co-Founder of Crisp

“Collaboration in the tech industry just makes sense – putting lots of great minds together means we can share ideas, learn from each other and make better digital decisions. Leeds is jam-packed with fantastic technology companies so Leeds Digital Festival is the perfect way to bring us all together.”

Charlotte Knowles, Managing Director at TPP