The NorthernLands Data & Start Up Summit

Northernlands ODI Leeds

Event Details


Thursday 2nd May



ODI Leeds ,
3rd Floor, Munro House ,
Leeds , LS9 8AG



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A 1-day summit that will bring together the people who are creating the data economy to explore the diversity, untapped value, and potential for innovation. Artists, activists, organisations, businesses, data scientists, strategists, citizens – we all have something to gain from innovation with data but we can all do something to contribute as well. The summit will generate conversations and create real actions, for health and wellbeing, value, trust, and the future.

The morning will kick-off with a keynote from Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute, and from our Northernlands artists Akeelah Bertram, Mr Gee and more, followed by a series of talks from some of the most creative and innovative voices in data and startups from the North of England & The Netherlands.

The afternoon will offer the chance to get hands-on with technical demonstrations and learn from the experts in workshops about data visualisation, ethics, innovation, AI, machine learning, and more. Throughout the day, running alongside the talks and workshops, will be the Startup Cafe, offering a dedicated space for showcasing startup success stories, finding out more about the startup life/culture, asking questions, finding mentors, and more.


  • Danielle Knight, SuperFlux
  • Sarah Longlands, IPPR North
  • Marc Farr, Information is Beautiful
  • Tom Forth, ODI Leeds
  • Made By Many
  • Stian Westlake
  • Plus many more

Afternoon working Sessions:

  • Data and Technical demos
    Lead by ODI Leeds, Amazon Web Services, Open Data Manchester, Dan Cookson, Fusion Data Science
  • Trust and Ethics
    Lead by the Open Data Institute, ODI Leeds, Open Data Manchester
  • Citizens and Data and…So What?
    Lead by Superflux, ODI Leeds, Leeds Urban Sustainable Development Labs


The Northernlands Data and Startup Summit is a collaboration between ODI Leeds and The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the start of activity to create, support, and amplify the cultural links between The Netherlands and the North of England. It is with their generous and vigourous support, and the support of other energetic organisations, that Northernlands can be delivered.

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