The Leeds Digital Festival is a city-wide, open platform celebration of all things digital within Leeds, the Digital Capital of the North.
We resurrected the event in 2016, after a few years away, and we encourage and helped the city to put on 56 great events, which had over 6,000 attendees. We’re an open platform festival, which means any one can put something on, which leads to a higher level of collaboration, which is so important for building a stronger digital economy.
Last year, we had events around data (Leeds has more data scientists than anywhere else outside London); on digital health (the NHS patients records service was built in Leeds); on startups, FinTech, news, art and many more. In 2017, the number and range of events will be even greater; keep checking back to see new events as we add them.
Current highlights within the 2017 calendar include the return of favourites from last year, such as the FinTech North and Northern UX conferences, coding competition Code in the Dark, and the tech/music mashup Algorave. Speakers confirmed so far include the Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy MP, the Global Digital Director of Marks & Spencer, and the CEO and founder of IMDB, one of the world’s most successful websites.
Stuart Clarke, Festival Director, said “It’s great to be bringing back many of last year’s events whilst also welcoming new ones. We’ve been delighted by the number of events coming through but not surprised as the Leeds Digital Festival belongs to the city: it’s an open platform where anyone or any company can put an event on. If you have a great idea for an event, get in touch and we’ll help you put it on.”
The Digital Festival has the backing of many of the city’s digital big hitters, who see it as a key way of highlighting the fast growing sector, especially with regard to filling the many jobs available.
Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming said “We’re delighted to be one of the Digital Festival’s headline sponsors. As a key employer in Leeds, we’re committed to driving forward the Yorkshire tech economy, creating great jobs in the region and helping to build the Northern Powerhouse. The Leeds Digital Festival showcases the many great companies and initiatives we have here and helps to draw in talent from all over”.
Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds said: “We have a strong focus on digital innovation at the University of Leeds, including creating opportunities for students through online learning . We look forward to celebrating digital culture in all its forms at the Festival.”
Rob Shaw, Interim CEO at NHS Digital said: “As one of the city’s major technology employers, we are delighted to support Leeds Digital Festival. We look forward to being part of this week of events which will showcase the city’s impressive digital credentials.
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