17th March 2020

Covid-19 Update

Like everyone in the country, we’ve been keeping a close eye on official announcements regarding Covid-19 and have been planning accordingly.

Last Friday was our cut-off date for event submissions and we were overwhelmed as ever by the desire of the Leeds tech community to come together to celebrate and collaborate. Even though a number of companies’ policies meant that they were unable to put on events this year, we still had over 240 events submitted. It promised to be the most interesting and varied Festival we’ve had.

After last night’s Government press conference, we’ve now decided that the best and safest course of action is to postpone a physical Festival until the autumn; we’ll see how the next few weeks develop before we announce a date.

However! We’re a digital festival and we still need to support each other, still need to learn, still need to show off the amazing people, companies and innovation we have in the city and the wider region. We’re still planning to go ahead with the spring Festival, but will only host online events on the Festival website. A number of the submitted events are already virtual events and many more could be streamed. Let’s take this opportunity to put on an amazing Festival, where people can attend safely and virtually.

Please let us know if you are planning a virtual event for the April event; it would be great to include as many as possible. We fully understand that some of you may wish to postpone your events until a later date, and also that some events don’t work online.

We’ll keep you all informed about the schedule for April as it develops; we’ll also be in touch regarding an autumn date.

Keep sharing, keep celebrating, and above all: keep washing your hands!

Stay safe,

The Festival team.