Monday highlights & what to look out for today

25th April 2017

The festival got into full swing on Monday, with a full schedule of events including everything from augmented reality, lots of data, film prizes, tough discussions and even emoji cushions.

Along with all the events happening across the city there was also a great buzz about the festival online, reaching out to wider audiences with our hashtag #LeedsDigi17 trending on twitter just below Ed Sheeran and the standard #MondayMotivation.



Some of the highlights from yesterday included the Open Data Institute (ODI) returning with their ODI & Friends Showcase, featuring some of their best work & projects from the year as well as a preview into what to look out from them in the future.



Meanwhile NHS Digital, one of the premier sponsors of Leeds Digital Festival kicked off their series of events with their Lunch & Learn Session. Look out for their full day of events today at the Met Hotel including:

Delivering Health & Care Digital Services – Stories Behind the Tech

The Digital Future of Health & Care

Castleton Mill had a fantastic open day featuring branding workshops, inspiring talks and free professional headshots, it was great to meet so many of the people and businesses that base themselves there and we expect to see a lot more from their thriving community in the future.


Finally the day finished off with the University of Leeds Cultural Institute Short Film Prize with student films on digital research across the university were presented and judged along with a panel discussion featuring Leeds University Alumni Col Needham, the founder and CEO of IMDB. It was a great celebration of the research that happens at the university and of all the hard work the student teams had put into their films:

Here’s our interview with Col:


The big ones to look at for today (as well as the NHS Digital events above) include:


cap hpi – the future of car ownership (1-4pm) at Millennium Square featuring a BMW i8 and a couple of Tesla’s

HeyGr8 new m-commerce independant fashion app (12-6pm) at the Corn Exchange

Yorkshire Dance Digital Artist Salon (5-7pm) combining creatives & performers with techies and digital influencers

Bolser UX Panel (6-7:30pm) at Northern Monk, looking at engagement on Mobile

Or finish your day off with a fun and friendly test of your digital and general knowledge at the Kwizzbit Kwizz (6:30-9pm) at The Place.


It’s great to see so many people, businesses and organisations get behind the festival and celebrate all things digital in Leeds, whether it be hosting event, providing speakers, participating in discussions or even simply sharing a tweet.

As a city we are collectively really starting to show that Leeds is the Digital Capital of the North and what better week to do it at than during the North’s Largest Digital Festival.