ODI Leeds Are BACK with Two Weeks of Data Delights for #leedsdigi18

21st February 2018

Note: This post originally appeared on the ODI Leeds Blog.

The Leeds Digital Festival is in its third year and is bigger than ever – there are now two weeks of amazing digital talks and workshops! That won’t stop it being any less jam-packed but at least now you get to enjoy it for that extra week 😉

Last year, ODI Leeds offered an extensive and varied schedule of events that included: lightning talks from some of the best and brightest in Leeds and beyond at our Showcase; a special guest appearance from Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute; open data training; innovation workshop with Rob Wilmot, founder of Freeserve; a special Lunchtime Lecture streamed from Leeds to the rest of the world; and we finished with the mind-bending Algorave.

So what do we have planned for this year?


With two weeks to plan for, this has given us a bit more freedom and flexibility when it comes to event planning. As you might expect with such a beautiful space, we’ve already had lots of enquiries for people to hold their own LDF events at our place, including firm favourites Leeds DevOps, and a team building day delivered by LIDA. We’re aiming for that good balance of our own events, whilst also offering support and being a venue for others. We will update this post as new events get confirmed.

Monday 16 April – ODI Leeds Showcase

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Kicking things off in style (as always), we’re going to start as we mean to go on – by highlighting the amazing people in the data community and some of the truly innovative projects they’ve been working on. We’re still putting together the list of speakers so if you have a data project or just something awesome to share about data, please get in touch with Amy at amy.evans@odileeds.org


Friday 20 April – ODI Leeds Social

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Last year, ODI Leeds went through an extensive refurb following the awarding of a Tech Hub Fund grant. All of our regulars have had a chance to see and experience the new look and facilities so now it’s time for everyone to come and have a look! What better way to celebrate the refurb than with a fabulous party? All proceeds go to Simon on the Streets and Meningitis Research Foundation.

Recommended entry donation: £5

Wednesday 25 April – ODI HQ ‘Data Science’ Training

For more details and how to register, see this page.

Dr Dave Tarrant, senior trainer and the lead Data Scientist for the Open Data Institute, will be delivering one of their newest and most in-depth training days for the good folk of Leeds. Unlike the beginner training we offered last year, this takes things up a gear and takes you through the process of wrangling data in R and creating visualisations. For further details on the course content and requirements, visit the course page on the ODI website.

Early bird ticket (until 25 March) – £250

Regular price – £500

To register your interest or to book a place on this training day, please email Kathryn at kathryn.connell@odileeds.org

Friday 27 April – ODI Leeds Open House and exclusive Lunchtime Lecture

Register via Eventbrite here

After a busy two weeks of digital events and workshops, we will be winding down with a casual ‘open house’ in our beautiful innovation and coworking space. Join us from 9am for a day of free coworking and catch the special Lunchtime Lecture from 1pm – we will be hosting Henri Egle Sorotos from TechNation, who will talk about the new approach to the TechNation report this year.



Note: This post originally appeared on the ODI Leeds Blog. Make sure to check out ODI Leeds’ website for more information on the awesome projects they’re working on!