What a cracking day! Tuesday was a busy one and we were up early for a number of breakfast talks and meetings, however fueled by a plentiful supply of tea, coffee and pastries the energy in these rooms was incredible at a time when most people are just turning up to work. There were interactive discussions and lots of engagement from the audience during and after the events both on and offline and this would set the theme of the day.
We saw Yorkshire Dance’s Digital Artist Salon where performers, artists and creatives link up with techies, innovators and digital workers. The output was fantastic and proved for some great shots for our photographers.
However the best example I saw of this was after the ‘Beyond the Video Strategy’ event at Duke Studios. Following a number of varied and exciting talks about new technologies and applications for video content, I was lucky enough to be working in the Sheaf St Cafeteria at the time the event ended and the number of introductions, discussions, collaborations & business card swappings that happened there in the 45 minutes after the event was incredible. The buzz in the room was noticeable even to those who hadn’t attended the event.
That buzz stayed with me the rest of the day knowing the festival was more than achieving its goal of not only celebrating what we have here in Leeds but of bringing the community together and opening up new conversations and collaborations that may otherwise not have happened.
Back to the rest of Tuesday.
NHS Digital had a full day of events at the Met Hotel, sharing their stories behind the tech that delivers IT and digital systems for the NHS at a huge scale across the country. There was even an agile paper tower building challenge.
Associate sponsors cap hpi took over Millennium Square with a BMW i8, a couple of Tesla’s and their funky igloo (very suitably) to help shelter from the occasional hailstorm. Engaging with students, graduates and influencers from across the city, they used their leading position in the automotive data sector to advise on the future of car ownership and share some of the great opportunities available at the company.
HeyGr8 launched their independent fashion app at the perfect location of the Corn Exchange and Goal, the world’s most shared football site, told us the biggest football stories of 2016 with a few surprises you may not have expected.
We finished the night off with the bolser UX panel covering mobile engagement featuring speakers and stories from EE, Microsoft & KFC. All helped along with a free bar at the Northern Monk Refectory.
Looking on to today!
The much anticipated return of FinTech North – AQL – 8:30am – 5:30pm
Google’s Digital Garage returns to Leeds to help you get your business seen online – Futurelabs – 2 – 4pm
What’s it like being a Digital Freelancer perfect for anyone considering a career as a freelancer – LS6 Cafe (Hyde Park Corner) – 2 – 4pm
Ward Hadaway EduTech – Wellington Place – 5:30 – 7:30pm
Innovation, Innovation, Innovation featuring 3 high profile speakers in their fields – ODI Leeds –
Finally She Does Digital is sold out but look out for their events throughout the year.
Have another cracking collaborative day!