This month, we’re proud to be sponsoring Leeds Digital Festival for the first time. Held over two weeks, from 16th - 27th April, this is the North’s largest digital festival and provides a fantastic platform for the digital sector in Leeds to showcase their work.
Leeds is one of the UK’s foremost centres for fast-growing businesses in digital technology, and the largest outside of London. “A recent report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) found what everyone here already suspected, that Leeds is one of the most attractive cities in the UK to start a business and where entrepreneurs are most likely to succeed,” said Kirstie Shapley, Programme & Partnership Manager at Platform.
With 9,000 digital companies working in Leeds, the region is home to over 23,000 digital professionals. The Festival will bring together these individuals to aid collaboration within the digital sector and throughout Leeds, to help continue the current growth.
The 2017 festival hosted 115 events covering topics from fintech to digital music, information security to coding, with over 400 speakers presenting to over 10,000 attendees. And this year, the Leeds Digital Festival team are promising even more.
With a talent gap in the city, Leeds Digital Festival 2018 will have a number of events focused around developing a digital career, particularly encouraging women into the industry.
Bruntwood’s tech incubator will officially launch at Platform on the opening day of the Festival and will also host a number of events throughout the two week Festival. Find out more about the events being hosted at Platform below:
Assembly Conference - Digital in Manufacturing and Making: What's coming next?
Tech Hub Launch - The launch of Platform's newest tech incubator
Curator Space - Digital art exhibition
Google Digital Garage/Moz - Build a Digital Marketing Plan and improve your SEO knowledge
Synap - Using Edtech in the classroom
Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd
Leeds Hack 2018
Virtual Pair Programmers - Java4Women: A Presentation and panel discussion about women in tech
PWC Scale - Yorkshire Showcase Evening
Berwin's Digital Solicitors - GDPR for Digital Businesses
mHabitat - IOT in the house: What is the future for telehealth and telecare?
Futurelabs - Founders Friday: Mentor Lounge
Futurelabs - Founders Friday: an open and informal tech, creative and digital networking for those running or thinking about setting up a tech company
X-Ten - Data & Gravy | A SQL & Azure Mini Conference
For a full list of events, head to the Leeds Digital Festival website.