Leeds Digital Festival: What’s on?

The UK’s largest tech event returns to Leeds from 20th to 30th September with organisers promising the most diverse range of events in its seven-year history.

The Leeds Digital Festival started in 2016 with just 50 events – fast forward to 2022 and the Festival now hosts over 250 events, with an increasingly international flavour and a staggering 20,000 expected guests. This year will see delegations from India, Poland and Estonia, as well as guests from over 60 countries attending the many online events that are scheduled.

The events will be hosted across venues in Leeds city centre as well as York, Harrogate and Wakefield. Events range from breakfast briefings to full-day conferences in FinTech, MedTech and data – what’s more, over 98% of the events are completely free of charge.

Highlights over the two weeks include The Digital Twin Consortium holding its first ever annual conference outside the US, Code4000 discussing their coding programme for prisoners at HMP Humber, CGI hosting a ‘cyber escape room’ in a 40’ shipping container in Leeds city centre, and the Director of Media Partnership at Meta, Peter Hutton, will be flying in from Silicon Valley to speak at Digital Sport North.

Crisp will explain how social media is accelerating ESG agendas, Production Futures will encourage careers in film and TV at the Backstage Academy, Bruntwood SciTech will launch their Female Founders Incubator, and The Data Shed and Nexus Leeds are hosting a MedTech showcase.

The Festival is sponsored by a number of national and local firms and organisations, including Crisp, TPP, BJSS, the University of Leeds, Leeds City Council, Sky Betting & Gaming and Aire Logic.

Stuart Clarke, Festival Director of the Leeds Digital Festival, said: “This year’s Leeds Digital Festival is set to be the most exciting yet, with homegrown tech talent collaborating with some of the biggest global brands. Whether you’re organising an event or attending, we’re looking forward to seeing you!”

Adam Hildreth, founder and CEO of Festival sponsor Crisp said: “The Leeds Digital Festival is unique in its open nature and the breadth and depth of its events. As a proud Leeds-founded tech firm, we’re really pleased to be sponsoring the Festival again and helping to tell the world about the talent and innovation we have in the city”.

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