Leeds Digital Festival launches global program of 300 events

Leeds Digital Festival, one of the UK’s biggest tech and digital events, returns for the sixth year in a row.

A program of 300 virtual and in-person events was unveiled, celebrating digital culture in all its forms, hosted by start-ups, leading tech companies and government institutions.

From Monday September 20 to Friday October 1, Leeds Digital Festival will host technology companies from the city area, such as the Department of Culture, Media and Sports, Ofcom and the G7, as well as a range of speakers from all over the world. UK, Europe and the world including Japan, Philippines and Mongolia.

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Festival Director Stuart Clarke said: “To have so many quality events is a real testament to the innovative technology companies in the Leeds City area and we look forward to showing the talent we have here to a global audience.

“The Leeds Digital Festival has grown into the UK’s largest tech event due to its open nature and has now been endorsed by the government as a major agenda-setting festival, to which everyone, the most recent start-up to technological unicorns, can participate. to help shape the digital future for the benefit of all.

Stuart Clarke, director of the Leeds Digital Festival.

Due to the pandemic, last year’s festival was divided into two sets of virtual programs, with a total of 428 events with over 45,000 participants, with eyes from over 60 countries including Benin, Peru and Kazakhstan.

Going forward, the 2021 festival will take a hybrid approach, with a mix of in-person and online events taking place over the two weeks.

A series of leading companies and institutions have taken up positions as key sponsors, with BJSS, TPP, University of Leeds and Crisp confirmed as key partners.

Adam Hildreth, Founder and CEO of Crisp, said: “As a technology company born and raised in Leeds, we are truly delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the Leeds Digital Festival once again and to also welcome our own events.

The growth of the festival has highlighted the growth of the city’s tech companies and its strength in areas such as health and data technology, as well as the fact that it has quickly become a driving force in the industry. UK online security technology We are looking forward to another successful festival.

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Deemed to be the ‘tech event for everyone’, the festival will celebrate everything that encompasses tech and digital, from coding, fintech and social media to AI and healthcare. Main events will include an LGBTQ + hackathon hosted by The Coders Guild and the launch of a report by Wild on the findings of its investigation into racial diversity in the digital world.

Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure, added: “The Leeds Digital Festival is a major moment in the UK business calendar and I look forward to participating this year to celebrate the region’s fantastic scene. It’s great to see participants from all over the world. joining the poster and highlighting the global significance of the event.

“We are working tirelessly across government to support digital businesses with policies that support innovation so that we can create jobs, wealth and skills for people in Leeds and Yorkshire.”

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