You may be interested in the information below.

As some of you may already be aware, Leeds Digital Festival will be taking place later this month from the 21 September – 02 October. The Council has been a long-term supporter of the Festival, which has now grown to become the largest tech event in the UK and an integral part of the City’s digital and tech sector.

For this year’s edition, there are a record 294 events taking place – the majority of them online. From art to Artificial Intelligence, there is a fantastic variety of events on offer, celebrating digital culture in all its forms. The full festival programme can be found here, with a summary of some of the highlights listed below.

I encourage you to show your support for the Festival by joining events where you can. And if you want to take part in the conversation on Social Media please use the hashtag #LeedsDigi2020.

Leeds Digital Festival 2020 highlights


1. Creating Opportunities for Smart Places through Living Labs. A European Perspective (Thursday 01 October, 09:30-11:10)

Leeds City Council, in partnership with the major European city network, EUROCITIES, is organising an event as part of the wider Leeds Digital Festival, which will discuss how living labs can create opportunities for cities to become smart places. As well as looking at the situation in Leeds, the event will aim to share examples of best practice from other European cities.

For more information and to register click here


2. AI and the Headline Archive (Thursday 24 September, 12:00-13:00)

Artists Tom Schofield, Sam Skinner and Nathan Jones are joined by academics and curators to discuss their new project, using artificial intelligence and speed reading technology to explore the British Library’s newspaper collections.

For more information and to register click here.


3. Performing Arts and Digital Entrepreneurship (Friday 25 September, 14:00-16:30)

Join Opera North in live conversation with some of the sector’s leading cultural organisations and hear more about their digital response to lockdown.

For more information and to register click here.


4. WILD Presents Belong Digital – What is Leeds Doing to Ensure Diversity in Digital? (Thursday 24 September, 14:30-17:00)

Coinciding with the Women in Leeds Digital conference, this event will include a series of panels discussing how more diverse groups can get into tech. The event will begin with an introduction from Tom Riordan.

For more information and to register click here.


5. Brandstanding? Big Brands & Black Lives Matter (Monday 21 September, 14:00-15:00)

In this event Leeds based tech company, Crisp, will look at the new relationship between businesses and society-at-large which has been profoundly affected by recent events linking to the Black Lives Matter movement.

For more information and to register click here.


6. Digital Leeds – reframing the city’s future (Tuesday 29 September, 14:00-1500)

Leeds City Council and EY will bring together stakeholders from across Leeds to develop the “Digital Leeds Strategy” and ask #BetterQuestions about the city’s future vision.

For more information and to register click here.