Leeds Digital Festival
Leeds Digital Festival - 22-29 April 2017 - The North's Largest Digital Festival
The Leeds Digital Festival is a city-wide, open platform celebration of all things digital within Leeds, the Digital Capital of the North.
Over 6,000 people attended 56 events in 2016, in 28 venues featuring over 175 speakers. This year, we're heading towards an even bigger Festival, with upwards of 100 events and 10,000 attendees.
It is an open platform festival, which means anyone can put something on, which leads to a higher level of collaboration, which is so important for building a stronger digital economy.
Current highlights within the 2017 calendar include the return of favourites from last year, such as the FinTech North and Northern UX conferences, coding competition Code in the Dark, and the tech/music mashup Algorave. Speakers confirmed so far include the Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy MP, the Capital Finance Managing Director at Wells Fargo , and the CEO and founder of IMDB, one of the world’s most successful websites.
Many events are already starting to sell out so book now through our events page so you don't miss out:
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Cultural Institute Short Film Prize - Monday 24th April
Discover ground-breaking digital creativity research in the first ever Cultural Institute Film Prize at the University of Leeds.Student filmmaking crews and leading researchers from the University of Leeds have come together to produce short films, covering the latest innovations in digital creativity and responding creatively to new research.Col Needham, founder of IMDb and alumnus of the University of Leeds, will be judging the competition alongside alumna Karen Emanuel, Managing Director of Key Production.
Yorkshire Dance - Digital Artist Salon - Tuesday 25th April
Yorkshire Dance is inviting artists, technologists, creative companies, designers and academics to come together to talk about and explore digital innovation, creative technology and radical ideas. The digital artist salon aims to explore and expand what is possible. It will inspire, challenge and influence our perception and creation of movement and dance work where it meets new technologies. Join us to share insights and experiences, map future trends and consider how emerging technologies and cross-disciplinary, creative practice might influence different sectors.
She Does Digital #WHEREDIDYOUSTART Live - Wednesday 26th April
We're back for our second year at Leeds Digital Festival with #Wheredidyoustart LIVE. She Does Digital is an organisation set up to encourage more women to consider a career in digital, as only 26% of the workforce are currently female. We asked our followers what they wanted from an event and the overwhelming response was to see inspiring role models talk about their experience, so we're doing exactly that. Join us upstairs at The Adelphi pub for an informal night of talks, drinks and meeting digital folks.
Code in the Dark - Thursday 27th April
25 Developers enter, only one will be crowned the champion - and you can watch the battle unfold! Think you know front end... Epiphany presents the UK's second Code in the Dark competition. Come down and support (or berate) our brave contestants as they take on this challenge. We're welcoming a large audience of developers and non-developers alike to join in - you'll be able to review the code and the design as it evolves in each heat, you'll even know the outcome... but the contestants won't. At the end of each heat, you - the audience - get to choose the winner. Your decision will crown the second Code in the Dark UK Champion!
Algorave - Friday 28th April
Following the success of last years Algorave at Leeds Digital Festival, they are back again this year with a fresh lineup of live coders.
An ALGORAVE is a music rave with a technical twist - the music is generated by live coding whilst visuals are also generated and projected throughout the space. The coders can respond live to the audience, changing the code on the fly, moving from highs to lows and back again.
""Live coders write computer programs live, while the programs generate their music, but the focus is on people dancing and seriously enjoying themselves.""
- Dazed & confused
Plus many more overflowing into the weekends of the 22nd and 29th April so check the website for the full lineup: