As Leeds Digital Festival 2019 launches this week, we can announce our appointment to provide PR support for what is the UK’s largest digital sector event of its kind, outside London Tech Week.
This year’s event will run from Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 3rd May, and organisers are hoping that the open platform festival will surpass the 170 that took place in 2018, bringing together 400 companies, 660 speakers and welcoming 20,000 attendees.
We will be increasing national awareness of the rapidly growing festival as it seeks to firmly establish itself as a mainstay in the UK digital event calendar.
The reputation of the festival has also attracted new international attention in 2019, with a delegation from China and Hong Kong attending, as well as presences from Estonia and the US.
Keynote events already listed include Women in Leeds Digital, a full day conference which will showcase the range of female activity within the digital sector; Super Connect Venture Lab for startups; and the return of perennial favourite Code in the Dark. Tech giants are also represented, with Leeds firm The Data Shed presenting alongside Amazon Web Services, and Netpremacy working with Google Cloud.
Stuart Clarke, festival director, said: “Leeds Digital Festival has grown rapidly in recent years to become one of the most significant digital events in the UK. Its reputation in the tech sector, like that of Leeds itself, has also grown internationally which we are seeing represented again in 2019.
“One of the keys to that success has been the open platform structure which allows anyone who is interested in digital and tech to organise, host and attend any events they like. This has helped to foster a hugely collaborative and inclusive environment where people come together to create the best experience possible. So, if you have an idea and want to get involved, we say come and play and let’s make 2019 the biggest year yet.”
Katie Wadsworth, consultant at Aberfield said: “Leeds has very much established itself as the UK’s second city when it comes to digital services. The digital economy is booming across FinTech, MedTech, gaming, digital infrastructure, support services and the creative and media sectors and the growth of the festival reflects that.
“We’re not only going to be highlighting the festival, but placing it in this wider context of the Leeds digital ecosystem to demonstrate why people should engage and visit the event, but also take a closer look at the city and what it offers.”
The festival has also attracted record levels of sponsorship for 2019, with leading tech businesses BJSS and Crisp Thinking taking their place alongside the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council as lead sponsors.
Other sponsors include Sky Betting and Gaming, digital agency Tall, law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, and the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
If you’d like to organise or attend an event as part of the Leeds Digital Festival, go to https://leedsdigitalfestival.org/ to list your event or find out what’s going on.