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Leeds Digital Festival Goes Virtual With Over 70 Events Streamed Online

· Ali Turner · Discussion

Techies rejoice, for Leeds Digital Festival is going virtual!

Leeds Digital Festival

70+ events on everything digital, all streamed to your home-desk – yes please!

Over the last three weeks, hundreds of thousands of events have been cancelled or rescheduled – but not Leeds Digital Festival. As the biggest tech event in the city, they’ve raised the bar by replacing their usual digital extravaganza with a 70-strong virtual event schedule from 20th April to 1st May 2020. And that’s not all, because they’re also organising a second event in September, when all this is over.

The decision to go virtual

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Since it launched in 2016, Leeds Digital Festival has gone from strength to strength. Last year, brought 25,000 people to 240 events. There were 750 speakers in total, which is a massive achievement and a testament to the strength of the tech community in Leeds.

This year, their plans were just as ambitious. 240 events have already been submitted, and while they can’t all be made virtual, the list of events that can and will be taken online is ever-growing. It’s just passed the 70+ mark and we wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few last-minute additions – after all, we’re all still finding our way in this bold new world of ours.

“The decision has been taken to delay the physical events for now. However, we’re a digital festival and we still need to support each other, still need to learn, still need to show off the amazing people, companies and innovation we have in the city and the wider region,” Festival Director Stuart Clarke explained. “ We’re still planning to go ahead with the spring Festival, but will only host online events on the Festival website.”

The events you mustn’t miss

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From workshops and masterclasses to meet-ups, socials and pub quizzes, it’s all going virtual. But with so many events to choose from, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice, so we’ve picked out the very best to help you narrow down your options. Remember, there are loads more where these came from, so check out the full event calendar.

Tech Nation Talks Yorkshire. This is your chance to delve into the data behind the digital industry, hone in on the local tech scene and hear from an expert panel as Tech Nation talk you through the findings of their latest report. 3pm to 5pm on Monday 20th April 2020. Free.

SEO Strategy Done Right. One hour of new processes and strategies to feed into your technical SEO efforts by Spike Digital. They’re focusing on how you can take your efforts to the next level with real examples of what’s worked for their clients. 4pm-5pm on Wednesday 22nd April 2020. Free.

Kwizzbit’s Virtual Smartphone Pub Quiz. Grab a beer and get ready to be quizzed on everything from music to movies as Kwizzbit’s CEO & Founder Mark Walsh hosts a special Leeds Digital Festival quiz using their smartphone technology. 7:30pm-9:30pm on Thursday 23rd April 2020. Free.

Find and Attract Your Dream Clients. A virtual workshop from Matt Essam, this interactive session is designed to help freelancers and small agencies to attract clients using tried-and-tested strategies that take just 10 minutes a day. 1pm to 2:30pm on Friday 24th April 2020. Free.

Failed and Successful Stories With Technical Debt. Why is technical debt so hard for developers to explain and for sponsors to understand? Find out with real-life examples from Antonio Cobo Cuenca, Delivery Manager at BJSS. 12:45pm to 1:45pm on Wednesday 22nd April 2020. Free.

#FemaleTechFounder Night. Tune in to hear the inspirational stories of five female founders and co-founders, as they come together for a panel discussion to tell their stories, celebrate their successes and share their hopes for the future. 6pm to 8pm on Monday 27th April 2020. Free.

An Introduction to Marketing Automation. Force24 is the UK’s fastest-growing marketing automation firm and they’re going show you how automation can be used to drive efficiencies and benefit your business. 10am to 12pm on Tuesday 28th April 2020. Free.

Immersive Environments for Absolute Beginners. Immersive tech offers unlimited possibilities, but developing these experiences often feels out of your reach. This workshop will show you how to ease your way in and offer practical steps to help you start your immersive journey. 12pm to 1pm on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

Empowering Innovation: The Rise of Low & No-code Tools. They can help reduce IT backlogs and accelerate digital transformation, but what are low & no-code tools, why should they be considered and what are the risks? Find out at this panel discussion. 3pm to 4pm on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

Client Management in a Crisis: Planning for a Post COVID-19 Future. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown us all for six, but what does it mean for client relationships? Learn how to realign client comms, pivot objectives and adapt to our changing reality. 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday 29th April 2020. Free.

The Journey to Digital Transformation. Davide Gianni, Service Design Consultant at SPARCK, offers an insight into the most common challenges faced by an organisation in their quest for digital transformation – and tell you how to overcome them. 12:45pm to 1:45pm on Thursday 30th April 2020.