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Leeds Digital Festival ready to return

Leeds Digital Festival will return this year from 20 September to 1 October. The event has been endorsed by the UK Government as an ‘important agenda setting event’.

Government bodies will be at the event for the first time in its six-year history, these include: the DCMS, the G7 and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

Stuart Clarke, festival director at Leeds Digital Festival, said: “We’re delighted that Leeds Digital Festival has received government recognition, which is testament to the strength and resilience not only of the event, but also of the city’s tech sector as a whole. With everyone from start-ups to tech unicorns to government departments taking part this year, the festival provides a great opportunity to come together and discuss how we can create a more accessible and inclusive tech and digital space.”

Building on its slogan of ‘the tech event for everyone’, the festival will host several events based around diversity and inclusion. These events will broach topics including racism in sport, LGBTQ+ representation in coding and racial diversity.

Deb Hetherington, head of innovation for Bruntwood SciTech and co-founder of WILD, said: “It’s a known fact that we need more racial diversity and representation in tech. As an open platform event, Leeds Digital Festival has always been geared towards ensuring that everyone has a place at the tech table, which is why there’s no better event for us to present the findings of our racial diversity in digital report at. We’re looking forward to taking part again this year to celebrate the city’s fantastic tech and digital sector and make it a more accessible place for all.”