The University supports Leeds Digital Festival 2018

The University is delighted to be supporting Leeds Digital Festival (LDF) 2018.

Leeds Digital Festival 2018 logo March 2018

LDF is a non-profit organisation supported by the digital community of Leeds, Leeds City Council and TechNorth – the Government’s initiative to promote and support digital entrepreneurship.

LDF in 2016 featured 56 events, while the 2017 Festival staged 115 events – including several organised by the University – attracting more than 10,000 people and in excess of 400 speakers across 58 venues. Organisations involved included some of the biggest names in the region and beyond: NHS Digital, Google, Sky Betting & Gaming, Open Data Institute, KPMG, cap hpi, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung and IMDB. 

Our ambition in partnering with the Festival is to encourage staff and students to engage with businesses and community activities. We also value the opportunity to develop partnerships across sectors to shape and advance digital developments in research and student education.

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning at the University, who is coordinating the University’s partnership with the LDF, said: “We are proud to support the Festival and this great city and want to help celebrate Leeds’ growing reputation as a digital destination. We are looking forward to engaging with the local community and are keen to highlight the importance of digital skills.”

As a result, we are hosting a series of events across campus and the city during the Festival, which runs from 16 April to 27 April. The Digital Education Service will be showcasing the wide range of online courses available to learners for University preparation, lifelong learning and continuing professional development. There will also be events organised by teams across the University, including Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), Virtual Reality and Virtuocity, as well as speakers from Nexus – our gateway to world-leading research and innovation at the University.

Due to open in autumn 2018, Nexus will enable external partners to access more easily the University’s world-class capabilities and expertise to drive forward collaborative innovation. It will be a place where ideas, expertise and opportunity come together, creating new value and developing collaborative partnerships between entrepreneurs, businesses and world-leading researchers.

The LDF offers many opportunities for staff and students to engage with businesses in Leeds and the wider region, to get involved in community activities and build new relationships with potential collaborators, in the areas of research and innovation and student education. Involvement with the Festival can support research dissemination and impact through public engagement.

Contact Jaime Hesketh, PA to Professor Neil Morris, to register an interest in getting involved with the Festival.

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