Two weeks. Over 150 events. Begins Monday.

LEEDS Digital Festival, the North’s largest, is back from Monday 16 April with its biggest line-up yet – more than 150 boundary-pushing events.

Such has been its success since launching in 2016 that it has been extended to span over a fortnight this year, to allow companies and universities more opportunity to host citywide events.

It culminates in The Leeds Digital Festival Awards 2018, in association with Amsource Technology and leading law firm, Ward Hadaway. 

The awards event will be held at Headrow House on Wednesday 25 April, with the city region’s cutting-edge operators battling it out in five categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Start-up of the Year, Facilitator of the Year, Tech Innovation of the Year and One to Watch 2018. 

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Events include the return of festival favourites FinTech North and Code in the Dark, as well as events based around data, healthtech, sports tech and start-ups.

Sponsors and event organisers include the University of Leeds, VST Enterprises, Bruntwood and Sky Betting & Gaming.

The festival offers its own handy innovation in the form of a Messenger Bot. Developed by Home Agency, this sleek tool helps keep attendees in the loop, and will cover all the latest news and events across the fortnight.

To subscribe, simply click on the above post, add the comment ‘LDF2018’ and you’ll be sent all the exclusive details by Facebook Messenger.

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Here's 3 LDF events not to be missed:

FEEL/HEAR/SEE/DO: A DIGITAL ODYSSEY - Sat 21 April to Fri 27 April (2pm-7pm)

An interactive walk around Leeds, guided by an app on your smartphone. This digital Odyssey is a multi-sensory engagement with the urban environment exploring site, histories, and flows of movement - experience the city anew. The experience will be available from 2pm each day and last about 30 minutes (you will need to download an app before starting). Full details will be provided once you have registered for the event by reserving a ticket. More here.

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CODE IN THE DARK - Fri 27 April (7.30pm-11pm) - Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

Think you know front end? Epiphany presents the UK's third Code in the Dark competition. 25 Developers enter, only one will be crowned the champion - watch the battle unfold. You're invited down to support (or berate) the contestants as they take on this challenge. 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, the audience get to choose the winner. Free tickets available here

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FILM FRINGE PRESENT VIDEODROME - Thurs 19 April (7.30pm-9.30pm) - The Reliance

Film Fringe present a screening David Cronenberg's groundbreaking 1983 science-fiction horror Videodrome in the Little Reliance Cinema. Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s, and a prophetic vision of a society where technology has infiltrated every aspect of daily life.

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Leeds Digital Festival, citywide, April 16-27 - full schedule of events here.