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Corecom Consulting is overwhelmed by response to Leeds Digital Festival virtual events

It was an honour to be a part of the Leeds Digital Festival this year, which hosted a whopping 134 virtual events with an extensive range of topics, including artificial intelligence, fintech and managing remote working.

Corecom Consulting delivered two online events as part of the Festival:

  1. Remotely Onboarding New Starters with Andy Norton – Development Manager at FOOTASYLUM and Mark Swarbrick – Head of Infrastructure at Bink
  1. Challenger Languages: Practical alternatives to JavaScript, Java and C# with Jeff Watkins, Chief Engineer, and George MacKay-Shore, Senior Developer, from AND Digital.

Both events had originally been added to the line-up as breakfast events at our Grade A solar farm offices in Leeds City Centre, but were reverted to virtual events owing to a UK lockdown being announced due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Jonathan Sanderson, Managing Director at Corecom Consulting, said:

“I am delighted that we could provide value and knowledge to the Leeds tech community at this year’s Digital Festival, especially during a time of real uncertainty and worry for many. Along with the majority of others who took part in the Festival, we were establishing ourselves as a fully remote workforce at the time.

“We were thrilled to receive over 150 registrations for our ‘Remote Onboarding’ webinar and, owing to the success of the ‘Challenger Languages’ webinar, a ‘Part Two’ follow-up has subsequently been scheduled.

“The success of the Festival, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic, just shows how digitally robust the City is. It has championed collaboration, bringing the digital and tech community together and strengthening Leeds’ growing reputation as an international technology hub.

“I believe that the digital community will bounce back quicker than most other industries after these tough times because of the community spirit.”

Organisers of Leeds Digital Festival had anticipated that there would be around 50 events, but were overwhelmed with support as event numbers hit 134. Only 53 out of these 134 events were originally planned as physical events and many event organisers experienced around five times the numbers of attendees from normal figures (including us!) Attendees included those from over 30 countries.

The Festival has been split into two this year with the physical element of the festival taking place between 21 September and 2 October 2020. Unsurprisingly, event organisers are keen to ensure that there is a combination of physical and virtual within each festival going forward.


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