Digital Shoreditch, one of Europe’s leading tech and creative community events kicks off in Shoreditch today. The two week festival, hosting over 15,000 attendees brings together some of the most forward thinking and dynamic organisations in London.
Digital Shoreditch, launched in October 2010, is a not for profit, grass root, industry-led community dedicated to fostering connections and celebrating the outstanding talent in the digital media and technology community flourishing in east London.
During the two weeks, Digital Shoreditch offers an abundance of talks, workshops, panel discussions and parties that help connect and celebrate the tech community within Shoreditch and beyond. Shoreditch Town Hall will be the focal point of the first week’s programme with the second week opening up to the wider community for a selection of open houses and individually run events, all part of the overall festival.
Digital Shoreditch will once again showcase and support the creative society of East London with returning themes from past festivals and the introduction of several new themes including: intelligent devices and smart cities, food and health, makertech, DIY and hacker, film and music, space and incubation, wearable tech and fintech.
James Allsopp, Director of Digital Shoreditch said; “Digital Shoreditch has become a landmark event for all of the tech community and we have been blown away with the number of brands, companies and individuals that have wanted to get involved. The spectrum of companies looking to participate has been amazing to see, whether it’s some of the biggest companies in the world, right the way through to the small little start-ups that are just starting their journey, everyone has been so eager to join and get involved.”
Rebecca Huxley, Director of Digital Shoreditch said; “Our focus for Digital Shoreditch has always been about the community and bringing all the great work that happens to one central point. For this year’s festival, we’ve wanted to change things up slightly from years previous and bring in new topics and themes to give more of the community a chance to get involved so we’re really excited to see how that pans out.”
As well as hearing from some of the most dynamic minds around, Digital Shoreditch will also help raise awareness of various schemes and platforms that are helping address the ongoing issue of the digital skills gap in the younger generation. The debates and discussions taking place at the festival will hopefully make businesses consider how a new generation in the tech community can get involved and keep the tech community spirit alive.
The festival in 2013 attracted over 14,500 participants, 2254 companies, 165 media & press and over 480 speakers. Since then we have hosted meetups and events, attended by hundreds of people and our reputation has grown to one of the most innovative community platforms celebrating outstanding creativity and innovation in the heart of UK’s premier digital hub. We are ecstatic about the high level of interest and commitment from our diverse community.