Award-winning pioneer joins Leeds Digital Festival team

Leeds Digital Festival has joined forces with the founder of the city’s first web design agency to help create and manage this year’s fortnight-long event, set to be the most ambitious to date.

Aidan Cook, named Individual of the Year at the 2010 Drum Awards for the Digital Industries and founder of award-winning agency, Sense Internet, will bring his 20 years of experience and expertise to the event team.

Leeds Digital Festival, returning for the sixth year in October, is a celebration of the city’s award-winning digital talent, encouraging companies, organisations and individuals across Leeds to generate ideas for and take part in workshops, seminars, projects and private and public events to be at the forefront of the latest digital trends.

The festival will take place at a number of venues including City Exchange, Round Foundry Media Centre, Leeds City Museum, SkyBet, Duke Studios and White Cloth Gallery.

The festival is now more reflective of the city’s digital scene, not just the digital industry, with increased input and participation from the digital population. It supports and celebrates its many facets including commercial, charitable, educational, social, sport, and personal.

Aidan Cook said:

“Leeds Digital Festival delivers compelling events and seminars for our city, but most importantly it keeps the huge number of extremely talented people we’ve got here talking to each other.

“Digital media connects people across huge distances, but this festival shows how inspirational simply listening and talking, debate and discussion can be.”

Simon Wilson, co-producer of Leeds Digital Festival, said:

“Aidan can remember when nobody doing digital had grey hair, and now he looks like a badger. He’s grown up with the industry in Leeds, and to have him involved with this year’s festival is a great asset to the team behind the hard work and effort to make it happen.

“Aidan shares our belief that digital isn’t just some ‘sector’ or niche, but something that people, everyday people use as part of their daily lives.”

Leeds Digital Festival 2013 will take place over the last two weeks in October. To participate, contact the organisers with a brief outline of what you can offer at

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