Here are all of the fringe events for the first-ever Digital City Festival

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by Josh Peachey

To ensure nobody misses out, we decided to compile a list of all the fringe events happening throughout Digital City Festival week, March 9th-13th.

Digital City Festival will bring together the digital community to celebrate, network and collaborate. The cornerstone event will be Digital City Expo, hosted at Manchester Central Convention Complex on March 11th and 12th, featuring exhibitors from the worlds of marketing, tech, eCommerce and more.

Before Digital City Expo, the week will begin with an invite-only opening event, hosted by eCommerce giant Boohoo at their Nasty Gal offices. 

After day one of the expo, the Digital City afterparty will see creators, thinkers, digital movers and shakers come together for an evening of fun at Viadux.

After day two of Digital City Expo, the Digital City Awards at Albert Hall will recognise and reward the highest standards of digital achievement, significance and innovation from business minds and groups. 

Martyn Collins, Digital City Festival Director, said: "When we envisioned Digital City Festival, we knew it would need leading companies, grassroots groups and ambitious individuals from across the digital sectors to get involved.

"To see so many fascinating fringe events lined up proves that the city is truly united behind showing the world some of the amazing things happening here."

The fringe events schedule, which begins with an event celebrating International Women's Day on Sunday 8th March and runs every day of the week until Friday 13th, seeks to showcase all of the expertise across the diverse tech ecosystem.

To find out about pricing or registering for a fringe event, click the name of the event in the below schedule:

Boss Women III

  • Where: Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT. When: March 8th 2020, 5pm-9pm.



Exploring Ethical Tech | City-Led Smart City Scoping Session

  • Where: Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 9th 2020, 9am-12pm.

Going Global - Digital Tools for International Growth

  • Where: The Studio, The Hive Manchester M1 1FN. When: March 9th 2020, 9am-1pm.

Exploring Ethical Tech | Declaration for Responsible Data Usage

  • Where: Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 9th 2020, 1pm-4pm.

Stress Kills Creativity

  • Where: WeWorks Labs, John Dalton Street, Manchester M2 6HY. When: March 9th 2020, 4pm-6pm.

RegTech Talks - Innovation in Manufacturing

  • Where: MSP Tech Incubator, Manchester Technology Centre, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M1 7ED. When: March 9th 2020, 4pm-7pm.

AND Chat: Agile vs. Waterfall

  • Where: thestudio... 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN. When: March 9th 2020, 6pm-8.30pm.


  • Where: Comedy Store, 3 and 4, Arches, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5LH. When: March 9th 2020, 6.30pm-9.30pm.
Hootsuite's 'SocialMCR' event will take over The Comedy Store, Deansgate Locks, on Monday 9th March


WeWork Labs House of Startups

  • Where: WeWork Labs Manchester, John Dalton Street, M2 6HY. When: March 10th, 2020, 2pm-5pm.

Manchester and India: The Digital Opportunity

  • Where: Deloitte, 2 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3HF. When: March 10th, 2020, 3.30pm-5.30pm.

Dispatches from the Frontline of Creative Marketing

  • Where: Space48, Acresfield, Exchange St, St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7HA. When: March 10th, 2020, 6pm-8.30pm.

#FemaleTechFounder Night

  • Where: Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 10th, 2020, 6pm-8.30pm.

Pimento 6pm Club

  • Where: This is Digital, Conavon Court, 12-16 Blackfriars St, Manchester, Salford M3 5BQ. When: March 10th, 2020, 6pm-8pm.

Beyond The Grid: Architecting the Modern Digital Experience

  • Where: Dept, 9th Floor, Bridgewater House, Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6LT. When: March 10th, 2020, 6pm-9pm.

Ecommerce Dinner with Ampersand and dotdigital at Tattu

  • Where: Tattu, 3 Hardman Square, Gartside St, Manchester M3 3EB. When: March 10th, 2020, 6pm-9.30pm.



Manchester Tech - Community Village

  • Where: Manchester Central, Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX. When: March 11th-12th, 2020, 9am-4.30pm.

Harnessing Technology for Business Growth

  • Where: Brewin Dolphin Manchester, 1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP. When: March 11th, 2020, 5.30pm-8.30pm.
MediaCityUK will host a meetup where guests can hear from BBC staff, radical thinkers and industry heavyweights talk about tech

Tech Nation Connects

  • Where: All Work & Social (XYZ Building), 2 Hardman Blvd, Manchester M3 3AQ. When: March 11th, 2020, 10am-1pm. 

Mentor Match Up for Tech StartUps

  • Where: UKFast, Birley Fields, Manchester M15 5QJ. When: March 11th - 12th 2020, 10am-1pm.

How to Scaleup: The Culture Secret

  • Where: WeWork, No 1 Spinningfields, Quay St, Manchester M3 3JE. When: March 11th 2020, 12.30pm-2pm.

Product Roulette

  • Where: Digital Gurus, 19 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 1FB. When: March 11th 2020, 5.30pm-8.30pm.



GM Responsible Tech Collective

  • Where: The Federation, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 12th 2020, 9am-12pm.

Manchester Start-Up/SME Challenge

  • Where: Cobden 3, Manchester Central, Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX. When: March 12th 2020, 9am-4pm.

Exploring Ethical Tech | Data Discovery Workshop

  • Where: The Federation, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 12th 2020, 1pm-4pm.

Transforming Training and Learning with VR/AR

  • Where: arbeta, One Northampton Road, Manchester M40 5BP. When: March 12th 2020, 1.30pm-4pm.

How to Scaleup: The Sales & Brand Secret

  • Where: British Library (BIPC), Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 3LR. When: March 12th 2020, 2pm-4pm.
MIDAS' Manchester Start-Up/SME Challenge will give entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their products to the likes of, N Brown Group, and others

How to Scaleup: The People Secret

  • Where: Barclays Eagle Lab Manchester, Albert Square, Manchester M2 6LW. When: March 12th 2020, 6pm-8pm.

Expert Talks Manchester

  • Where: Federation House, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 12th 2020, 6pm-9pm.


  • Where: Peak HQ, Neo, Charlotte St, Manchester M1 4ET. When: March 12th 2020, 6.30pm-9pm.

BBC Tech Meetup

  • Where: BBC Quay House, MediaCity UK, Dock House, Salford, M50 2LH. When: March 12th 2020, 6.30pm-9.30pm.



Deliver Conference 2020

  • Where: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS. When: March 13th 2020, 9am-5pm.

Exploring Ethical Tech | Mapping the GM Responsible Tech Ecosystem

  • Where: The Federation, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 13th 2020, 9am-12pm.

TechManchester LinkedIn Workshop

  • Where: UKFast Campus, Birley Fields, Manchester M15 5QJ. When: March 13th 2020, 9.30am-12.30pm.

Coffee4Craig Brand Launch

  • Where: Dept, 9th Floor, Bridgewater House, Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6LT. When: March 13th 2020, 12pm-2pm.

Exploring Ethical Tech | Reframing Responsibility Tool Prototyping

  • Where: The Federation, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF. When: March 13th 2020, 1pm-4pm.

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