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Digital City Festival is the annual event series that brings together the digital and tech communities from across the North and beyond. Now in its fifth year, we’re thrilled to bring you a jam-packed week of events designed to excite, challenge and inspire. From the latest emerging trends in tech & digital, to supporting the talent of the region and tackling sustainability, there are so many opportunities to learn and connect. If you have any questions or want to find out how you can get involved, please contact us on 


Click on each event to view the full agenda and secure your spot. Please note: each event is ticketed individually.

More events will be announced soon.

- 18:30
The first event of Digital City Festival 2024 brings together leaders, businesses and figures from both the public and private sectors to address the challenges and opportunities for digital growth in the North
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Phil Swan
- Director for Digital
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Liz Scott
Liz Scott MBE
- Director
- Turing Innovation Catalyst
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Heather Statham
- Principal Consultant
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Dr Alastair Gill
- Principal Data Scientist
David Levine
David Levine
- Principal
- Manchester Angels
Katie Gallagher
Katie Gallagher OBE
- Managing Director
- Manchester Digital
Matthew Squire
Matthew Squire
- Fuzzy Labs
Emma Green
Emma Green
- Managing Partner
- Cyber Data Law Solicitors
Carl Jones (1)
Carl Jones
- Chief Strategy Officer
- Cloud Imperium Games
Jess Praetura Ventures (1)
Jess Jackson
- Investment Manager
- Praetura Ventures
Angela Oxford Road (1)
Angela Harrington
- Director of Inclusive Economy
- Manchester City Council
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George Mensah
- VC Investor
- Sure Valley Ventures
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Jason Beaumont
- Chief Executive
- Access Industry
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Amul Batra
- Co-Founder and Chief Partnerships Officer
- Northcoders
Charli Wild
Charli Wild
- Software Engineer and Academy Lead
- Krakenflex (Octopus Energy)
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Sameena Khan
- Director Partnerships and Community
- IN4 Group

Sponsored by:

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Headline partner - MediaCity
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Education Partner - Access Industry
Event partner - GFT
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Event partner - Manchester City Council
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Event partner - Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- 17:30
Bringing together the North's powerhouse media, production and broadcast sectors for a day of actionable insights and collaboration.
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Criss Richards
- Creative Technologist
- McCann Manchester
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Dr Steve Henderson
- Festival Director & CEO
- Manchester Animation Festival
Laura Harper
Laura Harper
- Partner - Digital, Commerce & Creative Team
- Lewis Silkin LLP
David Holt
- Voice over artist & actor
Zen Barry
Zen Barry
- Sustainability Manager - Production
Rob Page
Rob Page
- Managing Director
- Space Studios
Lily Limmer
Lily Limmer
- Sustainability Manager
- Picture Zero
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Jo Madeley
- Managing Director
- Cascade
Andy 3315
Andy Unsworth
- Content Producer
- Cascade
Howard Tattersall
Howard Tattersall
- Marketing Director
- Footasylum
Caroline Cooper Charles
Caroline Cooper Charles
- Chief Executive
- Screen Yorkshire
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Chris Cowey
- Producer & Director
Fabian Bohan Taghian
Fabian Bohan-Taghian
- Development Executive and Series Producer
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Simon Benson
- Technologist
- Talent for Tech
Richard Wormwell
Richard Wormwell
- Head of Product Innovation
- Dock10
Pete Woodbridge
Pete Woodbridge
- R&D Innovation Manager
- Mediacity Immersive Technologies Innovation Hub
Philippa Childs Bectu
Philippa Childs
- Deputy General Secretary
- Bectu
Dr Sarah Haynes
Dr Sarah Haynes
- Media Production, Film Studies and Journalism Lead
- Liverpool Screen School
Professor Kirsty Fairclough
Professor Kirsty Fairclough
- SODA Head of Research and Innovation
- Manchester Metropolitan University
Colin Director
Colin McKevitt
- Managing Director
- Badger & Combes
Alison Gwynn
Alison Gwynn
- Chief Executive
- North East Screen
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Laura Caveney-Morgan
- Executive Editor at Tonight
- ITV Studios
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Chris Curley
- Head of Nations & Regions
- Pact
Colin LA Productions
Colin McKeown
- Founder & Producer
- LA Productions

Sponsored by:

MediaCity Wordmark Flat Black
Headline partner - MediaCity
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Education partner - Access Industry
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Event Partner - Cascade
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Event Partner - Space Studios
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Sector Specialist - SODA (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- 12:00
Part of Digital City Festival. A free event for ambitious agencies looking to grow!
- 19:00
Kicking off the Festival week in style! Join us for a FREE event to get together with peers and friends, share ideas and grab a drink.

Sponsored by:

MediaCity Wordmark Flat Black
Headline Partner - MediaCity
- 18:00
A full day of actionable insights from some industry leading speakers! It's your ultimate guide to boosting your online strategy for the year ahead.
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Chris Dowse
- Integrated Strategy Director
- Jaywing
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Rachel Birch
- Managing Director
- House Digital
Ash Winder - Head of performance marketing at CTI Digital
Ash Winder
- Head of Performance Marketing
- CTI Digital
Liam Hughes - Senior Account Manager
Liam Hughes
- Senior Account Manager
- Refresh
Lucy Moore - Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Refresh
Lucy Moore
- Director of Strategy and Partnerships
- Refresh
Luke McCreery
Luke McCreery
- Enterprise Account Executive
- dotdigital
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Marius Platt
- Head of Paid Media
- Campfire
John Baines
John Baines
- Digital Trade Adviser
- Department for Business and Trade
Cathy Wallwork
Cathy Wallwork
- Co-Founder
Sam Thompson
Sam Thompson
- Senior Enquiries Manager
- Export Support Service
Irina Shmakova
Irina Shmakova
- Export Academy Adviser
- MIEx
Liz Ashall Payne
Liz Ashall-Payne
- Founding Chief Executive Officer
- Orcha Health LTD

Sponsored by:

MediaCity Wordmark Flat Black
Headline Partner - MediaCity
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Event Partner - Department for Business & Trade
Sector specialist - Jaywing
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Sector specialist - Refresh PR
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Sector specialist - House Digital
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Sector specialist - Campfire
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Sector specialist - Dotdigital
- 20:30
Join GFT for an evening discussing the latest big thing in cyber security and a chance to connect with the community!
- 20:00
A practical workshop for anyone keen on improving their skills in AI app creation, led by the team at Accenture!
- 21:00
Join HOST as they dive deep into the realm of spatial computing and the impact on creating augmented reality content.
- 12:00
In this session we'll explore how AI can be harnessed to support creativity, plus some of the unexpected pitfalls and regulations that you need to be aware of!
- 13:30
Creating captivating creative content is just the beginning. It's crucial that our campaigns not only look good, but also deliver tangible results. Join us for a discussion on the importance of creative in driving business growth, led by Hanna Wade, Client Partner, David Rubery, Head of UX and Adrienne Chan, UX Strategist, at Jaywing.
- 19:00
Level up your design sprints and improve your skills with this free workshop. Part of Digital City Festival
- 21:00
One of the most complex and ever-changing fields for marketers in 2024 is the advance of AI. Join us for an evening of fascinating insights and a deep dive look into how agencies can harness AI to their advantage.
Alex Myers
Alex Myers
- Head of Marketing
- The SEO Works
Louis Georgiou
Louis Georgiou
- Chief Creative & Technology Officer
- EssenceMediacom North
Lewis Sellers
Lewis Sellers
- Managing Director, Web Division
- idhl
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Nadine Clarke
- Strategy Partner
- Tangent
Amanda Fox Agency
Amanda Holmes
- Lead Consultant, SaaS and Transformation
- Fox Agency
James Hall
- Founder
- Parallax

Sponsored by:

MediaCity Wordmark Flat Black
Headline Partner - MediaCity
- 11:00
An insightful morning for businesses and individuals in the digital & technology sector. We'll be looking at the world of tech and how Manchester paved the way to becoming a leader in this space.


Department for Business & Trade

Space Studios

Access Industry





Cascade Productions

House Digital

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Screen Yorkshire

Channel 4

Manchester City Council


Praetura Ventures

Refresh PR




Bruntwood SciTech


Digital City Festival is about facilitating important conversations and meaningful connections across industries. It’s where grassroots communities, local SMEs, global PLCs, the public sector and academia congregate and collaborate. The festival is a unique opportunity to globally showcase unified sectors working together. Be part of it.