London’s Digital Shoreditch festival 2013 to host almost 400 crowdsourced speakers

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East London’s grassroots creative, technical, start-up and digital community festival in May set to double in size reinforcing London’s place as a European technology capital

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Digital Shoreditch festival 2013 is expected to double in size, bringing together a community of 15,000 digital creatives to showcase and debate the latest advances in digital and technological innovation. The event held in East London last year attracted over 6,000 delegates with support from more than 40 sponsors and partners. This year the event is even bigger reflecting London’s ambition to become one of Europe’s technology capitals, and has already attracted leading venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and leading figures from the digital and technology fields.

Now in its third year, Digital Shoreditch provides a unique opportunity for attendees to hear from 400 speakers on the latest social and technological changes that are disrupting the digital space, the challenges and opportunities in advertising and consumer engagement as well as how behavioural economics and user experience can influence behavior, including speakers from Google, IBM, Mixcloud, Adobe, Ogilvy & Mather and London School of Economics. There are also specific sessions aimed at how companies can best raise capital, grow their business and become more profitable, all of which are insights shared by remarkable existing entrepreneurs and investors, including BBC dragon Doug Richards.

This year’s supporters include City of London Corporation, The Technology Strategy Board, and Imperial College London amongst others, with the festival attracting speakers from some of the world’s most prominent and respected technology companies. Festival content has been crowdsourced from London’s digital and technology community, which voted for the majority of speakers featuring in the two weeks in May.

This year’s festival starts on May 20 at Shoreditch Town Hall with a day entitled What Tech City?, bringing together the companies and organisations that make up London’s technology cluster and explores ways to exploit the growing global engagement with the digital economy and society.

Kam Star, founder of Digital Shoreditch added, “Digital Shoreditch brings together the best talent from the digital community in London. A rare opportunity where universities, government, start-ups, big business and the public can all get involved and work together. This isn’t something we’re driving, the festival is driving itself as the ground-up community seeks to make more meaningful connections. This year we expect to see the festival at least double in size, reaching up to 15,000 in London and thousands more engaging online around the world.”

Benjamin Southworth, Deputy CEO of Tech City said: “Digital Shoreditch is an important part of the great business ecosystem in East London that is ripe for growing and attracting talent and creating leading British companies in the fields of media, digital and technology. Already more than 1,300 companies call London’s Tech City home and initiatives like Digital Shoreditch can only fuel this fantastic growth.”

Opening at London Stock Exchange, the Capital & Growth day is for start-ups, investors and established businesses who want to unleash their potential for growth. Among the speakers will be 20 funding pitches from some of the most promising up and coming digital tech companies.

Marcus Stuttard, head of AIM, London Stock Exchange said, “Shoreditch, London and the UK have one of the most vibrant and burgeoning tech start-up sectors in the world. Supporting this sector is vital for economic growth and providing long term sustainable finance to these companies is one of London Stock Exchange’s key missions. That’s why we’re delighted to support Digital Shoreditch and have the opportunity to meet so many talented and exciting entrepreneurs.”

Matt Sansam, programme manager at IC tomorrow, Technology Strategy Board (TSB), said: “There is a great pool of digital talent in London, and Digital Shoreditch’s ground-up values are key to supporting the community dynamic. At this year’s festival, IC tomorrow will be awarding funding to seven entrepreneurs as part of the Digital Innovation Contest 2013. It’s great to be part of Digital Shoreditch and its on-going drive to facilitate collaboration, investment and growth across Tech City and beyond”.

Careers Day, supported by digital media community Chinwag, allows visitors to meet the industry’s leading employers including agencies, top brands and start-ups – supported by CV surgeries, portfolio reviews and presentations and workshops. The weekend Make & Do sessions bring together programmers, creatives and entrepreneurs to collectively solve challenges set by big brands.

The second week (27th-31st May) of the festival is dedicated to Open Houses, where businesses within the cluster invite the community to their offices and studios for showcases, hands-on workshops, parties and networking.

Director of Volta Data Centres, Julian King said, “We are continually impressed with the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of the area, so much so we have made a multi-million pound investment right on the doorstep. Tech businesses today and tomorrow will always need well connected, secure and resilient data centres and we are delighted to be involved and fully support the festival.”

Follow the conversation at #DS13 or to find out more about Digital Shoreditch festival 2013 follow @DigiShoreditch and visit the website here

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