Leeds has an enthusiastic and growing digital sector employing over 24,000 people who are passionate about the city in which they live and work. We regularly come together through meet-ups, hacks and data dives to collaborate and produce new solutions that will enhance people’s lives.
The council regularly run their award-winning Urban Sustainable Development Labs (Innovation Labs) which focus on the reuse of open data to deliver new and innovative services to citizens. These co-created solutions are developed in an open and collaborative environment and successes so far include the Leeds Bins app, Leeds Adult Learning website and CareView app. Information about all the these products and more can be found in the Products section of the Data Mill North website.
ODI Leeds is the home of the city’s hack events focusing on subjects as varied as saving water consumption to tackling to region’s traffic problems. These are generally free events and attended by a wide variety of stakeholders, technologists and enthusiasts.
Co-Space North will soon be opening its doors in the Platform building above the rail station where health innovation is the focus and which will build on groundbreaking work already taking place in the city.
In addition to all this, Herd facilitate regular digital jobs fairs which are attended by organisations large and small and prove how large and in-demand the digital sector in Leeds is and there’s the annual Leeds Digital Festival, one of the largest in the UK, which is attended by thousands and people and consists of 100’s of events, many of them free.
Leeds has a vibrant and close-knit digital community who regularly collaborate. The promotion of ‘tech for good’ is key to our ambitions of delivering open and sustainable innovation that benefits the whole city.
WE ARE working collaboratively across all sectors to create and deliver new and improved services.
WE ARE continuing to work closely with partners to realise the benefits of what open data can do in aligning to our smart city priorities.
WE ARE promoting the ‘tech for good’ movement where new innovation brings about positive impact and change to people and communities.
WE ARE working closely with the hospitals and universities to promote, influence and take advantage of the city’s new Innovation District.
WE WILL continue to promote and work with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to create innovative solutions to challenges through our award winning Innovation Labs process.
WE WILL investigate the creation of a city Living Lab in the South Bank to test new innovation prior to large scale deployment.
WE WILL extend our public engagement work to make sure citizens are involved at every stage.