Leeds Digital Festival 2011: Culture hackers tap into the online arts

Supporting Culture Hack are (from left) James Hammond of Creode, Dom Hodgson of Hodgetastic, Linda Broughton of nti Leeds, Luke Harrison of Creode, and Ash Mann of Opera North.
Supporting Culture Hack are (from left) James Hammond of Creode, Dom Hodgson of Hodgetastic, Linda Broughton of nti Leeds, Luke Harrison of Creode, and Ash Mann of Opera North.
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We’re nearly a fortnight into this year’s Leeds Digital Festival, with highlights including Loaded founder James Brown paying tribute to the region’s bloggers.

But there’s still plenty more to come as the 2011 festival, backed by the YEP, enters its third week.

Tomorrow and Sunday, the city’s Old Broadcasting House plays host to Culture Hack North, where computer ‘hackers’ will get the chance to create databases, apps and other web programmes using ‘secret’ data from arts institutions across the north.

On Tuesday evening, 15 presenters will have just five minutes to show 20 slides on their technological topic of choice at Ignite, part of the LSx series of events.

The event, also at Old Broadcasting House, aims to give a platform to the people, places and projects at the coal face of technology.

From 12pm until 2pm on Wednesday, another digital lunch hits The Adelphi pub, looking at the Art in Yorkshire website and iPhone app, created by Leeds-based digital agency Fuse 8.

Leanne Buchan, one of the festival’s organisers, said: “So far we’ve had 14 events. All have been well attended and received great feedback, with some people wanting more versions of these events.

“One of the highlights for me was the launch, as this was one of the few that the majority of people would attend so it was great to see everyone who’d worked on the festival in one place.

“My other highlights include Tuesday’s Write Publish Read with a fantastic line up of speakers, including James Brown, showing off the city’s writing talent from rising stars to those at the top.”

Later in the month is Get into Gaming, an event for computer games developers and fans, at The Adelphi on November 23.

Unfortunately, the Yorkshire Evening Post Presents Beyond Print – advertised in our digital festival supplement last month for Wednesday, November 16 – is no longer taking place.

The Leeds Digital Festival runs throughout November and is a month-long celebration of digital technology and its impact.

Seminars, workshops and social gatherings cover everything from games, apps, films, social media, marketing and more. For more information, visit www.leedsdigitalfestival.com.

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