Women lead the way at technology event

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An ambitious cultural festival, set to literally broadcast Leeds to the rest of the world, will also be plugging into the city’s emerging technological credentials.

The Leeds International Festival (LIF) 2017 focuses on music and moving image alongside technology to showcase film premieres, performances, exhibitions and conferences .

With Leeds being home to world-leading technology brands, the festival’s Tech strand looks at emerging trends as well as providing a platform for female role models in the industry to inspire others.

Over half the speakers across the 15 tech specific events are female – linking to a global focus on getting more women to consider a career in digital or technology.

One of the main events at LIF will be “Empowering Women with Tech”, a one-day conference featuring female industry leaders as diverse as broadcaster Lauren Laverne, International Fashion Blogger Susie Bubble and Emmy Lovell, vice-president of Digital for Warner Music Group

Tech strand Director Natasha Sayce-Zelem, head of Technology for Digital Trading at Sky, said: “Leeds is just such a vibrant place to work in Technology. It has everything going for it, great businesses to work for, educational establishments developing the next generation of talent and an extensive digital meetup community giving people a social environment to learn, collaborate and innovate outside of their day jobs. I’m excited to bring such amazing speakers to the region, cementing Leeds’ place as a International Digital/Technology Hub.”