Leeds Digital Festival is coming to Harrogate for the first time!


If you’re a professional in the digital scene, then you’ve probably been to an event during Leeds Digital Festival (or you have at least heard of it). Well, the team behind Co-Lab have been working hard with key members of the festival steering group, Sanjay Perekh, a Harrogate based tech mentor and entrepreneur, and Martin Whincup from law firm Berwins, to bring a series of talks and demonstrations to Harrogate for the first time.

Recognising that there are very few events in Harrogate that are relevant to people working in the thriving tech, digital or creative industries, we wanted to bring content closer to home and not just rely on all the great stuff that’s going on in Leeds. Utilising the existing ‘Harrogate Digital’ community network, these events aim to set the foundation for dedicated and consistent tech and digital focussed content in Harrogate in the future, in association with Co-Lab.

Running online from Monday 28th September and finishing up on Thursday 1st October, there are 8 events with a range of subjects including; the sustainability of data, achieving engineering flow, using design sprints, and what digital connectivity could help make happen in the future.

All these events will be delivered by businesses or individuals based in and around the Harrogate area.

The events were originally planned as part of the ‘in person’ festival back in April 2020, which had to be postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic restrictions.

One of the community events will be delivered by Phil Argent, Chief Executive Officer of Tenancy Stream (www.tenancystream.com). Phil is an entrepreneur, designer and technologist. He says I'm delighted to be involved in the Harrogate events as part of Leeds Digital Festival, I believe it will provide an opportunity to showcase some of the talent in the area, the innovative ideas being built and the power of the local network from both a business owner point of view and also investor community point of view. If it’s not Silicon Valley then its Nidd Valley!

I think these events give Harrogate the opportunity to show the UK that Harrogate can support a growing trend of decentralisation, which means people will be looking for better places to live and work (in that order) because they don't need to be visiting an office daily.

I think it’s time we started building something new that will create a powerhouse of tech innovation in the Harrogate community.

Harrogate based start-up Tenancy Stream uses an online platform to coordinate communication between landlords and tenants. Bringing documentation and management tools together, this Collaboration & Productivity App for property businesses avoids a patchwork of emails, voicemails and spreadsheets.

Co-Lab will be focussed on digital and tech businesses, and we are inviting anyone interested in collaborating with the business community to talk to us. From designers, to hardware specialists, technologists, marketeers and developers, our aim is that everyone works together to help our community thrive and become more successful.

If you’re interested in finding out more, or getting involved, then get in touch with us at hello@harrogateco-lab.co.uk or call for an chat on 01423 556744.