Digital City Festival 2020 has now come to an end, but it has proven itself to be a suitable blueprint for annually bringing together digitally-minded individuals and businesses to embrace new technologies and shape the future.
The week-long festival was a first for Manchester but the main expo, Digital City Expo, brought together long-standing sector specialist expos such as Marketing Show North – known to be the largest gathering of marketers outside London each year – and others under a new identity that embraces the digital future of business.
In the run-up to the festival’s debut, it was clear that leading local figures and groups were eager to support it. Festival Director Martyn Collins joined Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and others on a delegation to India to strengthen tech relations and investment for the city and Burnham himself said DCF “can be UK’s South by Southwest” at the official festival launch event.
The ambitions for festival week were clear from the outset: anybody with an interest in digital can be involved in some way, shape or form. The raft of daily fringe events throughout the week, put on by a number of different grassroots groups, SMEs, and global tech firms, is a testament to the community’s ambition to be a part of it.
To complement the buzz of activity from some incredibly successful and talented groups, the first-ever Digital City Awards celebrated and rewarded the work done by many operating in the digital world.
Find out who was involved and what happened on each day of the festival in the recap below: