How you can still engage with March's Digital City Festival, set to unite the nation's digital scene
There is still a multitude of ways to get involved with this year's Digital City Festival, which takes place across Manchester in just over a month.
Whether you're a business owner, entrepreneur, digital professional or aspiring graduate, Digital City Festival will provide a place to come together and learn from the best in the industry,
2020 will mark the first-ever Digital City Festival (DCF), five days' worth of events focused on digital, uniting national and international figures from digital marketing, eCommerce, tech, media and more in one place.
Venues across Greater Manchester will play host to the range of Digital City Festival events, which take place between March 9th and 13th this year. It will feature fringe events put on by partner organisations from Manchester, London, and beyond - as well as the official Digital City Festival reception, high-profile Digital City Expo, the Digital City Awards, and more.
There are only a few weeks left until the festival begins - find out how you can still be part of it:
1. Exhibit or sponsor at Digital City Expo
Whatever your company's level, there are opportunities to meet like-minded delegates from across a wide range of industries nationwide at Digital City Expo, hosted at Manchester Central Convention Complex on March 11th and 12th.
Companies will get the chance to collaborate with others from across the sector, and engage with a wide range of industry figures - as well as positioning themselves alongside the industry's leading organisations. Not only will Manchester's burgeoning global success stories like Boohoo and N Brown be in attendance, but also high-profile names hailing from London, the wider UK and internationally - names like Dept, Google, and IBM.
Key decision-makers and senior professionals will be congregating at the landmark conference centre. What's more, sponsors will get the chance to put their brand in front of every attendee and throw their weight behind this thriving event.
2. Host a fringe event at the festival
While Digital City Festival will be centred around its large-scale events, a fundamental part of the festival will be its fringe events, hosted by national and global organisations. A number have already been announced, with more coming soon - but you can still suggest your fringe event idea.
The Digital City Festival fringe will push the boundaries of digital, tackling in-depth some of the most pressing questions in the sector - including Smart Cities, responsible tech, managing a scaleup, and so much more.
Digital City Festival will be an open platform series of events across Greater Manchester, showcasing the very best in digital from around the UK. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss fringe event ideas.
3. Register for free to attend Digital City Expo
Registration's open right now for Digital City Festival - the two-day conference and exhibition bringing together Marketing Show North, eCommerce Show North, Tech Show North and the all-new Media Zone.
You can contribute to Digital City Expo simply by registering for a free ticket, which will grant you access to all four zones, as well as all speaking sessions hosted across the eight stages. The Keynote Theatre, which will be at the centre of the expo, will feature talks from names including Google's Natasha Kosoglov; Microsoft Advertising's Ben Irons; and Unilever's Claire Hennah.
Talks in the Keynote Theatre are expected to be highly popular and potentially oversubscribed, so delegates can purchase a Priority Pass via the registration system to get a queue jump.
4. Attend the Digital City Awards
Taking place on the final night of Digital City Expo, the week's dedicated awards are designed to recognise digital talent and excellence from across the country and internationally. The Digital City Awards shortlist is set to be announced very soon.
Get a first look at who's going to take home one of these awards by booking a ticket to the Digital City Awards - hosted at the Midland Hotel.