Leeds Digital Festival returns this September, and in addition to joining the Festival lineup as Associate sponsors, this year we’ll be hosting a series of brilliant virtual events alongside our sister company Fruition IT.

From how to build a tech business from the ground up, to furthering representation in the tech industry by recruiting inclusively, we’ve got something for you. Find out more about the Fruition Group’s events below, or view the full Leeds Digital Festival programme here.

Building a Tech Business: From concept to a global SaaS provider

Co-hosted by Fruition Consulting and GDS Group SaaS, ‘Building a Tech Business: From concept to a global SaaS provider’ will take a deep dive into what it takes to transform your startup into a global software provider. Led by CTO at GDS Group and Senior Associate at Fruition Consulting, Dan Whiteley, we’ll hear from the latest startup to choose Leeds as their home, and look at the cutting edge serverless gaming technology they plan to use to create an immersive experience for their users.

The discussion will cover various stages of organisational growth, from proving the concept and building the team, to choosing the tech and anticipating the challenges and getting to MVP.

Location: Zoom
Date: 28th September 2021
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am


How to build and develop a diverse team in technology

In the UK, women represent just 19% of tech professionals, and just 14% of the tech workforce comes from a non-white background. Yet despite increasing calls from industry in the past few years to further representation, the numbers suggest that there’s still work to be done before the tech sector is truly representative of the UK population.

In “How to build and develop a diverse team in technology”, Fruition IT will take a look at the current tech landscape and draw on the real-life experiences of their panel, offering up practical advice on how organisations can recruit inclusively across underrepresented groups. Guests include; Joanne Lockwood, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and Consultant at See Change Happens; Holly Straker, Inclusion and Engagement Lead at Sky Betting and Gaming; Ann-Marie Orange, CIO at TransUnion; and Harry Bliss, CEO and Co-Founder of Champion Health.

Location: Zoom
Date: 29th September 2021
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am


The JVM Thing – “Bespoke Kotlin Plugins, how they work and things to look out for”

Relaunching for the first time since 2019 and making it’s Leeds Digital Festival debut, The JVM Thing is back with a bang!

Purpose-built to serve the city’s the JVM language community, ‘The JVM Thing’ brings together Leeds’ software enthusiasts to show, tell and share knowledge relating to the JVM ecosystem.

So if you’re interested in Kotlin transformation, or enterprise Kotlin adoption then join us on 22nd September as we discuss bespoke Kotlin Plugins, how they work and things to look out for. In addition to covering the plugin lifecycle and showcasing some less obvious aspects of this process, we’ll be unpacking Ktor – now one of the most popular web frameworks for Kotlin, and extensible through Ktor Plugins. Hear from Alexey Soshin – Solution Architect at Depop – as he talks about creating their own plugin to answer their specific monitoring needs.

Location: Zoom
Date: 22nd September 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm


Attracting Digital Skills in a Post-Covid World

Having surveyed over 500 technology and digital candidates in ‘The Tech Survey’ earlier this month, in ‘Attracting Digital Skills in a Post-Covid World’ Fruition IT will provide insight into what’s important to candidates when considering a new role in the tech sector post-Covid. Fruition IT will invite their panel of experts to explore how tech companies are tackling the skills shortage with alternative solutions and untapped talent pools. They’ll be joined by; Jess Sewter, Partnerships Director at Generation UK; Clive Smart, Head of Talent Acquisition at Sky Betting and Gaming; Chris Hill, CEO and Founder at Northcoders; and Charlotte Speak, Founder and CEO at Power of the Parent.

Location: Zoom
Date: 30th September 2021
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am


Women in Tech, 2020
Inclusive Tech Alliance, 2019
McKinsey Report 2020 – Diversity wins: How inclusion matters