LSx09 - The 2nd Leeds Web Festival

{ the schedule...

04 may // opencoffee; 10am-12pm
Working in the creative or digital industries? Come hang out, chat, demo or just network with around 30-35 designers, developers, entrepreneurs, media professionalsand academics each month. OpenCoffee itself runs from 10am to noon and Old Broadcasting House has an open house in the afternoon with plenty of hotdesks available for those who wish to work into the afternoon and stick around for the company.


05 may // exposure leeds; 6-9pm
This month "ExLs" will be hosting Richard Hanson, a professional press and editorial photographer with over twenty years experience working as a photographer, he has reported from over forty countries around the world. Mainly photographing people, his work has appeared in all the national UK papers and works for many other publications and companies as well as international work for charities and NGOs such as TearFund. He additionally works in schools – both photographing and facilitating photography by young people. Richard is an Associate Lecturer on the Photography BA at Sheffield Hallam University.


06 may // tuttle club; 6-10:30pm
A branch of the Social Media Cafe (aka Tuttle Club) that organized in London by Lloyd Davis. It owes its name to 'Freelance Subversive' Harry Tuttle from the Terry Gilliam's Brazil. A place where people from all interests and walks of life, with a common interest in social media and its infinite possibilities, to get together, relax, have a drink and ultimately, hang out. It is arguably one of the most low-key, informal networking events out there. People come, meet others, exchange ideas, collaborate on projects, and get inspired. Or not. Or they just come to meet interesting people and have a good time. So join other 'Tuttlers' in an evening of good company, good coffee, and perhaps some plotting and inspiration as well.


11 may // leeds met computing showcase; 5:30-8pm
In association with the British Computer Society and techmesh, students of Leeds Met present their work to the IT community in West Yorkshire.


11 may // object thinking; 7:30-9:15pm
Have we got object-orientation all wrong? Object Thinking (ISBN 0-7356-1965-4) by David West asserts that we have. Alan Dean explores this assertion, and demonstrates self-describing objects / self-evaluating rules with code examples.

12 may // developing for twitter; 2:30-5pm
Raffi Krikorian is currently the Platform/API Technical Lead at Twitter, behind its geospatial APIs and the notion of adding "where" to Twitter's sense of "when". Raffi will be leading a workshop on developing applications and services for the Twitter ecosystem and touching on some of the intracacies and technicalities of working with Twitter's platform. Check out a recent interview with Raffi at ReadWriteWeb.


12 may // an evening with twitter's raffi krikorian; 6-8pm
Raffi is a hacker, writer, and a tinkerer and most recently, he is a member of the API/Platform team at Twitter. He is also authoring the forthcoming book "re:sources". Raffi will be speaking about his career in technology and innovation - from MIT's Media Lab, writing for O'Reilly Media, founding an R&D lab, being an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Programand working for Twitter in Silicon Valley.


13 may // innovation north expo 2010; 2-4:30pm & 5-8pm
The 15th anniversary of Leeds Met's annual showcase of student work in the areas of music sound and performance; multimedia games and animation; computing and IT. The expo provides visitors with the opportunity to view innovative student work and meet the people behind it through a series of exhibitions, presentations and performances.


13 may // girl geek dinner; 7:30-10:30pm
An evening dinner accompanied by keynote speakers representing the best femalte talents in the technology sector, including Joscelyn Upendran (CEO of lovle and the UK representative for Creative Commons) as well as Google's Deborah Sherry, Strategic Partnerships Director for Europe, the Middle East & Africa, with around 70 guests drawn from the city's most talented and respected female professionals in the creative and digital industries.


15 may // settle mapping party; 10:30am-onwards
A group of volunteers from around the North of England on Saturday 15th May 2010, will attempt to map the entire North Yorkshire town, from every street, bridge, footpath and chip shop – in order to create a free and open map of the town. All welcome, no experience or technology required!


19 may // o'reilly ignite leeds; 5:30-9:00pm
Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It's a high-energy evening of 15 five-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Check out the previous Ignite Leeds talks at


22 may // hackspace leeds open day; 10am-evening
We'll be holding an open day this Saturday at the new space in Holbeck from 10am until the evening, complete with barbecue and robots. Our location and further details of the open house can be found here.


25 may // cloud computing & using SaaS; 5:45-8:45pm
Most businesses are discussing the cloud. Attend techmesh's TechTalk and hear from Microsoft and Liquid Accounts speaking on a single platform in a format designed to enable you to debate the issues that are important…your opportunity to ask questions and debate the current topics of Cloud Computing with our expert panel.


27 may // making sense of social networking world; 6-9pm
Steve Parks, an ex-BBC radio journalist will be introducing, interviewing and fielding questions to our panel of experts - - who’ll help our audience to demystify social media; highlight to the benefits and impact of social media; explain it’s rapid grown so rapidly and, tell us who's engaging in how it should be embraced.


27 may // leeds ruby thing; 7:30pm
Expect unstructured discussion of Ruby, Ruby on Rails and other random stuff plus nice people, great beer, coffee and geeky tshirts.


29-30 may // barcamp leeds {2010}; sat 9am to sun 1pm
Now into its fourth year, the city's first and biggest unconference series is back with a weekend of workshops, panel sessions, demos, food and drink!


05-06 june // gamer night; 12pm-12pm
With the upcoming release of Team Fortress for the Mac, We've decided to have an evening of gaming fun, we have space for around 30 people (12 computers and 18 laptops), Split over three rooms and gaming for 24 hours (from midday saturday to midday sunday).



{ our history...

LS1Leeds' first web festival
Two weeks in August 2008, including including a visit from Union Square Venture's Fred Wilson and the city's first Girl Geek Dinner.

LSx09 Leeds 2nd Web Festival
One month, two dozen events, including Ryan Carson's Future Of Web Apps, a Physical Computing 101 workshop, two unconferences and the launch of Leeds' Hackspace community.



{ our friends...

live at leeds 2010
The fourth Live at Leeds music festival takes place on the bank holiday weekend of 30th April – 3rd May and will feature a huge programme of gigs and music inspired events. Around 170 bands will play at venues across the city, all of which are accessible via the purchase of a special Live at Leeds festival wristband.

CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of cloud computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place where we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions. At CloudCamp, you are encouraged to share your thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of cloud computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.

paris panda
Thanks to the lovely Lisa Hibbert & Liz Worsley at Paris Panda for the LSx 'owl' branding & the handsome Dean Vipond for creative advice :)

digital week 09
...a week of events, seminars and networking, Digital Week 09 is growing up and spreading out across the Yorkshire region.