Women’s crucial role in technology will be celebrated at the inaugural Leeds International Festival next week.

The festival, which runs from 22-30 April, focuses on three main strands: music, moving image and technology.

High-profile female voices make up two-thirds of the speakers in the tech strand.

Headline conference ‘Empowering Women with Tech' will see tech strand curator Natasha Sayce-Zelem and several other high-profile members of BusinessCloud’s '100 female tech role models' list speak about their experiences in tech.

They include computer scientist and campaigner Dr Sue Black OBE, Stemettes co-founder Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and serial entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow OBE.

Multi-award-winning broadcaster Lauren Laverne, international fashion blogger Susie Bubble and Emmy Lovell, digital VP at the Warner Music Group, are also set to appear.

Next week

Saturday 22 April - Saturday 29 April: Leeds Digital Festival more info

Saturday 22 April: Digital marketing bootcamp, London more info

Tuesday 25 April: An Introduction to Inbound Marketing by HubSpot, London more info

Tuesday 25 April: Drapers Digital Festival, London more info

Wednesday 26 - Thursday 27 April: IP EXPO Manchester more info

Wednesday 26 April: BBC Greater Manchester mayoral debate, Manchester more info

Thursday 27 April: Pro Manchester FinTech lunch more info

Thursday 27 April: KPMG TMT networking event, Manchester

Thursday 27 April: The future for Human Resources – technology and the changing role for HR professionals, London more info

Thursday 27 April: Data protection and the regulatory framework: Preparing for EU GDPR and the consequences of Brexit, London more info

Thursday 27 April - Friday 28 April: Mobile Innovation Summit, London more info

Two weeks

Tuesday 2 May: Why women in AI, London more info

Wednesday 3 May: Security & Counter Terror Expo, London more info

Friday 5 May: Manchester Digital - Digital Revolution Conference more info

Three weeks

Monday 8 May: Blockchain: IoT's Trust Broker? London more info

Monday 8 - Tuesday 9 May: Retail Business Technology Expo 2017, London more info

Tuesday 9 May:The AI Summit, London more info

Wednesday 10 May: SavedByTech 2017 – Future Technology Expo & Conference, Bristol more info

Wednesday 10 May: Cisco networking academy conference, Manchester more info

Thursday 11 May: Dotlive, Manchester more info

Thursday 11 May: Prolific North awards 2017, Manchester more info

Thursday 11 May: techUK Public Services 2030 Conference 2017 more info

Friday 12 May: Multichannel conference, Manchester more info

Four weeks

Tuesday 16 May: Smart to Future Cities, London more info

Tuesday 16 - Wednesday 17 May: VR World, London more info

Wednesday 17 May: Digital Bolton and the importance of apprenticeships, Bolton more info

Wednesday 17 May: National Technology Awards, London more info

Wednesday 17 May: How Could We Buy Energy in the Smart Future? London more info

Wednesday 17 May: Big Data and IoT Excellence Awards, London more info

Wednesday 17 - Thursday 18 May: Big Data and IoT Summit 2017, London more info

Thursday 18 May: Tackling Liverpool's digital skills gap, Liverpool more info


Thursday 8 June: How can businesses harness the power of VR and AR? Manchester more info