Record numbers attend Digital Shoreditch

More than 14,500 people attended the Digital Shoreditch festival this year, doubling visitor numbers from 2012.

Kam Star, founder of Digital Shoreditch
Kam Star, founder of Digital Shoreditch

The 12-day event in east London saw tech professionals, entrepreneurs and the community get together to experience open studios, talks and events about the future of technology.

"I really have no idea why it’s attracted so much attention other than it’s a case of right place, right time, right people and right mindset," said Kam Star, founder of Digital Shoreditch.

"One of the things about us that’s quite rare is that you can have people talking about charity and technology and government – that has helped with being able to bring in a lot more people."

Now in its third year, and with days including Tomorrow’s World and a digital playground exhibition in Shoreditch town hall, Digital Shoreditch has also gained international interest.

Star said: "One of the highlights for me was just seeing the variety of things going on and of people who came. We had a lot of people fly over for it. 

"One lady who came from LA was amazed - in the last three years she had been to at least 30 tech conferences and it was her first time at Digital Shoreditch - said she had never been to a place quite like it."

Among the 470 guest speakers were well-known names such as Kevin Winston, founder of Digital LA, while Star also gave 100 unknowns the opportunity to speak.

"Other people would prefer not to put on people that you have never heard of because the people who draw the crowds are the big names, but what was really important was to be authentic."

Digital Shoreditch hosts a series of meetings and forums throughout the year that involve members of the community to help mould the festival, which Star described as "the culmination of the year’s events".

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