Northernlands Data and Startup Summit

A 1-day summit that brought together the people who are creating the data economy to explore the diversity, untapped value, and potential for innovation. Artists, activists, organisations, businesses, data scientists, strategists, citizens - we all have something to gain from innovation with data but we can all do something to contribute as well. The Northernlands was a unique opportunity to explore the 'art of the possible' when we work together, think openly, and creatively respond to the challenges we face.

Register for the Northernlands Data and Startup Summit


Data is oil. Data is infrastructure. Data is...whatever we want it to be? How do we view data and how do we need to view data to unlock potential in the future?

The Future

A series of talks from innovative speakers will lead you through possible futures, where data enhances lives, gives us more insight into ourselves, and challenges perceptions.

Challenge and Create

A variety of hands-on workshops and demonstrations to show the capability of data now and in the future.


The Northernlands Data and Startup Summit is a collaboration between ODI Leeds and The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the start of activity to create, support, and amplify the cultural links between The Netherlands and the North of England. It is with their generous and vigourous support, and the support of other energetic organisations, that Northernlands can be delivered.

  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Amazon Web Services
  • KPMG
  • Leeds International Festival
  • Leeds City Council
  • Oakland Group