Leeds chosen to host inaugural tech event

Ant Middleton, who will speak at the event.

Leeds chosen to host inaugural tech event

Business tech enthusiasts are expected to descend on Leeds this October, when the city hosts the country’s first Innovation & Disruption event.

The four-hour showcase will shine the spotlight on innovations set to rock the technology sector over the next 12 months, at premier venure, Aspire.

Innovation & Disruption is the brainchild of Tim Mercer, CEO of Yorkshire-headquartered cloud tech firm Vapour, who has almost 20 years’ industry experience under his belt.

Whilst Tim himself is set to take to the stage for the 19 October event, all eyes will be on special guest and lead speaker for the day, Ant Middleton. The former Special Forces hero is now a familiar face on British television, most notably as chief instructor on Channel 4’s ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins.’

Middleton will offer delegates an insight into his own career, including taking part in the toughest military selection process in the world.

Mercer explained why Middleton was selected to speak at the event. He said: “This is a man with real gravitas and an unrivalled insight into the importance of leadership, specifically during incredibly hostile circumstances. He knows about the gruelling physical and psychological pressures that the human body can be placed under, so what better person to inspire some of the commercial environment’s most aspirational business and tech professionals?”

Aside from Tim’s keynote speech, IT directors and decision makers will also have the chance to try out some cutting-edge industry-firsts in voice and video communications, virtual reality and cloud security. More speakers are due to be unveiled as the event draws closer.

High profile sponsors are already on board in support of the event, including IT solutions providers Pure Technology and Alphadigital, investment banking enterprise Seneca Capital, and national law firm Freeths Solicitors.

Mercer said: “Our quarterly tech events at Leeds’ White Cloth Gallery are always a sell-out. Doing something bigger and better was therefore the next logical step, but we have been careful to develop a format that doesn’t yet exist in the UK.

“The focus is to showcase both emerging and proven technologies, under one roof, in what we believe is the most stand-out example of innovation and disruption for British businesses.”

The event is free to attend, although pre-registration is essential.