Manchester Digital is the voice of Greater Manchester’s tech and digital sector.

The annual Digital Skills Festival uses that voice to bring the industry together to grow our tech talent, look at different pathways into the industry and how we can all work together to succeed.

Our 2023 event is back and bigger than ever to showcase the huge wealth and breadth of jobs within the tech industry, as well as bringing the industry together to look at developing skills and talent and how we continue to grow the tech industry across the region.

The Festival 6th – 10th February 2023

The Digital Skills Festival brings together employers, job seekers, career changers, as well as schools and colleges for a week-long celebration of the North West’s tech industry.

The week-long programme of events includes industry insights and professional development seminars; keynote speakers as well as an opportunity to meet and recruit new talent looking to break into the industry.

Katie Gallagher, MD of Manchester Digital, said: “Our 2023 Digital Skills Festival is a celebration of the digital and tech industry and all that it offers in terms of careers and opportunities.

“The week-long event also showcases tech apprenticeships – now a rapidly developing and respected pathway into the tech industry for both young people and career changers, enabling employers to increase diversity into their workforce.

“Despite the economic and political turbulence, plus the cost of living crisis, the tech and digital industry is still booming and struggling to fill roles they desperately need to grow. Our mission as the leading tech industry body for the North West is to support the industry and business growth, and this flagship event is one of the ways we do this.”

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“It’s always one of our favourite events of the year! We love coming along and meeting loads of really engaged and diverse people.”


“We’re excited to be a part of the Digital Skills Festival again – a fantastic event that has been bringing the Manchester tech community together year over year to meet, learn and grow. As a leading Digital Innovation Solutions Provider, we can’t wait to share insights into our ways of working with the community, and to connect with like-minded people.”


“It has been full of energy and a lot of conversation. I think what has been really good and what I love about events like this is the sheer interest and passion that people have when they come here.”

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“Really important for attendees, to get their foot in the world of digital careers.”


“Really refreshing to hear all the different views and opinions from different people.”


“Understanding the next generation of talent to help and advise them of how to find a job in tech.”


“Bringing people back together to have face to face time, even if it’s only a 5 minute conversation about a company or career or something like that it brings back the humanity to things, especially in the technology sector where we are used to remote working, face to face time has been invaluable.”


“Events like this offers a really good community for people to really learn.”

Made tech

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The Digital Skills Festival 2023 Returns

Manchester Digital have announced the return of their annual Digital Skills Festival in 2023 for another eventful week that connects future talent, educators and businesses. Having run for more than a decade, the Digital Skills Festival is designed to bring together tech and digital businesses with new recruits, graduates, apprentices and career changers. There are opportunities for businesses across the North West to meet potential new candidates face to face, as well as taking part in panels, presentations and talks.  If you would be interested in sponsoring the event, please email

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