Leeds 2023: Creative Technologist believes the public can all use digital technology and software to be more creative

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Most of us use digital software in one way or another on a daily basis, whether it’s sending emails, checking social media or shopping online.

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Software is a functional thing that makes life easier. But we can also use it creatively to tell our unique stories and share our experiences with the world.

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He tells YEP about a series of free digital workshops taking place at Platform in Leeds.

I’m a Creative Technologist at LEEDS 2023, and my role is to help artists and communities bring their creative ideas to life using technology.

I believe we can all be more creative in how we use digital technology and I’m really passionate about making it accessible to everyone.

I know learning to use digital technology can seem daunting, which is why LEEDS 2023 has partnered with 100% Digital Leeds to run a series of free monthly workshops to show people how they can use technology in a more more creative.

Each workshop will focus on another free and easy-to-use piece of software that anyone can download to their laptop or phone, and during the session we’ll all learn how we can use it in really fun and imaginative ways.

The first workshop will take place on Wednesday April 27th and will focus on the incredible audio software Audacity, which allows you to record and edit your own music, podcasts and sound clips. There are endless things you can do with Audacity once you know the basics.

You can create an audio map of where you live, record your own podcast with your friends, or interview your family members.

I did exactly that during lockdown. I interviewed my grandparents about their lives and they told me some of their favorite stories. Technology has opened up conversations we otherwise wouldn’t have had and now I have this wonderful digital recording that I can share with the rest of my family.

We host many other workshops on everything from video and photo editing, to social media training, to creating video games and live streaming – all you need to bring is your own laptop. It’s about changing the perception that digital software is difficult to use, expensive and inaccessible. Anyone can use it to tell their own stories, you just have to know how.

The workshops will take place on the last Wednesday of each month at the Platform coworking space near Leeds train station and are open to everyone. Attendees can claim a free First Bus Day Rider to attend, and each workshop will be recorded and accessible online afterwards.

Visit the 100% Digital Leeds website at www.digitalinclusionleeds.com for more information on the workshops and to book your free ticket.

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