What to expect on-site at CogX Festival

Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or it’s your very first Festival, here’s what you need to know about joining CogX Festival 2021 in person.

Testing and safety

We’re closely monitoring the latest Covid guidelines and working with our venues to give you the safest Festival experience. Take a look at some of the measures we’ll be taking on-site.

Covid self-testing

To keep everyone safe, make sure to order a Covid rapid home test kit and take one within 48hrs before each day you spend at the Festival (i.e. if you’re coming on Tuesday you can test on Sunday). It takes just 30 minutes and you will need to upload your results to the NHS app, which you can download here.

NOTE: If you test positive or feel unwell, please stay home and contact us about your pass.

Upgraded hygiene

There’ll be plenty of handwashing stations and sanitisers throughout the venues, and we’ll be deep cleaning in between each and every session. 

For more information on our Festival safety measures, and what happens if you can’t make it on-site due to Covid, visit our Health & Safety Guidelines.

Social distancing

We’re limiting the number of people in each session to keep the capacity within government guidelines. You can pre-book a seat to join all your favourite sessions through the Boomset app. (More on that later.)


Everyone will need to wear a mask during the Festival while indoors and around other people. Don’t worry, our venues have plenty of open air spaces if you need a break.

At the Festival

Checking in

You can check in at any of our three venues at King’s Cross using your QR code on the Boomset app. You should have an email from [email protected] with a link to register on Boomset. 

Once registered, you’ll get a confirmation with your QR code and a link to download the Boomset app.

Arriving on time

London’s traffic is making a comeback, so give yourself plenty of time to travel and at least 30 mins to settle in before the Festival kicks off at 8:45 AM. 

Hybrid and in-person sessions

As the first hybrid Festival of its kind, we’ll have speakers gracing our stages in person, live-streamed sessions in dedicated areas, and a fascinating blend of both in-person and virtual speakers within the same session. 

Building your agenda

Browse the in-person agenda on our website, or have it handy on mobile using the Boomset app. For virtual sessions, set up a profile on Hopin to access our Festival Platform. If you missed the email with your magic link, check your spam folder or get in touch.

Booking a seat 

Secure your seat to in-person sessions using — you guessed it — the Boomset app to guarantee a spot in all the sessions you don’t want to miss.

At the venue

You’ll find helpful CogX volunteers posted near King’s Cross Station and all around our delightful venues, if you should need a nudge in the right direction. 

Food and drink

With water refill stations dotted across our venues and plenty of places to grab a bite in-between sessions, you’ll have no trouble staying up and running throughout the Festival.


Whether you’re planning to travel by car or public transport, it’s easy to get to the three incredible venues we’ll be taking over at King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter.

10 Handyside St, London N1C 4DN

3 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH

14-18 Handyside St, London N1C 4DN

Accessibility at King’s Cross

From lifts to languages — here’s how we’re making sure everyone feels welcome at CogX Festival 2021

Accessible parking

Good news: there’s disabled parking around the venues. Here’s a PDF of King’s Cross accessibility map to see exactly where you can park.


If you have trouble walking on your own or just need a little assistance during the Festival, get in touch and we’ll make sure one of our volunteers is there to help.

Step-free access

All our venues at King’s Cross are in line with government accessibility requirements. That means easy wheelchair access and disabled bathrooms in every venue.

On-site interpreter

If you need a BSL interpreter or a translator, please let us know before the Festival. If you’d rather bring your own, we’re more than happy to give them a free Festival pass to join you on-site.

Food and drink

With an eclectic mix of cultures, bars and dining spots, there’s a menu for everyone at King’s Cross. If you’re a speaker or have a GLS pass, The Lighterman is always ready to cater to any dietary requirements or allergies.

Medical assistance

First aid centres are located across the venues so you’re never too far from help. If you’re feeling unwell (or just need a break) there’ll always be someone ready to take care of you at the Festival.

Have a different question?

We’re working closely with the CogX community to make joining our Festival as easy as possible, so if you have a question or suggestion, we’d love to hear from you!

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