Along science and finance, London tech sector is fast growing with great support from the government. Its competitive advantage lies within the specific areas including fin-tech, data-tech, med-tech, bio-tech, science-tech and others.
Last week Thursday I was invited to the London Technology Week media breakfast to hear firsthand about the event taking place 16th – 20th June. The event will comprise 130 independently run events across the city in different formats such as conferences, workshops, face-to-face investor meetings, pitching competitions and hackathons (yes, I also had to check out what hackathons mean! Basically it’s a gathering where programmers code collaboratively over a short time period). Over 30,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and developers from around the world are expected to attend this event and there will be free, ticketed and closed events across the week. Confirmed speakers include Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Eventbrite, to mention a few.
This event is for everyone as it will be covering a broad range of sectors, including education, music, sport, fashion, finance and science.
At the media breakfast I had the opportunity to meet some of the companies participating at the event. One of them was Ultimaker, 3D printer designers. After reading about the technology that was the first time I actually saw it, which was pretty cool. Another company was Squawka, a real time football company. Since the World Cup and technology week will take place in the same time, Squawka will host a “Second Screening” event on the 16th of June during Germany vs. Portugal match, showing live data analytics of the match.
The event has been organised by UBM Live in association with London & Partners, ExCeL London and Tech London Advocates.
Additional highlights of London Technology Week:
Monday 16th June
‘Samsung Future Technology Needs’ – 10 St Bride Street
TechUK and Samsung have teamed up to give tech practitioners the chance to meet and present ideas to their technology scouting team. Guests will hear directly from Samsung’s technology sourcing team, who will outline their future technology needs.
Tuesday 17th June
‘Internet World’ – ExCeL London
Incorporating both Interop London and Big Data Show, as well as Tech Transformation Forum, this event will introduce thousands of IT, technology and digital marketing professionals to some of the most cutting-edge technology innovations and strategies.
Wednesday 18th June
‘FashTech’ – Google Campus
Industry leaders from the world of fashion will come together with tech innovators to showcase the latest FashTech innovations and debate the future of the FashTech industry.
Thursday 19th June
‘Croydon Tech City: Women in Tech’ – 1 Matthews Yard
Networking event and debate focussing on female tech founders, with panellists including Alex Depledge from Hassle and Sweta Chattopadhyay from LocalFunded.
Friday 20th June
‘StartUp Europe Roadshow – Private and Public Business Support for ICT Entrepreneurs’ – Google Campus
What events are you going to attend during the London Technology Week?