Over 250 events set to take place across the capital from 20-26th JuneLondon Technology Week 2016 will see a record number of events take place across the capital from 20-26th June. With just two weeks until launch, this year’s London Technology Week has already registered more events than in previous years, highlighting London’s position as a global tech hub and the growth of London Technology Week as an international festival for business.
More than 250 events are currently listed for Europe’s largest festival of technology, surpassing the previous record of 228 events hosted in 2015. This year’s events will take place in locations across the capital at some of London’s leading venues including: the Gherkin, IMAX Theatre, The Olympic Park and the London Stock Exchange, to name a few.
Tens of thousands of visitors from across the world are expected to attend this year’s festival with the opportunity to attend a wide range of events – from keynote speeches to innovation showcases and networking events. Attendees at London Technology Week 2016 will be able to see some of the latest cutting edge technologies on display including drones, wearables and virtual reality.
Some events to look out for during the week include:
· John Lewis (JLABS): Up on the Roof – Innovation, Talent and Drink: Innovation is at the heart of John Lewis and has been for over 150 years. Come and join them for a drink on the roof of our flagship store in Oxford Street where you will get to meet experts from across our business in areas such as IT, Online and Innovation. You will also get the chance to meet JLAB finalists and explore their game-changing ideas about the future of retail.
· Olswang: Is VR Really the Future of Content?: The excitement around Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is hard to miss in 2016. Olswang, in conjunction with GP Bullhound are hosting a panel-led debate looking at the challenges and opportunities in developing content for this new platform. Will we recognise the world of content today through the virtual lens of tomorrow?
· Re Work: Future of Food Summit: How will emerging AgTech and FoodTech impact the future of food? In this full day summit, founders, growers, innovators and food industry executives will come together to discuss, explore and collaborate to discover how advancing technology such as robotics, AI and machine vision will impact the food supply chain.
· WIRED Money: WIRED Money brings together the innovators and thought leaders driving the future of money, banking and finance. The international line-up of speakers covered a fascinating range of topics including the evolving role of digital currencies, issues of security and trust, crowdfunding, friction-free transactions, cybersecurity and the democratisation of investment and lending.
· Ford: Changing the way the world moves: At this headline event, Ford will bring together many of the key players who are already working on future mobility solutions. A lively panel discussion will be followed by a networking session, during which we will showcase our latest Ford Smart Mobility initiatives, and highlight our transition into an auto and a mobility company
· 2016 Most Influential Women in UK Tech: One of the most important events on the UK technology calendar each year, in 2016 the ‘Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Tech’ will take place within London Technology Week. Among the announcement and recognition of the 50 most influential female technology leaders in the country, the event also features 10 speakers and a Q&A panel, each of whom share their experiences on how women are making a difference to the future of the UK’s high-tech economy.
· MasterCard & London & Partners: Beyond finance: How London FinTech innovations are transforming our lives: Join senior representatives from financial services and tech, high growth startups, investors, accelerators and other influencers at the Gherkin to explore how FinTech innovations are transforming our lives and the world economy. Meet and network with FinTech startup founders, CEOs and investors in our FinTech village and explore how FinTech is driving financial inclusion.
· Stack Overflow: Tech Talent: Developing Our Future: Developers are unsung heroes: the creators of code which powers the technologies enabling innovation and growth, in London and around the world. Joel Spolsky, the founder of Stack Overflow will open the event with a keynote speech that celebrates developers and the impact they make on every aspect of our lives. This year, we’ve found an even bigger venue – the IMAX theatre at Waterloo. Dr Sue Black OBE, named one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe in 2015 and inspirational founder of TechMums will also join Spolsky on stage. Additional speakers to be announced.
· Your Life: Fast track your future: At Your Life’s event at the Velodrome on the 21st June some of the country’s leading tech pioneers will be wowing an audience of 500 pupils from schools across the South East with the potential of tech jobs. The teens will gain a first-hand glimpse of next generation technology with the aim of inspiring the British Steve Jobs or Sheryl Sandberg.
· Tech London Advocates Creative Tech – How to be successful with the Big Players: Everyone knows that startups and established companies can benefit by collaborating. But the imbalance in size and approach can cause problems. For this special LTW event TLA, The Digital Catapult and The Creative Industries Federation join forces to bring you practical advice, debate and case studies on how best to avoid the pitfalls and reap the rewards of collaboration.
This year’s range of events will shine a spotlight on London’s booming technology sector, focussing on five key streams: Business, Innovation, Talent & Diversity, Growth and After Hours (networking).
The week will kick off with a launch event on Monday 20th June. Convening leading figures from the technology and wider business community. Hosted by London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company, the event will focus on London as hub for the convergence of technology with traditional industries.
Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners said: “The record level of events at this year’s London Technology Week offers further proof of the attractiveness and diversity of London’s tech sector. With an array of world class venues across the city, a high concentration of global decision makers and numerous networking and cultural activities, London is the leading destination for international business events and festivals. This year’s London Technology Week promises to be bigger and better than ever and offers a unique platform to showcase the very best of London’s booming digital economy and thriving culture of entrepreneurship and innovation.”
Kevin Pearce, London Technology Week Event Director, UBM EMEA added: “We are excited by both the record breaking number of events taking place as part of London Technology Week 2016 and by the variety of hosts, venues and topics being planned across the week. No other festival of live events offers such a diverse range of networking, learning and business opportunities. Since its launch in 2014, London Technology Week has hosted delegations from every corner of the tech community. Based on the amazing line-up of events already confirmed for 2016, we are looking forward to welcoming participating visitors, business leaders, international tech specialists and enthusiasts from the entire tech eco-system to come and join us from 20-26th June.”
London Technology Week is organised by UBM EMEA, in association with founding partners London & Partners, ExCeL London and Tech London Advocates, with support from strategic partners Tech City UK, UKTI and techUK.
London hosted its first London Technology Week in 2014 and last year’s festival attracted over 43,000 attendees from around the world. London’s diverse tech sector was represented in over 200 independently run events which took place in venues such as The Shard, The Ritz, Canada House and ExCeL London.