This week, Bloomberg’s flagship global technology event, Sooner Than You Think (STYT), took place in Central Hall, Westminster, attracting over 500 of the world’s most influential technologists and industry leaders. The event covered a wide variety of technological breakthroughs and emerging trends in global business, with high profile talks on issues related to market volatility, climate change, political instability and disruptive innovation.
The two-day event kicked off with a fascinating panel discussion headed up by Theo Blackwell (London’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Ivo Gormely (Founder and Chief Executive at Good Gym) and Jenny Rowlands (Chief Executive at Camden Council). The expert panel discussed how technology can be leveraged to promote physical and mental wellbeing, boost economic potential and enhance the transparency of decision-making processes across society. Later in the day, attendees heard about the recent launch of the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI), which techUK actively backed in May, when techUK’s Head of Local Public Services, Georgina Maratheftis, commented:
“techUK supports the mission and vision behind LOTI to strengthen the ability of London’s 33 boroughs to innovate, build common capability and to scale-up digital innovation across the city. LOTI provides an important step towards London being at the forefront of tech innovation to create smart places and communities where citizens want to live, work and thrive. If done right, LOTI could provide a model for other regions to adopt to scale-up innovation and best practise.
“As a key player within the public service eco-system it is critical that industry has a key voice in LOTI’s development and is engaged in helping to create the conditions for meaningful transformation. We look forward to its launch during the vibrant and diverse London Tech Week, and working with the LOTI team to grow London’s thriving tech eco-system and improve outcomes for all London citizens.”
Subsequently, legendary entrepreneur and tech investor Niklas Zennstrom, and the founders of two of Atomico’s most valuable portfolio companies, outlined a business case for investing in tech for good before a series of networking events in the evening.
Day two of STYT was initiated with a series of thought-provoking sessions on the ongoing transformation of the retail sector, data privacy, innovation, freedom of speech and AI in the workplace. Attendees were also challenged to think deeply about the strategic role that London could play in the context of global technological innovation, with Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright giving a keynote interview on the UK’s strategic trajectory at the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution. In the afternoon, Uber’s Head of EMEA Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty continued proceedings, fielding questions on the company’s most exciting moonshots and explaining how Uber is developing capabilities that will enable it to offer a combined portfolio of mobility alternatives to citizens that can be tailored to their individual circumstances.
Other highlights from day two included a panel discussion on the future of sustainable transportation, digital disruption in traditional banking sectors, satellite innovation and smart urban infrastructure planning.
Overall, the event was a fantastic opportunity to engage directly with the world’s most powerful technology firms and investors and to learn more about the strategic perspectives shaping the world around us. If you would like to learn more about STYT, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the team.