techUK's London Tech Week activities

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    Thursday13Aug 2020

    Here you can find the full list of techUK's activities as part of London Tech Week, from 1 to 11 September

techUK is proud to once again be a strategic partner for London Tech Week. Join us in uniting tech and talent in a world-class hub of innovation!

This year’s festival will obviously be quite different to the ones in previous years. The global COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many of this year’s events will of course be virtual. However, we really hope that this can open-up the festival and make it more accessible to people, regardless of location.

This year London Tech Week will look at the most pressing topics facing the tech sector and society today, across the environment, future of work, diversity within tech, education, healthcare, the startup landscape, business transformation and much more. At techUK we will be hosting a number of exciting events. We’ll also be supporting events where our staff will be participating and ensuring our members voices are front and centre of these important discussions.

With so much going on, this page provides a full breakdown of our activities for the week. We urge you to get involved by signing up to the events and look forward to seeing you, albeit virtually, this year.

Tuesday 1 September 

The AI Summit | 8:00 - 17:00

The AI Summit will be on hand to guide you on your business transformation road-plan, from initiation to implementation, optimisation and innovation. Supported by tech innovators and global authorities, and driven by powerful use-cases from world-class business leaders, The AI Summit will give you unmitigated access to the information and tools that will bring your AI business plans to life.

Wednesday 2 September

The UK Technology Landscape: Levelling Uk in the UK | 9:30 - 12:15

Hear from experts on how to accelerate your UK market entry. Attendees will learn about the UK's innovative technology environment, why it is thriving and why it is an ideal location for a business seeking to scale. We are delighted that Julian David, techUK's CEO, will be joining a panel to share insights on the ingredients of London's success as the innovation capital of Europe and discuss what tech community can do to assist with the economic recovery.  

Thursday 3 September

techUK Talks: What are the emerging and transformative technologies key to the UK’s post COVID recovery and for what comes next? | 11:00 - 12:00

What are the emerging and transformative technologies that will be key to the UK’ s post Covid economic and societal recovery? How can digital technology help organisations to recover, rebuild and reinvent their future?

In this techUK Leaders session a panel of tech business leaders will explore in detail the role that technologies such as AI, RPA, IoT, Digital ID and 5G can play in the UK’s recovery.  It will discuss whether UK businesses are ready, willing and able to embrace tech and if not, what action is needed more to get them ready. The panel will also consider what has been learnt from the pandemic about how digital technologies are being used by businesses, whether the experience of the pandemic will lead to a reprioritisation of digital investment by firms and what this could mean for the future of digital adoption and the pace of digital transformation seen across the UK.

Friday 4 September

Digital Identities: the missing link in a UK Digital Economy | 10:30 - 11:30

Join this timely webinar to delve into the findings and the recommendations of techUK's new White Paper: 'Digital Identities: the missing link in a UK Digital Economy'.

As we emerge from the COVID crisis, the UK is facing a period of severe economic difficulty. To ensure our recovery is as quick and strong as possible, we at techUK are convinced that the UK needs to reinvent itself as a fully digital economy. We will only succeed in this if we ensure the key components are set firmly in place from the outset. One of the first foundation stones of a digital economy is digital identities. We must achieve this as soon as possible. 


European Tech Women Awards - Panel Discussions | 11:00 - 11:45

The Department for International Trade (DIT) Europe Network is organising the 1st DIT European Tech Women Awards. As a follow up to the Awards Ceremony on 2 September, which will recognise the excellence of 24 women from the European Region through their outstanding and exceptional achievements in the technology field, techUK will be moderating 3 panel sessions on 4 September: 

  • Panel 1: Championing Diversity in tech through role models and women empowerment: are we doing enough?
  • Panel 2: When will the world be ready for new female leaders?
  • Panel 3: A cure to fighting the impostor syndrome


Understanding UK Market Opportunities for Indian Companies | 9:00 - 11:45

As part of the LTW activities, techUK is supporting the DIT's event to introduce Indian businesses to UK tech market opportunities. The event will feature several sessions, including techUK's session "Understanding UK's Tech Ecosystem - Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration".  

Monday 7 September

Climate Innovation Report Launch | 09:30 - 10:30

Climatetech is an emerging tech sector and digital is increasingly seen as being vital in the fight against climate change. A new report from techUK, with analysis from Deloitte, will outling the impact the sector is already making, the potential and the steps that the UK needs to adopt to ensure the UK is at the forefront of this emerging sector.


Is Diversity in Recruitment just a Numbers Game? | 12:00 - 13:00

Diversity is an issue on everyone’s lips this London Tech Week, but how do we make diversity and inclusion in the workplace be about more than just box-ticking and numbers?

Using current market data, specific job seeker feedback and success case studies, attendees of this event will be empowered to simplify their diversity attraction, selection and onboarding agenda and generate manageable progress in achieving a more accessible and informative route to application and start to include a more diverse field of candidate throughout.

The expert panel will be exploring how businesses can rethink targets and look at how making changes to their strategy will positively affect the accessibility for everyone to work at their organisation. 

This event has been organised by the techUK Skills & Diversity Council.


Scaling up in the UK – EECAN Edition | 13:00 - 14:30

Jointly hosted by techUK and the Department for International Trade, the event will focus on providing expert advice to companies from the EECAN region which are looking to scale up in the UK. Companies from the region will learn about the UK’s innovative technology environment, why it is thriving and why it is an ideal location for a business seeking to scale itself. The session will also feature expert advice from Russ Shaw, who is the founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates and feature companies from the region who have successfully internationalised via the UK.


Diversifying Telecoms: The Potential of Open RAN | 14:30 - 16:30

Recent months have shown us how important resilient, high-quality telecoms networks are to our economic and social well-being. This event will focus on the concept of Open RAN across 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G; the evolution of the technology with a focus on current global deployments; what can be done to drive take up Open RAN technology and the benefits that it can deliver.


AI Webinar – Latin America | 17:30 - 19:00

Jointly hosted by techUK and the Department for International Trade, this panels ession will feature experts from Latin America and UK who will discuss the AI landscape and opportunities for companies in this sector. 

Tuesday 8 September


WRC-23 AI 1.5: Mobile & Broadcasting Services Below 1 GHz | 10:00 - 12:15

This event follows an event we held on WRC-23 agenda items focusing on the upper 6 GHz band.

The notes from the previous session can be found here:


techUK-NASSCOM UK-India B2B Networking Session | 10:00 - 12:00

As part of an ongoing collaboration between techUK and NASSCOM, we are delighted to bring a unique business development and networking opportunity for companies from India and the UK. Join us for a starting session where you will have the opportunity to meet potential partners, present your business to tech community and share ideas for co-creation and partnerships across the UK-India tech landscape. 


techUK Talks: Boosting Jobs and Skills for the Future | 11:00 - 12:00

As we look to recovery it is crucial that we build the future we need, equipping people with the right skills to thrive in a new future-facing economy. This means ensuring that we can identify which skills are necessary, how best to direct people to the right skills provision for them and ultimately back into the workforce. If we fail to do this many people risk being left behind.

The digital skills agenda and digital exclusion problem is one we have continued to chip away at, but the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how much more is left to do and instilled a new sense of urgency and purpose.  Ensuring the UK has the skilled workforce needed is also key to delivering sustainable post-pandemic growth. While some businesses may snap back to how they used to operate before, the lockdown and changing habits under it will create demand for new products and services. This shift in demand will have a subsequent effect on people, requiring them to develop new skills as a result of the changing economy. techUK’s panellists will explore the future of reskilling and retraining and what initiatives the tech industry has been spearheading.


Local Government Transformation: Trends & Opportunities | 11:00 - 12:00

Whether you are an established player or challenger new entrant, this event will give you a comprehensive understanding of the latest trends in local government as well as be more informed in how it operates and its processes.


Future of Work Summit | Partner event | All day

How can companies innovate their workforce alongside the people and industries they represent in a new (and still evolving) business reality?

Future of Work Summit is committed to delivering key insights and learnings from the last 6 months, to those driving organisational modernisation, workplace development and inspiring employee talent – and those championing the tech that will lead the way.

This year we will focus the conversation through three key pillars driving innovation in the workplace – people, processes and technology. The event offers a unique opportunity to explore their undeniable interconnection and answer questions such as creating a flexible workforce planning processes, exploring what skills will be required for the future, and how to prepare for a future not yet defined. With such a turbulent year, everything we know about work is changing from where it's done, how it's done, and who does it. The future of work has never been more important.

techUK's Jacqueline de Rojas is Master of Ceremonies for the day and Chair of techUK's Skills and Diversity Council.


TECH | The New Era | Partner event

This event will be answering key questions such as: What innovations will drive tech after the lock-down economic shock? Will a new tech world-order emerge? What tech will be funded and what won't? Who will win the tech supply chain wars?

What role will London and the UK play in redefining tech and delivering on the innovation that’s needed? How will we work better with our international trading partners when all the old certainties have been turned upside down? Hear from leaders and speakers from Quadriga Consulting, Ipsos-MORI, IBM, techUK and many more. We are delighted to be the official event partner.

techUK's Julian David will be speaking at the event on the latest tech market trends and innovation ecosystem. 


Diversity and Inclusion in Healthtech: Ways to be a Good Ally | 14:00 - 15:00

At the beginning of July, techUK’s Skills, Talent and Diversity and Health and Social Care teams partnered to organise a webinar on Ethnic diversity in healthtech: Actions to do more. Together with a panel of representatives from the NHS, the tech sector and beyond, we looked at how we can work to ensure that diversity and inclusion are at the core of digital transformation ambitions in healthcare, and identified a series of themes that we will seek to explore over the coming months.

In partnership with volunteer-led healthtech community Tech4CV19, this September, we will start by looking at Making the right changes for the right reasons: Ways to be a good ally.

Join this event, part of London Tech Week, to understand how you can do more to support underrepresented groups and champion their voices or share your experience.


European Tech Women Awards - Panel Discussions | 14:00 - 14:45

The Department for International Trade (DIT) Europe Network is organising the 1st DIT European Tech Women Awards. As a follow up to the Awards Ceremony on 2 September, which will recognise the excellence of 24 women from the European Region through their outstanding and exceptional achievements in the technology field, techUK will be moderating 3 panel sessions on 8 September: 

  • Panel 1: Women & Sustainability: A win-win strategy
  • Panel 2: The Tech Journey: Hard vs Soft Skills for the Jobs of the Future
  • Panel 3: How can tech communities be the inspiration for the future of the next generation?

Wednesday 9 September

Digital Twins for Logistics | 10:00 - 12:00

In this techUK webinar - the last of a four-part series of webinars covering the application of digital twins to the UK's infrastructure - our expert panelists be taking a closer look at how digital twins are driving innovation in logistics, and what the horizontal implications might be for other areas of the UK’s infrastructure.


Global perspectives: The Future of Digital Skills | 10:00 - 11:00

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how much more progress is needed to support digital capacities for everyone. The importance of staying connected during lockdown increased the necessity of having the right connectivity, digital devices, and digital skills. 

Everyone should have the skills and confidence to make the most of the opportunities digital technology brings—how can we learn from our international partners on how to do this?

Join this event during London Tech Week where we will learn from global colleagues about the work being done across the world to increase the uptake of digital skills, and explore different countries and regional plans for digital skills as we look to economic recovery post-pandemic. 


techUK talks: How will data drive our post-COVID recovery? | 11:00 - 12:00 

techUK will be running a series of conversations with leading UK tech leaders talking about the role key digital technologies can play in realising the UK’s post Covid recovery plans and help support organisations across the UK build back better.


Connected Homes Report | 10:00 - 12:00

Join us for the launch of our annual report, which will be is looking at the current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm, GfK, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. The research covers knowledge and understanding of categories and ownership of connected home products and services and main barriers to adoption.

Industry experts will discuss the latest trends alongside GfK, techUK, and our Connected Home Working Group Chair Jay Chinnadorai. The report launch will be an engaging interaction and exploration of the sector as a whole and what can industry, together with techUK, do to promote and encourage a value proposition for consumers, working alongside government on privacy and security. You can check out our State of the Connected Home 2019 report.


techUK talks: Digital ethics in 2020- What have we learnt? | 14:00 - 15:00

By focusing on recent, real-life examples our leading expert panel will discuss what we can learn from 2020 so far and review the role and impact of the current digital ethics debate and determine what steps are needed to build a digitally-enabled economic and societal future that is ethical, responsible and inclusive to all of society.


Thursday 10 September


Victorian Magic Show - a tech networking event to liven up LTW | 10:30 - 12:00

Be on both sides of the world at the same time!  Be Down Under when you’re still Up Top!  Turn morning into evening!  Convert water into wine! Impossible? Join us at the Victorian Government Magic Show and all will be revealed! Seriously, the Victoria Government delegation in partnership with techUK is harnessing the magic of Gareth Kalyan and Remo’s virtual networking platform to create a fun event that’s definitely different to anything you’ll have experienced at London Tech week. 

No ‘death by PowerPoint’.  Or ‘death by Zoom’: you’ll experience a virtual magic show and a cutting-edge virtual platform which allows you to enjoy a live show whilst networking and having one-to-one conversations with other guests.  You’ll meet and chat with over 30 Victorian tech companies from Fintech, Healthtech and Smart Cities, all keen to develop business with the UK. All in real time, although morning here will be evening for them... 


Decarbonising Data: How to get to a Net Zero Tech Sector | 9:30 - 12:30

This online London Tech Week fringe event will look at the carbon footprint of the tech sector and explore the steps companies can take to reduce their environmental impact.

Hearing from leading experts on tech and decarbonisation, we will look explore the latest energy and carbon trends in the sector, emerging best practice,  and some concrete steps businesses can take to understand, reduce and mitigate their impact as part of a pathways towards net-zero emissions.


techUK Talks: Technologies key to Public Sector Transformation Post-COVID | 14:00 - 15:00

As part of techUK’s LTW series of discussion this panel session will explore the technologies and reforms that will drive the next stage in public sector transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant disruption for public services delivery. As well as the clear impact on frontline service providers, it also led to shifting the majority of the enourmous public sector workforce to remote working, led to programmes being spun up at great pace, and others being paused or revised. Alongside the tech requirements that had to be met the response to pandemic also brought some changes in how Government engages with its supplier base.

Our panellists will discuss the next wave of technologies that will transform the delivery of public services, will reflect on the lessons learend from the crisis, and explore the role of tech in making sure the public sector emerges from this crisis stronger and fitter than ever.


Fostering Innovation in the Local GovTech Ecosystem | 9:00 - 10:00

Join innovators from techUK’s Local Public Services Committee who share how the supplier community is working with innovators across industry and local authorities to connect and collaborate to solve common challenges and help create a thriving local govtech ecosystem.


Local Gov Spotlight: Redbridge Council’s Digital Ambition | 15:00 - 16:00

Local authorities across the country have been working tirelessly to mitigate the impact of the pandemic to their communities. In this latest ‘spotlight’ series, techUK speak to Emeran Saigol, Operation Director for Digital & Customer Experience at London Borough of Redbridge, on the boroughs response and the role digital and data played. As we plan for recovery, we will explore Redbridge’s digital ambition and how they are working with techUK and others to create a thriving ecosystem. 

For more information, please contact:

  • Zoe Brockbank

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    Programme Manager | International Trade
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