Welcome to our first newsletter covering what is shaping up to be an exciting, albeit rainy, London Tech Week. The weather won’t dampen the spirits of the over 55,000 attendees expected to flood our capital this week. With over 300 events happening, techUK will be here every day bringing you the highlights and taking a look at the best picks for the day ahead. There is something for everyone. The only question is: when will all you budding entrepreneurs and innovators invent a machine allowing us to be in more than one place at once?
Kicking off London Tech Week was our very own President, Jacqueline de Rojas, who opened proceedings at Plexal joined by a stellar line up including the Prime Minister who made a raft of announcements, including a Government commitment to invest a further £153m in the development of quantum computing and further investment in artificial intelligence.
The Government also published its Technology Innovation Strategy which looks at emerging digital technologies being used across the public sector and how the UK can create an environment that supports the thriving govtech market.
This was also the theme at CogX Festival of AI which opened yesterday, where there are whole stages dedicated to innovation as well as future of work, ethics and a host of other topics. Despite the rain, we would urge you to get down there and join the 15,000 attendees signed up from across the world.
Over at our offices, we packed out a room of healthtech experts to discuss NHSX with newly-installed CEO, Matthew Gould. Mr Gould outlined his mission to give patients and staff the technology that they need, stating that his key priority was creating a platform that allows innovation to flourish.
Antony Walker, techUK’s deputy CEO, also spoke at the inauguration of the Infosys’ London Design and Innovation studio with Brilliant Basics talking about the importance of design to future technology.
Enterprise Nation meanwhile played host to Square CEO and Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey, who alongside SME leaders were looking at how tech can help SMEs thrive. London Tech Week is all about making those connections between large and small, business and academia, as well as inspiring the next generation.
Finally, yesterday evening, the annual London Tech Week dinner took place, this year in support of Founders4Schools, a wonderful initiative connecting today’s young people to leaders in their community to solve tomorrow’s problems. To find out more click here.
The look ahead for today
Today we are set to get a respite from the rain, so pack away your brollies and make the most of it.
We would suggest you start your day at 10am (have a lie in – you deserve it) at CogX where techUK will be hosting a panel event on the Future of Work stage the opportunities and challenges for workers rights in an AI enabled workplace. Take an early lunch break before re-joining Head of Policy, Vinous Ali who is moderating a panel on the Evolution of Jobs and Skills on the same stage at 12.30pm. You can view the entire programme here.
Staying with the skills theme, which is at the heart of many debates throughout London Tech Week, head over to the Barbican where ‘The Leaders in Tech Summit’ will be in full swing. This year the summit is looking at how to future-proof your business. Both our President, Jacqueline de Rojas, and Associate Director for Technology and Innovation, Sue Daley, will be there sharing their thoughts on emerging tech and what that means both for business and people.
If, after all that excitement, you are in need of a drink join techUK for a networking drinks reception being held at the IBM Pavilion at the CogX Expo. This event will bring together tech leaders and key stakeholders from the North of England. Don’t worry you don’t need to be Northern to come – but it is a bonus.
If you’d rather stay in one place for the day, perhaps check out ‘Sooner than you think’, Bloomberg’s flagship tech week event providing insights into the near-future of business and innovation and the market forces and technological breakthroughs already transforming our global economy.
We hope we have given you plenty to be getting on with and you can find out what we are up to for the rest of the week here. Watch out for this email landing in your inbox again tomorrow (and for the rest of London Tech Week) to ensure you are kept up to speed and hopefully make managing your diary that little bit easier.