The second day of London tech week was buzzing with excitement with events going on across the Capital celebrating all things tech and innovation.
The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, announced that his Department will be rewriting the rulebook when it comes to regulation to free up businesses and innovators to test their ideas, make use of the latest technologies and get their products to market quicker. Our deputy CEO, Antony Walker, welcomed the announcement commenting that “too often in the past, regulation designed for an old way of doing things has stood in the way of new methods of working that can benefit both businesses and the public.” You can read our full comment here.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright also was on stage talking all things AI and unveiled new guidance to help public sector teams use AI and address ethical issues.
And that’s not all, the Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden set out the Government’s ambition on Digital Identity. Speaking at the Identity Week Conference, he announced the creation of a Joint Unit to look at making holistic Digital Identity a reality. This is something techUK has long been calling for and only last month we published our Digital Identity White Paper which we are very pleased to see is now being acted on.
The sun finally shone at CogX which again played host to an amazing list of speakers on stages spread out across King’s Cross. Antony Walker chaired a session on worker engagement on how we engage workers and employees in the development and use of AI alongside the TUC and Prospect Union. A little later on our Head of Policy, Vinous Ali, moderated an excellent discussion on education and the future of work with perspectives from the OECD, industry and academia. If you are after a fuller snapshot of the CogX digital ethics discussion, why not check out our roundup of the digital ethics discussion that has taken place so far.
techUK was also delighted to be at the IBM Pavilion at CogX for the Supercharging the North drinks yesterday evening. It was packed to the rafters with people keen to get involved in tech innovation across the nation. Jacqui Davie, VP Enterprise, Industry Units, IBM, Tabitha Goldstaub, founder of CognitionX, and our own Antony Walker kicked off the celebrations.
Over at the Barbican, the LeadersIn Tech Summit kicked off with the focus this year being on futureproofing business. Our president, Jacqueline de Rojas, moderated a thoughtful discussion on digital skills and talent, whilst Sue Daley chaired a panel on emerging tech highlighting the importance of personalisation, building trust and ethical innovation.
A look ahead
Today officially marks the halfway point for London Tech Week – exhausted? Us too. But don’t worry, the amazing offerings on today will be sure to pep you up.
Before we go any further, techUK is proud to launch our new pathways initiative – helping individuals navigate their path into a career in tech regardless of where they are now. As we have been hearing this week the opportunities in tech are innumerable, but it isn’t always clear how to get them. Now you can find your own Journey Into Tech with our handy tool and read stories. Let us know what you think!
The two-day AI Summit kicks off today at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. In 2019, the event will focus beyond business, investigating how AI is impacting society for the good. techUK will be there. So, if you spot us, give us a wave – or even better come over and have a chat.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy and you have the morning free, why not go on a Digital Safari? techUK has teamed up with the Department for International Trade to host a careers style session with stands offering businesses an opportunity to connect with the UK’s technology ecosystem, movers and shakers of the industry, and the experts who will join the session to advise on the investment, scale up and technology landscape. You can still book your place here.
For the evening, we would recommend you check out our event with Deepmind, hosted close to CogX, which will seek to explore the UK landscape for AI and health tech investment and look at how can we affect this picture to benefit the health of the population and UK PLC. For more info click here.