We are now over halfway through London Tech Week – and still going! There are no signs of things slowing down, so here is your recap of day three.
Yesterday, techUK launched its new pathways tool, helping people find their Journey Into Tech as Tech Nation research revealed there were 1.7m digital tech economy job openings across the UK in 2018. Here, at techUK, we want to make sure that these opportunities are open and accessible to everyone. So, have a look at the tool and send it on to friends and family – together, let’s make tech an opportunity for all.
CogX came to a close for another year. They stayed true to their word of creating a festival-vibe right down to the need for wellies and waterproofs. As one AI festival ended, another started.
The AI Summit which will run until the end of today, has taken over the ExCeL with over 500 speakers. Our very own Sue Daley spoke about the socio-economic impact of AI in the UK. If you missed out yesterday, be sure to get down there today.
Also at the ExCeL is the Mission Critical Technologies Conference. Opening the Conference yesterday, Nick Hurd acknowledged the need to dial up ambition on technology for emergency services. techUK's Jessica Russell hosted the afternoon session on day one and will be there today, running a workshop on interoperability for policing. This formed part of several activities in the Justice and Emergency Services space this week which included a roundtable on e-Disclosure at the Home Office and Attorney General Office’s Tech Summit.
Our President, Jacqueline de Rojas, also took to the stage again at the Innovation Festival to discuss the importance of collaboration in tech, a theme running throughout this year’s London Tech Week.
techUK and DeepMind brought together some of the UK’s leading thinkers from across the health sector to discuss the emerging and transformative potential associated with applying AI in the health sector. The event provided a fantastic opportunity for attendees to gain a greater understanding of the current AI landscape and its transformative potential in health, highlighting how AI could enhance existing diagnostic and therapeutic tools and promote AI-enabled drug discovery, genomics, medical imaging, precision medicine and disease deterioration detection. The panel was also a fantastic opportunity to discuss the current barriers to innovation in this space and discuss how the UK can become a global leader in the development, deployment and adoption of AI in the health sector. For more information click here.
Our international team also remained busy taking ambitious international tech start-ups and scale ups on a “Digital Safari” and working with DIT on a packed-out event exploring the UK-Asia Pacific opportunities in tech.
Finally, yesterday evening our CEO Julian David attended the London Tech Week Reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by Secretary of State Jeremy Wright.
A look ahead
Today marks the last full day of London Tech Week before we can all take a breather on Friday. This will be the last newsletter from us for London Tech Week but if you’ve enjoyed reading this why not sign up to Policy Pulse – a weekly roundup of tech policy written by our Head of Policy, Vinous Ali.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is still so much happening today!
If Future of Work is where your interest lies – head across to The Future of Work Summit happening today. With over 30 speakers discussing key issues like: how can we create robust yet flexible workforce planning processes, how has technology changed jobs so far, what are the skills that will be required for the future, and how do we prepare for a future not yet defined? Kicking off the day is our President Jacqueline de Rojas whilst the Chair of our Skills & Diversity Council, Sarah Atkinson, will be chairing a panel discussion on the skills gap at lunchtime.
If you are over at the ExCeL. then why not join our Director of Markets, Matthew Evans who will be giving a presentation on how we are aiming to deliver a National Digital Twin at the IoT World Europe Summit.
If you are a woman in cyber, then please join us for our next Queue for the Loo event today, which will explore how to build a personal brand and profile within the sector. Places are limited so book now here.