Welcome to Policy Pulse and congratulations on making it to the end of what has been an epic London Tech Week (LTW). Hope you get a chance to put your feet up over the weekend. Some of ours haven’t dried out yet!
You can find all the LTW updates including Government announcements here, and we’ll keep this Policy Pulse short and sweet!
Let’s start with a recap of what happened yesterday at London Tech Week. Our Director of Markets, Matthew Evans, took to the stage at the IoT World Europe Summit to discuss the National Digital Twin programme. Our President Jacqueline De Rojas meanwhile chaired a fascinating discussion at the Future of Work Summit. And our international team hosted a delegation from Denver in the morning and partnered with DIT for a UK-Australia tech ‘fry up’ in the afternoon (no, me neither – but it went well apparently). Finally, Antony Walker hosted the UK-India Tech Alliance with our colleagues from NASSCOM today that focused on issues around skills and regulation in both countries.
Away from London, the sixth Local Digital Skills Partnership (DSP) launched in Hastings, Sussex, which looks to support regional businesses, education providers, and public sector partners to tackle digital skills challenges. techUK’s Nimmi Patel went down to the seaside to support the launch and you can read her write up here.
But perhaps the most important news of the week was the Government’s announcement that it intends to set the net zero emissions target in law. This is a challenging goal but a firm commitment written into law will provide huge impetus for the digital innovation that will be required to meet this vital objective.
Finally, if London Tech Week was not exciting enough, we’ve had the first round of voting in the Conservative leadership race. Of the big-name runners and riders the bookies favourite Boris Johnson is out in front while Matt Hancock pulled up today despite having cleared the first fence. All eyes now are on the televised debates.
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