London Technology Week (LTW) returns this June to showcase the UK capital as a global tech powerhouse, Sarah-Claire Picton reports
London, Europe’s ‘technology capital’, becomes a nucleus of digital innovation as London Tech Week enters its fifth edition, 11-17 June. Co-founded by promotional agency London & Partners in 2014, LTW is London’s largest crowd-sourced festival of tech featuring live events across the city, covering topics like fintech, creative and enterprise tech and IoT.
London Tech Week 2017 saw 48,170 attendees from 93 countries visit 219 events at 212 venues. Zoe Osmond (pictured left), festival director, shares key insights ahead of this year’s festival: “With over 300 events, and over 50,000 attendees [from 90+ countries] across the iconic landscape of London, London Tech Week celebrates the companies and people driving innovation in the digital economy to shape the future of businesses, lives and society the world over.”
Speaking at the London Tech Week official launch 2017, mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said the capital was: “Open to global talent, open to global partnerships and open for global business.”
This year’s speakers comprise: Jimmy Wales, founder, Wikipedia; Sarah Drinkwater, head of campus, Google; Bruce Daisley, VP EMEA, Twitter; Martin Wilckens, HR Digital and Innovation, Deutsche Telekom; Bola Ajani, apprenticeship training manager, Café Nero; James Poulter, head of emerging platforms & partnerships, The LEGO Group; Richard Burton, head of Innovation Labs, EDF Energy; Rory Sutherland, vice-chairman, Oglivy & Mathers Group UK; Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP.
The 2018 edition will host again TechXLR8 as its anchor event, gathering the entire tech eco system under one roof to showcase the latest emerging tech to drive innovation, business growth and inspire the next generation of tech talent.
Headliners on the main stage include Jimmy Wales, Sir Martin Sorrell, Martha Lane Fox among many others. The Prince’s Trust Gala Dinner marks the beginning of LTW on 11 June at the Pavilion Tower of London.
Thought leadership continues with the LeadersIn Tech Summit (250 capacity) discussing the macro issues impacting all tech leaders, and a new Future of Work Summit (250 capacity) exploring the impact of technology on the workplace.
The AI Summit (2,000 capacity) explores the impact of AI in business and the permeating role AI will have in shaping the future of business and society. Createch (500 capacity) brings together global leaders from the creative industries, the technology sector and the wider economy to catalyse international createch partnerships. Other events include Future Edtech, the Analytics Summit, and more.
London Tech Week builds on 2017 to showcase that #LondonIsOpen, and LTW’s festival director is driving this message of inclusivity and innovation: “Anyone can get involved by hosting their own event and/or attending events across the week from conferences to meet ups, expos to parties.
This year’s London Tech Week is bigger and bolder recognising that there has never been a more important time to do business in the rapidly evolving world of tech.”