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June 13, 2014

Preview: What to Expect at the Debut London Technology Week

The debut London Technology Week is set to run from June 16 to 20.  The week will showcase the capital’s tech strengths with some of the top names in the sector participating. Leading tech figures such as Bebo’s Michael Birch and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman are scheduled to participate in what is poised to be the largest collection of tech events in Europe.
More than 30,000 international tech entrepreneurs, investors and developers will attend the week, which includes more than 200 independently-run events. They will hear first-hand from some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Intel and Yammer, as well as home-grown businesses like Mind Candy, Hassle and SpareRoom.
Across the week serial entrepreneurs and investors, based in London and internationally, will take to the stage to share their experiences and insights on the future of tech.

Speakers throughout the week include:

·        Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo (The Future of Social Media, June 16)
·        Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn (Silicon Valley Comes to the UK: CEO Science summit, June 17)
·        Simon Breakwell, co-founder of Expedia (TravelTech Leaders, Monday 16th June 16)
·        Samir Desai, CEO and co-founder of Funding Circle (Tech Founder Talks, June 17)
·        Kevin and Julia Hartz, co-founders of Eventbrite (Internet World, June 18)
·        Brent Hoberman, co-founder of PROFounders Capital (Vator Splash London, June 19)
·        David Cohen, co-founder of TechStars (Vator Splash London, June 19)
·        Russell Buckley, government advisor on Venture Capitalism and mobile expert (Tech Start-Ups: What it takes, June 18)
·        Luke Johnson, former chairman of Channel 4, (Pledge Drive for New Tech College, June 16)
·        Lord Young of Graffham, Government advisor on Enterprise (StartUp Europe Roadshow, June 20)
·        Dominique Vanhamme, General Manager EMEA Networking at Dell (Interop London, June 19)
Events are set to include large international conferences to workshops, face-to-face investor meetings, pitching competitions, hackathons and insights into some of the world’s largest companies.

Athletic Events

There will also be several sports tech events to choose from. During the Germany vs. Portugal match on June 16, Squawka, the real-time football data company, will host ‘Second Screening: The World Cup – Live’ and launch a new series of free-to-play interactive games. Using leaderboards and chat functionality, players can score points depending on different footballers’ achievements in the live fixture. Separately, during the England vs Uruguay match on June 19, digital publishers YUDU Media and The Football Association will show how tech is being used to enhance and support coaches and players at their event ‘The Influence of Technology in Sport.’

Tech website Pocket-Lint has partnered with O2 to create a week-long Tech Tavern, June 16 to 20, at The Fable bar along Holborn Viaduct. Big companies like Sony will demonstrate their technologies next to newcomers to the UK such as consumer robotics and Artificial Intelligence start-up Anki, who will demo its latest real-life racing game with miniature AI robotic cars. There will be the latest phones from HTC, Samsung, Huawei and LG, and never before-seen demos by Projection TV that stream televised services across multiple devices. Other events include an Olympus photography masterclass, the chance to try Google Glass, a sneak-peak at the latest Makerbot 3D printers and a gaming night with some not-yet-released PS4 titles.

Fashion Events

The worlds of fashion and technology will merge with ‘FashTech’ on June 18 in an effort to drive innovation between the two sectors and highlight what the fashion world can teach the tech community. FashTech start-ups from across the capital will participate in panel discussions with companies like Topshop and Net-A-Porter, the event also includes a FashTech pitch with STEM Academy sixth formers, who will present their concept of a ‘Gadget Glove’ to industry judges. The 15 FashTech start-ups taking part include Wonderluk’s 3D printed jewellery, digital knitwear designer Brooke Roberts and kovert designs, who create ‘smart’ wearable technology products with an embedded chip to alert you to important messages on your phone.
Tech developers and creatives will get the chance to network with some of the key decision makers in the tech industry. Samsung has teamed up with techUK to host an Open Innovation session on June 16: ‘Samsung Future Technology’ will highlight its latest advancements in consumer tech and give attendees the chance to pitch ideas for future development. Microsoft will host development workshops at ‘Internet World’ on June 17 to show how to create mobile applications for Window phones, tablets, laptops and desk devices, while on the same day Yammer’s engineering team will host ‘The Yammer Way’ to demonstrate its product development system and methodology. On June 18, Tesco will hold a ‘Tesco TJAM’ session where attendees can present their ideas to senior product owners, technologists and multichannel leadership teams.

Humanising the Robot Society

On June 18, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will go under the microscope as innovation charity Nesta investigates the advances in robotics and AI at ‘Humanising the Robot Society.’ This event includes a live robotics demonstration by research group EMOTE, who will test an interactive game in which a robot acts as the Mayor of a new city, as well as  a demonstration by Shadow Robot of its latest Dexterous Hand, which has a sensory camera. To continue the Artificial Intelligence theme, The Spectator magazine will discuss the possible risks this technology poses at its event ‘Will Artificial Intelligence Put My Job At Risk?’ chaired by broadcaster Andrew Neil.

Education practitioners and innovators in EdTech will come together on Monday 16th June at Somerset House for a one-day workshop, ‘RE.WORK: The Future of Education’, to discover how technology is impacting education. Speakers include Will Pearson, Director of Technology at Ravensbourne, the UK’s leading digital and design college, and Bethany Koby, co-founder of Technology Will Save Us. On June 17, Dragon Hall will launch its new tech hub at ‘Techday – Bridging the Digital Divide for Children and Young People’ where youngsters from the age of eight will get the chance to test out virtual reality headsets, learn coding and print their own 3D designs.
Supporting London’s growing MedTech sector, the newly created MedCity will host ‘Set the Strategy – Creating the Environment for Growth’ on June 17 for entrepreneurs developing cutting-edge technologies for patients, doctors and the healthcare system. Also on Tuesday, the Data Source Institute at Imperial College will host ‘The Human Brain Project’ to show how they creating a ‘virtual brain’ to help understand how the brain functions and how diseases affect it. On June 20, researchers from University College London will discuss how data gathered from medical devices can be used at home or in a clinical setting during ‘Digital Health Devices.’

Additional highlights of London Technology Week:
June 16
General Assembly and Quartz present: The Future of the Mobile Web
19:00, BL_NK. Old Street
More than a tenth of the world’s web traffic is now on mobile phones and in some countries half of the population’s web activity is through their mobile. Global educational institution General Assembly will present a series of interviews with technologists, investors and strategists to help devise a future for the mobile web that avoids any disruptions between internet giants, telecoms companies and supply chains.
June 17
Internet World
10:00 – 17:00. ExCeL London
In this three day event, thousands of IT, technology and digital marketing professionals will discover the most cutting-edge technology innovations and strategies to drive their organisations. Highlights include a tech start-up showcase, hands-on training and workshops, live pitching and mentoring. The event also hosts Interop, the Big Data Show and ‘Tech Transformation Forum’ which will feature talks from some of the leading names in business and technology, including Intel, Barclays, Tech City UK and EVRYTHNG.
June 18
Digital Transformation of the Streets: Technology & Homelessness with The Big Issue & Salt
17:30 – 18:15. Internet World, ExCeL London
The Big Issue will show how digital transformation is impacting positively on homelessness. The event includes discussions from Stephen Robertson, CEO of Big Issue Foundation and entrepreneurial vendor Simon Mott, who recently made headlines as the first Big Issue vendor to accept card payments.
June 19
Croydon Tech City: Women in Tech
19:30. Matthews Yard, Croydon
Networking event and debate focussing on female founders from South East London with speakers and panellists including Alex Depledge, founder of the home cleaners network Hassle, which recently secured £6m in venture funding; Sweta Chattopadhyay from the fundraising platform Localfunded; and the Ecosystem Development Manager at Level39, Adizah Tejani. The event will focus on the growth trajectory of female tech entrepreneurship and discuss how to make tech careers more appealing to women.
June 20
StartUp Europe Roadshow
9:30 – 13:30. Google Campus, Shoreditch
Students and aspiring entrepreneurs between 16 and 30 years old will benefit from first-hand mentoring by exchanging ideas with role-models and investigating funding opportunities. This includes an opening talk by enterprise adviser to the Prime Minister and serial entrepreneur, Lord Young, who will highlight new initiatives from the British government.
For more information about London Technology Week and a full up-dated list of events, visit http://londontechnologyweek.co.uk.

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