1st London Technology Week

London’s tech sector will be on show next week. Image Credit: Aopeck.

London’s tech sector will be on show next week. Image Credit: Aopeck.

It’s awfully hot in the Kingdom and if you’ve been looking for valid business reason to take a break from work, then why not pop over to the UK for London Technology Week? Over 30,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and developers from around the globe are expected to attend the 1st London Technology Week from June 16 – 20. They will hear from some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Samsung, Google, Event brite and Yammer, as well as home-grown successes, such as Mind Candy and Hailo. Comprising over 130 independently run events taking place across the city, this will be the largest collection of tech events ever seen in Europe.

Education practitioners and innovators in EdTech will come together on June 16 at Somerset House for a one-day workshop, “RE.WORK: The Future of Innovation,” 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.

With the World Cup kicking off in June, there will be a number of sports tech events to choose from during the week. Real time football data company Squawka will host “Second Screening: The World Cup – Live” on June 16. It will demonstrate how technology and second screening is creating a new generation of fantasy football fans during the Germany vs Portugal match. Additionally 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.”

With the launch of MedCity earlier this year and the Francis Crick Institute opening in 2015, science tech is becoming an important part of London’s tech sector. The Data Source Institute at Imperial College will host “The Human Brain Project” on June 17, where it will show how to reconstruct the human brain, piece-by-piece, creating a “virtual brain” in a supercomputer. This will help our understanding of the brain and the diseases that affect it. Also on June 17, The Institute of Engineering and Technology will host a lecture on synthetic biology, and on June 18 innovation charity Nesta will investigate the advances in robotics and artificial intelligence during its event “Humanizing the Robot Society.”

Over the course of the week, events range from large international conferences to workshops, face-to-face investor meetings, pitching competitions and hackathons, covering a broad range of sectors, including education, music, sport, fashion, finance and science. There will be free, ticketed and closed events. For more information about London Technology Week and a full updated list of events, visit http://londontechnologyweek.co.uk/





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