London Technology Week 2017: Must-attend events for tech entrepreneurs

The capital's mega tech festival returns on June 12. With over 300 events taking place, here's Startups' pick of the best free talks and sessions

Monday 12 June will see the return of the fourth annual London Technology Week (LTW); the capital’s biggest festival of live events to showcase the best of technology and help technology entrepreneurs learn, network, and collaborate.

Ran by London & Partners, Tech London Advocates – whose founder Russ Shaw will be blogging for Startups’ throughout Tech Week – and KNect365, more than 300 events are set to take place during LTW 2017. These events will include panel discussions, workshops, hackathons, large-scale conferences and socials, with over 40,000 attendees expected from 70 countries.

Designed to strengthen the capital’s reputation as the global powerhouse of tech, the festival promises to provide inspiration to “entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, students to corporates alike” and has amassed support from tech superstars.

Influential LTW 2017 ambassadors include Passion Capital partner Eileen Burbidge, Mind Candy founder Michael Acton-Smith, Facebook EMEA VP Nicola Mendelsohn MBE and deputy London mayor Rajesh Agarwal, among others.

To help tech start-ups and tech entrepreneurs make the most of the opportunities on offer during LTW 2017, we’ve compiled a handy round-up guide to the top free events taking place from June 12 to June 15.

Make sure you add these dates to your diaries…

Scaling up in London and the UK

When: Monday 12 June 
Where:
The Chamber at London, City Hall, 11o The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA
Time: 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Cost: Free

Organised by the Department for International Trade and London & Partners, this panel event will provide “in-depth insights into the UK tech sector” and features talks from key names in the industry. Seedcamp partner Eduardo Espinal, Central Working CEO James Layfield, and Unruly co-founder and CEO Sarah Wood are among the line-up of impressive speakers.

To find out more and book your place, click here. You can also book to attend the post-event networking reception here.

Technology as a driver for growth in a post-Brexit world

When: Monday 12 June 
Where:
Joelson offices, 30 Portland Place, W1B 1LZ
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Free

Hosted by law firm Joelson, this session will give businesses the opportunity to question entrepreneurs, including Addison Lee’s vice chairman, investors such as JamJar Investments (the fund started by the Innocent Drinks founders), and the Mayor’s office for foreign investment, on the changing face of Britain. The talk promises to cover a wide range of issues relating to technology and developing intellectual property (IP).

Get your ticket for the event here.

Young Budding Entrepreneurs Club

When: Tuesday 13 June
Where:
The Gherkin, 30 Saint Mary Axe, EC3A  8EP
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free

Organised by serial young entrepreneur Ollie Forsyth, The Budding Entrepreneurs (TBE) Club is an application and invitation-only entrepreneur’s community for ambitious, entrepreneurial individuals in the UK. The latest in a series of monthly events, this event – open to all – will take place at The Gherkin and promises to provide key networking opportunities. There will also be a keynote from PwC’s Young Business Leaders founder George Buckle.

Register your place for the event here.

UX and UI clinics: Grow your user base and impress investors

When: Monday 12 June to Wednesday 14 June
Where:
Skein, 1 Fore Street, Moorgate, EC2Y 9DT
Time: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Cost: Free

If you’re looking for advice on how to improve the user experience (UX) of your tech product to increase conversions then you should get yourself to one of Skein’s workshops. Experts in scaling up tech products, Skein is holding free 45 minute one-on-one clinics throughout the first half of London Tech Week that offer entrepreneurs advice on their product and plan, how to improve UX and user integration (UI), and recommendations on the best plan of action.

To secure a session, booking is required. Register your place here.

Check in for travel technology

When: Wednesday 14 June
Where:
The Trampery, London
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Free

Interested in travel, technology and innovation? Then this is the event for you.

Organised by London & Partners with The Trampery, TravelTechLab, and Tech London Advocates, this pitch and panel event will bring together budding tech entrepreneurs and tourism professionals to discuss issues within the industry, and find solutions.

Secure your place here.

Tug Life 3

When: Tuesday 13 June to Friday 16 June
Where:
Protein Studios, 31 New Yard Inn, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EY
Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Cost: Free

A four day pop-up event, Tug Life offers a wide range of sharp, short talks for “ambitious, broad-thinking people”. Said to be a must-attend for those interested in the digital space, there will be talks from more than 50 speakers including Microsoft product marketing manager James Murray, Twitter UK’s director of planning David Wilding, What3Words co-founder Jack Waley-Cohen, and Blippar’s global head of experience strategy; Omaid Hiwaizi.

Talks will focus on humans vs machine and sessions listed include ‘The future of retail’, ‘Does marketing need humans anymore?’ and ‘Can humans survive and thrive as machines become ever part of their lives?’

Get your tickets here.

From Manchester to Syria: How social media is the front line of every breaking story

When: Thursday 15 June
Where:
80 Clerkenwell Road, fifth floor, Clerkenwell, EC1M
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Cost: Free

Offering unique takes on social media, this morning event will see the Press Association’s social media editor Stephen Jones walk you through the Manchester attacks from the breaking news moment, to fake sympathy posts, to police Twitter accounts keeping citizens informed. This will then be followed by a talk from Hazel Baker, the global head of UGC at Reuters, who will discuss Syria’s conflict and how rebels, ISIS, governments and eyewitnesses use social media.

To learn about social media innovation, book your place for this event here.

Fit for patients; fit for investment

When: Thursday 15 June
Where:
Greenworld Theatre, King’s College London, 55 Weston Street, SE1 3RA
Time: 10:00am to 1:30pm
Cost: Free

Targeted at health tech start-ups and health innovators, this conference-style event will focus on addressing today’s health demands and will bring together speakers and industry leaders to examine how to understand areas of unmet clinical and patient need. Organised by MedCity, DigitalHealth.London, Tech London Advocates HealthTech group, Health Foundry and Asthma UK, the event will also explore how healthtech entrepreneurs can get funding and scale-up product development.

Tickets are available to book here.

Building the best data analytics function for your business

When: Thursday 15 June
Where:
14 Macklin Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5NF
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Cost: Free

A mixture of quick-fire talks and a Q&A panel, this event will centre on the challenges faced by data science and analytics teams and will provide advice from those businesses that have already been through these challenges. Among the stellar group sharing data analytics insights are PepsiCo ESSA’s senior manager of strategic insights and AVIVA’s head of digital strategy.

Secure your ticket for this event here.

Making the most of digital social innovation

When: Thursday 15 June
Where:
58 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DS
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: Free

Hosted by global innovation foundation Nesta, this networking drinks event will feature a showcase of inspiring digital projects that are solving some of society’s biggest problems in fields such as education, environment, democracy, transport and housing. This showcase will be followed by a panel discussion with ‘tech for good’ companies who will explain why advances in technology should “not just be about games, payments and driverless cars”.

Interested in this event? Book your place here.

“Think different”

When: Friday 16 June
Where:
Campus London, 4-5 Bonhill Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4BX
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Cost: Free

Focused on talent and diversity, this panel event will see the brains behind fast-growth start-ups Monzo, Neyber, Onfido, EDITD, GrantTree and HustleCrew come together to discuss how to create and maintain an inclusive company culture. The discussion will touch on employment processes and organisational structures, how to improve diversity in your business, and how company policies such as paternity and maternity leave can effect inclusiveness.

Register your interest here.

London Hack Day

When: Friday 16 June
Where:
Ticketmaster HQ, 4 Pentonville Road, N1 9HF
Time: 9:30am to 21:00pm
Cost: Free

Hosted by Ticketmaster and Transport for London (TfL), this hackathon event will close off the week with tech developers, coders and budding tech entrepreneurs coming together to bring ideas to life using open data from TfL and access to its unified AP. Ticketmaster and TfL hope to inspire the next generation of apps that will provide truly meaningful experiences for both London residents and visitors seeking the best live experiences with the best means of getting there.

Open to all techies, including tech veterans or those just starting out with an IT course or degree, book your place here.

Hosting an event for London Technology Week 2017? Think it should be included in this round-up? Submit a comment below, Tweet us with the hashtag #LTW or email megand@startups.co.uk and we may just feature it here!

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