London Technology Week 2016: Top events for any tech entrepreneur’s diary

Running from June 20 to 26, Startups brings you the pick of events taking place including a foodtech summit and a Q&A with Penguin and Channel 4

On Monday June 20 to Sunday June 26, the capital will play host to the third annual London Technology Week with hundreds of events running across the city to inspire and motivate tech entrepreneurs.

Said to be Europe’s largest festival of tech events, London Technology Week looks to showcase the capital’s position as a “global powerhouse of tech” and intends to connect the entire tech ecosystem both within London and beyond.

Backed by UBM, London & Partners, Tech London Advocates, and ExCeL London, the 2016 festival sees the introduction of five new event content streams covering business, innovation, talent and inclusion, growth, and after hours, and includes a ‘pop-up university’, a summit on the future of food, and an engaging debate on the lack of women of colour in tech.

From the general to the more abstract, we’ve rounded up our top pick of events taking place across London Technology Week 2016 – make sure you add them to your diary!

Setting up in London and the UK

When: Monday 20 June
Where:
The Chamber, City Hall, London
Time: 1:15pm to 5:30pm
Cost: Free

UK Trade & Investment, in partnership with London Partners, has organised a forum event to demonstrate why London and the UK are the best places for founders to internationalise a tech business.

The event will focus on why London is the perfect location to set up a tech business and will present real stories from overseas businesses that have set up in the city in order to provide a snapshot of the ecosystem.

Book your ticket here.

City Unrulyversity

When: Monday 20 June
Where:
Unruly HQ 42-46 Princelet Street, E1 5LP
Time: 6:15pm to 8:30pm
Cost: Free

City Unrulyversity is a free pop-up university in the heart of Tech City created in partnership between City University London and tech start-up Unruly which look to inform, inspire, and empower the next generation of Tech City entrepreneurs.

This latest session will see Cass Business School professor Prof Ko de Ruyter, and UCL honorary research associates Dr Ana Maria Moutinho and Ana Javornik discuss the growing trend of Augmented Reality (AR) and how AR combined with virtual reality (VR) is changing how consumers perceive the physical world. There will also be demonstrations of the latest AR technology.

Register your ticket for the event here.

How to develop the future of tech talent

When: Tuesday 21 June
Where:
IMAX Theatre, London Waterloo
Time: 9am to 1pm
Cost: Free

A conference to discuss how businesses “can foster technical talent and secure the growth of their company’s future”, this event will see a keynote speech from Joel Spolsky, the founder of Stack Overflow, on how businesses can celebrate developers, alongside a session hosted by Dr Sue Black OBE; founder of TechMums. Other speakers are yet to be announced.

Get your ticket for the event here.

Future Food Summit

When: Tuesday 21 June
Where:
The Hub Westminster, Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE
Time: 8am to 6pm
Cost: £50 (for start-ups less than three years old)

A full-day event, RE•WORK’s Future Food Summit will see entrepreneurs and brands from the food industry, such as Sainsbury’s, Whisk.com, Huel, and Kerry Foods, come together to discuss a number of issues relating to food technology (foodtech). Sessions will cover disrupting food production, lab-grown meat, consumer robotics, and new business models for the food sector.

To purchase a start-up ticket for the event, click here.

Getting your brand noticed ahead of the competition

When: Tuesday 21 June
Where:
Jigsaw24, 8 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9HZ
Time: 8:30am to 10:30am
Cost: Free

Hosted by PR firm PHA Media, this seminar and networking breakfast event will offer up PR, campaign and communication tips to help businesses build a profile and brand recognition in the media.

With an increasing number of publications and tech features, the session will analyse how tech start-ups can “cut through the noise”.

Add the event to your diary and book your place here.

Creative Tech: How to be successful with the big players

When: Wednesday 22 June 
Where:
Digital Catapult Centre, NW1 2RA
Time: 5:30pm to 7:45pm
Cost: Free

Hosted by Tech London Advocates, this “lively” session will be useful for any tech start-up looking to develop a relationship with a major media brand. Covering media, TV, film, games, publishing and advertising, there will be speakers from Channel 4, Penguin-Random House, and MoFilm and the discussion will focus around the ways that early-stage businesses can collaborate with corporates.

You can register your place here.

No space for luddites anymore: How business leaders are addressing technology change

When: Thursday 23 June
Where:
Charles Taylor offices, 88 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 3BA
Time: 8:15am to 9:45am
Cost: Free

Bringing together experts from the law, technology, sports and insurance sectors, this morning panel discussion will look at how to get people in your organisation to understand the importance of new technology and the ways in which you can communicate the benefits of technology.

The panel will include Merlie Calvert; head of business at LHS Solicitors, David Marock; group CEO of Charles Taylor, Adam Elgar; co-founder of Passle, and Kenny Baille; head of sponsorship and communications at British Rowing.

To book your place, click here.

Digital Catapult Open House

When: Thursday 23 June
Where:
Digital Catapult Centre, NW1 2RA
Time: 9am to 5pm
Cost: Free

An informal event, the government-backed Digital Catapult are giving small businesses, large organisations, and entrepreneurs to the chance to visit the centre and find out more about its work, and how you can benefit from being involved with the centre.

There will be talks throughout the day on topics such as innovation, data sharing, Internet of Things  (IoT) and more. Book a session and find out more about the event here.

Tech + Gender + Ethnicity

When: Thursday 23 June
Where:
ThoughtWorks, 76-78 Wardour Street, W1F 0UR
Time: 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Cost: Free

On the back of increasing debates around diversity in tech, Ada’s List is posing the question ‘Where are the women of colour in tech?’ in this thought-provoking Q&A session. The panel talk will involve prominent women of colour in the UK tech scene and will focus on the issue of racial diversity and talent inclusion.

Get your ticket for the event here.

Digital technology: Transforming the business landscape

When: Friday 24 June
Where:
Nesta, 1 Plough Place, EC4A 1DE
Time: 5pm to 7:30pm
Cost: Free

Hosted by Barclays and Nesta, this evening event will focus on the role and impact of technological innovation and digital skills on the UK’s businesses.

Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan and Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays UK, will present some of their research insights into this area and will discuss possible solutions to meet the future workplace digital skills requirements.

Register your place for the event here.

Datafestival.London

When: Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June
Where:
Wayra UK, Shropshire House, Fitzrovia, WC1E 6JA
Time: 9am to 3pm
Cost: £128.25

An event for “all data enthusiasts”, the three-day long Datafestival will bring together data hackers, data analysts, professors, and novices to look at how data can be implemented effectively within businesses.

Taking place at Wayra’s headquarters, this event will be useful for anyone that wants to look at the ways that data can change their company culture for the better.

Running an event for London Technology Week 2016 and think it should be included in this round-up? Comment below or email megand@startups.co.uk and we may just feature it here!

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