Mayor of London announces ‘Technology Week’ to champion capital as global tech hub

June event will see leading figures in industry produce programme of talks and events

The Mayor of London today announced new measures designed to champion London as Europe’s digital hub, including the first-ever London Technology Week event.

Set to run from June 16-20, Technology Week will see leading digital businesses from around the globe converge on London for a programme of talks, events and demonstrations.

Created by the Mayor’s promotional arm London & Partners, Technology Week has also received support from Tech London Advocates, a private sector coalition of leading figures within the tech sector.

Events already scheduled to take place include:

  • ‘Going Google’, a talk on how businesses can use Google’s suite of apps to benefit them, hosted by the firm’s technology partner Appscare
  • UBM Live’s Internet World, a programme of events hosted by the international media company
  • The Founders Hive’s Viable Tech Demo, a networking event for tech start-ups looking for follow-on funding
  • Promoting Your App on a Shoestring, a talk by the developer of London events app Frugl

The Mayor said in a release that Technology Week will be a ‘key moment’ in the drive to position London as the tech capital of the world.

Also announced today was the formation of a new London Tech Ambassadors group, bringing together a number of leading figures in the burgeoning sector to act as spokespeople for the industry.

Members announced include Decoded CEO Kathryn Parsons, Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, and entrepreneur and investor Sherry Coutu.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said: “There is nowhere to rival London for tech firms to thrive and grow – we have the talent, the investors, and the entrepreneurial spirit.

“I want London’s world-class tech sector to be as well known around the globe as our tourism, arts and financial services – it certainly deserves to be. London is where it all comes together. We need to build on this impressive growth and champion London as the global leader for ambitious tech companies.”

To find out more about Technology Week click here.

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