A record number of international technology companies are expected to join delegations heading to London next month to take part in London Technology Week 2016, a week-long celebration of the capital’s thriving tech sector, showcasing more than 200 events set to take place across the city from 20-26th June.
Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and tech professionals will be joined at Europe’s largest festival of technology by digital companies from across the world. International companies are set to travel to London from countries including the United States, China, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, South Korea, Israel and a host of European nations.
With just five weeks to go until the London Technology Week 2016 Launch Event, the number of international delegations signed up has already exceeded the 2015 figure, highlighting London’s position as a global tech hub and the growth of London Technology Week as an international festival for business.
London Technology Week 2016 will host hundreds of events highlighting the city’s position as a global tech powerhouse. More than 160 events are currently listed for the festival which will explore the trending topics in tech from 3D printing and virtual reality, to exporting and intellectual property.
Headline events include UKTI and London & Partners’ Setting up in London, Stack Overflow’s Tech Talent: Developing Our Future, Tech London Advocates’ Creative Tech, techUK’s The Connected Home, Equinix’s Innovation Through Interconnection, and Ungagged: SEO Digital Marketing.
Other events during the week include WIRED Money, Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK Tech, Dot London’s Digital Marketing Drop-in Clinic for start-ups and small businesses and UKTI USA’s America’s Hottest Tech Hubs, part of the new International Programme for 2016.
The International Programme, sponsored by Colt Data Centre Services, is designed to cater for foreign delegations looking to set up in London and also for domestic companies seeking international expansion opportunities. Tech City Tours will also provide a Future of Work tour for groups who would like to understand the processes of the entrepreneurship working environment, and how these spaces ensure increased innovation and disrupt traditional ways of working
A number of high-profile ambassadors representing all corners of the tech community have agreed to support London Technology Week 2016. The group includes Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, Kathryn Parsons, Co-CEO and Co-founder of Decoded, and Michael Acton Smith OBE, Founder of Mind Candy.
Russ Shaw, London Technology Week Ambassador and Founder of Tech London Advocates, said: “With world class tech talent and easy access to international markets, London has emerged as the leading global tech hub. Our success on the world stage is already attracting some of the best entrepreneurs, investors and developers from all over the world. This is reflected in the diversity and number of international companies set to attend London Technology Week 2016. This year’s London Technology Week promises to be bigger and better than ever, cementing London’s status as a world class destination for international tech businesses.”
Kevin Pearce, London Technology Week Event Director, UBM EMEA said: “We are delighted to be welcoming so many international delegations, businesses and tech leaders to join us at London Technology Week 2016. It is testament to London’s thriving tech community, the opportunities available here in the capital and the diversity of events taking place across London Technology Week that a record number of international delegates will be arriving for the week-long programme of learning, knowledge sharing, business and networking. The week’s mission of connecting the entire tech ecosystem continues to reach across borders and attract exciting new participants from every corner of the world.”
London Technology Week is organised by UBM EMEA, in association with founding partners London & Partners, ExCeL London and Tech London Advocates, with support from strategic partners Tech City UK, UKTI and techUK.
London hosted its first London Technology Week in 2014 and last year’s festival attracted over 43,000 attendees from around the world. London’s diverse tech sector was represented in over 200 independently run events which took place in venues such as The Shard, The Ritz, Canada House and ExCeL London.
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