The organisers of London Technology Week today announced several of the shows and events that will take place across the capital in June as part of the bid to showcase London’s role as one of the world’s foremost digital hubs.
Unveiled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in March, the London Technology Week, to be held from 16 – 20 June, is designed to highlight the technology sector in the same way that London's Fashion Week does for the fashion industry.
“Throughout the week tens of thousands of the industry’s top tech professionals will flock here to share brilliant new ideas, build business relationships and help cement London’s position as a top global tech hub," said Johnson.
More than 70 independently run events have signed up to be a part of the London Technology Week, according to UBM Live, which is heading up the week in conjunction with London & Partners – the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London, ExCeL London and Tech London Advocates.
The events will be held across the capital, from Old Street to Croydon, and from the Docklands to Westminster. For example, Internet World (17 – 19 June) will take place at ExCeL London and is expected to attract up to 10,000 visitors, while Re.Work: The Future of Education (16 June) will take place at Somerset House.
The organisers were unable to reveal how many of the 70+ events were due to take place during the week before it was dubbed London Technology Week.
"I think some of the large scale events were scheduled for that time line anyway," admitted Adrian Newton, UBM Live's group director of transport & technology. "Others think this is a great opportunity for us to really be promoting what we do as part of the broader London Technology Week propoposition and have produced events specifically for London Technology Week."
While each of the independent events will be funded by their respective organisers, UBM Live is financing the marketing and adverstising of London Technology Week.
Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, said that tech is becoming just as important to London's economy as banking or tourism, pointing out that the tech sector now boasts 155,600 employees.
London Technology Week will also give start-ups the opportunity to showcase their ideas for investment opportunities, receive free advice from mentors, and get practice on how to pitch effectively to Venture Capitalists.
There will be free, ticketed and closed events across the week. For more information about London Technology Week and a full up-dated list of events, visit http://londontechnologyweek.