London Tech Week 2019: Our Top Picks



What a wonderful time of year! The birds are singing, the tube is still in that sweet spot before it becomes unbearably hot, and you can finally both leave for work and return home in daylight. In other words, summer has arrived, and with it comes one of the capital's biggest tech events: London Tech Week.

With headline partners including industry giants like IBM and Microsoft, the annual not-quite-a-week-long, city-wide celebration of all things tooling, technology, and talent seems to be growing year-on-year. In 2019, the week to watch is the 10th to 15th June, which means there's still a little time to sign up for meetups, talks, and workshops to make the most of the event.

In 2019, the focus is the "4th Industrial Revolution", particularly the transformations that technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) will certainly bring to both the economy and society in general. That means a particularly wide net for topics that has attracted senior figures from a very diverse range of companies, including the likes of ASOS, Twitter, Barclays, Azure, Sony, The Trainline, and even the digital team behind Wimbledon (All England Lawn Tennis Club)!

All told, there are already over 120+ individual talks or events scheduled to take place over those four days, and with so much going on it can lead to serious levels of FOMO. But not to worry, that's what we're here for; we've scrolled through the lot to pull out our top 20 picks for what to see at London Tech Week 2019.

Startup Advice

Fuel Startup Growth: Hands-On Data Discovery Workshop – advice on how best to use data to accelerate product growth, as well as a look at Skein's bespoke analytics tools, makes for an ideal workshop for Product Owners in small startup or scale-up businesses (£25, Mon & Tue @ 12:00)

Attracting Tech Talent in an Era of Digital Transformation – looking at the long and short-term strategies for talent attraction, including the evolving role of the CIO and future predictions for the industry (Free, Tues @ 12:00)

Startup to Scaleup: Overcoming Growth Pains – take a deep dive into the various problems that can impact a company attempting to scale, presented by a diverse and experienced panel that's been there before and lived to tell the tale (Free, Tues @ 14:00)

Harness the Power of the Media to Grow Your Startup – a 'how to' on utilising more traditional media to drive engagement, including thoughts on thought leadership and content design, with input from one of the senior reporters at The Next Web (Free, Tues @ 08:30)

Analytics Summit – it might be a paid event, but the cost is pretty low for a full day of discussions around how to use data analytics to beneficially drive business decisions from real world examples, delivered by an excellent line up (£225, Thurs @ 09:00)

Ethics in Tech

Girls in Tech: The Intersection of Tech Benevolence – Girls in Tech are presenting a really interesting topic, looking at the impact tech has on society in a number of unusual ways (Free, Wed @ 18:30)

Research Based Ethical AI: What It Means for You and Your Customers – presented by the research and innovation arm of Capgemini, based on their own data, a look into the ethics of AI around the business-consumer relationship (Free, Wed @ 17:00)

Why True Connections Should be at the Heart of All Technology – exploring why ethics, sustainability and, above all else, people should be at the heart of tech (£19, Wed @ 18:30)

Where Is "Tech for Good" Going? – A roundtable taking a slightly different approach to evaluating the future of the tech industry, looking into consumer trends and the rise of ethical tech (Free, Thurs @ 08:30)

Hopperx1: London – funded by the Grace Hopper foundation, this paid micro-event is a full day celebrating women in tech, creating an excellent opportunity for networking and general allyship, with some cracking speakers that make the price more than worthwhile (£230, Fri @ 08:00)

Real World Engineering

SOS: Shiny Object Syndrome & Tech Mistakes You're Probably Making – are we too quick to chase the newest fad in tech? How does that impact our business, users etc.? Join an excellent line up as they discuss this interesting, provocative subject (Free, Mon @ 17:30)

TechXLR8: A Festival of Connected Innovation – with dedicated speakers/events for AR/VR, Cloud/DevOps, IoT, Startups, AI, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, and 5G, there’s a lot going on here, including a free floor with 300+ exhibitors. No matter your specialisation, definitely worth popping down and meeting some like-minded people (Free, Wed-Thurs @ All Day)

Intelligent Workspace Interactive Workshop – expect to find a whole workshop discussing intranets at LTW in 2019? Us neither, which is what makes this such an interesting topic to consider; from UX to data structures to resource requirements, what should you prioritise when designing an intranet or similar collaborative infrastructure for your business (Free, Thurs @ 10:15)

Serverless for Product Managers – real world examples of how to implement serverless architecture and why its beneficial from a product perspective, delivered by some of the team at AWS (Free, Thurs @ 18:00)

The Pros and Cons of Public Cloud – an in-depth and honest overview/debate of the pros and cons of the public Cloud, including input from the Director of Product Marketing at Azure and hosted by Georgia Barret from the Gadget Show (Free, Fri @ 14:00)

Future Tech

London Lecture: AI in Society, Opportunities & Risks – Professor Floridi, University of Oxford and Director of Digital Ethics Lab at OII, is giving a talk on the risks of AI and the rapid advancement of the industry (Free, Tues @ 18:30)

Innovations, Tech & Espresso Martini – Take a break to chill out in the evening with a cocktail and some seriously innovative product demonstrations (Free, Tues @ 18:00)

5G & Extended Reality Showcase – Various discussions on the potential impact of 5G and XR on businesses, with an amazing line up that makes the entry fee seem worthwhile, including notable individuals from: Telefonica O2, Qualcomm, Accenture, Virgin Galactic, BBC, RSC (£50, Wed @ 14:00)

Future of Work Hackathon – Why not get directly involved in the creation of new tech during tech week and join a Hackathon focusing on the future of office life, coworking, and workplace tech (Free, Fri-Sat @ 18:30)

Wired's Pulse AI at the Barbican – A slick collaboration between Wired and the Barbican, which includes the latter's ongoing AI and robotics exhibitions, for a day of talks on AI and emerging tech, including input from companies like Prowler.io, Google, DarkTrace, and Oxford Uni (plus a live performance by polymath artist Reeps One) makes this a seriously fitting end to the week, even if entry is a little steep (£99, Sat @ 10:00)

UK Industry & Policy

HealthTech Opportunities in the UK – How the UK is seeking to make itself the destination of choice for the MedTech sector, with talks on policy direction from techUK, DigitalHealth.london and NHSX, meaning a chance for direct government insight (Free, Mon @ 09:00)

Will Digital Only Brands be the Future of Financial Services? – A deep dive into the tactics being used to bring the financial sector into the tech revolution, with a panel that includes representatives from Lloyds Banking Group, Starling Bank, The Co-Operative Bank, and the government (Free, Wed @ 08:00)

White City Drinks: The Future of Tech Opportunities – shining a spotlight on the burgeoning West London tech sector, come along and find out all about the companies and people operating away from the Silicon Roundabout; a great opportunity for anyone living out West (Free, Thurs @ 16:00)

Surfing Technological Change – a panel taking a slightly different angle on the less-discussed market impacts for business moving forward, including topics like “slashies” and how to handle team management in an industry that changes as quickly as tech (Free, Fri @ 12:00)

 

Oh, and of course to top it all off, why not come down for the official after party:

Tech Night Party – Doors may cost a little, but if you’re looking to have some fun with other techies or just generally do some networking without all the ceremony, what better way to do it than at the after party?  (£12.50, Thurs @ 17:00)


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