What the heck is… London Technology Week?

By Alex Wood 20 June 2016
The short of it

An orgy of tech events lasting 7 days. Think Edinburgh Fringe - but shorter and nerdier.

Who’s behind it?

UBM, the London-based publishing and events giant. London Technology Week also gets public support from national and local government and Tech London Advocates.

Do I need to be there?

If you work in tech, or want to – you need to be there.

The word “work” is key here – this is a series of networking and business events. This isn’t an opportunity to take the family out for a day to try out virtual reality headsets.

Where are all the events?

Literally in every corner of the city. Plan your diary carefully to get the most of out of it.

Who’s there?

Lots of big brands. Google, Amazon, the works.

Ford’s putting on one of the headline events, where they’ll explain their transformation from a car company to what they describe as a “mobility company”.

The good?

London Technology Week gets a lot of attention from outside the UK. If you’re looking for investment or new partnerships, this is the place to get business done.

And the bad?

The quality of events can vary massively. Just like the Edinburgh Fringe, most are independently run but sit under the banner of Tech Week.

Most are genuinely worthwhile. But some are little more than a sales pitch with free networking drinks attached.

Look through the listings with caution, make smart choices and don’t be afraid to bail and move on to another event.

Which events do I need to be at?

The coolest things happen behind closed doors and might not be found on the official listings. Don’t be afraid to ask around.

If you can get in, The Digital Masters Awards is well worth attending. Last year’s event had all the right people inside the Freemason’s Hall.

Digital Masters Awards
Emily Maitlis presenting the Digital Masters Awards in 2015.

The Memo’s top picks

Is this for real? Yes, Augmented Reality is enhancing the service experience.
The science and art of using digital technology to overlay virtual content into consumers’ perception of the physical world. Monday June 20, 18:15, Unruly HQ, 42-46 Princelet St, London E1 5LP. Free to attend.

TeenTech Awards 2016.
Meet the stars of the future. Monday 20, 11:00 – 16:30, Royal Society 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG . Invite only.

What will it take for businesses to truly shift the dial on the gender agenda?
This networking event from London Tech Advocates is well worth attending. Monday June 20, 07:30 – 13:00, London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster Row, London EC4M 7LS.
Invite only.

Amazon Developer Day – Gaming
Exploring the future of mobile gaming development, with a chance to try out Amazon’s new lineup of Fire devices. Monday June 20, 12:00 – 19:00, Amazon UK, 60 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD.
Free to attend.

An opportunity for data-lovers to have a chat about Moral Judgments in Digital Contexts over Estrella beer. Thursday June 23, 18:30, City University London, Oliver Thomson Lecture Theatre, Northampton Square, main campus, London EC1V 0HB. Free to attend.