What the heck is… London Technology Week?

By Alex Wood 6 June 2017
The short of it

Think Edinburgh Fringe - but shorter and nerdier.

Who’s behind it?

London & PartnersInforma, the London-based publishing and events giant. London Technology Week also gets support from 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. 

However this year there are some family-friendly highlights including a concert by Hans Zimmer, the composer behind Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King and Gladiator, and there’s a Drone Racing League – the chance to watch the world’s top racers battle it out at Alexandra Palace.

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.

The good?

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

And the bad?

In previous years, the quality of events has varied 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.

Weigh up each listing 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 in the official listings. Don’t be afraid to ask around and keep a careful eye on Twitter.

If you can get your hands on a ticket, The Europas is well worth attending.

Winners at the Europas Awards 2016.

The Memo’s top picks

The Tech Off: Soundclash 2017!
A rogue’s gallery of 8 music-tech artists, entrepreneurs and innovators will go head to head in a battle of ideas. Each speaker gets 5 minutes to impress you, and the winner will take away The Soundclash Belt Of Music Tech Glory – a custom made wrestling belt – and an invite to return in 2018 to defend the title. Cargo Night Club, 83 Rivington Street Shoreditch EC2A 3AYTickets from £10.

EIT Digital Open House Demo Day
Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of Europe’s finest up-and-coming startups pitchLondon’s Deputy Mayor Rajesh Agrawal will open the evening followed by drinks and networking. EIT Digital, 15-17 Leeke Street, London, WC1X 9HY. Free to attend.

Can you code like a 3 year old?
This event will test your tech skills in an afternoon of fun programming challenges with Cubetto, the coding toy from Primo Toys. Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that teaches computational thinking to girls and boys aged 3 and up. Old Truman Brewery, Shop 7, 91 Brick Lane, London. Free to attend

London Tech Week Academy
Unique series of learning experiences bringing the world’s brightest and best talent to London in partnership with Google. Focused on innovation in the digital age, the programmes are for young graduates all the way to the C-suite; including a 5-day innovation Mini-MBA. Courses from £399.

Avatar Outdoor Screening
Watch James Cameron’s epic at The Scoop, an outdoor amphitheatre outside London’s City Hall. Free to attend, first come first served.

London Technology Week runs from 12 June until 16 June 2017 across the capital. More info here