After successfully pulling off an entirely virtual experience in 2020, London Tech Week returns for the eighth time next month. Europe’s largest technology festival is offering a blend of 700+ physical and virtual events in the week beginning September 20th. Tickets are free, and thousands are expected to attend. But with so much on offer, the choice is almost overwhelming. So to help you out, we’ve curated 5 of the best events London Tech Week 2021 has to offer.
Global Leaders Innovation Summit (Monday 8.30 – 19.15, Virtual)
Covering a broad range of topics related to innovation, including disruption, collaboration, social responsibility and diversity, the Global Leaders Innovation Summit brings together leaders from large corporate organisations and scaleups to pool knowledge and skillsets. The event will see some of the most prominent names in attendance at London Tech Week 2021 take to the stage, including Brian Cassian, Experian CEO, and Alex Mahon, Channel 4 CEO. It features roundtable discussions, technology showcases and a parallel-running Investor Summit.
ClimateTech 2021 (Tuesday 9.30 – 18.30, Location TBA)
Slated as one of the week’s standout events, ClimateTech brings together some of the most well-established brands and individuals in the field, as well as new names leading the growth of one of tech’s most exciting and socially important fields. Previous iterations have seen figures such as Al Gore and David Attenborough speak. This year, there is a particular focus on the role of venture capital and public-private collaboration, in the form of blended finance, in driving urgently required innovation. Speakers include Guy Galonska, co-founder of agriculture tech start up InFarm, Iggy Bassi, founder and CEO of climate risk platform Cervest, and Zac Goldsmith, Environment Minister.
Founders Forum HealthTech Summit (Tuesday 9.30 – 17.00, Virtual)
Supercharged by COVID-related market shifts, HealthTech is one of 2021’s most interesting fields. Bringing together scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers and co-hosted by with the NHS for the past six years, this event will examine topics including patient care, remote monitoring, sustainability, and the increasing role of AI.
Future of Work Summit (Wednesday 9.00 – 16.00, Virtual)
The swing towards remote working caused by the pandemic has accelerated a trend that the tech industry was already leading, so this year’s Future of Work Summit promises to be highly interesting, examining how tech is changing the way we work. While the outlook on remote working is positive, this event will discuss how best to tackle issues it has raised, such as equality, accessibility and security. There is a strong focus on wellbeing, again reflecting a pre-existing trend that coronavirus has quickened. Company culture will also come under the microscope, analysing how best executives can create and maintain a welcoming environment for employees.
The AI Summit (Wednesday/Thursday 8.00 – 17.00, ExCel London)
The AI Summit was one of the most successful virtual events held last year, with participation rising 20% thanks to the increased scope for international attendance. Delving into the potential AI holds for business transformation, this year’s event is split into 13 content tracks across three groups. Headline Tracks examines wider industry trends, such as Scaling Intelligence and Digital Transformation Acceleration. As you’d expect from its name, Industry Specific looks at the application of AI to various industries, from Financial Services to Cyber Security. Finally, Technology Specific analyses technical developments in areas of the field, such as Computer Vision and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
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