Saturday 16 December 2017

Robots and AI stars of show at top tech event

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has thrown his weight behind the Tech Week event which is expected to attract 40,000
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has thrown his weight behind the Tech Week event which is expected to attract 40,000

Erich Zann

The latest innovations in drones, Artificial Intelligence, and robots will feature at London Tech Week 2017, which will take place across the UK capital next month.

More than 40,000 visitors will hear from tech, business and political leaders, including former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP and Facebook's Nicola Mendelsohn.

London is home to more than 46,000 technology businesses, which contribute 240,000 jobs to the city's economy.

Since the EU referendum, London-based tech companies have received over £1bn in venture capital investment.

Zoe Osmond, Festival Director for London Tech Week said: "With a wide range of events to appeal to different audiences, London Tech Week will bring together investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers and business leaders to experience London's strengths in innovation and creativity."

Among the other highlights will be a festival concert with film composer Hans Zimmer, who has worked on 'Pirates of the Caribbean', 'The Lion King' and 'Gladiator'. A promotional film which aims to spread the message that London is open to technology talent, investment and innovation, features scenes including a driverless 'POD', robots in the workplace and mayor, Sadiq Khan, taking the first roboselfie.

He said: "London is Europe's leading technology hub. Our talent, diversity, entrepreneurial spirit and global connections put us at the heart of digital technology.

"London Tech Week will be a fantastic opportunity to show that London is open to collaboration, innovation and ideas that could change the way that all Londoners live and experience the city."

The tech week will run from June 12-16.

Also taking part in the 'Leaders In Tech' summit are Google UK and Ireland MD Ronan Harris; Transferwise CEO Kristo Kaarman; and Blockchain co-founder Nicholas Cary who will discuss the opportunities in London's tech ecosystem.

Other events will include the Drone Racing League (DRL) season finale and the Europas, conference and awards which will welcome 1,000 European tech startups.

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