STARTUPS June 10th 2014


London Technology Week 2014: 10 top events for the diary

Our round-up of the 10 best tech events taking place across the capital next week

by Megan Dunsby

 Updated: Jan 30, 2015 Published: Jun 10, 2014

With the capital’s first ever London Technology Week event taking place from Monday 16 June, Startups.co.uk, one of the programme’s official media partners, has compiled a guide of the 10 top tech events that will be running throughout the city to champion London as a digital hub.

Hailed by mayor Boris Johnson as a ‘key moment’ in the drive to position London as the tech capital of the world, the week will see an array of presentations, demonstrations and talks, and tech entrepreneurs should take note.

With social media discussions led by the founder of Bebo, ‘Big Data breakfasts’ and seminars about Silicon Valley opportunities, here’s our pick of the best events you should add to your diary…

1. Internet World 2014

When: Tuesday 17 June to Thursday 19 June, 10am – 5pm

Where: ExCeL London

The flagship event of London Tech Week, digital exhibition Internet World 2014 will bring together business leaders, IT specialists, developers, technical experts, digital marketers and business development professionals within one arena.

The show, which will run at ExCeL London over a three day period, will provide hands-on training, workshops, live start-up pitching, mentoring, and dedicated seminars covering areas such as e-commerce, big data, digital marketing and web development in order to help tech entrepreneurs grow their business.

Thousands of IT and tech professionals are already said to be attending and you can register for free here.

2. Tech London Advocates ‘property hangout’

When: Thursday 19 June, 4pm – 6pm

Where: The Office Group’s Gridiron Building (Room 1), One Pancras Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG

For tech start-ups looking to move or grow their start-up business within London, Tech London Advocates’ (TLA) ‘property hangout’ seminar will provide free expert advice on emerging ‘tech neighbourhoods’, workspace and rents.

Hosted by a panel of industry leaders including Juliette Morgan; head of property for Tech City UK, Nancy Pound; business manager for the City of London Corporation, and Stephanie Joslin; senior programme manager for the Greater London Authority regeneration team, the event is intended to give entrepreneurs valuable insights into London’s property market. Those in attendance will also be given insider tips to help secure office space in the city.

To register for the property hangout, click here.

3.  The future of social media with Bebo co-founder Michael Birch

When: Monday 16 June, 6:30pm – 9pm

Where: TechHub @ Campus, 4-5 Bonhill Street, London, EC2A 4BX

With a growing social media revolution, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Bebo, Michael Birch will be leading this conference on the upcoming trends to watch out for in the world of social media and what Birch predicts will be next. Having famously sold AOL at the height of its popularity and then having bought it back later for ‘pennies’, the business leader will be looking at what lies in store for social media as it continues to change the way people interact.

Suited for start-ups in the digital and social media space, the event will be taking place at tech workspace Tech Hub and you can book tickets here.

4. WANdisco’s Big Data Breakfast

When: Wednesday 18 June, 8:30am – 10:30am

Where: Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

Named by government as one of the ‘eight great technologies for the future’, Big Data is having a major impact on British businesses and this breakfast briefing will look to highlight this role that Big Data is playing in transforming the tech industry.

Organised by WANdisco and supported by Tech London Advocates, the event will feature keynote speakers from leading tech names such as Will Page; director of economics for Spotify, Peter Janes; founder of Shopa, Jamie Murray-Wells; retail lead for Google and founder of Glasses Direct, as well as WANdisco founder David Richards.

The deputy mayor of London, Kit Malthouse, and head of data for the Office for National Statistics will also be on hand to discuss how the UK can harness Big Data opportunities.

Tickets are available here.

5. An evening with UKTI Silicon Valley

When: Wednesday 18 June, 6pm – 8:30pm

Where: Fried Frank, 99 City Road, London EC1Y 1AX

Entrepreneurs looking to find out about trends and opportunities in America’s burgeoning Silicon Valley should attend this networking event hosted by UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Helen Moore, Alex West of UKTI San Francisco, and Keith Moses of UKTI London.

Exploring how tech companies can capitalise upon Silicon Valley, the event will include discussion on how to tackle the market, overcoming barriers for entry, and ways to support your start-up business as you internationalise. There will also be Q+A opportunities with the panel.

Register your interest here.

6. How to fund your digital start-up hosted by Nick Holzherr, Tim Jackson, Stefan Siegel, and Marc Cameron

When: Tuesday 17 June, 6pm – 9pm

Where: Google Campus, London

With a panel of leading entrepreneurs such as Marc Cameron; founder of 2210 Fashion and Seven Magazine, Apprentice star Nick Holzherr; founder of Whisk.co.uk, and Tim Jackson; founder of QXL and Lean Investments, this conference promises to give tech start-ups a great ‘in’ to raising funding.

As well as exploring finance options, there will also be a 30 second elevator pitch opportunity where members of the audience will be able to present their business to the panel.

With additional entrepreneurs set to be added to the line-up shortly, you can get your ticket for the event here.

7. Vator Splash London pitching event

When: Thursday 19 June, 4pm- 10pm

Where: Google Campus, 4-5 Bonhill St, London EC2A 4BX

A leading tech start-up competition in the US with $180m follow-on capital raised by its winner, Vator Splash has recently launched in the UK and its latest pitching event sees it come to Google Campus. The event will showcase emerging tech businesses, provide networking opportunities with ‘high-tech influencers’, and share advice on how to be an entrepreneur and investor.

Techstars founder David Cohen, Eventbrite founders Kevin and Julia Hertz, leading investor Brent Hoberman, and Travelzoo CEO Chris Loughlin, are just of some of the names who will be speaking at the event.

Register to attend Vator Splash London here.

8. Promoting your app on a shoestring hosted by Frugl

When: Monday 16 June, 6:30pm – 8pm

Where: Kings Head Members Club, 257 Kingsland Road, London E2

Designed with app developers in mind, this ‘PR for beginners’ workshop led by Suzanne Noble, founder of early stage ‘going out app’ Frugl, intends to offer app businesses all they need to know to create a successful app on a shoestring budget.

With 20 years in the publicity and entertainment industry, Noble will be sharing her tips and tricks on how to maximise exposure and attract users to download your app while keep marketing spend low.

Sign up for the workshop here.

9. CoFoundersLab Matchup London

When: Monday 16 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: Google Campus, London

Looking for a co-founder for your tech start-up or searching for a good founding team for your early-stage business? This networking ‘matchup’ event, hosted by online matching platform CoFoundersLab, is designed to enable you to do just that by helping entrepreneurs to find co-founders, advisers and interns.

Having already held ‘matchups’ in 40 cities around the world, the event will aim to connect like-minded entrepreneurs at Tech City’s leading digital hub Google Campus.

Register for the CoFoundersLab Matchup here.

10. Techstars Demo Day

When: Friday 20 June, 9:30am – 1pm

Where: Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, London E1 4UJ

Opening up its demo day to the broader London community for the first time, leading tech accelerator Techstars London will be holding its pitch finale at Genesis Cinema on Friday 20 June and is inviting entrepreneurs and budding tech businesses to attend.

Having started with 11 teams from 8 different countries, the 13-week competition has now whittled down to a select group of companies who will pitch their business ideas and graduate from the programme.

Tech start-ups eager to learn pitching skills and find out more about the accelerator scheme, can register for the Demo Day here.