Mobile phone manufacturers, entrepreneurs, developers, investors and business leaders from around the world will descend on the capital this week to attend London Technology Week. With over 200 independent events planned over the course of the week, it is the largest such technology gathering ever seen in Europe.
Some of the world’s biggest technology firms, including Samsung, Microsoft and Google, will speak on the latest technology, industry trends and issues facing those operating in the sector today. Keynote speakers throughout London Technology Week include Michael Birch, co-founder of Bebo; Simon Breakwell, co-founder of Expedia; and Brent Hoberman, co-founder of PRO Founders Capital.
London Technology Week is being organised by UBM Live, London & Partners and Tech London Advocates. Launched by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Monday with key players from the global tech sector in attendance, more than 30,000 visitors are expected to pass through its doors this week.
“Tech Week is a superb opportunity to hail the success of London’s tech sector, which despite only being in adolescence already makes a tremendous contribution to our economy and is outperforming our rivals around the globe,” said Boris Johnson. The tentacles of London’s “digital army” have spread to every corner of the capital and far beyond, he added.
Sir Richard Branson, pioneer-at-large for Virgin Media Pioneers and Virgin Start-Up, emphasised how the tech entrepreneurial spirit in London is now thriving. “Today, there are more great ideas, investors and working spaces across the city,” he said. “It’s a great time to showcase the capital’s successes and opportunities to the global tech sector and demonstrate what London has to offer.”
With the tech and information sector in London, Southeast and East England – including Oxford and Cambridge – growing faster than that of California, London now employs more workers in financial tech than New York and the Silicon Valley. The capital’s digital tech sector is expected to create an additional £12 billion of economic activity and 46,000 new jobs in the capital over the next decade.
The organisers of the event told Mobile, “London Technology Week is the best way to shine a light on this thriving industry, getting us to showcase the talent we have in the city on a global stage.”