What a massive week of tech it’s been here in the UK.
Not only has the inaugural Smart Kitchen Summit Europe held its first ever 2-day conference earlier this week in Dublin, but it’s also London Tech Week!!!
Bringing close to 50,000 attendees to the week-long festival of hundreds of events spread across the city, London Tech Week is not just an overwhelming glut of information about the future and latest tech trends.
As one of many tech start-ups that made a start right here in the capital, this week is also a celebration to all who play their part in this cutting-edge, vibrant and successful industry of ours.
This week’s event opening on Monday saw the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan drive awareness to the #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign which is all about inclusivity in tech. He also spoke about empowering the next generation of talent with the city’s youth and high level tech speakers that show achievement and to not be limited by an individual’s background.
Gender imbalance was again brought into the spotlight during this week’s festival, with new statistics suggesting that just 17 per cent of employees are women, out of the 2.1 million people working in the tech sector.
Trainline’s CEO Clare Gilmartin held a discussion during the event this week identifying education, women’s confidence, and the lack of role models as possible solutions for bridging the gap on tech’s lack of diversity.
Other notable leaders also gave inspiring insights into the tech future this week, including;
• Martha Lane Fox, Co-founder of lastminute.com
• Jimmy Wales, Co-founder of Wikipedia
• Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK
• Margot James, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries
• Representatives from Google, Facebook, Intel, O2, Mastercard, CNN and many others
London continues to be a beacon of innovation, firmly rooted as a technology hub of the world.
According to latest figures released from Dealroom and Tech Nation for the Government’s Digital Economy Council, UK contributes 13 of Europe’s 34 unicorns, which are valued at $23bn (or 37%) and is number one destination for tech talent.
This year’s London Tech Week is very much focused on core topics including new developments in AI, education pathways, data analytics and the 5G future.
One of the main events took place on Wednesday, The AI Summit, which drew more than 10,000 visitors and 3,500 delegates to London ExCeL.
AI-powered customer service was a big talking point on the day, common queries from real people being treated by ‘bots’ that have a natural conversation. Read up on more latest AI developments here.
AI is certainly the word on everyone’s lips, as it continues to grow at an extraordinary rate.
A report on London’s artificial intelligence ecosystem from CognitionX shows the capital is home to 758 artificial intelligence companies, proving that London’s AI future is strong.
An indication that there is a long-term future for innovative companies to capitalise on London’s resources and AI ecosystem.
While AI is expected to take many existing jobs, automating 1.8 million according to Gartner, the analyst firm also makes the bold prediction that it could very well will create 2.3 million new jobs in the process.
After another massive few days London Tech Week (June 11 -15) will wrap up today.