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The Week in Tech – London Tech Week special edition

By Octopus Group on 16th June 2017

As London Tech Week took place this week, we’ve decided to bring you a special roundup that’s jam-packed with highlights from the event. From big tech announcements to the latest innovations, here’s everything that caught our eye at the fourth annual event.

Mayor of London opens London Tech Week, “Brexit won’t harm London tech sector”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, launched London Tech Week 2017 on Monday, with a speech outlining London’s future in a post-Brexit era. Following research showing that 29% of tech experts believe the London tech scene will lose favour in the EU over the next few years, Khan said he will do; “everything in [his] power to safeguard London’s global competitiveness and status as a leader in innovation, ensuring we can access the top talent after Brexit”.

Google taking over the City: HQ and a “Digital Skills Academy”

On Tuesday, Google opened its doors to a brand new “Digital Skills Academy”. The teaching centre, open to everyone from children to CEOs, aims to educate people on the digital world. It also reflects London’s desire to remain as the hottest tech hub in Europe. The Academy will, of course, be oh-so Google in style, complete with funfair presentation rooms and a Brighton-themed Electric Cinema. The news follows Google’s plans to build its new headquarters in London’s Kings Cross.

Tech trends taking over London

As part of London Tech Week, the Creative Industries Council hosted its own festival; Createch 2017, showcasing the work being done in London’s ‘creativetech’ sector. Creativetech is contributing to London’s increasing importance on the tech scene, with the city’s startup culture driving transformation in sectors like fashion, games, design, media and marketing. Other trends such as ‘deeptech’ have also come to light – a term associated with firms working with sophisticated infant technologies, such as AI or virtual reality.

A drone bringing high-speed Internet to the sky?

On the first day of the TechXLR8 exhibition, mobile data technology companies showcased their latest innovations, with 5G emerging as the central theme of the conference. Large tech companies such as Google and Facebook revealed plans to attach mobile antennas to high-altitude weather balloons, known as ‘Project Loon’. Elsewhere, Nokia demonstrated how its 5G technology was enhancing live sporting and music events.

Lovie Talks: Risk & Reward

The executive members from the Lovie Awards paid a visit to London Tech Week to present one of their ‘Lovie Talks’ on Risk & Reward – using creativity to turn today’s biggest business risks into major breakthroughs. Hosted by WP Engine, the event kicked off with a speech from the company’s CMO, Mary Ellen Dugan, followed by a presentation from Gianfranco Chicco, European Marketing Director of The Webby & The Lovie Awards which celebrate Europe’s top web and creative networks.

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