The first-ever London Technology Week has triumphed in demonstrating England’s abundance of innovative technological organisations, ideas and talent.
The week’s aim was to provide “a valuable platform to discuss, formulate and promote policy aimed at driving forward the UK’s IT sector”. With over 200 events and featuring many industry expert speakers, including Sir Michael Moritz, Chairman of Sequoia Capital, the week succeeded in establishing London as one of the leading technology hubs of the world. Throughout the week, different events covered the various aspects London’s technology scene is bringing to the digital table, and the future of the IT sector. The biggest event of the week was the Internet World exhibition, which attracted 10,000 attendees. Featuring speakers from IBM, Oracle, Cisco and Microsoft among others, the event covered all angles of digital strategy, from IT infrastructure and security to marketing. Bringing “together business leaders, IT specialists, developers, technical experts, digital marketing and business development professionals with leading technology innovators and solution providers”. Also taking place in the middle of the week, one of the most exciting events was the Cloud World Forum, EMEA’s leading cloud event, providing delegates with a sophisticated vision of what lies ahead in all things cloud.
There are now 34,000 tech businesses in London, which is more than any other city in Europe. Over the next ten years, London’s digital tech sector is set to continue to expand – creating an estimated 46,000 new jobs and £12 billion of economic activity. During the week, Michael Moritz confidently asserted that in the coming years technology companies with a London link could become “global powerhouses”. Trustmarque, recognising the wealth of opportunities in London’s thriving tech scene, recently opened an office in London. By expanding into the capital, Trustmarque has taken a further step towards becoming the market-leading provider of innovative technology services and solutions to major organisations in the corporate and public sectors in the UK.
Research produced for London Technology Week also drew attention to how the capital may improve further; Boston Consulting Group highlighted London’s subpar broadband quality and provision, advising a “full-scale fibre rollout” to tackle the capital’s problems. This highlights how London can still benefit from collaboration with other UK ‘smart cities’ which are taking advantage of rapid technological advances. York is one such city, after being announced in April that the city had been chosen for a new, ultrafast fibre optic network. This exciting development will see the city experience the fastest broadband speeds in Britain, potentially making York the “digital infrastructure capital of the UK” (City of York Council leader James Alexander).
Overall, the event showed how much the UK technology industry has to be proud of. From innovative apps and gadgets to IT consultancy and solutions, the UK is playing a vitally important role.