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London Technology Week 2015: The top ten can’t-miss events for UK business leaders

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Planned by event marketing company UBM Live and London & Partners, London Technology Week will run from 15 June to 21 June 2015. 

In the past few years London has accelerated as a key location for tech companies and digital innovation. London Technology Week aims to build on this, as well as focus on the key issues driving business and growth within the industry.

The event, which is supported by the mayor of London Boris Johnson, will be based at the ExCel and around Tech City in east London.

It’s set to be packed, with 200 scheduled events. So which ones are unmissable? We’ve combed through the listings to bring you 2015’s definitive list of must-see events.

(1) What must tech clusters outside London do to thrive?

When: 15 June 2015
Where: Goodman Derrick, 10 St Bride Street, EC4A 4AD
Times: 12:00-14:00
Admission: Free

In its latest report, Tech Nation found that the City is ousted from its place at the heart of the industry by areas such as Bournemouth and Manchester. However, technology clusters outside London and the south east find it more difficult to attract investment and get advice on how to run their businesses. 

Access to talent and broadband speeds are also key issues affecting growth in the UK’s technology and digital sectors. Law firm Goodman Derrick’s technology group will be exploring the challenges facing technology clusters outside of the capital, and how other regions can establish the benefits of the digital economy for themselves.

(2) Unlock the talent of the future – A breakfast with Decoded

When: 15 June 2015
Where: Decoded HQ, 20 Underwood Row, N1 7LQ
Times: 08:30-11:30
Admission: Free

Martha Lane Fox claimed that over 16m people in the UK lack the basic digital skills. This was echoed by an “Employer Insights” report, which revealed that 72 per cent of large companies and 49 per cent of smaller companies are suffering from gaps between the skills held and the skills needed by their tech specialists.

Decoded, a company which hosts flagship courses such as Code_in a Day and Data_in a Day, has suggested that the global war for digital talent is set to intensify in the next five years due to the skills gap. With this in mind, the company is hosting a breakfast briefing that will explore how to unlock the potential in talent already within your organisation, as well as how to to create a culture that will attract the best people.

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(3) Funding your startup: Ensuring investment is a catalyst, not a catastrophe

When: 15 June 2015
Where: RBS/NatWest, 280 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4RB
Times: 14:00-22:00
Admission: Free

In 2015, support for small businesses and startups has never been stronger. But for an entrepreneur starting out, it can be hard to sort through the many funding options available to determine which are most lucrative. While it would be ideal to line a roomful of investors out and let them fight it out, that is unfortunately not the reality.

Tech City News partnered up with accountancy firm Blick Rothenberg and NatWest to highlight the sites, contests, and programs available to get startups some much-needed attention and capital. From concept through to exit or IPO, the event will give you the chance to meet experts to help you every step of the way.

(4) Make it BIG with something small

When: 16 June 2015
Where: FabLab London, 1 Fredericks Place, EC2R 8AE
Times: 10:00-16:00
Admission: Free

The buzz about the Internet-of-Things (IoT) really took off when Google acquired smart thermostat and smoke alarm company Nest for $3.2bn. But the rise of wearable devices and the IoT hasn’t been confined to the tech industry. Take the smart sensor that GE is testing in prisons, or its robotic hospital systems intended to handle everything from deliveries to sterilisation

To give developers of all sectors the chance to work with IoT, wireless chipset manufacturers MediaTek have launched a workshop. Developers will be introduced to the MediaTek Labs developer program, whereby they will be working with professionals to design and prototype software and hardware for wearables in a set of projects.

(5) Big data masterclass

When: 16 June-18 June 2015
Where: ExCeL London, E16 1XL
Times: 10:00-13:00
Admission: Free

With big data and analytics generally considered the domain of the giant corporation, many SME business owners end up overlooking the numerous opportunities these tools can provide. Mike Merritt-Holmes, co-founder and CEO, of Big Data Partnership, which provides training around big data, says that while it is a “buzz term”, organisations are still just making initial steps to what can be achieved with the technology.

Merritt-Holmes will be chairing the big data event, which consists of an executive briefing designed for management and business leaders to learn about big data concepts and familiarise themselves with the business and technology trends as well as opportunities. Furthermore, industry experts will discuss what data science is and how businesses can learn from it.

Read on to find the event launched by FTSE 100 women, as well as one that hopes to introduce tech companies to government figures.

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