An estimated 40,000 people attended events across the London in the capital’s first-ever Technology Week, which concluded today (20 June).
With more than 200 independently run events throughout the week, London Technology Week attracted visitors from the USA, Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and South Africa. Sir Michael Mortiz, chairman of Sequoia Capital, Bebo co-founder Michael Birch, Expedia co-founder Simon Breakwell, and PRO Founders Captial co-founder Brent Hoberman were among the keynote speakers.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who pushed the Technology Week forward along with marketing agency London & Partners, said that the week had “exceeded all expectations” and brought much needed investment and attention to London’s tech sector.
Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, agreed. “London Technology Week has surpassed expectations, not only in terms of attendees, but also the unprecedented platform it has given our capital’s burgeoning tech sector and pioneering tech companies,” he said. “This has been a celebration of growth and an opportunity to focus on the work that still needs to be done.
“The events and enthusiasm displayed across the week have clearly demonstrated that, far from being complacent about London’s position on the global tech stage, countless individuals and organisations are consolidating success, tackling the remaining obstacles and cementing our position as a world for capital technology.”
The high number of attendees has prompted leaders across the tech industry to hail the event a success. LinkedIn, the business-minded social networking site, has also called London the European capital for tech talent.
According to LinkedIn’s data, nearly 4,000 skilled technology professionals came to London in 2013 – more than three times the number of Paris, its nearest competitor.
The week of events also providing a jumping off point for London-based tech start-ups, such as ncube, a next generation smart home device. Philip Steele, ncube’s founder, said that the week had been a “great platform” for his company.
“We’ve had some great feedback on our tech and made valuable contacts that will allow us to take ncube to retailers, property developers and housing associations,” he said.
London Technology Week was organised by UBM Live and London & Partners.
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