Microsoft and Google to share stage at London Technology Week

London: home to Europe's largest tech sector
London: home to Europe's largest tech sector

Microsoft and Google will be among the technology brands featured at London Technology Week, the largest series of tech events in Europe, taking place in London on 16-20 June.

More than 70 independently-run events will also take place during London Technology Week, which is being hosted in venues in a range of locations, from Old Street to Croydon, and from the Docklands to Westminster.

Tech-savvy professionals will be able to take part in large international conferences, showcasing workshops, face-to-face investor meetings, idea pitching competitions and innovative hackathons. The week is being planned by UBM Live and London & Partners. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "London’s first ever Technology Week will showcase London’s role as the digital capital of Europe, with a range of innovative businesses now calling the city their home, attracting both significant investment and some of the best and brightest talent on the planet.

"Throughout the week tens of thousands of the industry’s top tech professionals will flock here to share brilliant new ideas, build business relationships and help cement London’s position as a top global tech hub."

There will be an opportunity for start-ups to showcase their ideas for investment opportunities, receive free advice from highly experienced mentors, and get to practice how to pitch effectively to venture capitalists.

London-based group, Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers, which aims to support and foster fast-growing tech companies, will be hosting events across the week, including a co-founder speed-dating and pitching evening where attending start-ups have 30 seconds to present their business plans.

At Made@City students will be showing off their innovative tech creations, while entrepreneurs will be able to get valuable advice from InvestHK on how to grow their business in China and across Asia. At Big Data Hack Day developers will work together to create a new music recommendation system.

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