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London Tech Week shows the way forward in the current tough times


London Tech Week 2020 will be a host to the best of global tech, in its efforts to help us navigate the challenges in our fast-changing world.

This is Europe’s most influential tech event, running through to the 11th September, looking at the impact of technology on the key matters of our age, including healthcare, education, security, the future of work and the socio-economic inclusion of women, BAME and under-represented groups.

Key speakers are from Government, Tech and Science, including Eric Schmidt, former CEO & Chairman of Google, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, Matt Hancock, MP the Secretary of State for Health, Caroline Dinenage MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Dr. Indra Joshi Director of AI at NHSX, and Howard Boville, Senior Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud. Musician, composer and tech enthusiast Nile Rodgers will be leading discussions on diversity and inclusion.

Despite the current climate, the UK tech sector is in robust form and continues to play a key part in driving the economy. Against a backdrop of job losses in many sectors, the digital tech sector is showing signs of recovery, and companies have gained confidence in the last few weeks, as demonstrated by a sharp uptick in jobs advertised online.

The Digital Economy Council and Tech Nation will publish a preview next week (8th Sept) of its Bright Tech Future report, out this autumn, which will reveal the extent to which tech companies have returned to hiring in recent weeks. The report will show tech now employs 2.93 million people and that five cities outside London now have more than a fifth of their workforce employed in the digital tech economy.

“Tech is playing an ever-increasing role in all sectors, demonstrated in the UK’s great tech story, where opportunities for investors and UK businesses looking to export in sectors like healthcare, finance and education continue to grow,” said Gerry Grimstone, Minister for Investment. “We want this to continue. As we strike trade deals around the world, we will work with trading partners to set global standards and create cutting-edge provisions in key policy areas like AI, data and digital to make it easier for businesses to trade.”

[Image credit: Alex Kotliarskyi for Unsplash]

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