London Tech Week hosts #LTWConnects


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04 June 2020

London Tech Week hosts #LTWConnects in June, featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cherie Blair CBE QC, Ciaran Martin, Head of the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre, and Arianna Huffington

London Tech Week today announces a series of virtual sessions called #LTWConnects, featuring an inspirational lineup of renowned speakers, to discuss the impact of the technology ecosystem on the key issues of our age including health, education, security, the future of work and the socio-economic inclusion of women and under-represented groups.

The discussions will cover how UK tech is tackling our greatest challenges and the important role it will play in the world’s future, alongside bringing the power of resilience, collaboration and leadership to the forefront.

Confirmed speakers for the series, which starts 9 June 2020, include former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cherie Blair CBE QC, Intel’s Vice President Adrian Criddle, Ciaran Martin, CEO of the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre, and Arianna Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global, as well as many other well-known experts and influencers from tech, business and beyond.

Carolyn Dawson, Managing Director, Informa Tech, said: “#LTWConnects will ignite meaningful discussion and debate around how technology is playing a key role in our global community through continued and determined innovation. The pace of change in tech and our world in general means these critical conversations have to happen now. We’re delighted to have secured a group of exciting and engaging speakers from the worlds of tech, business and beyond who we know will deliver some engaging thinking and highly newsworthy debate.”

Janet Coyle, Managing Director for Business, London & Partners, added: “#LTWConnects is an opportunity to bring the global tech community together during these unprecedented times. The virtual sessions will tackle some of the most pressing topics facing the sector right now and highlight businesses that are driving change. #LTWConnects will stimulate narratives and connections that lead into our London Tech Week festival in September (2-10) when we will continue to amplify the voices of technology and drive forward conversations.  The combination of our June and September events will continue to fuel the ambition and momentum of the tech sector that is so vital to our economy.”

Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates and Chairman, London Tech Week Advisory Committee, said: “The impact of Covid-19 has highlighted the critical role that technology will play in future society – whether keeping us safe or boosting our economy. It has brought new innovations to the fore and accelerated the growth of key verticals such as Fintech, AI, Cyber, EdTech and HealthTech, showcasing the resilience of London’s world-leading tech companies. By virtually convening an array of high profile speakers, #LTWConnects gives us a glimpse of what can be achieved in a digital-first world and will spark the necessary debate to ensure that technology is harnessed positively and an inclusive manner.”

The sessions:

FOUNDERS FORUM HEALTHTECH (June 9): Brings together inspiring front-liners from across healthcare and technology to debate the huge impact of COVID-19 within the healthcare sector, for now and in the future. Through fireside chats and panel discussions, the agenda discusses the future of pharma, music, health & wellness and the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.

Key speakers include the Founder of Frazzled Cafe, Ruby Wax, Rich Pierson, Co-Founder & CEO of Headspace, and Robert Wainwright, Global Innovation Lead at Havas Health & You.

CYBER DEFENSE IN A PANDEMIC WORLD (9 June): A fireside chat with Ciaran Martin, CEO of the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre, the discussion will cover how, as tech adoption and dependency increases, COVID-19 has impacted the UK’s cyber threat landscape. The highly engaging and informative discussion will cover the evolution of security and the containment of misinformation. The discussion will be hosted by techUK’s President, Jacqueline de Rojas.

FUTURE EDTECH (June 9): Higher Education is now changing more rapidly and more drastically than ever before, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting this change, Future Edtech will deliver a highly informative and interactive one-day conference where higher education leaders and practitioners can learn about how to adapt and prosper in a truly digital age.

Confirmed speakers include David Lefevre, Director of the Edtech Lab at Imperial College Business School, Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab, and Wendy Purcell, Vice Chancellor Emerita at Harvard University.

STATE OF INVESTMENT (June 10): In an open and honest forum, top VCs discuss critical insights into the current investment landscape, including challenges and opportunities of where to invest now and the role of investors in the recovery of the tech ecosystem. Key speakers include Tim Draper, Founder of Draper Associates, Mika Salmi, Managing Partner at Lakestar, and Alexsis de Raadt St. James, Founder & Managing Partner at Merian Ventures.

RESILIENCE OF TECH: LEADERSHIP (June 11): The tech industry has undoubtedly shown resilience during these turbulent months. This event will provide an inspiring discussion on leading through a crisis and looking beyond the COVID-19 critical actions to business recovery, bringing leadership to the forefront of the discussion.

Key speakers include Roger Lynch, CEO of Conde Nast, Adrian Criddle, General Manager & Vice President of Intel UK, and Felicity March, Security & Resilience Director at IBM.

RESILIENCE OF TECH: STARTUP SCALEUP (June 11): This event brings early and growth stage stories in innovating through the COVID-19 crisis to the forefront. We’ll hear from top speakers on facing difficult decisions and adapting quickly and practically to find opportunities and positive growth for businesses.

Speakers include Pip Jamieson, Founder & CEO of The Dots, Husayn Kassai, CEO of Onfido and Priya Guha, Venture Partner from Merian Ventures.

accelerateHER Live (June 12): Hear directly from some of the world’s most exceptional leaders who will discuss their vision for a new normal and how to ensure that technology companies, which sit at the heart of the future of business, lead with a gender lens. Key topics include: the state of the world for women, COVID-19 and the power of a pivot, the view from the CEO, lessons in leading through a crisis, mental health and micro-habits, cyber security and the future of work.

Speakers includes the former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cherie Blair CBE QC, Dame Vivian Hunt DBE, Managing Partner UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Co, Julia Cheek, CEO of Everlywell, Simmone Taitt, Founder & CEO of Poppy Seed Health, Nancy Dubuc, CEO Vice Media and Arianna Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global.

Registration for the June sessions is here

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Notes to editors

About London Tech Week

London Tech Week, owned by Informa Tech Founders and London & Partners, and co-founded with Tech London Advocates, will this year be a festival of virtual and live events showcasing and celebrating the best of tech, attracting a global audience with networking, social, learning and business opportunities.

Exploring how tech is transforming both business and society, London Tech Week drives the conversations around transformation, diversity and innovation and gives the tech ecosystem a platform to come together with decision makers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers to drive change.

About Informa Tech

Informa Tech is a market leading provider of integrated research, media, training and events to the global Technology community.

We're an international business of more than 600 colleagues, operating in more than 20 markets. Our aim is to inspire the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through research, media, training and event brands that inform, educate and connect. Over 7,000 professionals subscribe to our research, with 225,000 delegates attending our events and over 18,000 students participating in our training programmes each year, and nearly 4 million people visiting our digital communities each month.

About London & Partners

London & Partners is London’s international trade, investment and promotion agency. Our purpose is to support the Mayor’s priorities by promoting London as the best city in the world in which to invest, work, study and visit. We do this by devising creative ways to promote London and to amplify the Mayor’s messages, priorities and campaigns. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners. For more information, visit:

About Founders Forum

Founders Forum is a global network of the world’s most inspirational founders, corporate leaders, global leaders and senior investors brought together to accelerate the positive impact of technology.

Forums are held across the world to convene the best and brightest minds to drive conversations on the future of technology and engage in open debate, brainstorming, discussion and problem-solving.

Founders Forum family companies include Founders Intelligence, an entrepreneur-powered strategy consultancy that works with FTSE50 & Fortune 500 corporates to develop digital strategy, innovation functions and investment vehicles, Founders Keepers, a global executive search firm with a focus on C-Suite, VP-level, Chairman and NXD Roles in technology & innovation, and other businesses across higher education, corporate learning, effective altruism and more.

About accelerateHER

accelerateHER exists to address the under-representation of women in technology and secure an inclusive future across all business. We harnesses a global community of leaders in technology to mobilise change: our events provide founders with the crucial network and visibility they need to raise capital, access new networks and forge new business partnerships. We also equip senior leaders with tools to support a data-driven, action-focused approach to achieving diversity, equality and inclusion in their companies and to accelerate change in our industry.
We are women first, but for everyone who is passionate about working towards gender parity.

About Tech London Advocates

Tech London Advocates (TLA) is an independent, not-for-profit network of more than 9,000 tech leaders, experts and investors. Individuals from the tech sector and broader community volunteer their time to champion London as a global tech hub and campaign to address challenges facing tech companies in the UK.

TLA is supported by a range of commercial partners, including Shoosmiths, KPMG, Lakestar, Hiscox, Penningtons Manches Cooper, CENTI, Beringea, Interxion, Credit Suisse, Russell Reynolds and Here East.

The organisation is part of Global Tech Advocates, which has 16 networks around the world of over 14,000 tech professionals, spanning six continents and 50 countries. The group works together to drive collaboration, innovation and trade between international tech hubs.

HP is the global strategic partner for Global Tech Advocates.


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