The top tech events for London’s tech heads

London is one of the world’s hubs for tech and startups, mostly concentrated around the trendy neighbourhoods near our offices here in East London, and the city has some of the most exciting tech events this side of Silicon Valley. We’re proud to be at the centre of this at ICON Printing, counting WeWork, Boiler Room and Google among our clients.

The future is bright for businesses willing to embrace the power of big data, virtual reality and new markets in Asia and Africa, but there are also questions hovering around the uncertainty of Brexit. Futureproof your concepts, learn and rub shoulders with some of the tech world’s greatest minds at these events, all coming up in the capital over the next year. Here are our picks of the best tech events in London for 2019 – get them in your Google calendar today. 

Startup Grind Europe

Mammoth startup community Startup Grind has gathered together an impressive array of guests for its upcoming Europe conference with luminaries from all corners of the tech and media worlds, including speakers from Google, The Economist, Transferwise, Bolt and Bulb. They will be discussing the future of the European tech landscape, from venture capital to fintech to artificial intelligence, with opportunities for anyone who wants to network or simply get inspired.

June 6 2019, from £200

Africa Tech Summit

Africa is one of the biggest untapped markets for the tech industries, which makes the 4th Africa Tech Summit, part of London Tech Week, a very exciting prospect. Featuring some of the biggest innovators from the continent, find out the future of African tech ranging from academica to media to finance — this is your chance to get in at the ground floor.

June 11 2019, from £200

AR & VR World Summit

The future is virtual — already augmented and virtual reality is creeping from science fiction films into our everyday lives. The AR and VR World Summit is aimed at helping businesses who want to use this technology to boost their commercial profile, which includes live interviews with successful virtual pioneers as well as deep dives into the technological steps you need to embrace virtual reality.

June 12-13 2019, free

Building on Sustainability Bootcamp

One third of UK consumers are now actively choosing sustainable products, a figure that is likely to increase as politicians and the public draw more attention to the effects of climate change. This conference is aimed at smaller businesses looking to cut down their impact on the environment and draw in eco-conscious consumers, starting with intensive workshop sessions and ending with a networking event.

June 14 2019, free

Fintech Week 2019

With Brexit looming, London’s fintech industry is still booming, but may need to make adjustments for an uncertain future. The city’s key fintech influencers will be speaking about these changes at the sixth annual Fintech Week, which tracks the cutting edge startups that continue to disrupt and redefine finance in the 21st century.

July 5-10 2019, from £300

For more guides to London’s start up scene, take a look at our guide to the hottest tech companies in the capital, as well as our picks of the best coworking spaces in North and East London.

London App Brewery

Now that many of us spend more than 4 hours a day on our phones, every serious tech startup invests in their own app. But why outsource the process when you could build your own? Learn how with an app development course with London App Brewery, for both Android and iOS.

6 + 13 July 2019, £500

Unbound London

An event that gives a shot of adrenalin to the corporate world, Unbound is a platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas featuring over 5000 founders, entrepreneurs and investors from companies as varied as Amazon, Vice Media, Channel 4, Uber and Brewdog — it doesn’t matter what sector, if their ideas matter, they’ll be at Unbound.

17-18 July 2019, from £195

UX and Digital Design Week

Everyone is talking about ‘user experience’ (UX), and how customers relate to digital platforms. Learn more about the idea at this week-long event, where guests will be immersed in London’s digital scene, hearing behind-the-scenes details about commercial successes and mistakes, all while exploring the capital, from the top of a skyscraper to a pint at one of the city’s oldest pubs.

12-16 August 2019, £2000

New Scientist Live

The renowned New Scientist magazine goes well beyond tech. Over a three day conference, speakers ranging from astronauts and physicist to neuroscientists and mathematicians will rub shoulders with some of the greatest minds in digital and tech, with five themed stages and exhilarating conversations for anyone who’s naturally curious.

10-13 October 2019, £100

Big Data LDN

“Join the data revolution” is the tagline for this conference and exhibition — a few years ago data might have seemed a geeky pursuit, but now that every sector is switching on to its power, businesses and innovators are taking notice. At this free event, data and analytics experts will be on hand to advise business owners on how to excel and keep ahead in the data-driven future.

13-14 November 2019, free

AI World 2019

If you watch too much Black Mirror, artificial intelligence might seem like a terrifying prospect. But in fact, AI powers useful technology in our phones, cars and many aspects of our lives. The organisers of AI World 2019 see artificial intelligence as a beautiful gift of technology to humanity, and will spend the conference exploring the different possible futures that AI can bring. Conversations range from cryptocurrency to cyber security and healthcare to robotics.

13-15 November 2019, from £175

Women In Tech

This inspiring evening of conversations is for all women who work (or want to work) in the tech and digital fields. Combining networking with inspiring talks from women who have made it in London’s tech scene, this is a friendly, open event for everyone, where you can feel positive about your digital future while chatting over pizza and prosecco. 

22 November 2019, free

Tech For Good Summit

Everyone knows there’s money to made in the tech market, but some people are looking to a nobler cause — using technology to make the world a genuinely better place. This conference features speakers who are using digital technology to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges and make the world a better place. If that wasn’t good enough, the whole event is free, and all profits go to charity.

5 December 2019, free

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