Prime Minister Theresa May officially opened London Tech Week on campus at Here East on Monday morning, at our events space in Plexal.
We were joined by 200+ of the most influential tech leaders as the Prime Minister took to the stage to pledge that the Government would put tech at the forefront of its industrial strategy moving forward. She announced an additional £153 million of government funding, 2,500 spaces on AI and data master’s degrees, and financial support for 1,000 scholarships to ensure inclusivity across all backgrounds in the sector.
Echoing other speakers in celebrating the huge progress made to date, with British tech adding more than £130 billion to our economy every year, she ended her speech with “let’s come together to create a tech nation that truly is worlds apart”.
May’s speech followed a number of fascinating panels and speeches that demonstrated the UK’s tech scene is continuing to gain momentum. Plexal Managing Director Andrew Roughan was first to take to the podium, celebrating the growth and ambition of London tech, and highlighting the fantastic collaborations taking place across the innovation centre at the heart of Here East. Other speakers included Tech London Advocates founder Russ Shaw, co-founder and managing partner of GP Bullhound, Manish Madhvani, and Mark Gainey, co-founder and chairman of social network for athletes, Strava.
Showcases from the likes of McLaren, Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office, Bird and Fiit provided guests with an exciting interactive look into the future of technology.
We are looking forward to hosting other London Tech Week events throughout the week, including ‘Be Local. But Act Global: hack your way into international markets’, taking place on Thursday.