In 2016, the third annual London Technology Week, created by London & Partners, UBM, Tech London Advocates and ExCeL London welcomed more than 300 events and 45,000 attendees to the city across five days. Here are some of the highlights from the week, celebrating London’s convergence story and the disruptive innovations transforming traditional industries such as fashion, retail, music, science and healthcare.
For the first time in June 2016 the Western Australia Government Office (WAGO) participated in London Technology Week co-hosting an Australian Showcase: Australian Technology and Innovation Forum in Australia House.
The Tech Australia event promoted and discussed the strengths of the Australian tech start-up ecosystem to UK industry and media; promoted the technology market and skills base in Australia, particularly in relation to potential investment opportunities for attending UK tech companies; and generated a comparative discussion of the UK and Australian tech markets, including areas of commonality and mutual exchange and business opportunity.
A downloadable programme for the Tech Australia event is accessible from this link.
The event consisted of two, 35 minute panels followed by a networking reception.
The first panel, moderated by Bryce Keane, Founder and Managing Partner, Albion Drive, discussed the Australian start-up ecosystem, with success story examples provided by the panel members, as follows.
- Didier Elzinga, CEO, Culture Amp;
- Supun King- Jayawardana, Head of CBA London Innovation Lab; and
- Western Australian, Gavin Rezos, Principal, Viaticus Capital LLC.
The second panel, moderated by Nic Fildes, Technology and Communications Editor, The Times, discu8ssed the Journey of International Tech Entrants to Australia: Wins, Challenges and Lessons, with examples provided by the panel members as follows.
- Jonathan Jeffries, Co-Founder, One Stack;
- Alan Kenny, General Manager, EMEA & APAC, Mimecast; and
- Barry Whyte, Chief Operating Officer, Decoded.
The State of Western Australia is a world-leading resources, energy and agricultural economy. In the same time zone as 60% of the world’s population, it has a strategic advantage for those seeking a gateway to the high growth Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean markets. Western Australia’s resources industries, for example are among the most efficient in the world, driven off the back of world-leading research and innovation, including the use of big data analytics to improve productivity. This has been made possible by effective relationship-building between government, industry and academia and is taking place across other industry disciplines, particularly technology-based industries. The sheer size and scale of WA and its economic development has presented a specific set of challenges resulting in a unique set of scientific, technological and innovative solutions.