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This week at NS Tech: #LDNTechWeek, Brexit and more…

Every week we scour the headlines to find a few key stories you need to know about in enterprise tech, some upcoming trends and events, and even some funnies for you to take to the water cooler.

London Technology Week

Now in its third year, London Technology Week acts as a focal point for the city’s startup community, as well as increasingly offering an opportunity for corporates to share in the story.

Interoperability in IoT will be discussed at length today at Hypercat, with collaboration the word on everyone’s lips as we look to ensure technology actually works long term.

Tomorrow, you can hear key members of the programming community talk about how their skills actually power the tech revolution, hosted by Stack Overflow.

QA is inviting business leaders for a hands-on workshop on Tuesday looking at detecting and managing cyber security risks. Clearly a big theme this year, there’s also a practical event happening on Friday that could help with your all-important breach planning.

On Wednesday, the CBI will host a morning event focused on digital transformation for big business. Telefonica’s Wayra accelerator, meanwhile, is welcoming a corporate crowd all day Wednesday to explore the role of startup bootcamps in corporate transformation.

Microsoft will hear from IT implementers at its event on Wednesday, as businesses try to work out what skills are needed for 21st century offices. If you’re particularly interested in serverless computing, join the queue for a short course on Thursday evening.

Over three days, Kings College is hosting an event on 5G, which discusses the need for ever more powerful networks to power out digital stuff. And on Friday, you can hear from Barclays on the research it’s conducting this year on how the UK’s digital workforce compares to global competitors.

Blockchain will also be widely discussed over the week, so if this is your next area of focus, head to hear Blockchain CEO Peter Smith talk about its development.

If you’re able to fork out, there’s a practical blockchain workshop for execs happening this Thursday. Coinsilium is also hosting a paid-for, CPD-accredited training event on all things alternative finance on Friday.

Hear about ‘government as a platform’ with the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s smart cities team. And if public sector is your thing, the government’s startup innovation arm Tech City UK is five this year, so it’s celebrating on Wednesday night.

There are also lots of diversity events happening over the course of LTW, culminating with Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech Awards.

And if all of that isn’t enough, Data Festival London is taking place all next weekend, with hackathons, meetups and, of course, lots of data.

For a bit of light relief, there’s an exhibition happening on Tuesday and Wednesday in the heart of Silicon Roundabout that promises to shine a light on East London’s development as a global tech hub.

We’ll have more news from London Tech Week throughout the next five days.


Ahead of Thursday’s vote, we’ve been talking to members of the tech community about preparing (or not) for Brexit. Keep an eye out for this ahead of polling day.

The Europas

Last week saw the return of The Europas Awards, picking out the ‘ones to watch’ in Europe’s startup world across hardware and software.

Key winners included Darktrace, which is working to provide cyber threat immunity for business, and blockchain-as-a-platform company Credits.

One more thing…

If you find yourself with a moment to spare, check out this analysis of the best US tech industry analysts, as measured by how many of their peers are following them on Twitter.

Below is the top 10, go forth and follow.

Top tech analysts