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London Tech Week hosts virtual sessions with Clinton and Huffington

A stellar line-up at the virtual London Tech Week brings together Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cherie Blair, Ariana Huffington and Ciaran Martin, head of the government’s National Cyber Security Centre.

 The impact of the technology on health, education, security, the economic inclusion of women and under-represented groups are some of the subjects under discussion.

Resilience, collaboration and leadership are the cornerstones for navigating these challenging times.

“#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,” Carolyn Dawson, Informa Tech’s managing director said.

Confirmed speakers for London Tech Week 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.

The virtual sessions will tackle some of the most pressing topics facing the sector right now, believes Janet Coyle, managing director for business, London & Partners.  “#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 impact of Covid-19 has highlighted the critical role that technology will play in future society, suggests Russ Shaw, chair of the London Tech Week Advisory Committee. “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.

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 and wellness and the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.

Key speakers include the founder of Frazzled Cafe, Ruby Wax, Rich Pierson, co-founder and 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 and 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 and vice president of Intel UK, and Felicity March, security and 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 and 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, cybersecurity and the future of work.

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

To register for the June sessions, visit London Tech Week