ABP London was one of the major partners in London Tech Week – a festival of innovation and technology supported by the Mayor of London that brings together more than 50,000 participants. An International Tech Week Exhibition and a range of seminar sessions were held at ABP Royal Albert Dock as part of the London wide activities.
International and UK National Exhibitors – including Huawei, Schneider Electric, Mobike, Siemens, Porsche, Honeywell and University of East London - displayed their latest innovations in products and services during the exhibition at the historic Compressor House building within Royal Albert Dock. The exhibition also featured a demonstration of the eSports game called “Fortnite” which is produced by a company partly owned by the Chinese digital conglomerate Tencent.
There were also a number of enterprises including PwC and Alibaba who gave expert advice through a series of presentations on how tech companies from China can enter the UK market and a number of UK tech investors gave guidance on what new tech companies need to do in order to attract investment from both the UK and from China.
One of the highlights of the week was the launch of the east London Tech Hub which will be a zone within the Royal Albert Dock complex for large and small tech companies from Europe and Asia to take space and collaborate. Speakers at this session included ABP London CEO, Nancy Xu, the new Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, Minister Counsellor from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Jin Xu, and the Mayor of London’s Digital Adviser Theo Blackwell. The audience included a delegation of 25 tech businesses from Shenzhen led by CEO of Tian An Cyber Park Group, Sunny Tao.
Other sessions included a breakfast seminar on how the workplace is being transformed by technology with panelists from the tech industry along with ABP London COO, John Miu, 10 smart ways on how to promote a tech business featuring the MD of an innovative broadcast company, Globelynx, and Chen Shirong, Editor of China Report magazine.
There was a strong emphasis on youth and tech during the week including a series of tech music workshops from an organization called “Sound Diplomacy”, and sessions on tech and education that featured high level panelists from the University of East London and the University of West London.
Each evening there were networking receptions with live music performance and guests were served a range of refreshments including Artificial Intelligence beer produced by a London company which changes each batch of beer according to information downloaded from mobile phone apps.
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