A guide to tech events in London

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A look ahead to the tech events that will be held in London throughout 2017 to help you plan your schedule and corresponding stays.

Everyone in the tech industry knows that London is an exciting place to be, due to its status as a global tech hub. Even if you’re not based in the capital, it’s great to stop by from time to time and attend high-profile events. Not only will these conferences, shows and talks help you keep your knowledge up-to-date, but they’ll also help you network with other people in the sector.

Read on to plan which tech events you would like to attend in London during the year and book your centrally-located service apartment stay accordingly.

IoT Tech Expo Global 2017 – Olympia – January 23rd and 24th

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fascinating area of innovation, making this expo a must-visit for those interested in the trend. The conference will be split into seven themes: Smart Cities, Connected Living, Developing & IoT Technologies, Connected Services, Wearables, Connected Industry and Data & Security. This will allow each of the complex strands of the IoT ecosystem to be explored in detail.

Explorations of these topics will be enhanced through a series of case studies to show their everyday applications. The event is expected to be attended by some 6,000 delegates, with many areas of the IoT industry represented. Expect to mingle with industry leaders in the government, energy, education, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing sectors.

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AIBE Summit 2017 – Artificial Intelligence in Business & Entrepreneurship – QEII Centre – February 4th

The potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) are seen as an exciting prospect in the worlds of business and entrepreneurship, but it’s something many people would like to know more about. Here is your chance, as the biggest event of its kind is set to be held in London in February. Some 800 attendees will be given the opportunity to hear experts in the field weigh in on some of the issues that surround AI and forecasts for the future. Guest speakers will include: Dr Stephen Cave of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence; Hugo Pinto from IBM Innovation; and Carlos Espinal, a partner at Seedcamp.

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European VoIP Summit 2017 – London – QEII Centre – March 9th

A day-long event in which thought leaders in the area of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) come together for interesting discussions. The forum has been held three times before and proved very popular, seeing its return to London for 2017. Trends in the industry, how the dynamics of it work in reality and predictions for the future of VoIP will all be covered during the sessions.

Each of the previous summits have sold out in advance, so be sure to secure your ticket early. The capacity has risen from 200 to 300 to reflect the event’s popularity, but it is still expected to be packed out. With panel discussions, keynote speeches and plenty of networking, it’s the VoIP event to be at in 2017.

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VR World 2017 – Olympia – May 16th and 17th

Proving that virtual reality (VR) goes way beyond just gaming, this conference in May has a stellar line-up. Including 60 exhibitors and 150 guest speakers, the 1,500 attendees will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which sessions to go to. The individual events will be organised into four separate tracks to help them make their choices. Among those they may wish to hear speak are: Gregory Hough, digital projects manager at gsk; Joerg Liebe, chief information officer at Lufthansa; and Josh Saunders, head of technical and creative at Warner Music.

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Smart Cities Live – London – The Crystal – September 12th and 13th

Leading on from successful events in Stockholm and Budapest, Smart Cities Live is coming to the UK. It is a conference with a difference, which includes a smart city exhibition, workshops and a study tour that will get you inspired about the way we’ll all be living our lives in the future. It’s appropriate that the event is to be held at The Crystal, as it is one of the most sustainable buildings in the world, showing how technological solutions can work in action. Networking opportunities will also be abundant, making it a definite date for the diary for later on in the year.

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