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The Luminous List | May 2018

Long time, no see

After a brief blog hiatus, the Luminous List is back! As usual, we’re sharing the trending tech, media, and news stories that have been doing the rounds at LPR HQ this month. As well as going gooey-eyed over a certain special wedding, May has been all about the UK’s biggest tech industry report and planning for next month’s tech festival.

Keep reading to find out more…

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Tech Nation Report 2018

Back in March, we were thrilled to see Norwich leading the charge with the most responses to the 2018 Tech Nation Survey.

After several months of waiting, we were even more excited by the full 2018 Tech Nation Report findings.

Published annually, the Tech Nation Report is the most detailed analysis of the strength, depth and breadth of digital tech activity in the UK. Although coverage of the UK’s tech sector can often be London-centric, the Tech Nation Report explores 30 of the country’s most successful tech hotspots.

Our home region – East Anglia – is lucky enough to have three towns and cities featured in the last three reports. According to the 2018 report, the East of England clusters (Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich) turned over £2.9 bn collectively and created 255 new tech startups in 2017.

Across the three tech hubs, the helpful tech community and the proximity of a number of world-class universities were cited as two of the biggest assets to aiding growth. The region is not without its challenges. Poor infrastructure and transport, and a lack of access to talent have been identified by several Tech Nation Reports as the region’s biggest obstacles. However, we’re confident the region can overcome these challenges in order to become one of the UK’s top five tech hubs by 2020.

To celebrate the launch of this year’s report, we joined Tech Nation on the road at the wonderful Bradfield Centre on Cambridge Science Park. Although the event was slightly skewed in favour of Cambridge, we were pleased to hear Tech Nation chief exec, Gerard Grech, mention Norwich in his opening address. He also name-dropped local entrepreneur George Davis: frustrated by his degree course, George left the University of East Anglia to found SenLab before his twentieth birthday.

For the first time this year, Tech Nation has made their report data completely open and transparent. We particularly enjoyed the presentation from Henri Egle Sorotos, senior insights manager at Tech Nation, encouraging attendees to ‘hack’ the data and go deeper into the insights. Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to HM Treasury, also delivered some interesting insight on what it means to innovate:


London Tech Week 2018

It’s almost time for a regular fixture in the Luminous PR team calendar: London Tech Week. This week-long, city-wide celebration of technology and innovation is probably the UK’s largest tech event. This year’s LTW runs from Monday 11 – Friday 17 June.

As any London Tech Week veteran will tell you, the top events tend to sell out way in advance. To make sure we don’t miss out, we’re already finalising our plans for the week. So far, these are the meetups and gatherings that have attracted our attention. If you spot us, say hi!

  • China-UK Hi! Technology Festival: Tues 12 – Weds 13 

    Hosted by our friends Cocoon Networks, this event is a celebration of the collaborative relationship between the UK and China. Speakers include John Zai (Cocoon Networks), Russ Shaw (Tech London Advocates), Julian David (Tech UK), Jenny Tooth OBE (UK Business Angels Association). There will also be a number of Chinese business representatives in attendance, including employees from Alibaba and the Deputy District Mayor of Shenzhen.

  • TechXLR8: Tues 12 – Thurs 14
    The headline exhibition at this year’s LTW, this event features eight conferences under one roof: 5G World, IOT World Europe, AR & VR World, Digital CX World, Cloud & DevOps World, Smart Transportation & Mobility, Blockchain 360, and Project Kairos. Hosted at London’s ExCel, allow yourself plenty of time to make the most of this massive (and largely free) exhibition!
  • Tech Night Party, Weds 13
    After a busy day of events, we’ll be networking the night away at the official London Tech Week party. Hosted at Shoreditch Town Hall, we hear there’s going to be some cracking music and a unicorn rodeo. Tickets are £12 each, but we think it will be totally worth it.


Royal Wedding ❤

As self-confessed media and pop culture geeks, we couldn’t not mention Harry and Meghan getting hitched.

18 million people around the UK tuned in to watch Prince Harry marry actress Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May. Globally, 2 billion people watched the wedding, making it the fourth most-watched Royal Wedding ever. Usually a stickler for the rules, the BBC waived the licence fee on the day of the wedding, allowing anyone to watch without a TV licence. The Royal Wedding wasn’t the only big event to take place that Saturday: the FA Cup Final aired later that day, but only attracted 6.7 million viewers.

Believe it or not, some pretty cool tech also had a role to play in the Royal Wedding. Facial recognition software by Amazon helped to identify the 600 guests entering the chapel for Sky News’ coverage of the event. The deep learning AI software, called Rekognition, not only named any guests on screen but also provided information regarding how they were connected to the royal couple.


DevelopHER Awards now open!

Calling all East Anglian techies! Nominations are now open for the 2018 DevelopHER Awards.

Hosted by the local Sync DevelopHER meetup group, the awards honour the amazing women in the East Anglian tech sector. In our experience, tech is an amazingly friendly and welcoming sector, especially in East Anglia. However, there’s always room for improvement. Worldwide, women make up just 24% of the STEM workforce. The more inclusive we can make tech, the better we can innovate solutions to the world’s biggest problems.

This year’s DevelopHER Awards will take place on 28 November, 2018.

Click here to nominate a colleague, friend, or even yourself! Good luck!


Event: Norwich Sharing City

Always keen to get involved in our local business community, this event caught our eye.

On Weds 6 June, the Norwich sharing City Collective is hosting an event at the Forum to celebrate Global Sharing Week.

A collaboration between the Norwich Business Improvement District, Liftshare, Flibl, and Norwich City Council, the collective is a “non-profit campaign for Norwich to become the UK’s leading sharing city by the year 2020.” The ‘Sharing City’ initiative promotes the following values to make life better for its local residents:

  • Efficiency and convenience
  • Economic growth
  • Sustainability
  • Digital inclusion
  • Global recognition

Though the term ‘sharing economy’ is relatively new, many of us have already used sharing initiative without being aware of it. Digital brands like Uber, Ofo, Airbnb, Deliveroo, and Facebook Marketplace all have a ‘sharing’ aspect.

If you’re interested in hearing more about how Norwich can benefit from sharing, head to the Forum on 6 June!


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