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Future Frontiers: London’s New Tech Manifesto

Seven Hills supported Tech London Advocates and Here East this week at ‘Future Frontiers: A New Tech Manifesto for London’, bringing together 200 technology leaders, founders and investors, to discuss the key priority areas for the sector ahead of next week’s mayoral election.

The manifesto launched at the event set out eight core policy recommendations to strengthen London’s tech sector, looking at areas including the development of digital talent, bolstering the capital’s cleantech sector, balancing the regulatory landscape, and the building of world-beating 5G and ultra-fast fibre networks.

Discussing each of these areas and more at the event was host Oli Barrett MBE, introducing Russ Shaw CBE, founder of TLA, and Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, each delivering a keynote to kick off an exciting agenda. Their views built on a brilliant joint piece in yesterday’s Evening Standard, where they outlined how London can secure its future as a global tech hub.

Guests heard from Tom Adeyoola, tech entrepreneur, founder and investor, Dr. Christina Yan Zhang, CEO of The Metaverse Institute, and Andrew Roughan, CEO of Plexal on how the capital can stay ahead of the curve on emerging tech.

Stephanie Heller, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bootstrap Europe and Adam French, Partner at Antler, explored the importance of scaling London’s maturing tech sector in a fireside discussion, before Sana Khareghani, Former Head of the Government’s Office for AI, Ash Ramrachia, Co-Founder and CEO of Academy, and Tim Creswick, Founder and CEO of Vorboss formed a panel to discuss the future of digital adoption and the vision for London 2050.

To conclude the discussion we looked at London’s emerging role as a hotspot for technological excellence with Joel Perlman, Co-founder and Senior Managing Partner of OakNorth and Amali de Alwis MBE, NED and startup consultant.

The full manifesto can be read here 

Read Russ and Gavin’s piece for the Evening Standard, published ahead of the event here

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