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Birmingham Tech Week 2022: Going Global!

The UK’s largest regional tech festival returns with a mission to inspire tech businesses to go global and establish the West Midlands as an international tech hub

  • The UK’s largest regional tech festival (10 – 14 October 2022) hosts free events that are open to anyone interested in the digital ecosystem or working in the technology sector.
  • It delivers an opportunity for the teams behind startups, scaleups and enterprises, as well as developers, entrepreneurs and digital skills providers, to network and engage with tech business leaders.
  • Speakers from global tech brands and regional tech company success stories will share the stage to inspire and educate attendees.

The UK’s largest regional tech festival, Birmingham Tech Week, returns on 10th – 14th October 2022, with a mission to cement Birmingham & West Midlands position as the fastest growing tech sector in the UK, and a major international tech hub. The free event will provide investment opportunities, access to high quality support, networking opps, and digital skills training.

Across five days, over 5000 attendees will congregate in venues across the West Midlands to witness inspirational events and innovative demonstrations, delivered by execs from the world’s leading brands including; Microsoft, Accenture and Slack as well as influential technology voices from across the globe.

The West Midlands has nearly 6,000 tech companies employing a diverse workforce of over 38,000 people. It has evolved into a hub for scale-ups with over £450 million invested in growing companies in the region in 2021. The region is also a global leader in e-sports: Leamington Spa is known as ‘Silicon Spa’ due to a cluster of 130 companies being responsible for 25% of the UK’s gaming output.

Across the week there will be many free sessions and workshops, including a scale-up summit, a digital skills symposium and an awards ceremony to celebrate the region’s tech successes. There will also be opportunities for start-up and scale up business leaders to meet and hear from inspirational entrepreneurs.Topics that will be discussed at the festival include artificial intelligence, web 3.0, robotics, big data and digital transformation.

The free to attend festival has been created to help businesses achieve more, inspire the next generation and highlight the importance of digital skills.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Birmingham Tech Week has become a real highlight in the city’s business calendar – which is apt given the West Midlands’ status as the UK’s fastest-growing tech sector. After millions tuned in to enjoy the spectacular Commonwealth Games, this is a great time to be pitching all that our region has to offer – including our impressive tech credentials – whilst also building strong relationships with fellow tech hubs overseas.

“It was fantastic to play host to the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championships this summer which underscored how we are in many ways a natural fit for the fast-growing e sports industry given the tech sector is one of our strong suits thanks to our talent base and innovation capabilities. I look forward to productive discussion around how we can take the tech sector to the next level and make the most of the genuine opportunities ahead of us in the coming months and years.”

Yiannis Maos, the founder and CEO of Birmingham Tech, the organisation responsible for delivering the week, commented:

“The week was founded on encouraging collaboration, celebrating regional success and inspiring people from all walks of life to get into technology. We are really excited about this year’s festival as the region’s tech sector has seen a real transformation and the week will act as a catalyst for future growth.”

To ensure the city continues on its journey to being recognised as a major international tech hub, Birmingham Tech Week is working with a number of strategic sponsors and partners.

Kate Lawlor, CEO at Bruntwood SciTech, said:

 “Birmingham Tech Week aligns brilliantly with our commitment to supporting the growth of the tech sector across the West Midlands. Through this partnership, we can provide the environment, ecosystem and community that the tech sector across the region needs to form, scale and grow at a local, national and global level.”

Simon Hills, Chief Executive Officer at Wise, one of this year’s sponsors and a partner of Birmingham Tech, commented:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Birmingham Tech and sponsoring the Digital Skills day at this year’s festival where we’ll be exploring how the region can improve diversity and inclusion, with a focus on Women in Tech. Supporting our local community and raising awareness of just how fantastic the West Midlands is for both tech businesses and talent is something we’re passionate about and so we’re looking forward to this year’s event.”

Among the key speakers are; Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and ex-MD of John Lewis, Russ Shaw CBE, Founder of Global Tech Advocates, Paramjit Uppal, CEO & Founder of AND Digital

James Macfarlane, President of PM Connect, Melissa Snover, CEO & Founder of Nourish3d and Sheila Flavell CBE, President at techUK.

Birmingham Tech Week offers a number of exciting opportunities for businesses and people across the West Midlands and UK. You can find out more about the week and discover how to get involved here:

About Birmingham Tech

Birmingham Tech is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to raise the profile of the West Midlands tech scene and help local businesses go global. They do this through a number of carefully curated and collaborative initiatives, showcase events (including Birmingham Tech Week – the UK’s largest regional tech festival) and original content. Since its inception, the organisation has helped businesses raise over £100m, inspired 1,000s of people to get into technology and worked with over 50 strategic partners – all of this helping the region become the fastest growing tech sector in the UK.

Among those presenting at the festival are;

  • Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
  • Kate Lawler, CEO of Bruntwood SciTech
  • Simon Hills, CEO of Wise
  • Russ Shaw CBE, Founder of Global Tech Advocates
  • Sheila Flavell CBE, President at techUK
  • Paramjit Uppal, CEO & Founder of AND Digital
  • James Macfarlane, President of PM Connect
  • Melissa Snover, CEO & Founder of Nourish3d
  • Mike Bristow, CEO at CrowdProperty

Tech companies that have emerged from the region include; Wise, CrowdProperty, Kagool, Nourish3d and PM Connect.

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