Boris Johnson and former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg kick-start the first ever London Technology Week.
The pair joined London schoolchildren at co-working space Central Working in Shoreditch where they played with computer and coding kits designed by London-based start-up Kano.
The meeting launches a series of 130 events that will bring together over 30,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and developers from across the globe.
With the presence of large companies like Microsoft, Samsung, Google and Eventbrite, the week’s events range from large international conferences to pitching competitions and “hackathons”.
London’s first Technology Week, founded by London & Partners, promises to be the largest collection of tech events seen in Europe and showcases London as the digital capital of the continent.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “London is at the forefront of digital innovation, with tech giants thriving here as well as dynamic new start-ups. This vibrant sector now supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in our city with potential to massively grow. I welcome the creation of London Technology Week as the latest initiative to harness the buzz around this exciting industry.”
London Technology Week runs from June 16-20. For more information and the full calendar go to http://londontechnologyweek.co.uk/.