9 November 2020
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Silicon Valley Comes to the UK bringing tech leaders from TikTok, Eventbrite and SkyScanner

This year’s digital event brings together global tech leaders from around the world to discuss issues of diversity, the future of tech and the importance of collaboration.

Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) returns for its 14th year as a digital summit, running from Monday 9th November to Thursday 12th November. Speakers joining SVC2UK this year include Richard Waterworth (TikTok), Gareth Williams (SkyScanner) Michele Romanow (Clearbanc), Alex Scott (BBC/Sky and Arsenal), Michael Acton Smith OBE (Calm), Julia Hartz (Eventbrite) and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn).

The annual event brings together the global tech community to take part in a series of inspirational events throughout the week. Attendees will hear from leading US tech entrepreneurs alongside British innovators. Ecosystem leaders, investors and founders from across Southeast Asia, China and India’s tech hubs will also join the conversation for the first time at SVC2UK this year.

“With this year deeply affected by the global pandemic, it is more important than ever that tech hubs across the globe come together to share insights and fresh approaches to innovation as well as driving greater inclusivity in tech. This year’s SVC2UK will connect some of the best global tech leaders, from TikTok to Clearbanc to share their learnings, challenges and predictions for the tech trends of the future.” – Janet Coyle, Managing Director for Business, London & Partners

Although the format has shifted to a digital summit this year, the purpose remains clear: Silicon Valley Comes to the UK brings together the greatest minds to connect the global tech community, fostering an inclusive and diverse network of entrepreneurs and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

The full line-up of events can be found below:

Monday – UK Together: Collaboration between Ecosystems– 3.00pm-6.00pm

Speakers include: Julia Hartz (Eventbrite), Philip Salter (The Entrepreneurs Network) and Gareth Williams (SkyScanner)

Founders, key players and business leaders from tech ecosystems across the nation will share key learnings from the previous months, including how collaboration, communication and community have been instrumental in powering through the pandemic.

Tuesday – Good Growth Summit – 3.00pm-6.30pm

Speakers include: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Alex Scott (BBC/Sky and Arsenal), and Tamara Rajah MBE (Live Better With)

This session will shed a light on topics that our good growth community – female, diverse and under-represented entrepreneurs and innovators – face as barriers in their daily lives such as impact leadership, access to finance and resilience.

Wednesday – Frontpage Trailblazers – 2.30-3.15pm

Speakers include: Yessi Bello Perez (The Next Web) and James Hurley (The Times)

In this media panel, technology and business journalists from influential publications will discuss what they think will be the next big tech innovations and who are the trailblazers who will make the front page. They will offer insights into the changing tech ecosystem, their thoughts on companies in the news at the moment and offer some tips to founders on what they are looking for in a tech or business news story.

Wednesday – CEO Summit

This invite only event brings together some of the fastest growing scale ups to take part in virtual round tables and gain access to knowledge, insight and mentoring from top innovators and business leaders from the US and UK.

Thursday – Beyond Horizons: Connecting Global Ecosystems – 9.00am-12.00pm

Speakers include: David Lloyd (Alibaba), David Rosa (Neat) and Neha Mehta (Femtech Partners)

These sessions will bring together ecosystem leaders, investors, and founders of both emerging tech businesses and unicorns from across Southeast Asia, China and India to reiterate the importance of looking abroad to help refresh our approach to innovation.

Thursday – Reinventing the Now: Co-Creating the Future of Tech – 5.00pm-7.30pm

Speakers include: Richard Waterworth (TikTok), Michele Romanow (Clearbanc) and Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)

These sessions will bring together leaders from across the North American and European tech ecosystem to share their insights and what they believe the future of tech and the consumer will be.

Register for SVC2UK here