A conference or event is an important place for any up-and-coming tech startup to meet and greet with potential customers, partners and to showcase your thought leadership to an audience, if you can get a speaking opportunity. Among our network there are a few top conferences that tech startups we know are talking about and heading to soon. We thought you’d like to know where and when these happenings are taking place, here in London, and beyond.
Technology: The Innovators
November 2, 2016 (6 PM – 10 PM)
5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX, UK
Huxley is bringing together a group of passionate technology founders, Investors/VCs and tech start-up enthusiasts for a showcase of the most innovative home grown technology. This will be a true evening of innovation giving you up close and personal access to the next tech unicorn to come out of the UK.
*Sign up on the Eventbrite link to get on the waiting list for this fully booked event, or, watch remotely through a live stream.
November 7-10, 2016
The biggest gathering of tech startups and large companies is happening soon, and it isn’t to late to book a ticket at a discount rate. You’ll get to engage with 50,000+ attendees, 7,000+ CEOs and 15,000 companies from 150+ countries. Described by CNBC as being the “Biggest Event of Its Kind in Europe” and by Bloomberg as being “Davos for Geeks” you’ll not want to miss this business extravaganza.
TechCrunch’s Disrupt London
December 5-6, 2016
With a Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley and After Parties planned for this conference, it is sure to be a lot of fun and productive.
Dublin Tech Summit
February 15-16, 2017
Leaders, Founder & Influencers shaping technology across the globe will come together for this conference, held across Dublin’s iconic Silicon Docks and in the Convention Centre Dublin, and the two-day event will showcase everything Dublin has to offer to tech startups. Expected are 10,000+ attendants, 50+ world media outlets and 200+ speakers & global investors.
South By Southwest (SXSW)
Austin, Texas, USA
March 10-19, 2017
Famous for being where Twitter launched, among other exciting startup success stories, the tech startup injection at this world famous music and technology conference includes a Startup Village and plenty for the tech-savvy to be informed and entertained by.
May 2-4, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
USA Today bills this conference as “The anti-CES” and it takes place at the time of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, so you can stay in town for that happening. Jazz fest goes on the weekend before, and after the Collision conference. With 20,000+ attendants, 4,000+ CEOs and 4,500+ companies from more than 50 countries participating, this is a true collision opportunity for building your business.
February 21-22, 2017
Redwood City, California, USA
Google for Entrepreneurs’ StartupGrind says it connects 400,000 founders in more than 200 cities in 85 countries. The annual meet up is a culmination of ongoing monthly events, of which there have been 2,000+ fireside chats since it’s founding in 2010. The event promises to educate, inspire and connect and help entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding and reach new users.
For keeping up with startup conferences and events, here’s a few places to visit and to subscribe to newsletters:
Tech City News
Do you want help positioning your tech startup to win speaking opportunities at conferences worldwide? Get in touch with Lisa Devaney, the founder and director of Hai Media Group, today to discuss a plan of action for your 2017 thought leadership strategy. Email: email@example.com
In the news this week here in Londontown, we have learned that the city has more multi-million-pound mansions being sold than any other city in the world, we are also hearing that our city is the most expensive place to live in the world.
So what if you are on a budget?
What if cheap eats and charity shops are more you’re style than big bling shopping and dining out for hundreds of pounds? Hey, guess what? There’s an app for that!
For Londoners on a budget, the app Frugl delivers on its promise to keep you informed about the best deals for entertainment in the expensive city. Download the app for free from the Apple App Store and begin to discover an affordable side to London. You’ll get to pick from events and happenings that are free, and up to £10, and select from categories of comedy, poetry, film and cinema, classes and courses, meetups and networking, talks and lectures, beauty, food and drink, kids and family, live music, nightlife, shopping and more. You can also book tickets through the app, and find the location of where you are headed with maps.
Frugl has gotten a good amount of press since launch happened in March 2014, including this article in Forbes. The startup received initial funding of a grant from the Technology Strategy Board (now called Innovate UK). At the helm is CEO founder Suzanne Noble, a 20-year veteran publicist and CTO co-founder Tikiri Hulugalle.
We got to catch up with both founders by joining them recently at TECHtoberfest, and had a blast of a time, all on a budget!
Suzanne let us quiz her further about Frugl, and here’s our Q&A session with her:
Can you tell us the background of Frugl? When did it come about and why?
I’ve been a bargain hunter and a culture vulture since I was a kid growing up in London. Back in the 80s I used to run underground jazz clubs, spending every night handing out flyers, as that was the only way to get the word out. Now there’s so much going on all the time, it’s a challenge to find those under the radar events or great offers. That’s where Frugl comes in – giving event promoters and businesses a platform to publicise great value experiences for our users to discover.
So you set out to make an app for those looking to experience London on a budget. What was your interest in this low budget market?
Well, I believe that having fun shouldn’t be something that only the wealthy can afford. Anyone should be able to have a good time, to find great food/drink, clothes or events whatever their budget. I’m naturally inclined to want to save money whenever possible so Frugl reflects my own passion.
What kind of events and offerings can people find on Frugl?
From the start, I wanted to reach varied tastes and interests. Currently you can find free haircuts, meal deals, live music and comedy, workshops and much more. The basic philosophy of Frugl is that, provided it has a start/end time and there is at least one of something to be sold, it can be listed on Frugl.
Have you had many downloads of the app and can you share with us how many?
We’ve hit about 20k and, with our new marketplace on web and now iOS and Android too are looking to rev up our numbers over the next few months.
You know, there are a lot of event business models out there – can you tell us why Frugl stands apart from the competition?
We’re really trying to broaden our inventory beyond events. We know there’s a lot of apps out there but we know that when people think of Frugl, they think beyond events. That’s why we encourage businesses in the food/drink and health/beauty space to use us too.
Frugl is just for London now, but do you have plans to offer it in other cities?
Absolutely. Moving beyond London is definitely on the roadmap over the next year.
What are your top picks for Frugl things to do in London?
We love The Good Ship Comedy Club on a Monday night in Kilburn. It’s always fun and the atmosphere is great.
Thanks for talking with us Suzanne!
By the way, you can find Suzanne on Twitter at @FruglFounder and follow Frugl @Frugl.
Lisa Devaney, head of the Hai Media Group consultancy, was invited to shadow blog alongside veteran fashion catwalk show producer Sara Blonstein, who heads event production company Blonstein & Associates, during London Fashion Week 2010.
Devaney watched Blonstein in action at the Fashion East show, and was impressed by the creative venue she transformed for the catwalk experience at Somerset House. Staged in a space that were former burial vaults, the venue made for one of the most exciting shows of the week.
Read Devaney’s post from the event on BrandRepublic.com here:
See her personal blog post about the experience here:
Listen to an interview with Blonstein through Audioboo, here: