The China-UK Hi! Technology Festival, an event that is part of London Tech Week, and took place on June 12, 2018, has been a definite success. Attracting over 55,000 attendees across 300 events, London Tech Week is Europe’s largest technology fair. The China-UK Hi! Technology Festival is the only official event that connects technology, entrepreneurship and investment between China and the United Kingdom during the Week. With the goal of connecting Chinese and British science and technology firms to create investment opportunities, the festival will build a community platform, so that, regardless of whether they are located in the UK or in China, investors interested in high-tech opportunities and the start-ups seeking investment can find each other. The platform is expected to strengthen Sino-British exchanges on innovation and entrepreneurship, creating opportunities for equity investment and the realization of bilateral scientific and technological achievements.
Since its launch in 2014, London Tech Week has become the largest science and technology fair in Europe. Last year, 48,000 scientific and technological pros from 93 countries came to London to participate in the event. The theme for the 2018 London Tech Week is to embrace technology, shape the future and change the world. The guests, including UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport Matthew Hancock and Facebook Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn, jointly discussed economic and social trends as well as scientific discoveries, especially the challenges and opportunities brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They also shared their thoughts on how to become both a subversive entrepreneur and an innovator during the next 20 years. The Festival this year not only strengthened the exchanges and cooperation in innovation and entrepreneurship between China and UK, but also demonstrated the strength of Chinese players.