Future London with WIREDNovember 2, 2012
What’s next for the world’s greatest city following the successes of 2012? That’s the question to be addressed at a new full-day event, Future London, staged by WIRED Consulting, leading business group, London First and headline partner Canary Wharf Group, on 20th November 2012.
An unparalleled programme of high-profile guest speakers from the public and financial sectors, design and architecture, together with members of London’s burgeoning start-up community will share their insights into:
How London Leads – how London will continue to stand out as a centre for international business and finance, and as a city where a diverse population and rich variety of assets can flourish;
How London Builds – how London is adapting its physical and virtual infrastructure and architecture to meet the needs of a changing world; and
How London Creates – not just wealth, but the cultural leadership and digital innovation necessary to secure its status as a world-leading city for years to come.
Among the guest speakers already confirmed are: Mike Lynch (Founder – Autonomy), Philip Dilley (Chairman – Arup), Rohan Silva (Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister), Alexander Asseily (Founder and Chairman, Jawbone and Founder, STATE), Eric Van Der Kleij (Head of Level39 Technology Accelerator at Canary Wharf Group and a member of the Tech City Investment Organisation Advisory Board), Stefan Glaenzer (Investor and Founder, White Bear Yard), Richard Moross (Founder and CEO – Moo.com), Simon Devonshire (Director, WAYRA Europe), Imran Amed (Founder, Business of Fashion), Joe Cohen (Founder and CEO, Seatwave), David Rowan (Editor, WIRED), Dylan Jones (Editor, GQ) and Chris Johnson (Managing Principle – Gensler).
Rupert Turnbull, Publisher of WIRED, said: “2012 has already been an exciting year, with the eyes of the world fixed on London, and London rising to the occasion triumphantly. Future London will reveal what’s next for the capital. We will explore London’s future as a connected business hub, global centre of innovation and investment and culturally and creatively rich destination.”
Future London partner, London First, is an influential business membership organisation which works with London’s leading international businesses to help make London the best place in the world to do business.
“The impact of technology and innovation, particularly through our growing TMT sector, will be one of the foundations of London’s continued success. Future London will provide a great opportunity to bring together the key individuals and businesses to share their visions for a 21st century digital city.” said Andrew Tibbitts, programme director – TMT at London First.
Eric Van Der Kleij, Head of Level39 Technology Accelerator at Canary Wharf Group and a member of the Tech City Investment Organisation Advisory Board, said: “Since its inception, Canary Wharf has played a leading role in London’s business and technology evolution. As part of Tech City, Canary Wharf is strengthening London’s position as the Technology Capital of Europe by further growing our cluster of TMT companies and creating a new Level39 accelerator space. Our focus on connecting innovators with financiers and customers fits with the Future London ethos of showcasing the capital’s unrivalled access to talent, investment, and ideas as well as outstanding social and cultural richness.”