12th July 2020 by
Keynote speaker revealed for first-ever Wales Tech Week
More than 50 free digital events have been announced as part of the first-ever Wales Tech Week, a free virtual festival taking place between 13th – 17th July.
Today, Wales Tech Week has announced Lee Waters MS, the Welsh Deputy Minister for the Economy and Transport as its keynote speaker. The Deputy Minister will join Avril Lewis MBE in the festivals opening event, available to stream globally live on Monday 13th July at 9:15 GMT.
The inaugural event has been organised by non-profit organisation Technology Connected, the representative body of technology in Wales, to bring together the technology community and showcase the depth and strength of Welsh technology.
The a ‘open to all’ virtual festival features a range of talks, roundtables and workshops from leading figures in technology on topics such as AI, UX, Blockchain Cybersecurity, Fintech, EdTech MedTech, manufacturing, digital and more.
Also available during the festival are a series of free workshops featuring industry experts covering topics such as securing investment, accelerating growth, contract law, HR and employment, as well as free marketing workshops such as podcast creation, content marketing and PR.
Talks and workshops feature speakers from a range of Welsh and international brands including the BBC, Spotify, Thales, 83 North, , GoCompare, Confused.com, Global Welsh, IQE PLC, Method 4, , , General Dynamics, Cardiff University, Swansea University, the University of South Wales and more.
The current event schedule can be found on the Wales Tech Week website, with new events being added daily.
The virtual festival is supported by founding partners Creo Medical, The Development Bank of Wales, Innovate UK, Thales UK and Wynne Jones-IP, media and publishing partners Orchard Media and Events Group & Business News Wales, associate partner nChain, and supporting partners CSA Catapult, Satellite Applications Catapult, Illustrate Digital Mobilise Cloud Services , Philtronics Limited, Risc IT Solutions and Third Space.
Avril Lewis MBE, managing director of Technology Connected commented: “We’re delighted to see so many organisations and people support our mission to help bring the global technology community together and champion the Welsh technology industry.
“The wide range of free events and free workshops really highlight the strength and breadth of the Welsh technology industry, with a diverse range of speakers from organisations both big and small getting involved.
“We’re pleased to announce Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for the Economy and Transport as the keynote speaker for this year’s inaugural event. As a constant champion for the Welsh technology industry the Deputy Minister is a perfect representative to kick-off the first-ever Wales Tech Week in our opening event.”
Jon Wood from founding partner Innovate UK commented: “The Welsh tech industry forms a crucial part of the economy and drives innovation across all businesses. Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses with the potential and ambition to grow and scale through innovation. By supporting Wales Tech Week as a founding partner, we’re looking to continue our commitment to supporting the technology industry and help showcase the innovative businesses working in the sector.”
Dr Elliot Davies from Wynne-Jones IP said; “We are excited to be a founder partner of the first-ever Wales Tech Week and show our commitment to helping to support grow Wales’ thriving technology industry. Working first-hand with technology organisations, we see the creativity and innovation that occurs in the Welsh technology industry and are thrilled to play a part in showcasing these to the world.”
To view the current Wales Tech Week event schedule and to register for a free online event, please visit the Wales Tech Week website.
To keep up-to-date with the latest news and announcements, including speaker and event announcements, follow Wales Tech Week on Twitter @WalesTechWeek.