News and Views from the Second European Technology Leaders Summit!

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On Tuesday 4th February 2014 I participated to the second European Technology Leaders Summit held at The Landmark Hotel in London.

The Summit brought together business leaders in the European technology industry with counterparts responsible for shaping the regulatory and financial landscape, to discuss the key issues affecting growth of a world class technology industry in Europe.

The topic of the first session was “Technology – an engine for growth?” After the welcome speech given by Kit Burden, Global Co-Chair, DLA Piper Technology Sector, the keynote speeches were those of  Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe and Dan Cobley Managing Director, Google UK.

Then there were the following concurrent sessions: (i.) “Technology Hubs and Innovation”, which explored the role of Technology Hubs such as London’s Tech City in providing the impetus for innovation and economic growth and (ii.) “Emerging Markets – the opportunity for Europe”, which brought together key emerging market players and considered areas such as talent attraction/ retention, disruptive innovation, and what happens when emerging market companies globalise.

At lunch there was the presentation of Tech Index Survey by Mark O’Conor, UK Managing Partner, of DLA Piper and Patrick van Eecke Partner of DLA Piper Belgium.

In the afternoon a session was dedicated to the “Evolution of Gaming and Online Entertainment”: this considered the way games developers interact with their audience, explored who that audience is, what are they playing, how are they playing and to consider how technological development is shaping the gaming industry; a concurrent session was “Venture financing in Europe and the opportunities for University IP”, which explored the relationship between venture financing and University IP in Europe, considering the opportunities and barriers to better exploitation of University generated IP.

This was followed by a plenary session titled “The Role of Government – an industry perspective” which brought together key industry stakeholders and considers the role of government in creating a pro-growth environment for Technology organisations and Start-ups.

The topics of final sessions were “The rise and rise of data… collecting, storing, protecting and exploiting” aimed at exploring how organisations can manage and exploit the ever growing amounts of data generated in the course of their business and “Encouraging innovation and nurturing talent?”, which analysed key areas that will drive the entrepreneurial spirit in the technology sector including good education and skills, tax incentives (both corporate and individual) and flexibility in the job market.

The closing remarks were given by Sir Nigel Knowles, Global Co-Chief Executive Officer of DLA Piper and by C.S Park, Chairman and CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc., the world second largest
semiconductor memory company.

I was mostly impressed by Dan Cobley’s lecture on the importance of fostering innovation to grove in a digital environment. The leit motive of Dan’s spech was that Google would not be where it is today if it lived on the positions gained dominating the search engine market. It is the desire for radical innovation what has driven Google where it is now.

Dan provided a number of samples of how Google next generation search engine – combined with the advancements in the mobile applications – can help every day professional and personal life. A great speech given by a great speaker, from a company leading the path for technological innovation!