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Plexal Is the UK’s New ‘Innovation Hub’

LONDON — London Tech Week — Sadiq Khan’s on a roll: Having announced Better Futures, the new Clean Tech Incubator, during his speech at London Tech Week’s official launch, London’s Mayor then opened Plexal, London’s new innovation hub situated in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. (See London’s Mayor Unveils Clean Tech Incubator.)

TechXLR8 Connects with London Technology Week


TechXLR8 – A festival of connected innovation

Organised by: KNect365

Enabling the connected future

TechXLR8 is a festival of technology taking you on a journey, between networks, tech and consumer services.

As the anchor event of London Tech Week; the week-long festival of live technology events in London, TechXLR8 showcases eight leading technology events: 5G World, Cloud & DevOps World, Internet of Things World Europe, Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Europe, Apps World Evolution, VR & AR World, AI & Machine Learning World and Project Kairos.

With a shared exhibition and a comprehensive multi-track conference, TechXLR8 will enable you to better understand the infrastructure supporting the tech of tomorrow and the services and industries that will benefit from this fast evolving world.

Who should attend

  • Enterprises
  • Operators
  • Tech vendors

Advisory Board includes:

  • Hossein Moiin

    EVP & CTO Nokia

  • Brendan O’Reilly

    CTO O2

  • Berit Svendsen

    CEO Telenor

  • Enrico Salvatori

    SVP and President, Qualcomm EMEA, Qualcomm

  • Dave Coplin

    Chief Envisioning Officer, Microsoft UK

  • Danny Lange

    Head of Machine Learning, Uber

  • Nicola Villa

    Executive Partner and Europe Leader, Internet of Things

  • Liam Quin

    CTO, Dell Technologies

  • Michelle Hanson

    Chief Information Security Officer, Transport for London

Organised by:

KNect365, a division of Informa plc, is the world’s leading facilitator of knowledge sharing and business connections. The KNect365 portfolio provides digital content, memorable face to face experiences, networking, and professional development and learning.

Source: KNect365


London Technology week 2015 set to highlight the Capital’s tech success



Leading global tech figures signed up as London Technology Week Ambassadors, including Sir Martin Sorrell, Michael Acton Smith and Martha Lane Fox

  • 60 events already registered as part of week
  •  London Technology Week to take place across the capital from June 15-21

Leading figures from the world of technology have signed up to help support and promote London Technology Week 2015, which will take place from 15-21 June.

The new group of London Technology Week Ambassadors will help broadcast the success of the capital’s booming tech sector through supporting and promoting the series of events, which will bring tens of thousands of tech entrepreneurs, investors and developers to the city.

The group includes Mind Candy founder Michael Acton Smith, Brightbridge Ventures CEO Dan Cobley, Lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox, London Stock Exchange Group CEO Xavier Rolet, and WPP Group CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, to name just a few.

Featuring major global brands, including sponsors Bloomberg, Accenture, Stack Exchange and Goldman Sachs, as well as home-grown London-based tech companies such as Funding Circle and Blippar, London Technology Week will showcase the city’s role as the digital hub of Europe.

Events taking place range from new start-ups showcasing their products to presentations featuring the world’s most important tech companies, including the flagship Interop London 2015 trade show at the ExCeL Centre from June 16-18. Around 60 events have already been confirmed as part of the week.

Dan Cobley, CEO of Brightbridge Ventures, said: “Hundreds of events. Thousands of entrepreneurs. One great city. London Tech Week shows why the UK’s capital city is the very best place in Europe to start a new tech business. Nowhere else comes close.”

Gordon Innes, Chief Executive of London & Partners – the Mayor’s promotional company for London – said: “London’s position as the tech capital of Europe is attracting global attention, as companies here are creating more life-changing products and attracting more funding than ever before. London Technology Week showcases our tech expertise to the world, and I am delighted that so many industry leaders are on board, helping us to put on what is sure to be an amazing series of events across the city.”

Adrian Newton, Group Director for Aviation & Technology at UBM EMEA, said: “After last year’s inaugural London Technology Week it has been fantastic to see such enthusiasm for the 2015 edition. Already we’re seeing a great range of events listed, including our own global brands Black Hat and Interop, which are both coming to London to take advantage of the buzz surrounding this European festival of tech events. The support we’ve received from the tech community is exemplified in the ambassadors line-up and I for one am very much looking forward to seeing the themes of talent and diversity in the tech space come to the fore.”

The London Technology Week Arena within Interop London will feature keynote speakers from the UK and the wider global tech industry, who will share their insights and experiences on this rapidly moving sector.

Speakers on Tuesday 16th June include Accenture’s Arabel Bailey, Croydon Tech City co-founder Sarah Luxford, and Jacqueline de Rojas of Citrix debating how to encourage more women into tech.

On Wednesday 17th June Lord Wei of Shoreditch will present ‘Techlash and what we need to do to avoid it’ and Stuart Cochran, CTO of Huddle and Eileen Burbidge, partner at Passion Capital, will discuss what investment and funding is needed to speed up the transition from start-up to scale-up in the UK, while speakers on Thursday 18th include Box’s David Quantrell and Joel Spolsky, CEO of Stack Exchange.

The range of venues hosting events during London Technology Week is wide-ranging. Large-scale and high-profile venues such as ExCeL London, Canada House, The Ritz and The Shard are set to host events. Tech co-working spaces are one again well represented too, with events already confirmed to take place at Central Working, Rainmaking Loft and The Trampery.

For more information about London Technology Week 2015 and an up-to-date list of events, visit www.LondonTechnologyWeek.co.uk. Press accreditation can be applied for at http://londontechnologyweek.co.uk/apply-london-technology-week-press-accreditation/.

London Technology Week is organised by UBM EMEA, in association with London & Partners – the Mayor’s official organisation for London, ExCeL London and Tech London Advocates. Tech City UK and techUK have also joined the steering group as strategic partners.

London hosted its first technology week in 2014, with the event being hailed as a huge success. Tens of thousands of people from countries around the world attended events in the week, which comprised more than 200 independently run events and involved speakers including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson; Chairman of Sequoia Capital, Sir Michael Moritz, and Simon Breakwell, co-founder of Expedia.

Source: London Technology Week

Dashbox wins best connected device app at London technology week

Dashbox, Best Connected Device and Wearable Tech

 Project Overview

Dashbox Car App is a universal IOS app, suitable for ipad, iphone and ipod touch and aimed at the ever increasing connected in-car market. It provides an innovative in-car experience, combining a variety of features. These include a music player, maps, world radio player, calls, web and YouTube. It also features some useful widgets and gadgets, all delivered within the same app in a stunning visual style, while providing safe usage for the driver.

Its aim is to grow and challenge the major industry leaders for in-car integrated systems as a stand alone app.

Project Creator

Lee Black

Project Team

Lee Black / Owner and UX/UI designer

James Hudson / External Freelance Developer

It has been designed, front end developed, managed and marketed by Lee Black after 2 months of intensive work. The app was released late February 2014.

Project Brief

With billions of vehicles worldwide, drivers increasingly want connection to the mobile world. Yet many car apps do not provide the multiple functions, listed in the Overview, that drivers are demanding. Dashbox is unique, providing many features and functions in a comprehensive app and with great user experience and ease of use. It can be downloaded onto an ipad, iphone or ipod touch which can then be mounted to the vehicle’s dashboard or windscreen.

There is a growing market for such an app when you consider the activity of the industry’s leading players. You only have to search CarPlay to read all the comments and debates about “being locked in” to such a system or the fact that people do not want to change their car. Dashbox addresses such debates by offering a low cost alternative.

Safety is important in how the user interacts with the app. There is a safety disclaimer that must be agreed upon, before entry into the app. Innovative features such as eyes free music or Bluetooth steering wheel controls show how the app is moving by intuitively integrating the product with a safe driving experience. In addition many features are aimed at passengers.

Project Need

Drivers and passengers now want to connect their digital life to their vehicle. Dashbox lets them easily access a stunning music player, maps, world radio player, call, web and YouTube, as well as other gadgets and widgets.The music player offers simple and intuitive interaction and integrates unique eyes free gestures, letting the driver control the music without looking at the device. It can also connect to your vehicle via Bluetooth and allow for steering wheel control. Cloud access has also been integrated to allow music or video streaming over the air. Front and rear passengers can use it, a bonus for parents on long journeys.

The app is unique in its field. There are no competitors on the iOS App Store apart from iCarConnect and ONICS (coming soon and a collaboration with a US in-car hardware company), both owned by Lee Black.

Dashbox provides a coherent user experience for drivers worldwide.The app has already tapped into a growing global market. In addition, for drivers in the third world or emerging markets, it gives a realistic and cost effective solution to in-car systems. It has reached number one in Venezuela, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina and Chile on the App Store, illustrating the demand for the app.

Innovative future plans for the app include camera gesture controls, voice commands, SMS delivery, pre-defined location and social networking push messages.

In conclusion Dashbox is all about safe in-car digitally connected experiences.

User Experience

User experience is Dashbox’s number one priority, in the multi-task environment it operates in. The app has a simple 2-3 level UI hierarchy. It lets drivers access music over the cloud and add radio stations to a favourite list. This offers a good experience in terms of device storage capabilities and easy station access.

Dashbox has had up to 20,000 downloads. User feedback is integral to how the user experience will be shaped in future updates. Feedback is achieved via a link in the app which is user friendly and encourages participation. It asks for feedback, ideas for improvement and suggestions for future updates. To date, over 200 comments have been recorded with around 20+ new ideas and features, added to the backlog for future updates. In addition past suggestions have been incorporated in the last update.

Users can also access Dashbox’s Facebook page (15,000+ followers to date) to leave comments and get up to date information. A regular newsletter is also planned and it already has more than 200 subscribers.

User feedback indicates a demand for more vehicle gadgets such as speedometers, back up camera and a “favourites” app launcher. AppRadio and an Android version have also been requested. The designer also plans to integrate camera gesture control, GPS features and voice commands to further improve the experience and safety while driving.

Project Marketing

Before Dashbox’s launch in late February 2014, an awareness raising campaign via its Facebook page was launched. This created interest in the app from as far afield as the US. So far the Facebook page has over 15,000 followers. Several competitions have been run. Dashbox also has its own website.

Other marketing initiatives have included getting the app reviewed independently. Dashbox has received excellent reviews in Stuff magazine (print and iPad mag), AppRadioWorld and Givemeapps.

Facebook advertising has been used as the main market advertising tool. By using targeted advertising, Dashbox has continued to gain new users daily.

Major review sites and magazines have also been identified and plans to approach them with a full downloadable media package are also underway. This package will include screenshots, video, marketing materials and a free app download code.

Apple Carplay, Microsoft in-car solutions and Pioneers aftermarket units will publicise the benefits of in-car systems for free. By utilising and piggy backing on their publicity, Dashbox can drive demand for its product, specially as it does all that the above devices do (and eventually more) for a fraction of the cost.

Dashbox has been on the app market for 3 months at the time of this submission. A marketing strategy, based on the above points, has been developed and is being now implemented, including plans for localisation into Apple’s top recommended languages. Finally it should be noted that Dashbox has been developed and self funded solely by Lee Black.

Project Privacy

Dashbox app does not take any user data nor does it require account setup. Therefore privacy and legal requirements are not needed. Over time, as the app grows and becomes more socially connected, privacy criteria will meet industry standards.

Best Connected Device and Wearable Tech

This category recognises the best Connected Device and Wearable Tech
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Source: London Technology Week