Cambridge Tech Week successes include launch of IE Cambridge
Last week’s inaugural Cambridge Tech Week proved to be a huge success – indeed an organisational triumph, with dozens of talks and events to savour.
From Monty Barlow’s opening talk at the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre on how the Cambridge tech community’s natural curiosity can help solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, to the Cambridge brand’s international ambitions at The Bradfield Centre on the closing day, the pace was intense.
Rachel Kerr, head of events at CW (Cambridge Wireless), the organising powerhouse behind Cambridge Tech Week, said: “As organisers of CTW23, CW have been delighted to see how the inaugural Cambridge Tech Week has brought the tech community together to the innovation hub that is Cambridge.
“From the many fringe events taking place around the city, to the quality of speakers discussing critical tech topics, the week surpassed our expectations. The Big Tech Debate, focusing on ChatGPT, was a huge success and the Innovation Alley hosted some brilliant start-ups who really showcased the best of UK innovation. It confirms what we already knew – Cambridge is a thriving tech hub at the forefront of the UK’s tech ecosystem.”
Visitors both local and international were delighted by the agenda. Mainda Kiwelu, senior product and marketing manager at Cambridge-based 3D visualisation specialist Metail, said: “I’ve been really impressed by the first Cambridge Tech Week and applaud all the organisers and supporters who worked on curating a wide-ranging and exciting programme.
“I appreciated being able to join day two online to listen to Herman Hauser’s interview and to women leading different types of organisations including Martina King, Suhair Khan and Uzma Choudry. I also really enjoyed the Big Tech Debate, it’s a great and engaging format and certainly keeps people’s energy up! Most of all, aren’t we lucky to learn from and make connections in this way?”
The inaugural event was a huge success, said Caroline Hyde, head of ecosystem initiatives and partnerships at Cambridge Enterprise, who is on the event’s steering committee.
“This week has been really, really good,” Caroline told the Cambridge Independent. “When you launch something like this you don’t know how it’s going to land but the response has been phenomenal, especially in its reach beyond Cambridge. The intention now is to take what we’ve learned and to come back bigger and better next year.
“Our ambition is for this event to become a staple, not just of the Cambridge ecosystem, but also the global technology calendar.”
Caroline also participated in the launch of IE Cambridge, the official resource and community for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge.
Primarily engaging with ‘future innovators and entrepreneurs’, IE Cambridge is an initiative of the University Enterprise Network (UEN), which has been added to the Cambridge Enterprise business unit which Caroline leads. IE Cambridge will champion a culture where those from within the university are effectively supported to make their ideas a reality, turning ambition into action.
“With over 65 UEN providers from the university’s departments, colleges and entities, there is a rich and effective innovation and entrepreneurship support ecosystem within the university,” said Caroline. “Having a single, collective voice and clear entry point means that it will be far easier for those with burgeoning ideas to initially discover and navigate between the full wealth of programmes and initiatives available. It will also connect to the wider Cambridge ecosystem.”
IE Cambridge details are available at here.