2019 China-UK Hi! Tech Festival - Tech for All at London Tech Week

June 12, 2019


Together with Somerco we co-hosted the 2019 China-UK Hi Tech Festival on June 10th to kick of London Tech Week. Many entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders from across Europe & the world gathered at Cocoon Global to discuss all the latest on hot tech topics such as  FinTech, Blockchain, AI, the Digital Divide and also the  revelant laws and regulations. The discussions & especially the networking sessions helped strenghten ties and cooperation between investors from China and the UK. 



Theresa May opened the London Tech Week 2019 ceremony and called for a coming together of forces and ensuring the government will strengthen global collaboration to ensure the UK is still "one of the best places to set up science and technology enterprises in the world". 

May further announced the launch of a competitive science and tech programme supported by Microsoft and other tech giants in the UK to focus on building an even more ambitious business environment within the UK. 


At the China-UK Hi! Tech Festival Professor Xiong Yu, Co-Chairman of Cocoon Global, delivered a welcome speech and elaborated oh the current situation of China-UK high-tech cooperation and his vision for the future. He praised LTW for providing a huge international platform for high-tech talents and enterprises. He sees cooperation between Chinese and British enterprises as bringing invaluable benefits to both countries. Sky News covered the event. 


Aga Gajownik, Director of Marketing and Communications, Katrina Hutchings of Association Innovation and Integration Ltd., Vercida; Marsha tayler-daniel, co-chair of Finance Innovation Lab; Steve Coppin, lecturer at Oxford University; Sara Ahmadi, founder of Shopest; Maggie Buggie, director of innovation services and solutions at SAP and a member of the board of directors of CMI Charted Management Institute participated in the first panel discussion on the diversity of technology companies and analyzed the current status and future trends of companies in the high-tech sector.




Maggie Buggie, board member of the CMI Charted Management Institute chaired a panel on current tech innovation issues and explored emerging trends and opportunities. Panelist were Collinson's director of innovation Suhas Chatekar;  Greg Wixted, co-professor of entrepreneurship at the university of Carolina; Daniel Tuitt, Developed Thinking services design and innovation consultant; and Philip Thompson, chief technology officer of autoxchange.io, and Norman Lewis, Bubbletone advisory board and former head of human resource innovation at PwC UK and of technology research at Orange UK .



Jan Softa, CEO of Somerco, and Peter Paduh, Director of Socialbox, head of Digital Dvidi Data cloud computing, Baiju Shah, CEO of eBiashara, and Markela Zeneli, President of Hacksmiths discussed the digitization of modern technology and proposed to strengthen collaboration among enterprises in various directions.



The panel titled 'Mass Adoption of Fintech' was a highlight of the day, hosted by our partner Eric Van Der Kleij, CEO of Frontier Network and Chairman of Keybox and joined by Janina Lowisz, co-founder and VP of Marketing of Cashaa; Mark Walker, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Fintech Power 50; Vas Musca Taxscouts; Zeeshan Chaudhry, founder and CEO of DACX; and Jules Ratcliffe, founding partner of Frontier Network. The discussion centred around how fintech businesses operate and mapped out the future of fintech. Eric also led a discussion with Emile Delam, digital assets and innovation consultant at Q4 Capital, Richard Hallewell, Vice Chairman of the London Governmental Blockchain Association, Robert Cooke, founding member of Oxford Blockchain Foundation and co-founder of Chainable,  and Jake Shaw, investment managemer at Citizen Equity.



Our speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of tech and global market - related topics with our Sino-British audience were:

  • Katrina Hutchings, Director of Marketing & Communications at Vercida

  • Paul Gordon, Deep Bitcoin; Director at Coinscrum; Co-founder at Quantave

  • Andrew Adcock, CEO at Crowd for Angels; expert on Crowdfunding, Alternative Finance and Investment.

  • Luke Hebblethwaite, Insight & Innovation Manager at UKIE - The Association for Interactive Entertainment; Digital Startegy Data Analyst at Syneos Health.

  • Amy Dickens, Web Developer Advocate for Samsung Internet; GitHub Field Expert; ambassador for women in tech.

  • Aga Gajownik, Founder and Director of Innovation and Integration Ltd

  • Marsha Taylor-Daniel, Co-Chair of the Finance Innovation Lab as well as a business developer at Infosys

  • Steve Coppin, Head of IT at the Alzheimer's Society, as well as a lecturer at Nuffield College and the University of Oxford

  • Sara Ahmadi, award-winning Founder of Shopest, the location-based tech platform connecting fashion retailers & shoppers. She was amongst the Techstars 2018 and a non-exec board member at depoint, as well as a mentor at Cherie Blair Foundation for Women .

  • Suhas Chatekar, Head of Innovation at Collinson

  • Greg Wixted, Investor; Co-Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Carolina; CIO at Nobl.

  • Daniel Tuitt, Service Design and Innovation Consultant at Developed Thinking and founding chapter member at Open Ideo

  • Philip Thompson, CTO of AutoXchange.io



  • Norman Lewis, Advisory Board Member to Bubbletone – Blockchain in Telecoms, and former Director of Crowdsourced Innovation at PwC, UK and former Director of Technology Research at Orange UK.

  • Peter Paduh, Director at Socialbox - a social impact consultancy; innovation panel judge at Royal Academy of Engineering

  • Baiju Shah, VP cloud Computing at Digital Divide Data and CEO of eBiashara

  • Markela Zeneli, President at Hacksmiths - Goldsmiths Tech Society

  • Kumar Gaurav, Founder Cashaa & Auxesis Group, Extraordinary Status by USA Government, Top 50 innovator, keynote speaker, teaching faculty of Indian School of Business; expert in blockchain and crypto.

  • Mark Walker, Co-founder and COO at The Fintech Power 50

  • Agne Kazakauskaite, Chief Executive at Q4 Capital; Advisor at 70ventures

  • Zeeshan Chaudhry, Founder & CEO at DACX

  • Ben Brophy, innovator, product developer, blockchain and AI evangelist; managing partner at Hatch-House, the venture consultancy. Prior at Blocklab and Coinfirm.

  • Jules Ratcliffe, Founding partner at Frontier Network

  • Emile Delam, Head of Foreign Affairs at Q4 Capital

  • Richard Hallewell, VP of London Chapter at Government Blockchain Association; CEO of Ethecal and also CPRAS

  • Anthony Foy, CEO at Qredo and investor and board member at Cloud Sigmaand Workshare

  • Robert Cooke, Founding member at Oxford Blockchain Foundation and Co-founder at Chainable - Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain development house and advisory, based in Gibraltar and London

  • Jake Shaw, Director of Innovation at 12R Prizes, Co-founder at Twelve Ronnies, and Investment Management at Citizen Equity

  • Kenneth Otalor, Founder at Calero & KO Financials family office fund

  • Alex Buelau, CEO at Coinschedule.com

  • Dr. Amber Ghaddar, Co founder at Allianceblock, a smart, decentralized and participative investment and financing platform; former bond trader at JP Morgan in leadership position

  • Junsong Wu, CEO of UKDE Ltd

  • Steven Hamilton, CCO of Archax

  • Claire Cummings, Managing Partner at Cummings Fisher

  • Simon Roberts, Head of Business Development & Regulatory Advisory @ SCP Consultants

  • Hannah Raphael, Solicitor at BCL Solicitors LLP

  • Jacqueline Watts, Solicitor at A City Law Firm

  • Oscar Clark, Co-founder of Fundamentally Games

  • Sam Gage, Contract developer at Make Real; formerly at Sony Playstation

  • Adam Fletcher, CTO at Mediatonics Games

  • Andrew Oliver, Director at Game Dragons

  • Liviu Antoni, CEO and Co founder at award-winning creative tech startup Altergaze

  • Corrado De Sanctis, iAgile Coach and Agile Engagement Manager for Tata Consultancy Service

  • Derya Sezen, Cloud and DevOps Consultant at Kloia. DevOpsDaysOrganizer

  • Jonathan Channing, Founder at Develop Autism and also Cobra Coding

  • Mark Corbett, CEO and Co-founder of Edvent

  • Kevin Lewis, JavaScript Developer & Director of Underland Events


The conference saw more than 50 excellent tech and investment experts analyze and the development and investment trend of modern high technology and culmianted in a networking session. Thank you to everyone who joined, spoke and shared their knowledge!











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