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Tech Weekly live: Tech City Talks - Skills

Tech Weekly

Monday, 10 October 2011 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)

Tech Weekly live: Tech City Talks - Skills

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The Guardian’s Tech Weekly is going live, with a series of special podcasts debating the most important political issue in the UK technology industry: our future digital economy. Throughout the month of October, running up to the anniversary of Prime Minister David Cameron’s launch of the Tech City initiative, Aleks Krotoski will host the first series of live debates at Imperial College between front benchers and the people on the ground: Skills, Access, Enterprise and Intellectual Property. What are the government’s policies on these issues, and how realistic are their ambitions? Is there anything behind the Tech City talk or is it just hot air?

The first debate is Monday 10 October: Who Will Build the Future Digital Economy? The guests tackling this question, and discussing what’s missing from the UK’s education system, include David Willetts MP (Minister of State for Universities and Science) and Professor Jeff Magee (Principle of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College, University of London). If one of the Tech City objectives is to produce the next Facebook or Google, how can our schools and universities develop the people with the right skills and the attitude to deliver this ambition?

Then, over the following three weeks, Tech Weekly will tackle key questions in the digital economy agenda - details and ticket sign up for these events will be available here soon. On Monday 17 October, we’re asking how the government intends to get the whole of the country online, and our access might be compromised by sharing the financial weight with private companies who have their own agendas. On Monday 24 October, we’re asking Eric Pickles (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) what government, investors and the people at the coalface should do to inspire innovation and to generate globally competitive enterprise within Tech City. Finally, on Monday 31 October, we’re asking how we should respond to the Hargreaves report on Intellectual Property. What should be the business model for creativity within the UK? 


The Tech Weekly Tech City Debates bring together the policy makers, the business stakeholders and the people on the ground to dissect the Tech City proposition. Join us at Imperial College at 6:30pm at any or all of the evening sessions, send in your questions to techweekly@guardian.co.uk, follow the coverage on guardian.co.uk/technology, and - of course - listen to the Tech Weekly podcasts available to download every Tuesday.



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Imperial College
Exhibition Road

Monday, 10 October 2011 from 18:30 to 19:30 (BST)

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