Introducing

Birmingham Tech Week

Birmingham Tech Week is a not-for-profit community initiative (CIC) which aims to raise the profile of the Birmingham tech scene, encourage inward investment, inspire the next generation, facilitate collaboration and create an ecosystem where tech companies can flourish.

The Format

Exciting & Engaging Events

This year we had 68 events taking place across 40 locations across the City and our strategic partners included, Tech Nation, Innovation Alliance, Department for International Trade and The West Midlands Growth Company - as well as all the local Universities. Next year will be even bigger and better!

The Community

A Week Of Collaboration

The events are independently run but take place under the BTW umbrella, they included; The European Space Agency launching their funding programme, Makers Meet (which engages 2000+ children around Tech), Google StartUp Grind, Canvas (300+ digital product conference) and a Hackathon designed to address some of Birmingham’s biggest tech challenges.

Something For Everybody

A Festival of Technology

The topics being discussed across the week include; Health Tech, AR/VR, AI, Software Development, FinTech, Investment, 5G, Digital Transformation, Life Sciences, Tech for Good, Women in Tech and IoT. The speakers are from a diverse range of background and are representing a number of blue-chip brands including; Uber, Salesforce, NatWest, Amazon, Barclays, National Express, BBC, Deliveroo, PWC, IBM Watson and The Alan Turing Institute.

The Reason

Why We Created It

Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe yet it produces the most inventions per year, with nearly 65% registered from the Birmingham area. Not to mention Birmingham has nearly 6,000 tech companies employing a diverse workforce of over 38,000 people – our city is home to some serious talent.

However, we aren’t shouting loud enough and celebrating what we are achieving. Furthermore, we talk a lot about collaboration but this is rarely seen. Birmingham Tech Week will aim to address this and act as a catalyst for future growth, collaboration and investment.

The Plan

What's Next...

This isn’t about just a week of events, it’s about so much more. We want to ensure that people keep coming together to collaborate, that the future generations are inspired, that business want to invest in the region and that Birmingham is seen as a Tech Hub we can all be proud of.

This is just the start.

Birmingham has a fantastic opportunity to be a Tech City we can all be proud of. However, before that's achievable, we need to sort out some of the issues we have. First, we need to stop talking about collaboration and start doing it; working with each other, sharing insights and being proud of some of the amazing things we've collectively achieved. We then need to create an environment where we all have the best chance of succeeding.

In order to achieve this, we need to inspire the next generation, attract investment, nurture businesses with high-growth potential and turn our existing talent into the leaders of tomorrow. Birmingham Tech Week was set-up to be the catalyst for this change; we won't change things on our own but hopefully, we'll demonstrate what is possible and in doing so change hearts and minds.

Yiannis Maos, Founder, Birmingham Tech Week