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KCL Tech Society to Host TechSummit 2023 on Saturday 7 October

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Staff writer and Head of Cybersecurity Specialism at KCL Tech, Minseok Ryu, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Tech Summit 2023, hosted in Bush House L8 this Saturday, 7 October.

Taking place this Saturday 7 October, TechSummit 2023 is set to attract 1,000 students and tech titans from startups across the UK. Featuring 5 panel conversations, 11 company stalls and 27 guest speakers, it further serves as a breeding ground for matching up with future co-founders.

TechSummit is a brilliant opportunity to multiply your career in one day. It is a chance for students to hear from established individuals in the tech world, on a range of topics from AI to Cybersecurity, and connect with other like-minded students,” says President of KCL Tech Suliman Sattar, exclusively to Roar. “Back for its second year running, this year we also have workshops so students can gain hands on technical skills in addition to advice”.

STEM students may be excited by the prospect of an exclusive AI workshop opportunity with AI Forge – “an intensive 12-week incubator programme in London and Miami”. TechSummit participants are highly advised to bring along their laptops for seasoned insights into “real-world problem solving”. Piggybacking on the company’s success in launching blockchain startups that accounted for 24% of all UK-based blockchain investments in 2022, AI Forge is well-positioned to become a major player in the emerging world of AI incubation.

KCL Tech is King’s College London’s (KCL) dedicated technology society, “bringing together students with different skill sets from various disciplines to create an innovative and supportive community, sharing passions from AI to IoT”. Relaunched in 2022, it has built up a reputation among students from hosting grand careers fairs to running student hackathons, alongside providing weekly workshops and talks with industry professionals.

The committee structure is uniquely designed to allow for specialism. Differing heads on the committee take over the society each week to promote their respective area of tech. In turn, KCL Tech has become an established platform for connecting with King’s students at the intersection of cybersecurity, data science, fintech… the list goes on.

Planning the event has, however, not been seamless. Train strikes, delays in Instagram campaigns in time for this week’s deadline, and more have left organisers understandably anxious that 2022’s four-figure turnout may not become a recurrent theme. The strike action has already affected registration – KCL Tech’s flagship Techference has been postponed to next Wednesday, 11 October. Working in tandem with King’s students from Women In Computer Science Society, AI Society, Google Developer Student Club and more, it was initially hoped that this welcome event would double as a sounding board for TechSummit promoters.

Enticing esteemed guests onto the panels was also no easy feat. KCL Tech have worked hard to reach out to varied connections, inviting almost 60 industry professionals to become panelists. It has evidently worked – CEOs, founders, academics and investors from Entrepreneur First, Accenture and The Open Data Institute will be presenting. Wing, a digital business card company, has agreed to supply up to 2,000 personalised digital buttons to attendees free of charge.

To access your free ticket to the event, click here.

To read more Roar coverage of society activity at King’s, click here.

Minseok Ryu is a Neuro & Psycho student at King's. He was until recently terrible at writing, mediocre at pitching, and couldn't even open a text editor without being overwhelmed by impostor syndrome. His profile is glazed in the definitive third-person voice to appear passively objective and aggressively neutral at once.

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