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Test your tech news knowledge with UKTN’s 2023 quiz

UK tech quiz 2023
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Do you know your startups from your scaleups? Your large LLMs from your NLP? Have you been following the biggest stories in UK tech closely this year? Test your knowledge of the goings-on in UK tech in 2023 with the UKTN’s end-of-year quiz.

All 10 questions relate to UK tech news events from 2023.

For those confident about their UK tech news knowledge, you can skip straight to the questions below.

If you’d like a refresher on what happened this year in UK tech, check out our roundup of the biggest stories from 2023 here.

No cheating and asking ChatGPT (although if you do ask it, beware of the ‘hallucinations’).

Answers can be found at the bottom of the article.

1. Which organisation acquired and relaunched the Tech Nation brand?

Tech Nation's Gerard Grech
Image credit: Tech Nation

2. What was the nominal sum for which HSBC purchased Silicon Valley Bank UK in a rescue deal in March?

HSBC Silicon Valley Bank UK
Image credit: Below the Sky / Shutterstock

3. Who did Rishi Sunak host in an interview closing the AI Safety Summit?

AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park
Picture by Marcel Grabowski / UK Government/Identity

4. Which UK company was the first to hit a $1bn unicorn status in 2023?

Quantexa

5. Which space-faring company founded by Sir Richard Branson collapsed after a failed launch this year? 

Sir Richard Branson, UK tech quiz
Image credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock

6. In which month did the Online Safety Bill become law?

Houses of Parliament, UK tech quiz
Image credit: Richie Chan / Shutterstock

7. Who recently replaced Paul Scully as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy) – more commonly known as minister for tech? 

Paul Scully, UK tech quiz
Picture by Rory Arnold / No 10 Downing Street

8. According to Atomico’s State of European Tech Report 2023, how much are UK tech businesses projected to raise from VCs this year? 

A) $10.5bn

B) $12.7bn

C) $$15.9bn

Atomico building, UK tech quiz
Image credit: Atomico

9. DSIT, the tech department established this year was formed from which two departments? 

Tech secretary Michelle Donelan, UK tech quiz
Picture by Rory Arnold / No 10 Downing Street

10. Which British tech company had the biggest IPO of 2023? 

Nasdaq stock exchange, UK tech quiz
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How did you do on the 2023 UK tech quiz? Check out the answers below to find out.

Answers:

1. Founders Forum Group

2. £1

3. Elon Musk

4. Quantexa

5. Virgin Orbit

6. October

7. Saqib Bhatti

8. $12.7bn

9. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

10. Arm