Ramen, katsu curry and a side of finest BSOD Bork!Bork!Bork!  Amid the table football, beanbags and overpriced coffee, London's silicon roundabout also plays host to that most modern of afflictions: the BSOD bork.…
While stories of big funding announcements, acquisitions, gadgets, and controversies have grabbed our attention, they are in part indicative of shifts in the physical geography of the global tech scene – the rise, fall, revamping, and renewal of the world’s most impactful tech ecosystems.Nearly a decade ago, when a small cluster of internet startups sprung up in London’s Old Street Roundabout, Prime Minister David Cameron’s government did its part to kickstart the nascent tech scene.The Tech City Initiative and other government programs aimed at fostering growth quickly helped draw investment from American tech giants, and the city’s never looked back since.Those I spoke with listed the city’s countless investment opportunities, the abundance of coworking spaces, the startup scene’s dynamic connectors, and the big and small businesses forming the NYC’s symbiotic system.New York’s tech scene, today, has begun a new chapter of more stable growth.Three Spanish universities made the Financial Times’ annual European Business School Rankings top ten in 2017, and Barcelona’s IESE has been ranked the number one executive education program by Financial Times three years running.
Google is using digital out of home (DOOH) to invite Londoners to use its voice assistant in a campaign called 'Make Google Do It'.The work from R/GA London was created to showcase both the Google Home Mini and the Google Assistant by detailing all the tasks they can perform.Until 8 July, the work will run across transit, retail and city-centre locations, including Old Street roundabout in London.It will run contextual ads around events like the World Cup, Wimbledon, and Pride London.To bring the campaign to life, R/GA and Google worked alongside OOH media specialists Grand Visial, OMD UK and Talon.Meg Ledger, client manager at Talon, said: “OOH was the perfect channel to communicate how Google Assistant can be your playful sidekick throughout the day.
Tech City used to go by the somewhat embarrassing name of Silicon Roundabout, so you can see why they rebranded it.It’s a bit of central London near the Old Street roundabout that has been used as evidence of how into technology the UK is for years.The original name indicates the desire to position it as a rival to Silicon Valley in the US and the rebrand suggest that ambition may have been scaled down somewhat.Nonetheless it remains as good a place as any in the UK for a spot of technology virtue-signalling, which is clearly not lost on EE.The MNO will give good 5G at ten sites in Tech City at some time in October, and will provide ten EE customers with prototype 5G devices so they can be the first to live the dream.Those lucky few will be recruited over social media in the intervening months.
The Brexit referendum in June of 2016 sent shockwaves across the world.The doomsday forecasts dominated headlines with predictions of an inevitable economic catastrophe whose onset some today are still expecting.By 2010, the tech industry, sparked by activity in the Old Street Roundabout, was the only UK industry not in decline, and Prime Minister David Cameron’s government stepped in to fan the flames.Hosting a range of activities, from speaker series and hackathons to training workshops and product demonstrations, Campus London had 22,000 members less than two years in – it has since helped raise millions in investment for its members, and created thousands of jobs.Soon other tech giants followed, among them Apple and Facebook.The big tech companies helped inspire local entrepreneurs to think big, and the smaller startups reminded their industry giant neighbors how to stay nimble.
Under David Cameron, entrepreneurs had grown used to a fond welcome at Downing Street, where the nation’s leader pondered their thoughts and handed out useful patronage.It was the best kind of tech event: drinks, deals, and a goodie bag came with an MBE.May and her new team were different.In this vision, tech stands for the open, connected future – the precise opposite of Brexit.Reports were commissioned, round tables arranged – friendly vibes emanated in the direction of Old Street roundabout.On Wednesday evening, entrepreneurs, investors and advocates were back at Downing Street – queuing to get in, in fact – to celebrate a deal to maintain tech’s vitality after Brexit.
It was earlier this summer when Justin Grierson noticed that the number of “hackathons” seemed to be trailing off around “Silicon Roundabout”, the east London area touted as Britain’s answer to the Californian valley that is home to technology giants Google and Facebook.“Last year there used to be at least two every weekend and now there might be about two a month,” said the freelance programmer who is a regular at the sprint-like design events for coders and others, which often bring him into contact with others in the sector.Activity has slowed, and many startups are reining back on spending amid uncertainty about the economic outlook.The chill was palpable at a meeting of entrepreneurs on Thursday near Smithfield market, a 10-minute walk from Old Street roundabout.There, young entrepreneurs, startup founders and service providers huddled around mobile phones running embryonic apps.The project should in theory be an ideal fit for a city that has historically been home to many global charities.
Adobe confirms its commitment to the UK’s digital technology sector after opening a flagship office in London’s tech city, based at ‘Silicon Roundabout’.Adobe has confirmed its commitment to the UK’s tech sector after opening its flagship office in London’s tech city.The company’s new office will be a London Hub, for the 600 employees across the UK.It signifies Adobe’s commitment to the UK’s tech sector and its growth in both the UK and Europe, despite Brexit looming.Situated in London’s Shoreditch area, dubbed the ‘Silicon Roundabout’.Adobe has taken over three floors of the White Collar Factory on Old Street Roundabout, with the White Collar Factory a new development by Derwent London and taking inspiration from 20th century architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Jean Prouvé.
Old Street Roundabout, seen as the hub of East London's tech sceneThe UK has seen a surge in demand for skilled technology visas in recent months in a boost to the British tech industry's demands for special treatment on immigration after the Brexit vote.Tech City UK, the government organisation that processes applications for the special visas, said applications had spiked since the referendum, and that it had received more than 200 applications since April.This represents a huge increase on the same point last year, when fewer than 20 applications had been received.Tech City was given the right to endorse 200 special Tech Nation visas a year for non-EU workers in 2014 in an attempt to combat a shortage of skilled coders.However, the programme had only a trickle of applications in its early months.
Traffic passes around the Old Street roundabout, also referred to as 'Silicon Roundabout,' in the area known as 'Tech City' at dusk in London, UK.London has been named as the most expensive city in the world for technology start-ups to open offices, trumping New York and San Francisco, potentially stifling its ability to create the next Google or Twitter, according to a new report.Estate agent Knight Frank looked at the cost of leasing and fitting-out 600 square foot of office space in tech and creative districts in the world s leading cities.Start-ups looking at London s Shoreditch area, a hotbed of tech start-ups, will have to fork out US$66,706 per year.This is followed by Brooklyn in New York, which costs US$62,736 on average, and Mid-Market in San Francisco, which will set start-ups back by US$61,680 a year.The first, second and ninth arrondissements - or districts - in Paris US$57,426 and the Seaport District in Boston US$50,700 come in fourth and fifth place.
London Technology Weeklondon city hallOver the next few days, some of the biggest names in technology will attend seminars, award ceremonies and networking events, some of which will encourage foreign investors to set up shop in London.This is before you consider that a vote to leave would threaten participation in the EC s digital single market.Old Street RoundaboutBoth the government and Mayor Sadiq Khan, two offices that will determine the future direction of the UK and London s technology sector, are backing remain.TechWeekEurope readers are a little less emphatic but still in favour of remaining.London & Partners claims London has become the most desirable city in Europe for technology workers, ahead of Paris and Berlin.ScotlandThreat to success?