Opinion


Is social media and local government a help or a hindrance?

Posted on February 16th, by Robert Ward in Opinion. 1 Comment

Local news outlets, with fewer and fewer journalists, find easy pickings mostly on Twitter

Social media is the new(ish) thing. There’s hardly a television news item that doesn’t mention it somewhere. Broadcasters want to show they’re hip, and in a world where people expect their news to be instant and free it gives journalists an easy news item without having to leave their desks.

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Croydon Tech City: one tech hub alone does not make an ecosystem

Posted on February 15th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. 2 comments

Jonny Rose shares the long-term vision for #Croydon #TechCity’s rise to power

Croydon Tech City is growing

It’s boom time at the moment in Croydon Tech City.

Croydon Tech City is growing – not just in government recognition or media coverage – but also in all of the things that actually matter to fulfilling our aim to create ‘the Silicon Valley of South London’, such … Read More »



Work in Croydon? There is a 60% likelihood that your job won’t exist in ten years’ time

Posted on February 3rd, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. 9 comments

Jonny Rose brings a message of hope for those who choose to hear it, and a warning for those who don’t

Technology is replacing jobs

A 2013 study by the Oxford Martin School estimated that 47% of jobs in the US could be susceptible to computerisation over the next two decades. In Australia, the figure has been pitched at 70% of jobs within a decade. A study by … Read More »



How tech will save Croydon’s cyclists

Posted on March 19th, by Danni Lapham in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. 3 comments

Cycle Alert writer/charity worker Danni Lapham explains how the tech that her company provides might help to make Croydon’s roads safer for cyclists

This month Croydon launches Cycle Alert – a radio-frequency identification (RFID) cyclist detection system for large goods vehicles that helps to reduce blind spot dangers to cyclists and to improve work-related road safety operations.

The system consists of a tag fitted to … Read More »



Tech City – delivering Croydon’s future skills, now

Posted on March 3rd, by Nigel Dias in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. No Comments

Half the jobs we’ll do in ten years’ time don’t exist yet. Enter Future Tech City, says Nigel Dias

In November 2013, Croydon Tech City (CTC) launched its Future Tech City (FTC) initiative, the purpose of which is to raise the awareness and availability of tech skills in the borough, in particular by promoting organisations like Code Club and Apps for Good. With more schools, … Read More »



From jerk chicken to Javascript: Our Croydon Tech City journey to Silicon Valley

Posted on January 28th, by Tony Chance in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. No Comments

On the eve of Croydon Tech City’s 2015 launch, local tech startup founder Tony Chance discusses how the organisation helped him to set his sights on Silicon Valley

At the start of 2013, Sibel, Sharlene and I, three fellow Croydoners and former food entrepreneurs, switched to tech. Over the past two years, in alien ground, we have battled the foreign languages of “code”, “agile” and “iteration” with the … Read More »



In praise of Croydon’s failing businesses

Posted on October 21st, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. 2 comments

Jonny Rose, often found singing the praises of #Croydon #TechCity’s successes, finds the virtue in failure

In 2013, 1,924 new business were established in Croydon (source: DuPort 2013 Annual Business Confidence Report).

Undoubtedly, as I explored earlier this year, business confidence is returning to Croydon.

Yet, alongside these encouraging signs there is another story: the tale of the 1,301 businesses that closed … Read More »



Discovering the tech talent of the future

Posted on June 18th, by Andrew Easter in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. No Comments

Andrew Easter looks at the Croydon Tech City movement from a slightly different perspective

As an experienced software engineer, and long time member of the technical community, I’m well aware of the present shortage of technical skills in the technology industry – this is a situation that, as technology becomes increasingly ingrained in our lives, is only likely to deteriorate in the longer term, thus further widening the gap … Read More »



How to get more women into tech

Posted on June 17th, by Sarah Luxford in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. 1 Comment

Croydon Tech City co-founder Sarah Luxford puts forth her own argument on how to get more women involved in the tech industry

Just over a year ago, I had the opportunity to attend a fireside chat with Sheryl Sandberg in London via Croydon Tech City, talking about her ground-breaking book Lean In. Whilst being aware and supportive of my fellow women looking to raise the … Read More »



Labour, politics and #Croydon #TechCity: a response from Cllr Toni Letts

Posted on April 15th, by Toni Letts in Croydon: Tech City, Opinion. No Comments

Croydon Labour’s shadow cabinet member for jobs, business and regeneration responds to Conservative candidate Mario Creatura’s bold claims about Tech City

Tech City is one of a number of truly exciting  movements happening across our wonderful town at this time.

I was therefore dismayed by the comments made by Mario Creatura, the Coulsdon West Conservative candidate, where he politicises the successful Croydon Tech City.

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