Coding, chefs and cyclists: A review of March’s Croydon Tech City event

By - Monday 20th April, 2015

Newcomer Richard Phelps reports on last month’s #Croydon #TechCity event, ahead of this week’s April edition

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.


If March’s Croydon Tech City taught me anything, it’s that starting a business can be a stressful, unexpected and educational journey!

The evening kicked off with Laura Fisher of TreePress – an online marketplace, connecting people who are write scripts with the teachers and schools who need them.

Photo by Fluid4Sight, used with permission.


Laura explained a variety of things to take into consideration when starting a business. One of the things that I found rather interesting was her process on how they got investors; she explained that getting investors was a nine month process but getting the documents drafted up and signed took four days. She didn’t jump straight into trying to get the investors to invest, instead the TreePress team waited until both the investors and the company were ready. I thoroughly enjoyed the speech and if I ever create my own business I will definitely remember the points that were raised.

Enjoy cooking but hate reading recipe books because they’re boring? If so then Loaf is perfect for you.

Loaf is an app that brings your cooking experience to life by making the recipes you cook interactive by using things like animations. Not only does Loaf give you a nice, interactive and enjoyable cooking experience, it also simplifies recipes by guiding you through the process with easy steps to help you cook what you want. One thing I love about this app has to be the fact that the recipes aren’t created by the guys at Loaf, they are created by the users; Loaf is about sharing your food experience so if you know a food dish that you enjoy to cook and want to share it with others, you can. I am useless at cooking food and I hate reading from recipe books so one thing is for sure, I’ll definitely be using Loaf!

You can learn more about the founder, Han-Son Lee by watching this interview:

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We all know that cycling in roads can be very dangerous. What if there was a way that drivers could be alerted if there was a cyclist in close proximity? Well, now, there is!

Thanks to Cycle Alert cyclists can get sensors which they attach to their bicycle. Drivers also receive a corresponding sensor which is fitted into the vehicle and a dashboard receiver will alerts the driver if there’s a cyclist nearby.

Cycle Alert’s inception occurred after founder Robert Cooper heard a radio interview with an HGV driver, following a collision with a cyclist that resulted in his death. He spoke to co-founder Peter Le Masurier and it struck them that not one but two families are left broken in the aftermath of a cycling tragedy: that of the cyclist and that of the driver whose trauma at hitting a cyclist is devastating and irreparable. This led them both to develop Cycle Alert.

This idea is fantastic for reducing the number of accidents involving cyclists. It will also allow cyclists to feel a lot safer when using roads as they know that the drivers around them are aware that a cyclist is nearby. If you’re a cyclist you should definitely look into Cycle Alert.

The next Croydon Tech City event takes place on Thursday 23rd April at 7:30pm at Matthews Yard. To attend, please sign up here.

Richard Phelps

Richard Phelps

I am 18. Live in Croydon. Work in Caterham as a web developer. I have a huge passion for technology.

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