#Croydon #TechCity event: the inaugural Croydon Tech City summit, Friday June 6th 12pm at Croydon College


By - Tuesday 6th May, 2014

Jonny Rose reveals the stellar lineup for #Croydon #TechCity’s very first half day conference


The Croydon Tech City team. Photo by Fluid4Sight. Used with permission.

On Friday June 6th 12pm at Croydon College, #Croydon #TechCity will hold a half-day conference in conjunction with Develop Croydon to bring together some of London’s foremost property developers, policy-makers and tech entrepreneurs to discuss Croydon’s place as London’s second ‘Tech City’.

The aim of the conference is to demonstrate the various opportunities within Croydon’s tech community to property developers, investors, and local government, and to explore best practices for creating a vibrant tech ecosystem.

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Subsidised tickets will be released later in May for educators, teachers and schools who are – or would like to be – part of our Future Tech City initiative.


So what can you expect on the day?

A PROFILE OF CROYDON’S TECH COMPANIES

We know now that Croydon is home to over 1,000 digital, creative and technical businesses (ONS. Business Register and Employment Survey 2013) and that technology is one of the few industries in Croydon that is expanding. Indeed, #Croydon #TechCity is now London’s fastest growing tech cluster – growing 23% since 2011, higher than the central and East London (17.1%) and the UK (11.3%) averages over this period. (ONS: UK BUSINESS: ACTIVITY, SIZE AND LOCATION: 2011 – 2013)

Croydon’s burgeoning tech sector has reinvigorated economic confidence in the borough, making it the most popular borough in London to set up a new media startup and attracting businesses from Shoreditch and Waterloo.

Joining us on the day will be founders from Croydon Tech City startups including ICUK, DWPub, DotMailer and Smarta.

INVESTMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND POLICY DISCUSSION

Whilst Croydon has already come along leaps and bounds with regards to providing an accommodating environment for tech startups – there is still a long way to go to becoming ‘the Silicon Valley of South London’.

The next few years present an exciting opportunity for Croydon’s built environment – particularly as Croydon Tech City was chosen to be supported by the government’s ‘Superconnected Cities’ scheme, and with the long-awaited town Masterplan coming to pass.

Against this boom in tech activity, has been an increased political focus on Croydon Tech City from both central and local government. The opportunity for Croydon’s tech scene to impact national policies could soon be a reality.

A special panel at the summit will discuss how, what and who is needed to take Croydon Tech City forwards.

CREATING A TECH CULTURE

As an unfinanced, entirely community-led tech movement Croydon Tech City is unique and breaking new ground.

That said, the ‘Tech City’ concept is not particularly original; with Croydon being London’s second ‘Tech City’, after Silicon Roundabout in Old Street, East London.

A dedicated panel of East London tech community personalities will be discussing the early days of ‘Silicon Roundabout’, how Shoreditch grew to become London’s most notable tech ecosystem and what Croydon Tech City can learn from the mistakes and successes of the East London community.

FUTURE TECH CITY – ENABLING CROYDON’S YOUNG TO PARTICIPATE IN CTC

Future Tech City is the brainchild of Croydon Tech City (spearheaded by co-founder Nigel Dias) as a means to service, support and encourage the take-up of computer programming and coding by as many young people as possible in Croydon; to prepare them for the tech economy of the future and for their personal development.

The Future Tech City discussion panel will explore how Croydon Tech City will be working with Croydon’s school and educators to train teachers and equip schools to secure the future’s of Croydon’s young.


We at Croydon Tech City are incredibly excited at the opportunity to bring together some of London’s foremost policy-makers, property developers and tech entrepreneurs together – don’t miss out. BOOK NOW!

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Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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