Introducing… Croydon Tech City community classes for Q1/2 2016


By - Wednesday 27th January, 2016

Jonny Rose introduces the latest initiative from the #Croydon #TechCity movement


Classes for Croydon tech.
Photo by Jon Lim, used under Creative Commons licence.

Croydon Tech City champions and inspires tech business, skills and opportunities with the aim of making Croydon “the Silicon Valley of South London”.

There are a lot of ways in which we do this – advising on infrastructure decisions, business support services, encouraging inward investment, etc.  – but the chief way that we do this is through education.

The key theme of last year’s launch with Lord Wei of Shoreditch was ‘tech for the common good’: we don’t just want to create a community that is inward-looking and self-serving, we also want to make sure that this is something that the whole of Croydon can be a part of. This was something echoed by Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, at our 2016 launch last week.

Rather than incubating and accelerating a few choice companies, we are interested in incubating an entire town!

To that effect, I’m pleased to announce that over the next six months, Croydon Tech City will provide free classes for the local community across three distinct streams: startup entrepreneurialism, coding and project management.

Croydon Tech City full ‘build a startup’ course

Over six months, you will learn how to validate a business idea, how to write a business plan, how to do branding and digital marketing, how to raise capital to fund your idea and how to protect and patent your intellectual property.

An introduction to coding

Code is the fuel of the digital economy. If you can’t code, you can’t win. In collaboration with volunteer coders, Croydon Tech City will be hosting classes in Croydon in which attendees will be taught the web development language Ruby. You will need to bring your own laptop.

Learn Agile/Scrum methodology to organise yourself and teams

It’s all very well understanding how to build a startup and write some code, but if you have no idea how to organise yourself or your team in the rapidly changing demands of startup life then you’ll have problems. Agile and scrum methodology are project management styles that help you to cope and to react quickly to changing business demands.

Croydon Tech City’s community classes will run until July when we will be take our customary two-month summer break. These classes are put on free, by Croydon’s tech community for Croydon’s tech and non-tech community.

If you want to contribute and put on a free class, let Croydon Tech City know and we’ll work with you to get it up and running.


There is now no excuse not to be a part of Croydon Tech City. To sign up to Croydon Tech City’s community classes, please visit our site.

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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  • Serena Alam

    What’s “Q 1/2″, Jonny? Sounds cool, but I don’t know what it means.

    • http://idioplatform.com/ Jonny Rose

      Hey Serena,

      It means first and second quarter of the year i.e. the first six months. The above are the types of classes available for the first six months of 2016. Hope that helps! :)

      • Serena Alam

        Hey Jonny,

        Thanks for replying. I figured that it could mean that, after I had posted my comment/question.

        But figured there’s no harm in leaving the question there, in case anyone else wanted to ask you something but was worried either you or the Citizen team would laughs at the silliness of their question or something.

        Ta!

        • Anne Giles

          Not silly at all. I don’t know anyone who would know what that means.

  • Abdul Abdi

    We love you Jonny.

    I am not a teacher and somewhat new to Golang but happy to run a how to code ; build and auto deploy a Go lang up. Abdul

    http://Www.crocusvalley.com (los originales)

  • Abdul Abdi

    yep. like to put on a class on GO and/or AWS. not a teacher but there is only one way to find out.