Photo highlights from the inaugural Croydon Tech City 2014 summit


By - Friday 13th June, 2014

On Friday 6th June, the Croydon Tech City Summit brought together some of London’s foremost property developers, policy-makers and tech entrepreneurs to discuss Croydon’s place as London’s second ‘Tech City’


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The opening comments

“There is an evident success story in Croydon.”

Andrew Collinge (Assistant Director of GLA)
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“The question now isn’t “CAN Croydon become a tech city?”
It’s “HOW can Croydon become the best tech city?”"

Jonny Rose (Founder, Croydon Tech City)
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“We haven’t just built a tech city – we’ve built Croydon’s future.”

“In the 1970s, Croydon was ‘groovy’ and I’m feeling that
same vibe and optimism again thanks to Croydon Tech City.”

Toni Letts (Croydon Labour, Economic Development)
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“The role of government is not appropriation – this is not our gig.
It’s our role to support the tech community.”

Jo Negrini (Head of Planning, Croydon Council)
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The ‘Why we are in Croydon Tech City’ Panel

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“Croydon’s got excellent commuter links, great offices, can get amazing staff
and you can be part of the community without being lost in it.”

Neil Barnett (Business Director, ICUK)
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“Croydon is cool. We started in Croydon ten years ago and even though
we’re expanding abroad we will keep on choosing Croydon.”

Skip Fidura (Client Services Director, DotMailer)
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“The prospect that the Croydon tech bubble is growing is a reason in itself to be based in Croydon – it’s a really exciting time and I’m very proud to be based here.”

Daryl Willcox (Founder, DWPub)
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The Investment, Property  & Infrastructure Panel

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“This is an incredible community that has been built but Croydon Tech City mustn’t fall into isolationism – there are other complementary clusters in London and across Europe.”

Andrew Campling (General Manager, BT London)
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“We must learn from the problems experienced by East London
where speculative development is pricing out startups.”

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The ‘How to build a tech culture’ Panel

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“Tech clusters need wi-fi, good coffee, independent venues,
great bands and a strong creative community.”

Julian Blake (Editor, TechCity Insider)
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“We need more pedestrianisation and provision for cyclists… I did a survey among
our Croydon staff: 88 per cent take public transport or walk to work.”

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The Education Panel

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“Non-technical teachers need support with all of the incoming curriculum changes
– it’s a hard time to be a teacher.”

Mark Martin (ICT Teacher, St Mark’s Academy – Mitcham)
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“I see a gap at the moment between the digital natives and the teachers
who are often a bit afraid of it. I would like to see us close that fear gap.”

Rupert Whitehead (Head of Developer Advocacy, Google)
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“Many tech companies think they have the answer to
‘saving education’ but every school runs differently.”

Laura Kirsop (Managing Director, Code Club)
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The next Croydon Tech City event: Women In Tech

Croydon Tech City’s ‘Women in Tech’ event takes place on Thursday 19th June at 7:30pm at Croydon Conference Centre, Croydon. It will be an evening of presentations and debate focusing on female founders from South London’s tech startup community.

To attend, please sign up as ‘attending’ here or  to confirm your attendance.

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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