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Silicon Roundabout to Silicon Valley? The Future of Tech City

Wednesday, 14 September 2011
13:45 - 16:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

‘Something is stirring in East London…We are firmly on the side of the high-growth, highly innovative companies of the future. Don’t doubt our ambition’ 
David Cameron, November 2010 

The Government has launched the East London Tech City initiative designed to build on the existing cluster of technology companies with the aim of creating a world-class technology hub to emulate the success achieved by Silicon Valley. David Cameron has cited the willingness of major companies, including Cisco, Intel, British Telecom, Barclays and Google to invest in the area, as evidence that a major opportunity exists to transform the East of London. But does Tech City really have the potential to deliver?

In particular, this event seeked to explore the following questions: What are the development challenges and opportunities for Tech City going forward and what role is there for policy makers to help the area realise its potential?

This event, co-hosted with the Future of London, was part of the launch of The Work Foundation’s Big Innovation Centre. 

The Big Innovation Centre brings together a range of companies, trusts, higher education institutions and public bodies to create a practical and dynamic hub with the vision of making the UK a world leader in innovation.

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