LSR member SocialGo to be introduced by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge at the VC & New Media Summit in San Francisco

Showcase panel to feature Founder-President Dominic Wheatley, of “Tech City,” London-based company SocialGO, the first “Social Website” maker.

Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for their trip to Canada and California (Pic: PA)

LOS ANGELES, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Variety’s Venture Capital & New Media Summit, taking place at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Friday, July 8th, will explore how UK innovation is now on course to rival that of Silicon Valley and how the British investment community is driving technology innovation – so critical for the growth of the evolving technology and entertainment industries in the UK.

The summit will showcase London’s “Tech City” initiative, which was launched by the U.K. government to build on the existing cluster of technology companies in Shoreditch, East London. Dominic Wheatley, Founder and President of SocialGO, which creates next generation “socially-enabled” websites, has been invited to participate in a panel discussion beginning at 4:00pm. Along with Variety, the media summit is being presented in conjunction with the UK Trade & Investment Group, who are pulling out all the stops for this panel in particular; it will feature HRH Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duke and Duchess ofCambridge, in the very first appearance of their California visit.

SocialGO, a leader in private, or “niche” social networks, is launching the first website creation platform made for the social web. The company is one of many based in “Tech City”, an area that is home to one of the largest concentrations of small, fast-growing digital technology companies in Europe and intends to give California’s Silicon Valley a run for its money as a global hub of technology. Variety’s Venture Capital and New Media Summit will showcase some of its emerging technology stars, including SocialGO.

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Hackney Community College and Hackney UTC ties up with Techmeetups.com

Hackney Community College and Hackney UTC ties up with Techmeetups.com to help the Tech Startup community in Tech City – also known as London’s Silicon Roundabout

Hackney Community College is an exciting, vibrant and multicultural FE College, based in the heart of Hoxton, and is the lead sponsor of a proposed new University Technical College – Hackney UTC.

Students succeed at Hackney Community College! School leavers and adults choose from hundreds of popular courses, and study full or part-time. The college also has flexible opportunities for employers to train their staff. Qualifications range from digital media and IT to administration, to security. Always taught by talented staff, and always using most up-to-date software and facilities.

Hackney Community College is now proud to be working with partners to develop a brand new technical school for East London and the City – opening in September 2012 – the Hackney UTC, an innovative University Technical College.  Students will specialise in a technical subject as well as academic qualifications in a demanding and stimulating curriculum. The aim is for students to leave the UTC with the best possible chance of success in work or higher education.

One partner in the UTC is Techmeetups.com that organises The London Silicon Roundabout Meetup group of over 1000+ tech companies from the area.  As part of the partnership Techmeetups will advise Hackney Community College and Hackney UTC on the current skills shortages to help fine tune the training programs for the market.

Techmeetups.com is also planning to run training sessions to help students understand the importance of networking, current technology trends and how start-ups work. As part of the partnership HCC will host Techmeetups events at its award-winning campus, and also work on creating a space to help start-ups and students collaborate and work together.

Apart from mentoring & helping various Tech Startups, Techmeetups.com also advices the Prime Ministers Office (PMO), Hackney Council and various non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that work on the Tech City initiative, helping to make London’s Silicon Roundabout into the next Silicon Valley.

Hackney UTC is open for applications from 14 year olds to start in September 2012. Benefitting from such expert knowledge, resources and opportunities from Techmeetups, and the network that has turned east London into one of the most forward-looking centres of technical innovation, will put these local young people in the frame for future employment success.

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Government in £100k Tech City PR agency spend

The government is paying a marketing agency close to £100,000 per year to promote David Cameron’s Tech City overseas, a Whitehall department has confirmed.

In the same week that saw ministers applaud major reductions in government advertising and the axing of around a quarter of in-house government communications jobs, business minister Mark Prisk told MPs that PR firm Hill and Knowlton would be paid £99,945 to promote Tech City overseas for 12 months.

Speaking to Publicservice.co.uk, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) said no concerns had been raised in government about spending the sum on the marketing campaign, which they believed to represent “excellent value for money”.

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Hermann Hauser awarded top Silicon Valley honour

Hermann Hauser has followed Bill Gates’ footsteps and has entered the pantheon of technology “gods”.

Hermann Hauser was recognised this week in Silicon Valley’s “Visionary Awards”, joining the ranks of Bill Gates, Vint Cerf, Vinod Khosla and others.

Silicon Valley’s elite gathered this week to honour Hermann Hauser at the SDForum annual “Visionary Awards”.

Every year, the SDForum hosts an a-list ceremony for 250 CEOs in Silicon Valley to honour four industry leaders who have pioneered innovation and fostered the entrepreneurial spirit. It is widely recognised as the “pantheon of technology gods”.

Hermann Hauser was one of the entrepreneurs to be recognised this year, chosen for his “exceptional contributions in the field of emerging technologies and in the community”.

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Silicon Junction: a new collaborative space for creative industries

Creative industries in south west London are pulling together and using their proximity to a total benefit that is greater than the sum of their parts

Robe Dale – I had a really interesting meeting last week with people from the creative industries around the Clapham Junction and Battersea area.

The focus was on an idea framed around the website siliconjunction.co.uk (so called in reference to tech hubs Silicon Valley in California and Silicon Roundabout in Old Street, East London). At its core, the webspace is intended to become a network where local creative businesses can join forces in order to pitch for high-end contracts usually too large to approach individually.

Here’s a short video from some of the guys – with a longer version here. (If you can’t see the video then here’s the link to Youtube)

In a recent piece in the FT, Tim Bradshaw wrote of how tech companies around Silicon Roundabout are pulling together and using their proximity to a total benefit that is greater than the sum of their parts – clustering alone, he said, without collaboration, seems a wasted opportunity (you can watch a video from the FT on this here).

The same principal applies around the Junction. For example, a small company with specific web-based skills can collaborate with another which specialises in video production to meet the requirements demanded by clients.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton visit California to support Tech City

Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for their trip to Canada and California (Pic: PA)

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s short visit to California is filled with a varied programme of events.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will land in the sunshine state on July 8, a few hours after saying goodbye to Canada, and be met by Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Britain’s ambassador to America.

The first engagement of their three-day trip will be a UK Trade and Investment reception featuring technology experts from both sides of the Atlantic who will be meeting to find new ways of creating jobs in America and Britain.

A key aim of the event is to generate support for Tech City, the area around Old Street in east London which is fast becoming a major base for innovative internet firms and software companies.

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London Silicon Roundabout Weekly Roundup 24-June

Weekly Newsletter of London Silicon Roundabout

ISSUE 24 JUNE 2011


UPCOMING EVENTS

What: London Silicon Roundabout July Meetup: Gaming to Gamification

When: July 7, 2011 (Thursday) 6:00 – 9:30 P.M.

Where: Innovation Warehouse – 1 East Poultry, 1st Floor, London EC1A 9PT     MORE DETAILS / RSVP HERE

 

What: London and Partners’ Roundtable with Plug and Play Tech Center CEO, Saeed Amidi

When: July 1, 2011 (Friday) 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Where: London and Partners – More London Riverside, London Bridge SE1 2RR

 

28-June: Enterprise Cloud Adoption – Defining (and Easing) the Barriers

29-June: Online Marketing Show

01-July: Geek Karting 2011

02-July: Design Jam London #3

02-July: dev4good

02-July: London Ajax Mobile Event


IN THE NEWS

London-based Bossa comes out of hiding – June 24, 2011

A new UK games studio has finally come out of hiding today with the launch of its new site.

Silicon Roundabout – Shoreditch’s digital revolution – June 23, 2011

Lauren Bishop – I was surprised to see Silicon Roundabout referenced and pictured in the Sun last week. Quite a theoretical and London-centric piece for the Sun to pick up, I thought, despite being bylined to the rather famous (Sun-reading, apparently) founder of Tweetdeck.

APS Group expands into London – June 20, 2011

Stockport’s APS Group has made clear its intention to expand its national reach, with a move to open up an office in London for the first time.

Cheers to London’s Tech Scene – June 20, 2011

I just heard two old English ladies talking about tweeting in a Shoreditch coffee shop. Earlier this morning, I ran into a venture capitalist from New York City on the street corner of Chance and Boundary. And last night, I witnessed an Android app developer hitting on a posh British chick. I believe the apt term is “punching above his weight.”

Facebook & Google Cause House Price Rises London & California? – June 20, 2011

Living near the headquarters of Google and Facebook is great for real estate prices and London could well be in for the same “Silicon Valley effect” on its house prices.

 

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The Story of Deskwanted – Startups, London

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Brainstorming for New Startup Ideas: A Framework to Spur Creative Thinking – For Entrepreneurs

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Silicon Roundabout – Shoreditch’s digital revolution

I was surprised to see Silicon Roundabout referenced and pictured in the Sun last week. Quite a theoretical and London-centric piece for the Sun to pick up, I thought, despite being bylined to the rather famous (Sun-reading, apparently) founder of Tweetdeck.

It demonstrates the growing buzz about the Old Street/Clerkenwell/Shoreditch area as a hub of creativity, technology and digital innovation in the UK.  The ‘silicon’ reference is a bit misleading; it communicates a clear idea but when the phrase was coined, Silicon Valley was literally about silicon. Processors. Hardware.

The community spanning the EC1/EC2/E1 zones of east central London is much more about software and web services. There’s no room here for build functions, or even extensive labs – just space to think in, good pubs to drink in and like-minded brains to share ideas with. Rent is cheap by inner London standards and yet it’s a stone’s throw from the City and just a little further to the West End.

Some wonderful, innovative digital businesses have grown up here. A few of its better known offspring include: Unruly Media, the leading global platform for social video advertising; digital production house Smile Machine; popular music recommendation service Last.fm.

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Cheers to London’s Tech Scene

I just heard two old English ladies talking about tweeting in a Shoreditch coffee shop. Earlier this morning, I ran into a venture capitalist from New York City on the street corner of Chance and Boundary. And last night, I witnessed an Android app developer hitting on a posh British chick. I believe the apt term is “punching above his weight.”

Last week, I wrote about London’s Silicon Roundabout from a New York state of mind introducing our readers to the first startups I encountered such as social network Floxx, fashion startup Not Just a Label, the “Economist of Culture” Crane.TV and gaming company Mind Candy. It’s clear that London has innovated in industries such as fashion, the arts and games, and is perhaps most proud of its emerging digital music industry. Digging just a bit deeper, let’s take a look a few more brilliant startups, meet the rockstars of London’s music startup scene and find out what the VCs are saying.

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Facebook & Google Cause House Price Rises London & California?

Living near the headquarters of Google and Facebook is great for real estate prices and London could well be in for the same “Silicon Valley effect” on its house prices.

Living in the vicinity of the area dubbed Silicon Valley in California has meant that real estate prices increasing above the national average. The surrounding area of Silicon Valley which is situated in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California is now home to numerous internet millionaires.

The area has seen real estate prices leap by on average price 20% for family home. Realtors from the area link this directly linked to the expansion of companies such as Google. The mini boom seems set to continue with rumors of Facebook floatation which is expected to set its valuation at $100bn. The property boom in the Bay area is in stark contrast to the rest of the US, where prices are falling sending valuations to an eight-year low point.

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