Croydonites Unite – Croydon, the next Tech City

Two of the Dot Social team took front row seats at the Croydon Tech City event and 2014 launch on Thurs 23rd January at Matthews Yard in Croydon.  
 
Croydon Tech City Jan 2014 Launch

Audience at Croydon Tech City Jan 2014

 
Croydon Tech City is a movement to encourage digital companies and start-ups to come into and/or work from Croydon.  The founder, Jonny Rose, outlines reasons why Croydon is well-positioned to become the ‘Second Tech City’ in his blog and on Croydon Tech City.
 
What it needed from when it was launched originally, I feel, was people, action and momentum, and boy have we got it.  Working together with Nigel Dias and Sarah Luxford, Jonny increased the numbers at their inaugural event of about 20 unsure but intrigued people to (I estimate) over 100 keen and enthused digitally-interested people, wanting and willing to work to make this become a reality.   There was a real buzz from the moment we arrived at Matthews Yard and still going when we left.  It was the sound of positivity and connections and relationships being built. 
 
We are avid supporters of this idea, of course, and want to help and build a stronger and connected Croydon that involves interesting and thriving businesses.  This will inevitably be followed by the inflow of money that supports all the other great developments coming along in and around Croydon.  
 
This was highlighted by Matt McMillan from Croydon Council with some great infographics of the talent in Croydon and the regeneration and plans to improve all kinds of spaces from leisure to business and infrastructure.  There’s more on the Westfield and Hammerson regeneration of the Whitgift Centre, transport improvements, homes, new leisure facilities and more here Croydon Partnership Masterplan too.
 
With the stories of others who have grown substantial Tech businesses from Croydon highlighted by Jonny, and talk by Simon Bird of Dot Mailer on their story, from bedroom idea to 150 employees and PLC status, it was easy to be enthused to want to support this idea of Croydon as the Second Tech City.   
 
Simon Bird, Dot Mailer talking at Croydon Tech City Jan 2014
 
Come on Croydonites, lets make it so.  Please go and follow the movement on Twitter, Facebook and visit the Croydon Tech City website.
 
Wendy Ager, for Dot Social
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