Derry 2.0 -Visit from London’s Tech City

This week we had the privilege of hosting a trade delegation from Tech City and the City of London. Tech City is a thriving community of tech and digital creative companies in East London.

The original cluster around ‘Silicon Roundabout’ in Shoreditch has now grown to more than 700 tech and digital creative companies. Alongside the start-ups and small businesses like Playmob, EDITD and Lightbox, are leading international tech companies such as Cisco and Google.

A well-established network of incubators like Seedcamp and White Bear Yard provide early stage funding and support to entrepreneurs, while top international investors including Accel and Index have operations in the area. Leading academic institutions including UCL and Imperial have also made commitments establish research and development facilities in Tech City.

The delegation included Eric Van Der Kleig, CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation, Peter Cunnane from the City of London’s Economic Development team and Judith Clegg and Alex Butler from Take Out and The Glasshouse. If you don’t know these names already, go Google them as we’re hoping that they’ll become regular faces in Derry’s tech and media community.

As part of the visit, the group met with local stakeholders, the Digital Derry team, 50 local entrepreneurs for a quick networking breakfast at the City Hotel, three leading local companies, the University of Ulster and finally lunch with a handful of our local startup community. We’ll be returning the compliment with visits to London in coming months and expect to welcome a big London contingent to Culture Tech in August.

Culture Tech Speaker Announcement: Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunatillake is an innovation producer based in Glasgow with two main specialisms.

The first is that of the cultural sector, with current and past projects including the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab, Culture Hack Scotland, the Speirs Locks regeneration and Mission Models Money.

Rohan’s second innovation specialism is modern meditation and 21st century Buddhism with projects including Buddhist Geeks, and buddhify – the world’s first urban meditation app. His previous employers include IBM, Accenture and NESTA but he now works on a freelance basis. Rohan is an award-winning blogger, has written for the Guardian and Herald Scotland and has yet to score a competitive touchdown for the Glasgow Hornets.

He is also a popular speaker and has recently spoken at SXSW, the Buddhist Geeks Conference in Los Angeles, Shift Happens, the Dutch Government’s inaugural creative industries conference and British Council events in Berlin and Istanbul.

Oh, and Wired magazine named him in their 2012 Smart List of 50 people who are about to change the world.

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Culture Tech Games Arcade

Foyleside, N. Ireland’s largest shopping centre, will become games central over three days at the heart of the Culture Tech festival (29th August - 1st September) as we create a pop-up games arcade featuring nothing but Irish-built games, including the latest releases from Derry’s own Black Market Games.

You’ll find the arcade smack bang in the middle of Foyleside and it’ll be open all hours and completely free for anyone to pop along for a play. And a huge thanks toSpirit Marketing for helping make this happen!

If you’d like to see your game featured, just email info@] with details