Connecting Tech City

Update – Connecting Tech City research report now launched

Centre for London launched its report into the Tech City cluster on 25th March 2015. Titled This Is For Everyone: Connecting Young People and the Tech City Cluster, the report maps out how a new generation of digital learning programmes could both address the digital skills gap and help provide high quality working opportunities for local young people. Find out more here.


Connecting East Londons young people to the opportunities of Tech City

I Love Tech City

Connecting Tech City evolved from Centre for London’s initial research into inner East London’s tech cluster, A Tale of Tech City. This report highlighted the growing skills gap in the digital sector alongside the higher than average youth unemployment in the boroughs surrounding East London’s digital centre. The project aims to forge greater links between London’s digital firms and local young people.

East London is now home to a fast growing cluster of digital businesses –the largest in Europe. TechCity UK estimates that the number of digital firms across London grew from 50,000 to 88,000 from 2009-2012, with the biggest cluster of growth in East London. The cluster has already seen the development of well-known businesses like, Songkick and Hailo. But many tech city businesses report that they are finding it hard to secure the talent they need.

At the same time, the cluster has developed in one of the poorest areas of the United Kingdom and one with very high levels of child poverty and youth unemployment. In some wards youth unemployment is close to 40%.

Now the tech community is coming together in a drive to ensure London’s young people –especially those in East London –can benefit from the digital learning and job opportunities that Tech City has to offer, and that tech firms can maximise their contribution to helping young people develop the right skills. Connecting Tech City consists of three strands: the development of an online platform to bring together all the Digital Learning Programmes in East London; a series of events to connect young people with tech firms and learning programmes; and a report exploring what more can be done to expand the provision of Digital Learning Programmes to address the skills and opportunities mismatch. The web platform and report will be launched in Spring 2015.

Connecting Tech City is being led by Centre for London, but is a collaboration of tech firms, Digital Learning Programmes, schools and public sector organisations with an interest in East London. The project is backed by the Mayor of London, TechCity UK, Tech London Advocates, City University London and many others who contributed to a successful crowdfunding campaign to support this work.

Advisory Board

Jeanette Carlson, CEO, New Media 2.0/Codezoners
Debbie Forster, CEO, Apps for Good
Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK
Andrew Huddart, Head of Partnerships, City University London
Anthony Impey, CEO, Optimity
Stephanie Joslin, Senior Programme Manager, Open Institute/GLA
Bill Mitchell, Director of Education, BCS
Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates

Partners in this collaborative project include:

Founding Partners

Tech City Partners

Digital Learning Programmes

City University London Billetto Aha Design
Mayor of London British Land Apps for Good
Tech City UK Canary Wharf Group AppsCluster
Central Working City Unrulyversity

Research Partners

City of London Corporation Code Bar
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT Cushman and Wakefield Code Club
Ravensbourne College Decoded Codecademy
Find My Past CoderDojo

Delivery Partners

Geek Talent CoderCourse
Hai Media Group Get Taxi Codezoners
Rosie Lee Google Codility
Macmillan Science and Education Digital Business Academy
Mayor’s Fund for London Diverse Digital
Microsoft E-Skills
Profinda East London Radio
Silicon Valley Bank Elatt
Softwire Fluency
Telefonica Founders For Schools
Hackney Community College
Hyper Island
Ideas Foundation
General Assembly
Go Think Big
Kuato Studios
Makers Academy
Mobile Academy
My Kidsy Coding Club
Tech City Stars
Technology Will Save Us
Teen Tech
Young Rewired State



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Tech City Fellowship

The Tech City Fellowship is a new initiative from many of the leading firms in London’s tech sector, which aims to help young Londoners access the highest-quality digital skills training programmes. If you would like to know more or are interested in applying please contact [email protected]