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25 MAY 2013

Digital Shoreditch: a digital and creativity tech festival

"Digital Shoreditch celebrates the outstanding creative, technical and entrepreneurial talent of East London and Tech City. We run monthly meetups, an enormous annual festival of the most talented digital and technical creatives, a comprehensive directory, hackathons, and more.

For Digital Shoreditch 2013 festival, Monday 20th–Friday 31st May, we'll have an awesome lineup of speakers for a week long workshop on everything happening in digital and tech, we're turning the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall into an extraordinary digital playground, and the incredible East London community will be sharing the love with a week of Open Studios, meetups and events."

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2013 • augmented reality game • behavioural designBrick Lane • Clerkenwell • creative businesscreative community • creative society • creative talent • digital and creativity tech festival • digital and tech sector • digital creatives • digital exhibition • digital innovation • digital parties • digital playground • Digital Shoreditch (festival) • digital spaceeast London • entrepreneurial talent • festival • future brands • hackathon • interactive artworkinteractive installation • make and do • meetupShoreditch • Shoreditch Town Hall • South By South West • tech • Tech City • technical creatives • technical talent • technological changetransformational innovationUKuser experienceUXworkshop

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Simon Perkins
20 JANUARY 2013

HMV's woes do not signal the end for record shops

"But, for once, the smaller independent retailers could be among the winners. Despite HMV's inability to make high street music retailing pay, many independent record shops are already reporting higher demand and sales, due partly to a backlash against Amazon's tax set–up and the difficulty of stumbling across unexpected gems online.

Stephen Godfroy, co–owner of Rough Trade, a chain of three London shops including a 500 sq m (5,000 sq ft) warehouse off Brick Lane, east London, said business is 'the best it's ever been' in the company's 36–year history. He said Rough Trade sales in the latest quarter were up 8% on the previous year and the company is in the process of launching a new online store and an outpost in Brooklyn, New York.

'UK music is in rude health, despite the woes of the last outdated chain of entertainment retailer,' he said. 'The collapse of HMV is sad but ultimately a necessary process of renewal that will result in a significantly brighter future for UK music consumers.'"

(Rupert Neate and Martha Thomas, 16 January 2013, Guardian News and Media Limited)

Fig.1 The Silent League [http://www.silentleague.com/] play in the intimate performance space at the back of Rough Trade [http://irocklondon.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/vinyl–paradise–with–occasional–live.html].

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Amazon.com • backlash • Brick LaneBrooklynchain storeeast London • entertainment retailer • high street music retailer • high street retailerHMV • independent record shops • independent retailersindependent shopsLondon • music consumer • music sales • New York • outdated chain • process of renewal • renewretailingRough Trade • rude health • salessimilitudeStephen Godfroystumbling acrosstax • The Silent League • UK • UK music • unexpected gems

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Simon Perkins
05 JANUARY 2013

Visualising interconnectedness through social network streams

"Tech City Map, created by developers at Trampoline Systems and designed by Playgen, pulls in streams of social network data for all of the businesses in the area to help analyse their influence. The Tech City Map follows in the footsteps of Matt Biddulph's original Silicon Roundabout map as well as Wired's very own version, produced in 2009."

(Olivia Solon and Nate Lanxon, 10 November 2011, Wired UK)

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2011 • academic partners • affinityAmazon.combusinessbusiness community • Central London • chartCiscoCity University Londoncluster mapping • creative startup • data visualisationDavid Camerondiagrameast LondonEast London Tech CityEric van der KleijFacebookGoogle IncGoogle MapsGreenwichHackneyhubImperial College Londoninformation visualisationIntelinterconnectedness • Islington • LondonLoughborough Universitymap • Matt Biddulph • media companiesnetwork • Newham • next-generation applications • next-generation services • Old Street • Old Street roundabout • Olympic Legacy Company • Olympic Park • Playgen • Qualcomm • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park • relatedness • retweets • ShoreditchSilicon Roundabout • Silicon Roundabout map • Silicon Valleysoftware companiesstart-up business • Stratford • Tech City • Tech City cluster • Tech City Map • technology companies • Tower Hamlets • Trampoline Systems Ltd • Twitter streamUK • UK headquarters • University College LondonvisualisationVodafoneweb of connections

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Simon Perkins
25 OCTOBER 2012

Joanna Shields leaves Facebook to join UK's Tech City

"Facebook's European boss Joanna Shields is to leave the social network to lead the UK government's investment group for technology start–ups.
The Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) supports firms based near the Silicon Roundabout area of east London.
Ms Shields will replace current head Eric Van Der Kleij in January 2013.
'Joanna's experience will be hugely valuable in supporting Tech City as it goes from strength to strength,' Prime Minister David Cameron said.
'The success of Tech City shows just what can happen when we back some of our most innovative and aspiring companies to grow, helping the UK compete and thrive in the global race.'
Ms Shields has been Facebook's vice–president and managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2010.
Prior to that she worked at Google and teenage–focused social network Bebo."

(Dave Lee, 22 October 2012, BBC News)

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2013Bebobusiness leadersDavid Cameroneast LondonEast London Tech CityEric van der KleijFacebookGoogle Inc • Joanna Shields • LondonSilicon Roundaboutsocial networksocial networking • TCIO • Tech City • Tech City Investment Organisation • UK • UKTI • women in businesswomen in leadership positionswomen in technology

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Simon Perkins
01 APRIL 2010

CIDA: Cultural Industries Development Agency

"CIDA [is] the leading support organisation for the [UK] creative and cultural sector.

We support those working in all areas of the creative and cultural industries – in fact almost any creative sector you can think of!

If you're a creative individual, business or arts organisation looking for support to take your creative business or project further, you'll find it here, whatever stage you're at."

(Cultural Industries Development Agency)

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adviceagencybusiness advice • business start-ups • caft • CIDA • creativecreative industriescultural enterprisecultural industries • Cultural Industries Development Agency • cultural policyeast LondonLondonperforming artsUKvisual artsworkshops

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Simon Perkins
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