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City University London opens its doors to Silicon Roundabout start-ups

A November event will enable local technology businesses to find out more about City's School of Informatics.
by Luke Nava

On Thursday 17 November 2011, City University London is hosting the first in a series of events that aims to encourage interaction, knowledge share and collaboration between local technology start-ups and University staff and students.

The Silicon@City event will enable businesses in the Old Street and Shoreditch area -
dubbed Silicon Roundabout or Tech City UK - to find out more about City's School of Informatics, which offers education, research and consultancy in areas such as user experience design, computer games development and information security.

The programme for the evening will include informal networking, tours of the City Interaction Lab - one of London's leading usability testing facilities - and introductory talks by two City researchers. Professor Kevin Jones, who has more than 20 years' experience in Silicon Valley start-ups and corporations, will discuss what makes a place a great home for technology innovation, while Dr George Buchanan will explore how good user experience can create a competitive advantage.

Alex Elkins, Manager of City's Professional Liaison Unit, which is organising the event, says: "The University is just a stone's throw away from Old Street and we have so much to offer businesses in the area - whether they're looking to find bright new recruits or need technical support with product development."

Recent successes at City's School of Informatics include: the creation of an award-winning 3D adventure game for the Microsoft Kinect; the launch of a volunteer-run IT support service, helping entrepreneurial students gain work experience; and a successful collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation to host the first three London Design Jams.

The event will take place from 18:00 - 20:30 at The Pool in City's College Building, St John Street, EC1V 0HB. To register your attendance, please contact Mohson Khan at M.Khan-6@city.ac.uk or on 020 7040 4055 020 7040 4055.

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