Where talent meets tech
The Hangout, an interactive incubation space for start-ups, was officially opened last night by City University London's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran.
Under the motto 'Where talent meets tech', The Hangout fosters relationships between City students and Tech City start-ups. The modern, fully equipped space serves three main purposes:
- Providing City students and graduates with valuable experience with the UK's up and coming tech start-ups
- Offering City entrepreneurs office space in the heart of Tech City
- Giving Tech City start-ups access to talented students in order to help grow their teams and expand their ideas.
Professor Curran, said: "Launching The Hangout is a further expansion of City's collaboration with Tech City. Our students and graduates are highly employable. They excel in sectors such as informatics and business - sectors vital to the growth and sustainability of Tech City."
To celebrate the launch, Adrian Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at City and Founder of The Mixed Reality Lab, delivered a short presentation on his latest cutting-edge research into interactive computing. Professor Cheok's work focuses on communication of the human senses between the real and virtual worlds - his latest inventions include devices that can deliver a parent's hug to a child, as well as digital smell and taste internet communication.
He said: "The Hangout is an amazing interface between City University London's research and education and the world of entrepreneurship, business and venture capital. It is a catalyst for young people to live their dreams."
Leo Castellanos, Incubation and New Venture Manager at City and Founder of The Hangout, commented: "Tech City is not a traditional tech cluster, as it has many more complexities and players taking part. City is in an excellent position to address these complexities and nurture these players. The Hangout is another step toward putting City on the world scene, attracting top talent, both students and world class researchers like Adrian."
Located at the City Road headquarters of established accelerator The Bakery, the initiative had been running as a pilot scheme since June 2013.