IBM moves in on London's start-ups through Shoreditch workshops

IBM announced today that it is planning to run a series of start-up workshops in Shoreditch around what it believes to be key areas of innovation.

The American technology giant said it will its share knowledge and expertise with software developers and entrepreneurs on topics such as cloud, mobile, Internet of Things and cognitive computing.

Events will be run out of The Village Hall in Shoreditch, which can accommodate 200 people, after IBM signed a partnership with co-working and events space provider, Shoreditch Works.

Through the partnership, IBM will invest an undisclosed sum of money in Shoreditch Works, which raised £90,000 last year on crowdfunding platform Kickstarer.

Rob Lamb, VP of IBM software group manufacturing and development in Europe announced the partnership at Shoreditch Village Hall today.

“Together with Shoreditch Works we will be providing events at the Village Hall space sharing knowledge and IBM expertise on the topics which are driving a new era of innovation in our world,” said Lamb.

“I truly believe that innovation and collaboration walk hand in hand. No one business holds the key to the UK’s success in the global digital economy and aim to help the next generation of entrepreneurs bring innovations to market and help transform business and society,” he added.

Shoreditch Works founder James Governor said: “The Village Hall is already a focal point for local developer and start-up community activity but IBM’s sponsorship will help us take this to the next level. We’re also actively trying to build bridges between thriving tech businesses in Shoreditch and the rest of the borough. The investment will help us meet these goals.

“UK start-ups generally build sustainable businesses, rather than just chasing the latest Silicon Valley trends. This makes input from IBM more relevant - after all, it’s been trading for over 100 years.”

Shoreditch Works offers roughly 20 percent of its events for free to open source and non-commercial events, and aims to partner with innovative organisations offering education in digital skills, such as Code Club and Young Rewired State.

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