A trip down Silicon Alley! @TechfluffTV at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2014

This week TechCrunch Disrupt took over London as one of the hottest tech events in the European Tech and Start-Up calendar. We visited Startup Alley to meet some of the rising stars of the tech community, and check out the latest apps creating buzz at the conference. You can watch their 30 second pitches below, interviewed by @ThatGirl_Chloe

At TechCrunch Disrupt London 2014 we met startup and founders from London, Czech Republic, Italy and USA:

@TwizooLondon - The app that finds you the best places to eat & drink across London by tapping into Twitter.

@DragdisApp - Dragdis is here to make collecting things seamless, by helping you put your online discoveries to the right place the second you come across them.

@sellfapp - Sellf is your unique personal assistant that supports and follows your business flow making life simpler and much more easier.

@goroost - Roost is bringing push notifications to the web.

@AudioTripApp - Storytelling app that guides you around new places with friendly voices of locals.

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The Enventure Festival at Hub Westminster

On Saturday 8 February, a youthful, energetic crowd gathered at the Impact Hub Westminster for The Enventure Festival, a social enterprising event hosted by Bridge Global. The majority of the two hundred or so gathered in the Hub were students or those fresh out of university looking for inspiration and entrepreneurial insight from leading members of London’s business scene. The event also played host to adventurers such as Neil Laughton, famous for his escapades involving the first flying car among other things, who urged the audience to take chances and opt for the often less “safe” and “stable” road that more often leads to fulfillment and success.

Attendees also took advantage of speaking with those around them, networking and chatting about the days events during breaks and the panel discussions. While the day may have focused on social enterprising, it ultimately did more by inspiring those in attendance to seize the opportunities in front of them and take advantage of what can be a very exciting and fruitful part of their lives while using their energy to help others.

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My Top 8 Co-Working Spaces in London!

Over the last few months I’ve had the privilege of attending some of the coolest events in the tech scene, and have met a number of fantastic people. During my time time in London, I was lucky enough to profile some of the many co-working spaces around London and I thought I would write a short round-up below. There’s obviously more than eight spaces, but you can see a full list of co-working spaces here.

Let’s start from the beginning…

1. The Tileyard

2. The Bakery

3. Bathtub2Boardroom

4. HUB Westminster

5. HUB Islington

6. Warner Yard

7. Level 39

8. Rainmaking Loft

Each one was entirely unique, and each was worth checking out. After touring so many, my advice when looking for a co-working space to work at would be to find one that has a culture you can fit in well with, can connect you to people that will strengthen your business, and make it a priority to work with you to find solutions to problems you come up against. Find more about them on their websites!

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Chew The Fat with the founders of Hailo

This installment of Chew The Fat, hosted by 3-Beards, was just as fun as the first one. The crowd was engaged, the interviewees were charming and to the point, and the integration of Sli.do was interesting and engaging. The free food, from Bow Foods, was delicious, and so were the free drinks. Chew The Fat is an event worth checking out. Sadly, this was their last installment of 2013. Best of luck in the new year!

Find out more about Hailo, and where they’re expanding too, on their site!

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Coder Dojo!

I wish that when I was a kid there had been something like Coder Dojo around. For an hour and a half these kids use great kid friendly programs to learn about coding. By the end of it they get to show their parents something they created using code. This class created their own games using Scratch, an online program. They created games from (pun intended) scratch. Some went for quiz games, others had sharks chasing fish. Creativity was encouraged.

Find out more at Coder Dojo’s site! Find more after school programs for kids at Mykidsy!

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Co-working spaces of London: Rainmaking Loft

A relatively new addition to the co-working scene here in London, Rainmaking Loft is an energetic space with plenty to offer its tenants. The beautiful views are in a close competition with the tent for residents favorite thing about the space. The event space, and sometimes table tennis arena, has events almost every night, where attendants can sit comfortably on bean bag chairs. Rainmaking Loft only accepts teams to be renters, but have hot desks if a freelancer happens to be working with a team. They expect to be full soon, and it’s not hard to see why.

Find out more at their website!

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Co-working spaces of London: Level 39

Right around the corner from Canary Wharf tube station, Level 39 is perfectly placed for growing retail and financial tech businesses. The mentor program allows its members to meet with people who can answer the questions they can’t get anywhere but from someone in the field, and brings them together with people who can invest in and make their company better. The view of London is fantastic, and the art throughout the floor makes the building interesting and creative. Not going to lie, my favorite part might have been the iPad controlled coffee machine. And I know for a fact that the members agree.

Find out more at their site, right here!

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Co-working spaces of London: Warner Yard

Something of the new kid on the block. Warner Yard is only a couple of months old but takes several of the best aspects of co-working and puts them into one convenient and beautiful building. A diverse community of entrepreneurs has the opportunity to meet with investors just an elevator ride away. The free beer fridge was rather a rather popular answer to the best part of Warner Yard, but seeing as this was the first co-working space I’ve been to with dogs, I have to say Tilda was my favorite. The office vibe was focused but fun. Well done, Warner Yard. I expect to hear great things in the future.

Check out more at their site!

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Co-working spaces of London: HUB Islington

HUB Islington was the very first branch of the HUB network. The nondescript front door and four flights of stairs (that, according to the sign on the front door, burns 37 calories) make you wonder why this location was chosen for a co-working space. But then you get there. Great lighting, fun but usable furniture, and an easy going community that wants to help you make your business better. Find more at their site: http://islington.impacthub.net/

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Co-working spaces of London: HUB Westminster

As part of the world wide Hub community, one of the perks of working at a Hub co-working space is being able to travel between different branches. There are currently branches on all livable (and I mean where you would actually want to live) continents. This branch is located in The New Zealand House, in the west end. Hot-deskers are encouraged to move around in order to meet new people in the space. The kitchens and eating areas make for the perfect spaces for sexy salad club or friday tea. A great community that understands the power of great food. Find out more about Hub Westminster at their site: http://westminster.impacthub.net/

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