|Croydon Tech City Xmas meetup - Image by Fluid4sight|
I popped into the Croydon Tech City Xmas meetup and ideas popped into my mind!
Croydon Tech City is a not for profit movement and community that champions and inspires tech skills, business and opportunity in South London. A crucial part of their work is in developing an ecosystem, environment and culture to inspire and share across all kinds of abilities and interests.
The Xmas meetup started with a talk by Einstein Ntim - a co-founder of Bloomer who are developing washable flexible circuits that can be embedded into fabrics to inform people on key metrics used to tackle cardiovascular disease and improve health. Einstein described how personal experience of family members with heart disease motivated him to co-found Bloomer with colleagues he met at Singularity University and how passion for his idea is his driving force. Einstein mixed art in with his talk on tech and business by finishing with a poem about the heart with audience participation beating out the heart's rhythm on their chests.
Next up was Sarah Gillingham - CEO of Case Study Ninja. Sarah described her journey - how after 20 years in the public sector she left the office politics to startup her ideas - first with a website for those in the wedding sector to exchange excess stock and now with Case Study Ninja - a website to make it easy for companies and freelancers to create, store and share case studies.
Jonny Rose, one of the cofounders of Croydon Tech City rounded up the evening with an overview of the community's activities and plans for 2016. He described recent events like Teach Meet Tech at Thornton Heath Library and media coverage such as "why young start-ups are choosing Canada Square and Croydon over Old Street"
The honest and personal stories of the speakers symbolised what I liked about the event and the Croydon Tech City community - Sarah leaving office politics behind to startup her own ideas and Einstein with his mix of art and tech. Croydon Tech City is Embracing the startup mindset with an an entrepreneurial spirit of exploration, curiosity and a focus on possibilities.
Think Like a Startup - "While big companies are busy protecting the golden goose with fear-based, micro improvements, startups are busy with the hard work of changing the world"
This got me thinking about formal education
........................ to be continued