I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been asked to join the Advisory Board of Silcon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK). SVC2UK is a programme organised by co-Chairs Sherry Coutu and Reid Hoffman. Through an ambitious series of events, it seeks to inspire UK tech entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs with talks, workshops, dinners and school visits by established entrepreneurs from the US and UK including founders from Linkedin, Airbnb, Y Combinator, Wonga, Eventbrite and Blinkx. Uniquely, the whole shebang is run by volunteers and students, so is a truly multi-generational, tech community-driven effort.
This year’s SVC2UK kicks off in just a few weeks on November 9th with a 54 hour appathon where over 2,000 developers will participate in 10 simultaneous events around the UK creating new applications from government datasets. It’s a hugely ambitious programme, with 12 cities involved, 6500 attendees – and over 200 volunteers! And the speaker list is looking quite special; check it out here. So, a daunting few weeks ahead, but this is really exciting stuff. I’ll report back as events shape up.