The 23rd April sees ConnectTVT host a mobile 3D virtual reality room. The 3D MOVE is a walk-in cube/room that allows you to step into a fully immersive 3D BIM (Building Information Modelling) environment. Dr. Maxwell Mallia-Parfitt from the University of Reading will be on hand to share his knowledge around the potential of this technology. He gave us a heads-up on the state of tech play in innovation in the Thames Valley.
The Thames Valley is a great place to start a business because… There are 100 odd tech companies in a six-mile radius. There are lots of start-ups too with transferable skills and needs. There’s real opportunity here.
The top three reasons to set up a business here are… The access, transportation and people knowing that the Thames Valley is the ‘Silicon Valley’ of the UK. Yes, we’re being challenged by other hotspots across the country but there’s still a lot going on.
The Thames Valley needs… To create more accessible, cheaper accommodation for start-ups. It’s a great location but it comes with a price-tag which is ultimately prohibitive for a lot of start-ups. We also need better access to venture capitalism.
There’s the makings of a good business community here… As an academic there are plenty of companies approaching the University for graduates and for research projects so we do have access to great businesses. We’re definitely seeing more of a business support network growing.
Events like the Festival of Digital Disruption are important because… They tie the industry together and provide the opportunity for more exposure around cool bits of technology that people might not have seen. It really brings to life the use of disruptive technology in the sector. People tend to be nervous about technology so this gives them the chance to get involved and see what technology is capable of.
Find out more about our 3D virtual reality room here.