A new digital network for local residents is organising the first Silicon Abbey Festival. Making use of open data for a smarter St Albans is the theme of a series of events that will bring together young people, community groups, business, schools, colleges and government.
With the aim of showcasing St Albans as a leading connected city, the festival has won backing from the Government, leading companies Microsoft and AECOM, the University of Hertfordshire, Oaklands College and District and County Councils.
Silicon Abbey is a group of senior executives in media, tech and finance, entrepreneurs and others who are simply interested in building a digital future for St Albans.
We strongly believe that St Albans is more than just a pretty commuter town. It already has a thriving professional service industry, is at the heart of the Green Triangle and has considerably strengthened its retail and visitor offer over the last three years.
St Albans residents are already amongst the most digitally savvy in the country. In the next five years the city has an unrivalled opportunity as the London tech industry gravitates northwards with Google, Twitter and Facebook about to open large offices in the so-called ‘Kings Cross tech-cluster’, alongside the British Library, Guardian and the Crick Institute; all just a 20 minutes train journey from St Albans.