Trends Shaping the London Tech Scene

Trends Shaping the London Tech Scene

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London has been a world leader in finance, journalism, trade, the arts, and government for ages, but you don’t hear much about computer technology. With this report, you’ll learn that—while London is no Silicon Valley—the city’s tech scene over the past decade has not only pervaded all of its world-leading activities, it’s also created a vibrant, independent business environment of its own.

Author Andy Oram, Senior Editor at O’Reilly, provides a comprehensive view of the London tech scene—where it stands, what feeds its strengths, and who is participating.

This report explores:

  • London’s computer technologists: where in the world they come from, and how they got their skills
  • The strong tech community and rich meetup culture, particularly in the Python, Java, and PHP spaces
  • How London startups are breaking new ground on several recent innovations
  • The active role played by the Government Digital Service (GDS) in pursuing new projects
  • Why London tech companies stay small for a longer period than comparable US firms
  • Current speculations about how the Brexit will influence the tech community

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Andy Oram

Andy Oram

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source, software engineering, and health IT, but his editorial output has ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to a graphic novel about teenage hackers. His work for O'Reilly includes the influential 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, the 2005 ground-breaking book Running Linux, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code. Andy also writes often for O'Reilly's Radar site ( and other publications on policy issues related to the Internet and on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society. Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist, Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Vanguardia Dossier, and Internet Law and Business. His web site is