Cambridge x tech
What’s happening in tech in Cambridge? Well, last year, Amazon used the city as a testing ground for its experimental drone delivery service Prime Air. And the online retail giant recently announced a new Cambridge hub with space for 550 staff looking into those drones, along with Alexa and Echo innovations. It’s now looking to hire experts in mathematical modelling, speech science and machine learning
Also last year, Apple launched an AI lab in the city, after acquiring a university spinout. Plus, Imperial College opened a facility on the Babraham Research Campus. A new addition to the Cambridge ecosystem, the John Bradfield Centre, will open this spring to incubate science and technology entrepreneurs.
And according to the Tech Nation 2017 report, Cambridge had total digital revenues of £2.1 billion in 2015, making it the fifth-largest metro in the UK by that measure. The research states that the city has now emerged as a European digital tech heavyweight.
“Outside of London, Cambridge has far higher numbers of Github users than any other UK cluster,” says the report. “In fact, with nearly 4,000 users, the city is ranked eighth in our Europe-wide rankings, meaning it is home to an impressive concentration.”
“Cambridge is fast becoming the Silicon Valley of the UK,” says human genome data outfit Repositive, which is based in the city. “It has an abundance of both web development and biotech talent.”