Arrive at Heathrow. Turn left. Welcome to the Thames Valley.

It's no wonder the Thames Valley is home to the highest concentration of foreign-owned digital tech companies in the UK. Having Heathrow on its doorstep and being less frenetic than London, it's been attracting corporate giants like Oracle and Microsoft for the last 30 years because it's a great place to live and bring up your family.  It has excellent state and private schools - in fact, Reading has the highest proportion of school pupils going on to Oxford or Cambridge University, and it also has its own a world-class University of Reading.

A superfast and frequent train service whizzes you into London Paddington in just 22 minutes... by the way that's quicker than most tube lines from the inner suburbs!  The new Elizabeth Line will make the cross-London journey even better for those that work in the City and beyond.

Growth Business have said that in 2019, The Data City conducted a census of technology companies and found Reading was the third best tech hub for businesses in the UK after London and Manchester. In addition to this, they have also stated that the University of Reading have also been instrumental in encouraging tech companies and startups, most recently supporting the establishment of the Thames Valley Science Park in 2018. 




What's Going On...


25th-27th May 2021 

The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) Industry Showcase is a unique community-led event that stimulates collaborative development for solving real world problems with RAI.

The world we live in faces ever-changing societal, environmental and economic challenges. At RAI21 this year, we will explore some of these challenges and the opportunities for robotics & AI to drive positive change in the UK and globally.


Online Webinar 

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Artificial Intelligence in the Biosciences Community Meeting

19th May 2021


Artificial intelligence (AI) and its application is an area of growing interest within the biosciences research and innovation community. This interest is reflected more broadly in the recently published UKRI statement of opportunity ’Transforming our world with AI’, which sets out the cross-disciplinary and cross-sector opportunities to support AI research and innovation in the UK.

Online Webinar 

Find out more and register here.

R.U.Hacking? 2021 online hackathon!

26th -27th June 2021

R. U. Hacking? (Reading University Hacking) proudly present our third annual 24-hour Student Hackathon at the University of Reading, welcoming students from all over the UK and EU!

If you'd like to find out more about the event, get in touch with us at!