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ABP Royal Albert Dock hosts a hackathon event with Microsoft and the University of East London to nurture talents for future workplace

Over 180 students, academics, employers, education providers and community stakeholders took part in a special one-day event at the newly built Altitude building at the Royal Albert Dock development (RAD) to explore the future growth, sustainability and diversity of the talent pipeline in East London.

The University of East London is one of the just 13 universities in the world partnering with Microsoft to develop ideas and solutions to develop 21st century career pathways and increase diversity in the East London talent pipeline

At the Royal Albert Dock event participants formed cross-discipline teams to develop ideas and to pitch innovative solutions exploring how to bridge digital skills gaps and how students and educationalists can meet employers’ skills while increasing workforce diversity and helping east London thrive through the 4th Industrial Revolution and beyond.

The most promising ideas will be developed and presented to an international tech audience as part of the ABP UK – Asia Tech Powerhouse event in the Altitude building on 14 June.

Taking part in the Hackathon were more than 30 employers including 15 businesses from Newham and Tower Hamlets alongside global corporations and businesses based on the UEL Campus Knowledge Dock Business Centre.

Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice Chancellor and President at the University of East London said the hackathon was the first in a series of initiatives planned by the University of East London as part of its commitment to being a careers-focussed university.

She said: “As businesses embrace automation and AI, employers will need talent adept at new emerging digital-first skills. But advanced technologies often need complementary uniquely human skills and as educationalists, it is incumbent on us to ensure we foster not only the emerging skills but also softer skills including curiosity, creativity, empathy and communication.

“Another core focus for us is diversity in the workforce which remains a key issue. Diversity isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have’, it is a driver of innovation, brand and performance and a real point of difference for those employers who want to attract and retain talent.

“As a careers-first university we will encourage the happy marriage of technological and human skills within a diverse workforce to help both businesses and their talent ready themselves for the opportunities of Economy 4.0.”

Neil Robinson, Global Director of Communications at ABP London said: “The ideas born here through this partnership event between ABP Royal Albert Dock, UEL and Microsoft, will have a far-reaching impact on London’s digital sector. We eagerly await to see the results of during the UK Asia Tech Powerhouse conference during London Tech Week.”

RAD is London’s new international business district in at Royal Albert Dock with a specific focus on tech – from start-ups to major players – and has been created for companies from Asia looking to reach new markets and for UK businesses looking to go global through connecting with them.

The hackathon event is part of a program of innovation-focused tech events and incubators space being created at RAD for tech community to develop idea and products and to connect with industry experts and to access resources and funding. Further details will be announced shortly.

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Neil Robinson, Global Directors of Communications at ABP London, Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice Chancellor & President at the University of East London and Andy Spurway, Chief Architect at Microsoft (from second left to right)

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ABP Royal Albert Dock hosts a hackathon event with Microsoft and the University of East London at the Altitude building within the development.

Notes to editors

About ABP Royal Albert Dock

Founded in 2003, ABP has an enviable track record for large-scale business developments. It is responsible for delivering the £1.7 billion Royal Albert Dock development on the 35-acre site, creating the London’s next international business district with 4.7 million sq ft office, residential, retail and leisure facilities. The first phase of around 650,000 sq ft of development is delivered early 2019.

RAD has been masterplanned by world-famous Farrells Architects to create a waterfront community with a vibrant high street, shops and other amenities. RAD is situated between three DLR stations, London City Airport and the new Crossrail station at Custom House.

About the University of East London

The University of East London has been the pioneering future since 1892: from the 2nd Industrial Revolution through to where we are now – the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Located in one of the world’s most multi-cultural areas, the University’s 18 thousand-plus students are a microcosm of this diversity, representing 134 different nationalities. With London campuses in Stratford and Docklands, it is at the heart of the industrial and creative shift east, and a powerful global gateway. The University is careers-led and dedicated to ensuring its students have the skills, emotional intelligence and creativity necessary to adapt to a constantly-evolving world and its technology.

The University of East London provides one of the top campus experiences in London, with riverside residence halls, world-class sporting facilities which hosted Team USA during the 2012 Olympics, and a supportive community where everyone is encouraged to become leaders, contributors to society and agents for change.

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