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An exciting first year for the RAD community
Since our official opening earlier this year, we have hosted dozens of events to showcase our status as London’s newest international business district.
From innovation and tech, to sport and music, thousands of visitors from across the capital and beyond have ventured to RAD to take part in activities that underscore our emergence as a thriving hub for businesses and residents alike.
London City Airport, the University of East London, the Royal Docks team, the Museum of London Docklands, and Newham Council are just a few of the many partners we have worked closely over the last year.
Tech and innovation
From the onset, the tech industry has been a major focus for us. We believe RAD is the perfect launch pad for tech firms with its advantages in location, cost, and the business networks we are fast establishing.
Following our opening, our very first public event was a Hackathon with the University of East London and Microsoft, where we welcomed over 180 students, academics, employers and education providers, as well as community stakeholders.
This was followed shortly thereafter by the launch of the UK-India Tech Hub, which saw us partner with UK-India venture capital fund Pontaq to support tech start-ups in India and the UK to promote stronger business links between the two countries.
The UK Asia Tech Powerhouse Conference and, most recently, ‘New Economy, Meet New City’ were two new major tech conferences that brought together the greatest minds from the global tech industry for a series of intense debates, covering topics such as e-commerce, the future of transportation, cybersecurity, and urban planning.
Aside from the tech-focussed events, we also partnered with City AM and London City Airport to host the Future of Aviation Panel, where experts representing different segments of the aviation industry took part in discussions surrounding ongoing developments and trends.
From traditional Chinese dragon boat racing, to London’s largest celebration of live jazz music, our community-focussed events attracted thousands from across London and beyond.
A key highlight for us over the summer was the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, when we hosted the architectural installation Daedalum – a maze of illuminated and interconnected domes which thousands of visitors were able to walk through.
This was followed by the event’s Cristal Palace closing ceremony, where 2,500 people gathered to witness our transformation into a giant, outdoor ballroom, complete with dancing human candles in a giant chandelier hoisted above the crowd, concluding with a breath-taking fireworks display.
Other community events we hosted included a local history fun-day at Compressor House, a month-long interactive art exhibition with local artist Matt Ponting, and two live jazz events with EFG London Jazz Festival – the largest event of its kind in the Capital.
We ended 2019 on a strong note, when we announced our two new tenants – Taiwan-based tech company Advantech, and the University of East London – both of whom will be moving into their new facilities in early 2020.
This has been an exciting first year in business, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported our work throughout the year.
Stay tuned for 2020 – the most exciting decade yet.
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