Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

How Europe is Competing with Silicon Valley

By Sarah Jacob Subscribe to RSS | August 9th 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



In 2008 Silicon Valley was named the most influential technology hotspot in the world by silicon.com. It’s no surprise given that Apple, the richest company in the world and the company that all technology fans are looking at, is based there and is making strides in both hardware and software development.

People in Europe will be pleased to know that it isn’t all happening in California though - Europe has its own share of innovation within technology, which could of course lead to more IT jobs.

London ranked third in silicon.com’s poll thanks to its status as a capital in media and world banking, and the smart use of technology in businesses that are based in the English capital. Cambridge was listed sixth on the panel. It’s considered a high tech hub in Britain thanks to close links between Cambridge University and some of the biggest names in technology.

Most noticeable about the list wasn’t the countries that were included, but those that weren’t. Italy, France and Germany were all omitted, but Germany seems set to change that.

Berlin is home to software maker Metaversum, which is situated right next door to the Game Academy. Game Academy is Europe’s first ever school for aspiring programmers. Most refreshing is that Metaversum is home to dozens of young adults aged 25-35 – a pinball machine in the hallway reaffirms its fresh outlook – and the company develops Twinity, a 3D virtual world mirroring the real world, complete with real people and places. Twinizens, as the virtual people are called, rent flats, socialise with films and music, go shopping and run businesses. Berlin and Singapore versions are currently in beta testing, and other cities including London are planned also.

Metaversum’s founder and CEO moved to Berlin from Brussels because he thinks the city is full of talent and other software makers, a fact represented by the 2,600 software companies in Berlin. In the 12 years since the millennium that number has more than doubled, and is so rapidly growing that software is the fastest-growing sector in the city’s economy.

Beyond Metaversum, Berlin has 38,000 people employed in IT, with the industry turning over seven billion euros a year. Not only that, but Berlin is also the centre for video games and mobile entertainment. Indeed, the German capital has become something of a home for start-up technology businesses, with new companies springing up seemingly all the time. The audio sharing site SoundCloud began in Berlin, and it isn’t alone. Berlin has some unique features that are facilitating this growth: it has a thriving alternative scene and relatively cheap real estate, making it a place that’s easy for youngsters to get established.

A new project called The Factory has recently begun, which aims to put various companies under one roof, SoundCloud included. This move will allow people from different companies to share company of other people, providing a typical working office environment but with a twist – co-workers will be from other organisations. This plan could have a tremendous positive impact on creativity and new ideas and organisations. Betahaus is an existing place where many technology workers already go to spend time in the company of likeminded people, so The Factory has in a sense been able to use that as its market research. Betahaus is a coffee shop that has become a hub for the tech crowd, and has somewhere they can exchange ideas, talk over plans and even loan office space. The boom in start-ups in Berlin has taken root to such an extent that people are moving there solely to get involved with their own company, meaning the boom is likely to continue indefinitely.

So while Silicon Valley may be number one right now, Europe isn’t going to rest on its laurels. If Berlin continues in the vain it has for the past few years, Silicon Valley could be knocked from its perch soon.

Sarah Jacob - About Author:
Sarah Jacob is editor in chief at EmptyLemon, one of the UK's leading IT jobs boards.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/software-articles/how-europe-is-competing-with-silicon-valley.htm

Related Software Articles Subscribe to RSS

What is so special about scrap metal software
Published by Angel on April 16th 2012 | Software
Individuals involved in scrap metal business have started using scrap software to gain good control ...
 
Benefits of Contract creation software
Published by James on February 21st 2012 | Software
Gone are the days when every single work was done by people only. Nowadays technology has delightful...
 
Is it difficult for a recycling unit to find the best recycling software
Published by Angel on May 16th 2012 | Software
While a recycling unit wants to implement the best recycling software, it becomes difficult for the ...
 
Use of recruitment software in HR works
Published by Maria Warne on July 5th 2012 | Software
Recruitment software simplifies the communication between the recruiters, HR manager and the applica...
 
Benefits offered by the reverse logistics software
Published by Angel on April 20th 2012 | Software
When business establishments want to adopt an effective system to handle the reverse flow of product...
 
Why should you choose ERP software for your organisation?
Published by Antony Wilmer on December 23rd 2011 | Software
Customization, integration capacity and brand are three major fields of concern while Enterprise res...
 
To select the finest warehouse software then just choose Vision Software
Published by James Blee on August 24th 2012 | Software
Here at Vision Software Solutions we have provided both blue chip and SME’s with warehouse softwar...
 
Crucial and Must Have Capabilities of ADFS Complementary Computer software
Published by Leila on May 21st 2012 | Computer
ADFS, also known as Active Directory Federation Service is actually a strong and flexible plan desig...
 
An introduction to music writing software
Published by Angie Turner on June 16th 2012 | Software
If you are part of the current crop of young musicians and songwriters then chances are that you wil...
 
Schedule company resources from anywhere through efficient scheduling software
Published by David Hog on July 23rd 2012 | Software
A company’s future depends on the decisions it takes. Decisions that involves saving time and mone...
 
To select the finest warehouse software then just choose Vision Software
Published by James Blee on August 24th 2012 | Software
Here at Vision Software Solutions we have provided both blue chip and SME’s with warehouse softwar...
 
All about the legal billing software
Published by Ivon Lerdorf on February 8th 2012 | Software
Billing is a very important & is a tedious activity for a lawyer. Introducing the legal billing soft...
 
What makes banking software companies an able ally for financial institutions
Published by Angel on March 9th 2012 | Software
With the rise in the demand pertaining to banking software solutions, financial institutions have st...
 
Tips and benefits of software off shoring
Published by Top Articles on November 28th 2011 | Software
In this article, the main point is highlighted as Offshore Software Development Company, how these c...
 
Learning School employs administration software
Published by Brandon Munson on December 30th 2011 | Software
The school registration software is easy to use, responsive and flexible. The school and district of...
 
How does an antivirus software work?
Published by Alexs on February 24th 2012 | Software
An antivirus software is a computer program that is used to scan files that will locate and remove c...
 
Fix registry errors with the registry cleaner software
Published by Hennary Joe on December 29th 2011 | Software
Windows registry is the central database of windows system which keeps all the configuration setting...
 
Go with service management software to gain good business control
Published by Martin Tuner on December 8th 2011 | Software
Providing top notch services to clients is one of the key factors that can determine the success of ...
 
Copy your data from one system to another system via Clone software
Published by Socialweb on February 21st 2012 | Software
Computers are mainly used to store and retrieve data from one source to another source. Most of the ...
 
Factors to consider while choosing Time clock software
Published by Hope It Helps on July 30th 2012 | Software
Are you looking out for employee time clock software? If your answer is “Yes” then there are a l...