Venue sponsor – Reading UK

Reading is known internationally as a leading tech hub. In June 2019, the UK Digital Technology Census placed Reading third in the UK digital rankings, behind London and Manchester with 11,656 tech businesses. In the area of IoT, however, Reading ranked second in the UK!

The work of Reading UK is to drive business growth and promote Reading as a leading international business location. Working to support the tech and creative sectors is at the heart of that work and we are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Things Conference in the heart of our defacto city.

Reading UK exists to join up the private and public sector to create opportunities and remove barriers to growth in Reading, Reading now boasts an emerging Science Park attracting world class research and development as well as a research-led university developing new technologies. The City has also been appointed the Tech Nation national digital tech hub helping to grow the sector from the cluster in Reading across the UK. We are one of the 18 cities in the Huawei Smart City Index and are currently working with the local tech /digital sector to come up with solutions to local problems and opportunities especially in the field of health and wellbeing.

We would like to welcome Things Conference delegates to Reading. For first time visitors, you will be surprised what a diverse, vibrant, green and friendly place Reading is. We hope you find time to explore. You’ll find Reading has a long River Thames frontage, is the burial place of King Henry I and has more restaurants than you could ever need in one visit!

We are also delighted that our local hotel members have offered special delegate rates for the Things Conference.

Nigel Horton Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK