London brimming with ‘world class talent’ as Boris opens tech hub

12:12 13 September 2012

Boris Johnson tres his hand at coding at the new Amazon tech hub - Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA

Boris Johnson tres his hand at coding at the new Amazon tech hub - Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA

London mayor Boris Johnson was on hand today to launch an innovative “tech hub” that will create more than 100 jobs.

The Amazon Digital Media Development Centre, near Old Street’s so-called silicon roundabout, will develop the next generation of television and film services.

It will house the development teams behind LoveFilm and technology company Pushbutton, both recently bought by Amazon.

Mr Johnson had a go at coding while given a tour of the complex this morning. The mayor said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Amazon’s new tech hub to London, giving the capital yet another vote of confidence from the world’s leading innovators. Boosting London’s tech and media workforce is key to driving the capital’s economy and helping to create jobs and growth.”

Managing director of the new centre, Paula Byrne, said: “The number one reason that we located the new Amazon Development Centre in London is because we believe that the capital is brimming with world class tech talent.”

She added: “We are now looking for the most innovative and creative people to join us in designing and developing the next generation of TV and film services for a global audience.”

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