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NxtGenUG UK Tour Day 3 – Cambridge

The Gibraltar / NxtGenUG tour rolled into Cambridge for it’s third and final day.

The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire. It lies in East Anglia, on the River Cam, about 50 miles (80 km) north of London. There is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area in bronze age and Roman times, and under Viking rule Cambridge became an important trading centre. The first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although city status was not conferred until 1951.

Cambridge is most widely known as the home of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 and consistently ranked one of the top five universities in the world. The university includes the renowned Cavendish Laboratory, King’s College Chapel, and the Cambridge University Library.

Today, Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology centre known as Silicon Fen – a play on Silicon Valley and the fens surrounding the city. Its economic strengths lie in industries such as software and bioscience, many start-up companies having been spun out of the university. Over 40% of the workforce have a higher education qualification, more than twice the national average.

With an audience like that for NxtGenUG Cambridge you can always expect some interesting questions. I had a ball chatting about NodeJS with you guys and I hope to be back there soon. In the meantime, don’t forget the VistaDB offer. Smile

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