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Newsletter: Quarter 2

Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of our community newsletter. Your quarterly guide to the latest news and events at Here East.

The last few months have been busy for us. We were delighted to welcome more than 4000 visitors to the wonderful 64 Bits exhibition over 3 weeks in April. The exhibition included a host of talks, workshops and discussions, welcoming a large range of different visitors including school groups and families. If you missed the exhibition, check out the following film created by Centre for Computing History, which includes an interview with Jim Boulton, digital archaeologist and curator of 64 Bits, who talks us through the history of the internet.

Last quarter, we also saw Studio Wayne McGregor open their doors at Here East as the first arts organisation on campus. The studio is a welcome addition to our existing education hubs and digital spaces. The impressive new space offers the opportunity for creatives to create, rehearse and experiment, find out more about the space and what it looks like here.

Studio Wayne McGregor also has incredible community and education programme to help aspiring creatives get into the industry. You can hear from them at our upcoming coffee morning on the 23rd May.

We were proud to host the global press launch of the new Samsung S8 smart phone on Wednesday 29th March which included a makeover to the outside of the theatre with a Samsung branded building wrap. We also hosted the Tech London Advocates Investor Showcase on 11th May – the event celebrated the venture capitalists, unicorn founders and world-leading entrepreneurs driving the success of London's technology sector.

In the coming months we'll be hosting some exciting events both in our theatre space and outside in The Maker’s Yard, including the London Tech Week launch and activities for National Robotics week. So keep an eye on our events page for more details.


A dedicated shuttle bus arrives at Here East

We were excited to launch our free, dedicated shuttle service for our community of workers, visitors and students to the campus on Monday 15th May. 

Connecting Here East to Stratford City Station and Stratford International with two new conveniently located pick up points. The service is available to those travelling to and from Here East, running every five minutes from 7.00am to 10.30pm Monday to Friday. Find out more about the shuttle here.


Canalside offers

It’s been a year since we opened our canalside retail destination. Keep an eye on our social media streams for news and offers from our retailers to celebrate canalside’s first birthday. From boozy bingo at the breakfast club, blues nights at Randy’s, pasta making master classes at Gotto and butchery and foraging classes at Shane’s.

Anyone for tennis? Wimbledon at Canalside this summer

Break open a punnet of strawberries and make the most of the summer at the Canalside. We will be screening live action from the centre court on big screens between the 3rd - 18th June.


Here East in the news Here East has been making headlines recently with articles appearing in City AM, Building Design and our local paper, the Hackney Citizen. Here are a few press highlights from the past few months:

Evening Standard - Internet history brought to life with new exhibition in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

i paper - Tech Nostalgia - what the web used to look like

Hackney Gazette - Gotto Trattoria - a slice of the Italian Riviera on Hackney’s Canalside banks

Building Design - Regeneration will come naturally to the Lea Valley - after a lot of work

Information Age - London’s tech leaders have raised doubts about city’s tech investment future

Industrial Devolution - Our CEO Gavin Poole talks about Here East’s future goals


Plexal opens June 2017

Located at the heart of Here East, Plexal is a world class innovation destination for technology entrepreneurs and global businesses to create new products that improve lives.

Plexal will officially open its doors during London Tech Week 12-16 June, when thousands of international technology entrepreneurs, investors and influencers descend on London for a week of inspiring events, workshops, awards & meet-ups.

Designed for technology entrepreneurs and disrupters across a range of sectors, Plexal already have a host of businesses in their pop up space at Here East from fashion tech, sport innovation and IoT, to multimedia businesses. If you want to find out more about their space and membership packages, please visit or email


UCL heads East

UCL’s Institute of Robotics and Bartlett Institute of Architecture will open at Here East in September 2017.

The Institute will be its first campus outside Central London ahead of the opening of UCL East and will be used by up to 500 academics, students and researchers within 5 years. The institute will also host a number of research facilities that will look at architecture, infrastructure, transport, robotics, healthcare, manufacturing and environmental measurement.

UCL’s space at Here East is the first outpost ahead of UCL East opening in the Cultural and Education District on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Keep an eye out on our website for further updates from UCL, we hope to welcome them back at a future coffee morning to give an update on their development.

Upcoming Events at Here East

As always there’s plenty going on at Canalside: from retro arcade games at the newly opened Four Quarters East, to pasta masterclasses in Gotto Trattoria and tap takeovers in Mason & Company. We are excited to be welcoming Bucks Barbers to the site this summer – make sure you head down for a trim!

Here East Coffee Morning

Date: 23 May

Time: 9.30 am - 11am

Location: Timber Yard reception, Here East

Join us at the Timber Yard reception at Here East for our next coffee morning catchup. As usual there will be an update from Here East followed by a guest presentation. This month we’re delighted to be joined by Kate McCurdy, Communications Officer at Studio Wayne McGregor who will be talking about their exciting new space at Here East and their community engagement program. To attend please RSVP by Monday 22nd May 12pm at the latest to - we can only accept people who've sent an RSVP due to limited space.

Visualising Data London Meet-up

Date: 25 May

Time: 7pm - 9am

Location: Timber Yard reception, Here East

Hosted by Signal Noise - For people who write code, draw or love data visualisation. Come along and talk about a cool project you’ve seen or worked on. Share tips about your development approach, technologies you’re using or whatever currently excites you. Typically an hour of presentations, followed by some pizza and beer afterwards.

Chelsea Fringe Festival - Foraging Tours with Shane's

Date and Time: 30 May - 10.30am - 11.30am

Date and Time: 1 June - 6pm - 7pm

Location: Meet at Here East Press Centre reception

Special Price: Price for the Chelsea Fringe Festival £10 (normally £38)

Here East are thrilled to offer the chance to explore our site and nearby areas on a unique foraging tour for Chelsea Fringe festival. Join our onsite foraging expert Shane, owner and chef at Shane’s on Canalside, for a beginners foraging experience in and around Here East, the River Lea and the Hackney Marshes.

Workshop will last 1 hour, starting in the Here East Press Centre reception with a quick brief around do’s & don’ts of foraging, before heading out to collect some easy to spot ingredients that are abundant in our area. The tour will end in Shane’s restaurant for nibbles on your foraged goodies and a chat around seasonal produce and menu creation.

To book tickets on this special preview tour and receive your Chelsea Fringe discount code, please email us at Here East by Friday 26 May at the latest to guarantee your spot

Shane will be running further foraging tours throughout the summer as part of the Evening Standard Food Month.

London Tech Week

Date: 12 - 16 June

Location: Here East

A range of events are being hosted at Here East including the main LTW Launch event, The Europas conference and awards and Lean Start up Summit. Full details of events can be found here.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference

Date: 15 - 16 June 2017

Time: 10am - 4:15pm

Location: Loughborough University London

The Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development at Loughborough University London will be hosting the second annual conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to which it invites scholars as presenters and/or participants.

Lord Karan Bilimoria, the Cobra Beer founder and Senior Non-Executive Director, Booker Group PLC will be attending as a keynote speaker!

The conference represents a great opportunity for scholars to showcase the latest research and developments in entrepreneurship and innovation. Full details on how to book and find out more is here.

Building a Brand

Date: 29 June

Time: 6pm - 9am

Location: Timber Yard reception, Here East

Hosted by ECHO. Whether you're an entrepreneur trying to quickly realise your idea, a small business looking for new customers, or part of a larger corporate firm, this workshop will help you understand the value of social selling.

LinkedIn employee, Miguel Garcia, will demonstrate how to use advanced search and insights on LinkedIn to close more sales and grow your business without relying on cold calls and emails. You will also learn how to improve your professional brand and create eye catching B2B content.

National Robotics week

Date: (TBC) 27 / 28 June

Location: Here East

We’ll be hosting activities for National Robotics week in June. Keep an eye on our website for more information.

Disability Innovation Summit

Date: 13 - 14 July

Time: 9am - 5pm

The Disability Innovation Summitis a unique opportunity for academics, people with disabilities, and other interested individuals to shape society’s response to disability.

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