You may have thought that a launch event had slipped off our radar….

However, we’ve been busy making it a reality over the last few months and since we’re all about actually doing things, physically making and manufacturing we thought we’d actually wait until we were up and running, doing what we said we would.

This being the case we’re delighted to now be able to invite you to the Launching of the Central Research Laboratory, Home of the Hardware Revolution, a special event on March the 31st, introducing us, the Central Research Laboratory (CRL), our startup teams and our partners U+I, Brunel University London and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

It’s a great excuse to bring together an exciting line-up of some of the leading voices shaping today’s hardware revolution!

We’ll be hearing from Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates as a keynote speaker, discussing the emerging importance of hardware in the London tech community.

Alongside this it will be chance to hear and learn from some of the leading voices shaping today’s hardware revolution, from fast growing UK start-ups, such as Bethany Koby, co-founder and CEO of Technology Will Save Us, to global players such as John Gahagan, Regional Director, Northern Europe of SONOS (also our upstairs neighbours). We will also hear from investors that are backing the next wave of innovators shaping the world around us, including MMC Ventures, C4 Ventures, and Balderton Capital.

The event will take place at The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, West London, the former home of EMI and the base from which it became the world’s largest producer and exporter of vinyl records. Not only was this the birthplace of records by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones,

It was also one of the world’s most innovative manufacturing companies of the past 100 years.

The beating heart of The Old Vinyl Factory was the original EMI Central Research Laboratory — the company’s collaborative R&D division. Here, scientists and inventors pioneered innovations such as stereo sound and airborne radar; they turned television into a commercial product and developed the CAT scanner. We had a few of them over the other week sharing their experiences and expertise.

The new CRL’s vision is no less ambitious, recreating that model of creative, collaborative and commercial innovation.

After the event, please join us for a networking reception with the CRL’s start-ups, and a chance to tour the facilities at the Old Vinyl Factory.

Make sure to reserve your place on Eventbrite

We look forward to welcoming you and showcasing some of the next wave of dynamic product businesses emerging from this pioneering site.

26/02/2016 written by CRL