Top ten technical / tech cities int the world
1. SAN FRANCISCO (SILICON VALLEY), USA
The heart of the dot.com boom in the 1990’s, San Francisco and its nearby enclaves has flourished in the technology industry, especially in the region south of the city known as “Silicon Valley.” The region has sustained a 3% job growth rate over the past 4 years, including adding over 11,200 technology jobs this past December of 2013. Just look as the tech companies headquartered there – from Apple, Adobe, Cisco, eBay, and Facebook, to Google, Intel, Netflix, Oracle, and Yahoo.
2. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
The capital of South Korea, Seoul is one of the world’s most technologically advanced cities. The city is blanketed with free WiFi connections, covering almost every park, street corner, and any public place you can think of. Also, an unprecedented 95% of Korean households have high-speed broadband connections, averaging up to 100 Mbit/s in parts of the city. Seoul is also the headquarters of numerous global companies, such as LG Electronics, Samsung, Hyundai-Kia, and hundreds of others. But, with a population density of almost 50,000 people per square mile (twice that of New York City) be prepared for quite a crowd!
3. HONG KONG
The island of skyscrapers and lights, it is the perfect combination of Western business and Eastern engineering. The nightly skyscraper symphony light show, as seen here from Kowloon Bay, is a testament to the astounding amount of technology integrated into to everyday life. One example is the “Octopus card,” a reusable contactless smartcard that makes electronic payments in online or offline systems for everything in Hong Kong. From the bus to the subway to food on the street, one tap of the Octopus Card and you can pay for almost anything.
4. TOKYO, JAPAN
Want to get anywhere in the city with ease? Thirteen subway lines and over 100 routes can get you to almost anywhere, without ever having to leave the subway system. On top of that, parts of the city average an Internet speed of around 2 Gbit/s. Tokyo is technology paradise, and it even has a “technology district” called Akihabara (秋葉原) that has hundreds of electronics stores stacked one after the other to create an almost amusement park-like experience for visitors.
5. STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Stockholm is somewhat newer to the tech scene, but has become a central hub for technology and tech startups alike. Some call it ‘Wireless Valley,’ essentially Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley. MySQL is a technology developed in Stockholm is one that you likely use everyday. (MySQL is the backend of a website’s structured database, and can be anything from a picture gallery to all of the information managed in a corporate network.) Away from the business side of things, almost all government work is based entirely online, reducing cost and increasing efficiency. Stockholm is certainly a tech city on the rise.
London has become a public transportation dream over the last year with the introduction of its Crossrail project. By 2018, 10 new train lines will connect 30 existing stations with brand-new tunnels. At $20 billion, it’s the largest construction project in Europe. Two thin know finds London has more startups and programmers than almost any other city in the world. By some estimates, there may be more IT jobs in London than all of California. Some estimates say there will be 11,000 new tech jobs added within the next decade.
7.New York, New York
New York is a special kind of tech heavyweight. It is both extremely dated in its infrastructure, but at the same time, unbelievably progressive. According to the state comptroller’s office, nearly 7,000 high-tech companies in New York City provided more than 100,000 jobs during the third quarter of 2013. In addition to starting companies, the city also launches integrated, citywide technology: LinkNYC, a free Wifi service, has over 500 kiosks around Manhattan available for public use, and many experts believe the city is just getting started.
A huge number of exciting technologies have been coming out of Boston over the last several years from STEM elites like MIT, Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern — many of them in the biotech and robotic fields. The city has a handful of venture capital firms (Battery Ventures, Atlas Venture, Bessemer Venture Partners, Matrix Venture Partners) that pour money into innovation labs and university startups. And big-name companies like Facebook and Amazon have set up R&D offices in Boston to pull from this growing pool of talent.
9. Taipei, Taiwan
According to 2thinknow’s analysis, Taipei is the far-and-away leader when it comes to industrial design. This has been the case for years — the city much prefers to delve into hardware rather than software. Some of the largest PC companies call the city home, including Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and Acer. According to 2thinknow, the city also scores highly in its number of venture capitalists.
10. Toronto, Canada
Rife with startups and innovative infrastructure, stemming from places like the Cisco Innovation Center, Toronto is home to 30% of Canada’s IT firms, the majority of which have fewer than 50 employees. That means there’s a crop of young companies poised to make an impact in the next decade. Overall, the city’s firms account for approximately $52 billion in yearly revenue