Gain Experience in 4 Giant Tech Cities
Contech Nomad World Tour takes you to 4 different prime locations in the tech industry, providing an
unmatched experience in learning, networking and cultural activities.
Silicon Valley has been driving innovation and disruption for several decades, and through the beginning of the 21st century, it continues to be one of the world’s most important centers of innovation and technology disruption.
Today, the region is home to many of global technology giants including Apple, Facebook, Google, Cisco, HP, Intel and Oracle. Despite the development of other high-tech economic centers throughout the United States and the world, Silicon Valley continues to be the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development.
Silicon Valley not only boasts the largest local pool of quality resources (capital, talent, investors, mentors, scaling experience— you name it) but it also combines them with a Global Resource
Attraction that is five times higher than the second most attractive ecosystem in the world, New York City, explaining its continued growth and unmatched performance.
Given the Valley’s nearly unique set of assets—the presence of technology giants, abundant venture capital, and a hypercompetitive yet collaborative culture that celebrates both risk and failure—the Northern California region’s recipe for innovation has rarely been replicated.
Between January 2012 and May 2018, Silicon Valley metro area companies saw 12K deals spread out amongst 7K unique companies — more deals to tech than all non-US metro hubs combined. During this period, Silicon Valley companies brought in a total of $140B.
San Francisco ranks No. 1 in U.S. for quality of life
A study from human resources consulting firm Mercer has found that out of 230 metro areas studied, San Francisco has the highest quality of life for any American city.
To create the study, Mercer evaluated 230 metros based on 39 different factors, crunching data for metrics like recreation, consumer goods, natural environment, medical accessibility, public services including transportation, politics, media prevalence and censorship, currency and banking services and a host of others.
Contech uses Bespoke & Nextspace as a campus space.
New York is the preeminent financial center of the world and unquestionably the global media capital. New York City offers amazing opportunities and experiences for students.
Investors, founders and employees point to all the things that make New York one-of-a-kind as the reason tech is growing in America’s biggest city: the presence of other industries like finance, media and advertising, much more gender and racial diversity and the metropolis’s centuries-old status as a center of global commerce.
New York is the global center of gravity – economic, intellectual, social, cultural and many successful people are either from New York or end up there at some point in their career. Everything seems to come together in this city. Every type of business imaginable is represented here and it is also a place for innovators to start something as there are endless academic and social resources. As a student, the connections we make through our schools, our educators, and opportunities the city has to offer are incredibly valuable and could set us up for very successful careers.
Culture and Diversity
New York City has a long history of attracting and bringing in immigrants from all over the world. Having such a sizable portion of immigrants means that the city’s social life and environment is built on a variety of cultures, backgrounds, languages, and histories all living together in one place. A foreign student can fit in perfectly among thousands of others in New York City.
New York is America’s largest, most diverse and cosmopolitan city: immigrants make up 46% of the workforce, approximately 47% of NYC’s tech workers are foreign born, and it has over 410,000 women-owned businesses.
There is Something for Everyone
Especially for students, there are always things to do. Whether you are looking for an educational opportunity such as a lecture, a work opportunity such as an internship, or entertainment such as musicals, poetry readings, or art shows. There are always such things taking place somewhere in the city.
Global Tech Hub
Given its longstanding reputation as the heart of several American industries, it’s no surprise that the New York metropolitan area has become a launchpad for startups that fuse technology with media, advertising, and finance.
New York City has experienced explosive growth in tech start-ups in the last decade. Since 2012, investors have poured over $36 billion into New York-based startups across 5,252 deals.
NYC now has over 7,000 startups, valued at $71 billion, and it received over $11.5 billion in venture capital funding in 2017. It is the home to the most “unicorns” in the U.S. after Silicon Valley, including WeWork (valued at $20 billion), Infor ($10 billion) and AppNexus ($2.2 billion). The city employs over 326,000 people in its tech sector, hosts over 100 incubators and over 200,000 businesses with 20 or fewer workers, which employ a total of over 600,000 people. 10% of all U.S. developers live in the NYC metro area.
As New York’s native tech community grows, more established tech companies like Google and Facebook have taken notice and opened up satellite offices in the City. IBM, one of the oldest tech companies, is headquartered in New York and is New York’s biggest tech employer with 20 thousand employees and nearly nine thousand engineers. Besides creating new job opportunities, these legacy companies play an important role in stabilizing the startup ecosystem.
Contech uses Wework Coworking space as a campus space.
With its techno nightclubs, hipster coffee shops, and eccentric residents, Berlin has developed a reputation for being one of Europe’s coolest cities.
Besides its renowned lifestyle, Berlin has also long enjoyed its prestigious reputation as the start-up capital of Europe – and, indeed, the wider world. With all sorts of top tech firms headquartered in the city alongside a wide range of smaller, earlier-stage start-ups just next door, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about Berlin’s future.
From tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook to local success stories like music streaming service SoundCloud and to-do list app Wunderlist, Germany’s capital is spawning a diverse range of technology firms that employ thousands of people across the city.
Job prospects in Berlin’s tech market
Unemployment across Germany in general is at one of its lowest rates ever – and in Berlin in particular, unemployment statistics hit a record low last year.
In January 2017, they reached their lowest level since the fall of the same Berlin Wall which used to run right through areas now filled with high-tech companies, hip offices and an exciting, forward-thinking vibe.
Many of these jobs are in the tech sector, meaning that for those working either as developers in the booming digital development world or the information technology (IT) industry more generally, Berlin is still undoubtedly the place to be.
Just over two-thirds of all Germany’s start-ups are located in the city, and the Startup Genome project has estimated that the value of the entire start-up scene in the city lies at a whopping $20bn+.
Besides well-established start-up accelerators and funding programs, there are other institutions which make it possible for virtually anyone to start a business in Berlin. A good example is the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin. The institution provides new founders with necessary legal assistance, workshops, welcome programs for foreigners and so much more.
Flourishing Startup Scene
With around 500 new tech startups per year, Berlin is Germany’s capital city also for startups. Berlin has a fast-growing startup scene and a successful infrastructure for financing and funding. With numerous incubators, accelerators and coworking spaces, the city provides optimal conditions for entrepreneurs from around the world. Berlin is internationally recognized as a startup hub and as a breeding ground for creative people who want to change the world.
Looking at the numbers, it seems like Berlin gives everyone a chance to make their dream come true. The city has the second highest ratio of immigrant start-up founders in the world, giving way only to Silicon Valley. Its visa acceptance rate is the 3rd highest in the world.
According to TechCrunch, in 2016 a new start-up was founded in Berlin every 20 minutes! This shows that there must be some good system in place that makes it possible for the start-up scene to develop at such a pace. What are the elements of this system?
First and foremost – Berlin start-ups accelerators and incubators, such as Betahaus, Factory or Startupbootcamp, just to name a few.
Contech uses CRCLR & Betahaus as campus spaces.
Singapore has a highly developed and successful free-market economy. It enjoys a remarkably open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and a per capita GDP higher than that of most developed countries. Unemployment is very low. The multi-cultural Singaporean workforce is highly educated, highly motivated and highly productive. It is also proficient in English – the language of international business.
The city-state’s emphasis on innovation and capital-intensive activities and a globalized workforce has shaped Singapore into a city state where Chinese and Indian companies can internationalize, where American and European companies make their entry into Asia, and where views on the future of this dynamic and fast-evolving region can be forged.
Asia’s Technology Hub
The city-state of Singapore has emerged as a world-class technology hub in Asia and has become a favored destination for firms looking to springboard into the region’s growing markets.
According to Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), 80 out of the world’s top 100 tech firms have operations in the city, and they are increasing investments. The 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index ranks Singapore number 6 in the world, just ahead of Japan and the U.S., while China comes in at number 21.
A study conducted by Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate advisory firm, puts Singapore as the top foreign investment destination for Chinese tech giants Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent. Similarly, Google, Amazon and Facebook all have well-established regional operations in Singapore.
Successfully growing its R&D base and moving towards a more knowledge-centric and research-based economy, Singapore will continue efforts to strengthen its position as Southeast Asia’s leading financial and high-tech hub.
The Best City In The World To Work For A Startup
Singapore is dubbed the best city in the world to work for a startup on a ranking list of the startup cities done by Nestpick. it offered the best quality of life for those employed in the startup industry based on five criteria: Startup Ecosystem, Salaries, Social Security & Benefits, Cost of Living, and Quality of Life.
Singapore particularly shined in healthcare and safety, and its vibrant startup scene with robust career opportunities.
Popularity of Singapore is at an all-time high. Career opportunities are on the rise with technology expanding at an exponential rate. Singapore offers the strongest tech employment opportunities.
Singapore has established itself as the region’s startup hub. With an impressive list of home-grown startups like Grab, ReferralCandy and 99.co, the island nation is considered as the best place to start a new business.
In Singapore, start-ups have access to venture capitalists and capital as well as a richer ecosystem. Many international VCs already have offices in Singapore. Despite its small size, Singapore has the highest number of tech incubators in the region as well.
Singapore startups were able to receive $8.4 billion investment for 888 deals over the last five-year period.
Contech uses The Singapore Company & Paperwork as a campus space.
After 6 months of New York and Berlin experience, Contech Nomad Students enjoy a free vacation in Bali right before Singapore chapter begins. It is now time to refresh our body, mind and soul with health food and daily activities in nature.
Bali is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and with good reason, as this island which is known as the ‘Island of the Gods’ is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Surrounded by azure seas and edged with golden beaches, Bali is of course a surfer’s paradise, and if you are looking for a beach holiday then there is no better place to find it than this gorgeous island set in the middle of Indonesia.
As well as sea and sand however Bali has a huge number of other attractions to enjoy such as temples, caves, waterfalls, museums, and markets, and if you like history and culture then you can spend hours learning the local legends and Balinese traditions in places like Ubud.
If you like adventure activities, then you also won’t be disappointed on a trip here, and you can expect a fantastic array of water sports, muck and wreck diving, and the chance fly through the jungle canopy like Tarzan.