The origin of Hackney House
Hackney House was first conceived in 2012 as a way to present to the world the Real Heart of London; where the historic East End met the Olympic legacy, right on the edge of the City. A place to live, to work and to invest. A place where communities from all over the world have settled for centuries.
Originally located in an architect-designed state of the art contemporary structure in Shoreditch, Hackney House provided a networking venue for media, business and investors over the incredible summer of 2012 in London. During the ten weeks of its existence it was home to UK Government's Trade and Investment Tech City Suite showcasing East London's tech and digital sector.
While Hackney House was installed in a temporary venue, its aims continue to be sustained in new initiatives which are developed and progressed to reflect the ever-changing demographics and enterprise based in the borough
Hackney House was created to act as a hub for new investment to Hackney and East London to support local businesses with their plans for growth - a place to do business, nurture ideas, stimulate growth and to be entertained.
During the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
During the Games, Hackney House opened its doors to showcase to the world the story of Hackney, Tech City, the regeneration of East London and the area's business and cultural offering.
Hackney House was home to the world's top non-sports media who were reporting on the incredible socio and economic legacy of the 2012 Games. By day Hackney House hosted a series of themed events including tech, creative, tourism, fashion, food, investment and development exhibitions and conferences including Hackney Design Day curated by Dezeen, a Business Start-Up event by Digital Shoreditch and various Tech city businesses events.
Hackney House also welcomed the use of its spaces for meetings and as communication environments to serve both visitors and local community.
At night Hackney House became ‘the place to be’ for hosting performances by some of the most current local artists including Paloma Faith, Labyrinth and Philip Glass and the region's top comedians and cabaret artists.
Hackney House Austin
Following on from the success of the original Hackney House, the city of Austin, Texas – sister city to Hackney - invited Hackney House to take over an empty retail unit in the heart of the city during the world famous South by South West festival in March 2013. The council accepted the challenge and recreated the original Hackney House concept in just three days. Hackney House Austin hosted discussions, presentations, product launches and showcased some the great creative companies based in Hackney; helping them to secure £7,000,000 worth of business.
Hackney House Austin returned in 2014 but this time in an even larger venue of 7,000 sq ft. Activities included early evening networking events, talks and workshops and became be a pop-up showroom for the best Hackney tech and creative companies.
The Hackney team put together a programme of events around the themes of DESIGN, MAKE and PLACE to run over the four days including game-changing talks, inspiring debates, hands-on workshops and iconic evening mixers.
The award winning Hackney House is only possible because of the relationships and partnerships the council develops with both local and global businesses. Key partners of HHA14 included Gensler, British Airways, Humanafterall, Poke and onedotzero.
Hackney House today
Hackney House continues its work to support the local community, promote local businesses and drive employment through a programme of talks, workshops, presentations and networking events. These include the Mayor’s Business Awards, The Hackney Business Network events, Shoreditch Business Breakfasts, Annual Cycling Conference, Career Forums and a variety of other events, which run alongside the likes of London Fashion Week, London Architecture and Arts in Public Spaces.
The digital art spaces at the venue are curated by the team with an aim of supporting and promoting individual and independent creative talent from across Hackney and other East London boroughs.
Hackney House on the move
Hackney House is both a local and international trade mission and as such, there is no limit to its reach. Hackney has recently signed business agreements with Oslo, Norway and is also in talks with EU partners in Barcelona and Berlin and it is these relationships, which will provide Hackney House with the opportunity to help everyone in the borough to prosper. Keep an eye out on our website www.hackneyhouse.org for news and announcements. Alternatively you can sign up to the Hackney Business Network for regular news updates by clicking on this link: http://investinhackney.org/network
If you would like to get involved with Hackney House, either in UK or in Austin (or any other future destinations), as a contributor, supporter or sponsor, please send your enquiry and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.