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9 High Tech Cities Outside Silicon Valley To Explore

California's Silicon Valley is one of the world's most famous tech hubs, but there are many up-and-coming cities investing in infrastructure, transportation, and growing startup scenes. Here are nine destinations around the world for tech-savvy travelers.
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When you hear the term "global tech hub," there are a few parts of the world that may spring to mind. California's Silicon Valley is arguably the most famous, but it's far from the only area investing in tech innovation.

In the US, there are several cities where IT professionals may think about putting down permanent roots. Considering their cost of living, job satisfaction rates, and work-life balance, these areas are the best for tech pros looking for a new place to call home.

But what if you're content with your city and job, and aren't keen on the idea of moving? What if you simply want to spend a week or two exploring one of the world's many high tech cities?

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Some of the world's tech hubs are better known than others. Tokyo, for example, has long had a reputation for being at the forefront of technological advancement, and it continues to prove itself an innovator with a rapidly growing startup scene.

However, many of the world's high-tech cities are still flying under the radar. Tallinn, Estonia, is one example of an area booming with tech innovation, but not the first to come to mind for most people.

There are still many summer weeks left and plenty of time to take a vacation. As you plan your summer travels, consider exploring one of these global cities, both inside and outside the US, known for their growing focus on tech innovation.

Have you traveled to any of these tech hubs? Are there any locations you would add to this list? We'd like to keep adding, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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MikeH533
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1/19/2017 | 4:37:00 AM
Business friendly cities in the USA
And here is the list of high tech cities outside Silicon Valley in the USA https://rentberry.com/blog/best-city-to-launch-startup. Seattle is one of the leading startup hubs in the country. Denver also has a business-friendly climate for tech straps. And Austin is one of the fastest growing and most diverse cities in the state of Texas and has quietly become a hub for innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

 
jpeng926
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jpeng926,
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9/25/2016 | 1:40:24 AM
my few cents
As seasoned high tech workers, I believe that Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai should be within top 10 outside of Valley:

Shenzhen has Huawei, Tencent (best known for WeChat), DJI (best known for Phantom drones), and thousands of startups and best incubators.

Beijing has Baidu, Didi (main competitor of Uber), hundreds of VCs with moneys and ambitions for high tech industry.

Shanghai had R&D centers for most international high tech giants.

BTW, HongKong is still an important financial center, but far away from high tech hub.

Another obvious miss is Bangelore, India.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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8/4/2016 | 2:31:53 PM
Re: Helsinki is missing
That's awesome Susan, thanks for letting us know.  : ) 
Susan Fourtané
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8/4/2016 | 2:14:04 PM
Helsinki is missing
Helsinki is missing from the list. I don't know what was the criteria for choosing the cities but Helsinki is the tech hub in Northern Europe. Not forgetting Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, which are also highly technologically advanced cities together with Tallinn. This can be seen and felt everywhere you go in the cities. 

-Susan 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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8/4/2016 | 2:00:24 PM
Re: Shinning Tech Examples: Singapore and Hong Kong
Technorati, 

Singapore is a such a massive tech hub that Slush has chosen it as the second city to host the conference (the first being Helsinki). September is going to be great in Singapore for technology companies. 

-Susan
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:29:41 AM
Re: Shinning Tech Examples: Singapore and Hong Kong
It's great to hear the technology practice in Singapore. I think this is more relevant for countries which have the similar traffic issue.
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Technocrati,
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7/30/2016 | 9:31:17 PM
Shinning Tech Examples: Singapore and Hong Kong
I have heard alot of good things about tech in Singapore.  I would love to see it first hand, an entire country optimizing technology throughout. 

And not to be outdone by Hong Kong.  Very impressive.
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Technocrati,
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7/30/2016 | 9:25:52 PM
New York, New York Tech Startups
Nice to understand the direction tech is taking in NY.  Always progressive, and in today's world no different.  It will be intersting to see what NY startup's achieve in the area of Big Data, mobile tech and social media. 
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Technocrati,
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7/30/2016 | 9:21:56 PM
Re: Well-travelled
Thanks Kelly for this great information regarding tech hubs outside Silon Valley.  I knew of a few of these spots and was surprised by some new spots I wasn't aware of. 
Michelle
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Michelle,
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7/27/2016 | 10:15:47 AM
Well-travelled
Great choices. I feel like I've travelled plenty for the next year just by reading about these places!
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