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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?

[Read: 10 Fun Gadgets You Can Use All Summer.]

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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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 
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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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