A Brief History of Cambridge

1st century AD, the Romans built a fort on Castle Hill. 

1200 The School of Pythagoras was founded in Cambridge. 

1209 The University of Cambridge was founded.

1960 Churchill College was founded.

2007 Business of Software was formed in the outskirts of the city. 

2022 Business of Software returns to in-person conferencing at Churchill College

Okay, so this may overlook a lot of wonderful and amazing steps Cambridge made but then we wouldn’t want to spoil any of the many walking or punting tours you can take when you’re here in the city attending Business of Software In-Person Conference Europe on 4-5 April 2022.

Dubbed Silicon Fen, UK’s answer to California’s Silicon Valley, the city has many innovative tech companies headquartered here. Tech giants Apple have an AI outpost, while Microsoft set up a major research lab and Amazon used the city to test out Prime Air. Plus the likes of Red Gate and Raspberry Pi have called Cambridge their home too.

There are lots of ways to get to Cambridge – trains from London Kings Cross are every half hour, you can fly to Stansted or Gatwick Airport and then get a train to the city; you can even charter a flight to come to Cambridge Airport if you really wanted that VIP/not-having-to-share-an-armrest-with-a-stranger-feeling. 

The conference is based in Churchill College and the best option for attendees – to be able to make the most of your trip without any hassle – is to stay in Churchill College’s onsite accommodation. In a green site on the west of Cambridge’s city centre, Churchill College offers accommodation for up to 468 people, many of their rooms overlook inner courtyards or the College’s surrounding grounds and gardens.

We encourage you to book into the on-site accommodation at Churchill College (starting from £79 per night) sooner rather than later as we cannot hold rooms.

Alternatively, there are a wealth of hotels in the city centre if you do want to have a little more separation between Conf-ing and sleeping or if you are wanting to extend your stay. The city is populated with plenty of buses, taxis, and eScooters for you to get around the city with ease should you need them.

Two of the best and closest hotels to Churchill College are:

University Arms Marriott Hotel

Distance to Churchill College:
🚶🏻 30 mins // 🚖: 15 mins

Approx: £195 per night

Graduate Cambridge

Distance to Churchill College:
🚶🏻 25 mins // 🚖 10 mins

Approx: £150 per night

We want you to feel fully immersed and at home when you’re at a Business of Software Conf, and as Cambridge is our home we hope you’ll feel like you’re visiting an old friend when you come to us.

If you have any questions about getting to/around the city, get in touch with Kirk.