Celebrating the union of the Silicon sister-cities


Silicon Valley and London’s Silicon Roundabout have long served as hubs of start-up culture. Now British Airways’ newest “start-up” is connecting these two tech cities. Officially launched on May 4, British Airways now offers direct flights between London, UK and San Jose, CA.

Like the Silicon sister-cities, British Airways and Mashable share a similar appreciation of tech innovation and web culture — making them the perfect pair to celebrate the launch of the latest route. British Airways and Mashable brought together tech entrepreneurs and business travelers in both cities for evenings of food, drinks, music and interactive entertainment.

The celebration kicked off at London’s Corbet Place at the Old Truman Brewery on April 27, and Mashable and British Airways kept the party going on May 5 at The GlassHouse in downtown San Jose. The evening was hosted by International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh and featured a menu prepared by Michelin-star Chef Simon Hulstone. Guests had the opportunity to earn their wings by virtually piloting a Boeing aircraft. This exclusive flight simulation experience was paired with a chance to explore all four cabins of the 787-9 Dreamliner, courtesy of Samsung virtual reality headsets, provided by partner Flow-IFE.