VALLEY OF SILICON
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Here is the definitive collection of Siliconia on the Web. Siliconia are appropriations of names beginning with "Silicon" by areas outside Silicon Valley. A Siliconium can be promoted by local boosters or it can be assigned to an area in a press account. An ideal Siliconium will capture something unique about the regional character and when first encountered will bring a fleeting smile.
Siliconia inspired and is linked from a two-page spread in the September 1998 issue of Wired (pp. 136-137).
The first lawsuit is threatened over Siliconia continues to sputter along. Read about it here and here.
Siliconia was featured in Upside and the San Jose Mercury News, surveyed in Compuerworld, spotlighted on The Site, covered in Upside, (again), cited in the New York Times, and named to The Tech 10 for March 1997. (Download footprint is 194K.) ===>
Current count: 79 Siliconia associated with
Current count: 79 Siliconia associated with 105 locations
|Automation Alley||Billy-can Valley||Biotech Beach||Bit Valley|
|Cwm Silicon||Cyberabad||Cyberchella Valley||CyberDistrict|
|Digital Coast||Digital Rhine||Dot Bowl||Dot Commonwealth|
|DSP Valley||e-Coast||E-Country||Flanders Language Valley|
|India's Silicon Valley||Intelligent Island||Kiselsta||Media Del Rey|
|Multimedia Gulch||Multimedia Super Corridor||Philicon Valley||Silicon Alps|
|Silicon Alley||Silicon Bayou 2||Silicon Beach 2||Silicon Bog|
|Silicon City||Silicon Desert||Silicon Ditch||Silicon Dominion|
|Silicon Fen||Silicon Forest 2||Silicon Forest Australia||Silicon Freeway|
|Silicon Glacier||Silicon Glen||Silicon Gulch 2||Silicon Hill|
|Silicon Hills||Silicon Holler||Silicon Hollow||Silicon Island 5|
|Silicon Isle||Silicon Mesa||Silicon Mountain 3||Silicon Necklace|
|Silicon Orchard||Silicon Parkway 2||Silicon Plain||Silicon Plains 2|
|Silicon Plantation||Silicon Plateau||Silicon Polder||Silicon Prairie 10|
|Silicon Rain Forest||Silicon River||Silicon Sandbar||Silicon Saxony|
|Silicon Seaboard||Silicon Snowbank||Silicon Spires||Silicon Swamp 2|
|Silicon Triangle||Silicon Tundra 2||Silicon Valais||Silicon Valley Forge|
|Silicon Valley North||Silicon Valley of the East||Silicon Village 2||Silicon Vineyard 2|
|Silicon Wadi||Silicorn Valley||Teknopolis||Telecom Beach|
|Telecom Corridor||Telecom Valley 3||WebPort|
I started this page in October 1995 based on a brief TBTF newsletter article listing seven Siliconia. At first this collection was in the spirit of fun, because no-one took these Silicon Valley wannabe monikers at all seriously.
But beginning late in 1997, regions struggling to get into the Siliconia game, years late, began to make more of a media fuss about it. Portland's WebPort, Boston's Cyber District, and Los Angeles' Digital Coast all launched with press releases, Web sites, and steering committees. Good luck, fellas; the pond is already plenty crowded. San Francisco's Multimedia Gulch sponsored a two-day bash to promote itself in the increasingly competitive Siliconia market.
Since early in 1997 we have begun to see the appearance of Siliconia that do not include the word "Silicon." I count Multimedia Gulch and Media Del Rey (for example) as Siliconia because the impetus for such nicknames is arguably the same as that for the original Siliconia.
In the last year the trend of shunning "silicon" has picked up, as new areas pursue the branding but strive to avoid the original cliche.
Can you supply citations to pin down the earliest uses of these Siliconia? Heard any others? Send to .
For a rich site covering all aspects of the original Silicon Valley, the computer industry, and the San Francisco Bay Area, visit the Silicon Valley Web Directory.
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Most recently updated 2001-06-24