In his final Startup Tampa Bay video as a @HillsboroughFL Commissioner, @MarkSharpeFL discusses his successful EDI2 program and how it has helped the local tech ecosystem grow in both activity and visibility.
A few recurring topics came up in this video that are worthy of additional discussion:
Finding startup resources in Tampa Bay
Branding Tampa Bay as a active & growing tech ecosystem
Building a cool new app is just one of the goals for hosting a hack-a-thon, the real benefit to the region is uncovering and engaging the area’s hidden tech talent. Increasing Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial and tech “fitness” is crucial to building a strong tech business culture and developing these capabilities is essential for evolving Tampa from a services-dependent economy to one that produces cool new products.
Hillsborough County is stepping up in a big way to help host this event as a part of the broader economic development agenda to make Tampa Bay a more start-up friendly area. The Hack-a-thon is the first of many events that we will see the county help facilitate thanks to a new economic development program (#EDI2) that will help foster tech growth in the Tampa Bay region.
Check out Bill Varian’s story on the hack-a-thon in the Tampa Bay Times.
This is a community sponsored event and we need additional donations to help cover the cost of food and facilities. Please visit the Citizivestor crowdfunding site and drop a few bucks for the cause.
Kickoff – April 12th @5:00PM
Hillsborough Community College – Brandon Campus
Register to Participate @: HackHillsborough