Tampa Bay Technology Forum is “a catalyst for the inspiration and leadership” designed to “build the technology ecosystem in Tampa Bay.” Tampa has made a couple best tech city lists so far, but we could do better. Tampa Bay is definitely an emerging tech hub. The problem is that it is regionally recognized for its technological sharpness, but everywhere else hasn’t quite caught onto this yet.
Newly appointed Executive Director, Daniel James Scott, has some big ideas for Tampa. He is dedicated to promoting technology in the Bay area.
“Through events, education, networking, advocacy, and philanthropy programs, we provide targeted forums to bring technology and business leaders, investors, government, researchers and educators together.”
Tampa Bay Technology Forum, or TBTF, is working hard to position Tampa into a powerhouse of a tech hub. This membership organization has a plan to accomplish this:
- Keep local companies growing and profitable
- Invest in our region’s technology employees and keep them on the cutting edge of trends
- Encourage technology companies from outside the region to relocate here
- Work with our schools and universities to develop and retain a talented workforce
- Advocate for our community’s at-risk children by giving them opportunities to access STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers) initiatives
Into The DarknessAs we continue to grow, we must remember that the others won’t listen to us, they won’t take us seriously, they will go to war with us, but then as long as we persevere through the darkest moments of our blossoming, we will come out on the end more victorious than we could’ve dreamed.
“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.” – Nicholas Klein