It’s been our mission at General Provision to build a tech ecosystem right here in our very own home, Fort Lauderdale. Accessing technical talent and filling technical jobs is a critical part of building an innovation economy, so GP worked to establish Broward County’s first independent coding academy at our coworking space. Since then, we have watched nearly 100 new software developers change their lives by learning how to code. Broward County continues to lead Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties in open tech jobs, and we are excited to continue an immersive bootcamp program in 2018 to meet that need.
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Savannah, Georgia may be geographically located in the southeastern United States, but you’ll rarely see the aforementioned cities in the same sentence. This past weekend, on the other hand, designers, technologists, and community members at three separate events taking place simultaneously teamed up to “hack” on Hurricane Resilience and Response projects. The following is a brief recap of what took place at General Provision, and you can find a
full regional recap here.
In Fort Lauderdale, a timeline was used to come to a shared definition of the key priorities for storm preparation and post-storm follow up. Many conversations circled around procuring supplies and materials, as well as keeping informed of news updates and road closures. Connectivity and integrity of data also posed unique challenges which, as many agreed, would not be solved overnight. For many, outlining the process together allows for consensus to form and inspiration to take hold.
Brainstorming Session in Hour 1
A passionate team of developers lead by
Kyle Pierce created OurSight, which leverages Foursquare’s API and Google’s Firebase to serve as a platform for resource availability tracking with SMS updates. “What if we could crowdsource a number of resources a specific location has?” Kyle explains on his blog, “People who are at a single location can let others know ‘this Publix has a lot of water’ or ‘this Home Depot is out of plywood’.” OurSight’s code is available on GitHub, contribute!
National Day of Civic Hacking was marked by devastating storms and divisive politics, but if this past #HackforChange event has shown us anything, it’s that given that right information, timeline, and support, talented members of our community are not only ready to step up and collaborate to solve problems, but they very well may be the most important experimental force we have in our toolkit. If cities are now the new “laboratories of democracy,” then citizen experimenters and civic hackers are the new “founding fathers and mothers.”
Written by: Rob Davis |
It’s finally here…
Coworking is officially mainstream.
In the first week of 2017, Virgin Chicago Hotel began offering a “co-op” program to local professionals. For $55 per month ($45 for the first month), Chicago freelancers and at-home/virtual workers can use the hotel’s “Commons Club” lounge as a workspace.
Do you work…
In an office?
In a local coffee shop?
At a cowork space?
Wherever you want?
It wasn’t too long ago that there weren’t as many options. Freelance work, remote work, and corporate work have all undergone an incredible transformation over the past decade.
But, last year the rumbling in the dust gave way to a landslide…
We’re thrilled to have Fort Lauderdale local, Grant Stemler join our team as our Community Manager.