Orlando Tech Association
In the 1960s there was a man who scoured the nation for fertile ground where anything could happen and anything was possible. He found that place in the heart of Florida in a place called Orlando.
Walt Disney’s vision was to build a “community of the future.”… a place where all residents could share in prosperity and enjoy every aspect of life … a place designed to inspire captains of industry and civic leaders so they could together imagineer new ways of living and celebrating the human experience.
Disney once said, “EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are emerging from the forefront of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed. It will always be showcasing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems.”
His idea was to persuade the best minds in American business to see through the creation and success of EPCOT. Disney also encouraged companies to continually push forward their best ideas in technology so the city itself would showcase what “tomorrow” can look like today.
Unfortunately for Orlando and the world, Walt Disney passed away just weeks after sharing his most detailed plans regarding the original intent of EPCOT. However, because of that early vision and belief in Central Florida, Orlando has become an epicenter of worldwide tourist and business travel and is home to numerous leading global technology sectors.
I believe the vision of creating a community of tomorrow is alive and well and can still be brought to fruition right here in Orlando as Disney had dreamt so many years ago.
Our vision for the Orlando Tech Association is to be the platform that brings tech leaders from all industries together to tell the rich stories of our region, connect existing and emerging companies to our deep talent pool, and continue to build and advocate for a better future. Orlando is a place where we can come together as a creative community and solve the grand challenges of our day. I say, if not here, where? … and if not now, when?
The most successful communities in the 21st century will be vibrant innovation hubs. They will support an open innovation business model, foster co-location, and promote easy and constant interaction among many different industries and a wide variety of creative workers, from artists to scientists to engineers. Orlando can build upon its tremendous regional assets and become a world center of innovation, technology commercialization and quality job creation.
The key elements to a successful Innovation Hub are: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Investment Capital, Workforce, Social & Professional Networks, Positive Business Environment, Research Universities and a Great Quality of Life. Orlando possesses each of these attributes in abundance.
The Orlando Tech Association will nurture connections across tech sectors and vertical boundaries and know whom to connect with whom — bringing together major tech companies and entrepreneurs and providing them with everything they will need to thrive right here, right now.
As we encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, successful business development and community revitalization, we will also work to ensure a local economy that generates wealth and shares its prosperity across all communities.
Orlando is a place full of purpose, promise and prosperity.
Join with us on this journey to become that great community of tomorrow.
“I believe the vision of creating a community of tomorrow is alive and well and can still be brought to fruition right here in Orlando as Disney had dreamt so many years ago.” – Jim Thomas
Events & Initiatives
February Tech Monthly Event: “Love Orlando”
February 13, 2018
OrlandoTech.org for details
2018 Innovation Hub Initiatives:
Space & Transportation
Modeling & Simulation
Gaming & Mixed Reality
Additive & Advanced Manufacturing
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By Jim Thomas, CEO, Orlando Tech Association
Jim Thomas is the CEO of the Orlando Tech Association. He can be contacted on social @JimThomasORL or at www.OrlandoTech.org.