Factory Two has become just the place for fostering the entrepreneurial and inspirational environment driving new technologies with its Flint Tech Meetup series.
The next one is June 10 at Factory Two, 129 N. Grand Traverse St. The event is free and runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments are included. Speakers include:
- Dr. Susan Masten of Michigan State University, speaking on the Flint Water Crisis (you can check out an article she wrote here )
- Andy Watchorn of National Instruments will share a a primer on CAN vehicle networking technology
- Jim Mentele and Doug Strock of Predictive Fleet Technologies will discuss their vehicle fleet data management systems
The data management systems are innovative technology. Truckers are retiring in massive numbers and are not being replaced as quickly, leaving a huge gap in the trucking industry. This, coupled with regulations indicating the number of hours truckers can drive, makes it mandatory for anyone involved in shipping to maximize efficiencies.
Also, Friday, July 12 is when the City of Flint will host its first annual Tech Summit. This inaugural meeting was set up to help raise interest in tech jobs in Flint. Mayor Karen Weaver’s goal is to grow new and better jobs in the city so as much information will be shared as possible.
Young and old citizens from any educational background are invited to show up and see what jobs exist in the tech sector. Everything from educational requirements to the range of opportunities available will be discussed.
The in-depth look and a variety of options will help the people of Flint grow their talent and options and, ultimately, the city’s economy.
The activities will include:
- Drone demonstrations/participations
- TED Talks SMEs (small/medium sized enterprises) of all segments of the tech world
- Autonomous vehicle presentations
- Panel discussions
- Food trucks
These activities are divided into three parts. The TED Talks are to inform the interested parties. The live technology demonstrations show them exactly what the outcome may look like. The third part includes outdoor food and beverages so the people can stay on site and network.