ORLANDO - Orlando is staking ground as one of the nation’s top technological hubs. As the region’s second largest industry sector, behind tourism, technology is a $14 billion business for Orlando. And within the next few months, the techies will have a new marketing piece in the form of a documentary called “Orlando Rising”. The film highlights the top innovators in the region working towards creating one of the nation’s top creative and tech cities, while providing the public an inside look into this thriving, collaborative and innovative culture.
SDT 2013 gathered designers from various disciplines, travel and tourism industry professionals, and faculty and graduate students from tourism and hospitality, design, and business schools to explore the practical application of service design thinking within the travel and tourism industry.
The conference was held November 7-9 at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota.
Seven Orlando tech startups that participated in the first Starter Studio accelerator class will showcase products and solutions to an audience of about 200 tech enthusiast, peers, civic leaders and investors on Wednesday night in downtown Orlando.
Orlando-based mobile safety platform TapShield has completed a $600,000 equity round.
TapShield's enterprise mobile safety applications help citizens collaborate with police to build safer communities. The mobile safety application, available on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, acts as a personal emergency device that provides instant two-way communication with first responders.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NewME Accelerator is seeking local startup rock stars to participate in the Miami PopUp Accelerator this fall. In partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, NewME PopUps bring together entrepreneurs working on innovative technology products for an indepth, highintensity weekend of collaboration and production.
The three night event takes place September 27-29 will feature coaching from NewME experts and a two-part workshop titled “The Art of the Pitch” which provides secrets to a perfect pitch to investors and how to stand out among other entrepreneurs. The weekend culminates with “Demo Day,” a night where startups will network with key players in Miami’s tech scene, special guests from Silicon Valley, and ultimately pitch their idea to a panel of judges that consists of local and Silicon Valley investors.
JACKSONVILLE - This week the KYN accelerator and apprenticeship program, founded in partnership with STACHE Investments Company and One Spark, opened its doors in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Led by Elton Rivas, Shay Arnett, and Dennis Eusebio, the program launches with four companies in its inaugural class, all of whom were participants in this year’s One Spark crowdfunding festival.
The group includes Pure Treats, Floppy Entertainment, Original Fuzz, and Hatchware. All are receiving KYN funding and will be participating in the 16-week accelerator program. The accelerator plans to support other One Spark creators, as well, some of whom have already been in talks with leadership. A partnership with The University of North Florida forms the basis of the apprenticeship program, which will operate in conjunction with the accelerator program. Apprentices are UNF students with design and development skills who are looking for real-world experience. They’ll be working alongside companies going through the accelerator program with the KYN team.