By Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.
“There’s nothing more interesting to an entrepreneur than understanding the future,” CO.LAB’s Mike Bradshaw says in describing the type of individual the organizers of “Start-up Week Chattanooga” wanted for their keynote slot.
They found that individual in David Weinberger, author of the book Too Big to Know and a Senior Researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
“This guy has been right on the edge of things,” Bradshaw says about Weinberger, whose biographical sketch describes him as a person who “writes about the effect of technology on ideas.” The book that Bradshaw cites is focused on the significant impact of the Internet on how much individuals know.
With Chattanooga’s well-known capability to deliver gigabit networking to the home, it’s natural that a person with Weinberger’s background and understanding of the power of the gig would be asked to keynote.
There’s also another advantage.
“I love it when accomplished people come to town to share their ideas and see what we are doing,” Bradshaw noted.
He and Tia Capps, CO.LAB’s Communications Director, note that the agenda is continuing to evolve. For the latest schedule of activities, click here.
“It’s a wonderful week with dozens of events happening around town.”
The six-day celebration culminates with the inaugural “Chattanooga Mini-Maker Faire” all day on Saturday, October 11.
“We have over 65 65 makers, workshops and vendors for the Maker Faire,” Bradshaw said.
The concluding event is particularly special to CO.LAB’s Executive Director, because it builds on two previous initiatives of the organization – a “Maker Day” held in March 2013 at the Chattanooga Public Library and the more recent additive manufacturing/3D printing track that was part of the 2014 “GIGTANK.”