Day two of the 2016 Tech Tour started with visits to two co-working spaces in Frisco.
First off was EVO3, where owner Aaron Landau described his desire to help diversify the local economy, deliver tech education, and give back to the community. He updated the group on EVO3’s progress on each goal, including a web design class for adults, and a coding class for kids using the curriculum from Bitsbox, a Boulder-based company. Landau also described his growing corporate membership program where he engages Front Range tech companies. He provides a number of days a month and the companies can offer those co-working days to their employees as an additional benefit so that they can have a better opportunity to access the mountains.
Next stop was just across the parking lot at ELEVATE coSPACE. There, we heard from owner Amy Kemp, who hit on the same theme of diversifying the economy through education and support for entrepreneurs. Kemp introduced a series of people who work at or are associated with ELEVATE to show the broad range of work going on at the space. A representative from Regis University was there to promote a new full stack web programming course beginning this fall and offered at ELEVATE. Kemp also noted the opening of a second ELEVATE location in Breckenridge, with the grand opening party this week.
Great things are happening in Summit County.
From there, we boarded the bus and headed to Avon, where we visited Basecamp for Entrepreneurs, a co-working space backed by Vail Centre. There, we caught up with Doug Clayton, who runs the co-working space. Doug is a two-time Go Code Colorado finalist. He and his business partner are still working on a project that came out of the 2015 challenge: a kiosk display that can be placed in local businesses and shows real-time traffic data for the I-70 corridor.
Next we visited the world-renowned Steadman Philippon Research Institute, based in Vail. The institute is a world leader in research and training for medical professionals in the causes, prevention, and treatment of orthopedic disorders. Researchers from the institute regularly publish in the most highly-respected journals across the world, innovating and improving how doctors everywhere treat orthopedic disorders. In addition, the institute attracts doctors and researches as well as athletes, from around the world, to come to the Vail Valley for work or treatment, respectively.
Back on the bus and off to the Grand Valley. Tomorrow morning, we’ll wake up in Grand Junction for day three, where we’ll hear more stories about how technology and innovation are positively impacting Colorado communities.