Economic Architecture: Mesh Network of Innovation
Tuesday, March 17
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
The history of civilization is built upon the transport of commerce, with prosperous communities resulting at the connection points between people, knowledge, and goods. The 20th century saw the creation of expansive hub and spoke economies and sprawling mega-cities that drain wealth and resources from their surrounding areas. We propose a new model of economic architecture built on mesh networking principles to create economic network redundancy through the establishment of new trade routes between cities using technology and fiber instead of asphalt, trains, and rivers.
This talk will review the history of urban development; the impacts of startup communities, hackerspaces, makerspaces, and incubators. We will address models of financial sustainability for these organizations which are essential to the creation of a new mesh network of innovation centers in small to mid-size cities and spark a broad based and sustainable economic recovery.
Eric R. Parker, AIA is one of the leading Innovation Architects in America. He has worked with many top research institutions and technology incubators, elite Universities, and Fortune 500 companie...Show the rest
Eric R. Parker, AIA is one of the leading Innovation Architects in America. He has worked with many top research institutions and technology incubators, elite Universities, and Fortune 500 companies. Eric’s work is featured in the Stanford d.school publication “Make Space: How to set the stage for creative collaboration”. He is co-founder/ managing partner of theClubhou.se, co-founder/ board Chair of HACK Augusta, and co-organizer of TEDxAugusta. Eric is an impassioned advocate for Greater Augusta Technology companies, mentor for technology entrepreneurs, and a frequent public speaker, panelist, and writer; He has participated in round table discussions on how the federal government can support innovation at the local level as part of the White House Champions of Change. Currently, he is building a mesh network of innovation communities across the Southeast to develop a more broadly collaborative technology economy and increase Venture Capital deal flow in small to mid-size cities.Hide the rest
Community Dev Strategist
Grace Belangia is a founding member of theClubhou.se, a collaborative technology incubator with over 45 members and 23 companies, and lead curator for TEDxAugusta. She is also the Community Develop...Show the rest
Grace Belangia is a founding member of theClubhou.se, a collaborative technology incubator with over 45 members and 23 companies, and lead curator for TEDxAugusta. She is also the Community Development Strategist for CONima. She consults with educational institutions, civic organizations, publishing companies, government agencies and community non-profits. Grace has been a communications and marketing professor in higher education, and published in more than 20 print and digital magazines around the country. Grace, a UCLA graduate is an advocate for the co-working hacker/maker movement and in her spare time travels the world and competes in amateur athletics.Hide the rest