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The Future is Here: Our Thoughts on 2017

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The Future is Here: Our Thoughts on 2017

Over at Domi Station, we talk a lot about the future. Our members are building it, we give it a home, and so on and so forth in tweet-worthy bites. Because there’s nothing more at odds with startupland than the status quo, we’ve had our sights set further down the road. We’ve worked hard and learned a ton. We’ve built and planned and gotten things done, always in relentless pursuit of some near-term future state.

As a result, 2016 was a busy year. 18 teams graduated from Get Started, 9 from Get Started U, and 7 from TCAP. We hosted 125+ events, tag-teamed TrailHacks with Visit Tallahassee, tackled a 3-day event in Atlanta that brought together 80 HBCU students from across country, made transitions in (and additions to!) staff, built out a board (complete with elected officers and a finance committee), spoke at a couple of conferences, attracted new sponsors, worked up a strategic plan, partnered on a pitch event with The Chamber, joined the Startup Champions Network, and launched PowerUP (big thanks due to fine folks over at First Commerce Credit Union). But 2016 is over. The future, it seems, has finally arrived.

Domi is now well into its second act. We are a bigger, better, stronger version of ourself, but just because the future is here doesn’t mean we’re done. We’re happy to announce a handful of new things for the new year, including an updated website, big changes to coworking memberships, and a pretty awesome new promo video. Other 2017 announcements are in the works, but we won’t spill all the beans just yet. You’ll have to follow along to find out more as the news drops. 

Thanks to the work of many organizations and many more entrepreneurs, Tallahassee’s innovation ecosystem adds depth and complexity by the day. We plan to be there for it all, continuing to build, continuing to plan, and continuing to get things done. So here’s to a new year. Here’s to the future. 

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HackFSU Draws 200 Entrepreneurs for 24 hour Hackathon

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HackFSU Draws 200 Entrepreneurs for 24 hour Hackathon

HackFSU, Florida's largest hackathon, was a runaway success. With close to 200 attendess from across the state, great schools and great friends came together to hack new concepts and iterate new products over an adrenaline infused 24-hour period. Domi was proud to be the event's title sponsor.

Dozens of new ideas turned into demonstration ready prototypes, but there was more than just hacking at HackFSU. The event's programming included multiple lightning round tech talks on subjects like Ruby, intellectual property, UX design, and Git. The talks aimed to expand horizons and encourage Tallahassee's growing tech community to work in new platforms.

But while the tech talks were eye-opening, it took a ton of RedBull to keep everyone awake for 24 hours. Indiscriminate energy drink consumption led to a 12am hype party, a 5am pushup contest, and an impromptu rave performance from one of the attendees. Needless to say, you can never quite plan for how an event might take on a life of its own.

HackFSU was planned and created by a group of 7 locals who worked for months in advance to make sure everything went off without a hitch. Momentum picked up through the planning stages, and by the time doors opened on April 5th the HackFSU team had received help and insight from tech groups as far away as Michigan, New Jersey, Cincinnati, and Arkansas.

The hackathon movement is huge but, until HackFSU, it lacked proper representation in the southeast. Published on the Major League Hacking Calendar, HackFSU added Florida to the national hackathon conversation.  When the HackFSU team recently attended a similar event at Virginia Tech, others recognized the HackFSU brand and shirts. Many expressed interest in attending next year's event--a sign that there are big things brewing in Tallahassee. HackFSU advanced our startup community's brand across the nation, making it Florida’s biggest and most successful hackathon yet.

This post was written by Diva Hurtado, a founding member of HackFSU and President of TechNOLEgy.

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