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Published on October 10th, 2013 |


Buckhead gets media innovation, Choose ATL events, both highlighting digital hub for technology start-ups

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    Atlanta Tech Village in Buckhead will be the site Oct. 15 and 16 for two major events—Choose ATL and Collab/Space Atlanta—both focusing on entrepreneurs, technology, and in the case of Collab/Space, media innovation, while they shine a light on Buckhead as a tech center.

    Choose ATL is a campaign to brand Atlanta as America’s digital hub and to better tell its story, showcasing why it’s a great place to live, stay, work and start a business. Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall will kick off the campaign at the Oct. 15 invitation-only event.

    On Oct. 16, a full-day hands-on Collab-Space Atlanta workshop will focus on media innovation, spotlighting eight cutting-edge media start-ups, from both Atlanta and other cities.

    Collab/Space Atlanta is a production of PBS MediaShift, with sponsorship from the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford and the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University.

    The workshop is being held a day before the start of The 2013 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Oct. 17-19 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. They two events are not related. 

    The Atlanta Tech Village building at the corner of Piedmont Road and Lenox
    Circle will be the location for both events next week in Buckhead. 

    The diverse group of participants in the Collab/Space workshop includes entrepreneurs, journalists, technology experts, designers, marketers, investors and major players in the tech and media scene.

    As of Oct. 10, there were still reservations available for the workshop and an after –hours networking reception. The cost is $99 for the workshop and reservations can be made by clicking here and going to register. The public mixer is being put on by StartupChicks Atlanta. For more information about Collab/Space, click here

    The eight start-ups will present their businesses in lightning fashion, with questions from the audience, followed by collaborative exercises to learn how to better work together in the digital age and then breaking into groups to help the start-ups get ideas on how to get past their challenges, whether financial, technological, marketing, distribution or something else.

    The eight start-ups selected for the workshop are: AdGlue, of Sacramento, CA; Carolina Public
    A typical seminar taking place at the year-old Atlanta Tech Village. 

    Press, Asheville, NC; Clear Health Costs, New York City; FlashIssue, Atlanta Tech Village, Buckhead; Groundsource, Macon, GA; Meograph, San Francisco, CA; SF Public Press, San Francisco, CA; Social News Desk, Gainesville, FL, and Social Desk’s Dashboard manager, Voices on the Record, Stanford, CA.

    Some of the media innovators, speakers and participants in the workshop include: Mark Glaser, PBS MediaShift; Robin Evans, Knight Fellowships at Stanford; Tim Regan-Porter, Center for Collaborative Journalism; Victor Hernandez, CNN; Dorian Benkoil, PBS MediaShift; John C. Yates, Morris, Manning & Martin law firm in Buckhead; Johnson Cook, Atlanta Tech Village and Atlanta Ventures; Jan Schaffer, J-Lab, Meghann Farnsworth, CIR; Dan Pacheco, Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse; Josh Stearns, Free Press; Allison McCartney, PBS NewsHour; Rodney Gibbs, Texas Tribune, and John Clark, UNC’s Reese News Lab.

    The goal is to collaborate to help the start-ups succeed in the long run, creating interest groups for them, while networking between the tech and media communities.

    Councilman Kwanza Hall

    The Oct. 15 Choose ATL event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and networking. At 7 p.m., Councilman Hall will present opening remarks, followed by the revealing of the campaign video designed to inspire attendees to get involved and share the Choose ATL story.

    Board members who helped make this initiative possible come from Atlanta’s leading organizations, including the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Home Depot, Hypepotamus, Rockfish, Turner Broadcasting, Engauge and Nebo Agency, among others. For more information about the Choose ATL initiative, click here. 

    Atlanta Tech Village, located at 3423 Piedmont Road (at the corner of Piedmont and Lenox Circle) in Buckhread, was started last year, and is a community of innovators housed in a 103,000 square foot building. The Village is designed to service technology-related companies that have a unique set of needs in their quest to make a difference.

    The Village’s mission is to support and inspire entrepreneurs and founding teams to achieve success through a community that promotes faster connections between talent, ideas and capital.

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