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|Created:||November 17, 2016|
We had a good discussion and brainstorm on organizing our first event, a hackathon, but it now requires further discussion from the group
We need to seed the startup culture, as it is currently next-to-non-existent. We are not going to do that with incumbent companies for the most part, so we need to get fresh blood into the system and focus on UFV, and perhaps the high schools as well. The whole point of such an event is to create positive press for the industry in Chilliwack to create awareness, having participants and observes alike concluding that it is feasible to start a tech company in Chilliwack. We need some of those students to be inspired and take the next steps, even if it takes some time to see the fruits from the effort.
In his book, Startup Communities, Brad Feld talks repeatedly about the largest issue most communities have within their local university: a lack of cooperation between the business department and the tech department(s). This event needs to bring business students and tech students together.
Finally, there must be a carrot, a value incentive for the students that goes beyond just the experience.
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Thanks for writing this up. How do we go about getting some feedback from students & staff at UFV and the high schools to test the concept and gauge interest?