And why has Ben ended up in Orlando, a land better known for its affiliation with Mickey Mouse than Steve Jobs? Ben landed there in 2005 on a job assignment, and likes the climate. And with retirement communities ringing the city, there’s no shortage of demand for healthcare--and healthcare innovation. Apple and Google recently acquired startups from the region, and perhaps someday central Florida will become known as a hub of innovation that Ben would like it to be, with The Garage one of its important spokes.
Orlando now has a tech and startup community directory: Orlando.io. Created by Orrett Davis, the directory lets users add their own names, a brief bio, photo and list of skills. As of this writing there were 39 members, but with the February 18th screening of the documentary Orlando Rising and the coming of the SXSW-like Orlando Interactive Digital Conference in 2015, one can only assume this list will grow.
by far, the Orlando area's theme parks are the hottest spots for, well, spotting hotties.
U.S. Route 441 is a north/south highway that runs over 400 mile long from the north border of Georgia down to Miami. For a short section in Central Florida, US 441 becomes Orange Blossom Trail or “The Trail” Though OBT technically runs from Tangerine to Kissimmee, FL most people consider “The Trail” the 7 mile stretch from HWY 50 in the North to Sandlake Road in the South. Lined with pawn shops, strip clubs, sleazy motels, and sketchy bars, The Trail is a hotbed for seedy characters and criminal activity.
Sarah Meeks, 28, and her 30-year-old brother, Thomas Meeks — founders of SeeqIt LLC (pronounced seek-it) —have been working on a new search engine called Trevinly. The idea is relatively basic: No more search-engine optimization. Businesses would pay SeeqIt $9 a month or $99 a year, and the site’s fairness algorithm guarantees distributed first place rankings. There's also a freemium version of the site, which doesn't have photos for businesses.
“If Orlando grows, we grow with it. We have a responsibility to improve the environment in which we live. We see it as vital to our mission.”
the strength of FamiLab is in the ideas created there. And that's a big reason why they're looking at Orlando as an area to expand to. “Just on an innovation standpoint, it’s a very rich setup that they had there,” Dauphin said. “The hardest part [of starting a company] is having the idea to leverage. That’s the strength of FamiLab: good people with very good ideas.”
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collaboration is at the heart of the model, we wanted a central location where one, you had the convergence of a lot of health care players, prominent players in health care,” said Renee Finley, vice president of innovation and market intelligence for Florida Blue.
The next step in innovation is just around the corner, as the library prepares to open an ambitious technology-and-training center at the downtown branch. The technology center, opening in February, will include music, film and photography studios, editing bays, driving and flight simulators, even a fabrication lab with 3-D printers. Those 3-D printers are already in use for demonstration purposes. They are able to scan and replicate with amazing precision objects ranging from children's toys to cooking implements.