Building for the Future

There's a place called Tech Shop that started a few years ago in Menlo Park, California, smack in the middle of Silicon Valley. It had a single mission: build a place with equipment and tools so people, particularly students, can create and learn. This is what the Tech Shop website says about itself:

TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.

We live in an information economy - or a knowledge economy if you prefer. Tech Shop is a good example of not just a place to hang out and built toys, but it's a place that serves as an incubator for new technological ideas. 

I've talked to many, many people who have ideas for apps or for interesting hardware, but they have no idea how to start. So let's put our heads together, the city, Amarillo College, West Texas A&M. These are powerful forces, grand partnerships that can build the right direction for the future. We can build a Tech Shop for all of us, a place that offers the keys to unlocking the 'how' behind the idea. 

Every day I spend an hour teaching a technology class to a handful of high school kids. I do it because I want them to understand they can control technology and not just consume it. I want them to become makers for the future.

I want this for Amarillo too. I don't want to hear what we can't do. I've heard that enough.

I want to start with what we CAN do.

Tech jobs are high-paying jobs, and tech companies are driving the world. We're no longer limited by geography, only by attitude.  

Can one seat on the Amarillo city council actually start getting us to that future? Can one seat start driving the vision?

The answer is exactly why I'm running.