Despite the virtual nature of the emerging generation of innovative web technology companies, there is still a strong need for personal community. Teams still have to convene physically. Both creative and technical in nature, this development community will conduct 'meetups' in a variety of locations – coffee shops, libraries, restaurants, or home offices to keep the creative juices flowing during product conception and development. Yet, there is no 'community center' for this group to get together with other like-minded individuals.
Wouldn't it be great if Kansas City had THE place for this group to hang, write code, innovate and develop ideas that will grow into sustainable business opportunities?
Please tell us what you would like to see at KC's Tech Coffee Shop!!
That would be awesome!!!! things it would need - well coffee, various other drinks, soda, maybe some cookies!!! :) oh and wifi, some ports to plug in, lots of places to recharge your laptops and devices, various arcade games, and a lego station :)
Jeff : LOL. I love your response. Maybe some light sabers would be a good addition too, based on how much geeky traffic they will receive.
Tom: Great Idea! A reference library would be nice. Maybe they could work out a deal with Safari Books Online to allow access to Safari's reference library to patron's of the coffee shop. They might have to set that up on some local computers, but it could be done.
While there is no 'community center' yet. that is already in the works!
I have been involved with the Cowtown Computer Congress CCCKC in establishing a collective location to meet, learn, and work on projects. We had hoped to be moving into our location in the AVVIO center in North Kansas City before the end of the year but AVVIO's funding for developing the space didn't come through. We are now in the process of negotiating terms for approx. 1,400 sf. space in another location south of the downtown KC area (near 31st. and Southwest Tfwy). We will have 24/7 access to the facility.
I second what Vince has to say about CCCKC. If you live in the KC area and you're into tech, this is the club to join! We have geeks of all different types working towards a common goal, and the collaboration potential is enormous. The more members we get, the more useful the group will be, and the sooner we will have our space. If anyone thinks the tech coffee shop is a good idea, you owe it to yourself to check out CCCKC to see what we are doing in terms of obtaining a physical meeting space.
Being slightly outnumbered in the programming field, it would be nice to have a more attractive space for chicks to want to go. It doesn't mean you need flowery wall-paper....but the light sabers might be going a bit overboard. ;)
So, is there some sort of partial membership to CCCKC available or an ad-hoc thing? I just want to hang out in a friendly place with other programmers n entrepreneurs n whatnot, not many strings attached. I think that's why the conversation started with the idea being a public coffee shop that gets designated as 'the place' rather than building / buying / renting.
So, is there some sort of partial membership to CCCKC available or an ad-hoc thing? .
Currently there are weekly meetings on Thursday evenings, no cost to attend the meeting and see if CCCKC is something you're interested in from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Month to month membership is available ($30).