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Event: Next-Gen Working Space for the Info-Tech & Digital Media Community

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Hi All,

Thought this would be of interest to some of you. Would love to see you there. It's shaping up to be a very well attended, exciting event.



From "Coworking" to "Fab Labs:" Creating Next-Gen Working Environments for RI's Info-Tech and Digital Media Community

Where: American Locomotive Works (ALCO), 555 Valley St., Providence

When: December 6, 8:30–10:30 a.m.

RSVP: Meghan O’Connor, [email protected], 401-278-9146 (we have a limited number of seats so RSVP today)


Official Announcement Page Here

RI Nexus and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) invite you to join a discussion on creating next-generation working environments for Rhode Island's info-tech and digital media community, moderated by Internet strategy consultant and Providence Geeks co-founder Jack Templin. Real estate and technology experts from Portland to Philadelphia will share their thoughts on establishing spaces in urban Rhode Island that are conducive to programmers, "infopreneurs," digital artists and others. Topics will include everything from "coworking" to "fab labs." There will be Q&A and open discussion after the panel.

Panelists include:

  • Gary Brandeis, Managing Director of Philadelphia-based FB Capital. Gary recently led the purchase of the landmark Federal Reserve building in downtown Providence and plans to develop it into the first of a series of high-tech "iBuildings" to be rolled out nationally.

  • Umberto Crenca, founder and artistic director of the pioneering AS220 community arts organization. AS220 has a long history of creating innovative spaces for creative expression, and has recently begun to significantly step up its involvement within the info-tech and digital media fields.

  • Greg Gibson, serial Internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Cambridge-based Betahouse, one of the country's premier coworking spaces. Greg is also the moderator of the Coworking Wiki -- a leading website for coworking information.

  • J Hogue, co-developer and owner of The Grant in Pawtucket, a former department store turned studio/office space for creative professionals. J. is also the Principal of Highchair designhaus and is a founding photographer/historian of Art In Ruins, a popular website dedicated to keeping Providence informed of architectural preservation, construction news, ideas and the changing face of the city.

  • Sally Struever, designer and activist. Sally is the co-founder of PUENTE, the non-profit real estate and economic development organization that developed The Plant -- an innovative mixed-use space in Providence's Olneyville neighborhood. Sally is an active member of the business, design and development communities in Portland, Maine.

Thanks to Struever Brothers Eccles & Rouse for providing really cool space at the American Locomotive Works complex (ALCO) for this discussion.

Breakfast will be provided. Space is available on a first-come first-serve basis, so RSVP today to Meghan O’Connor, [email protected], 401-278-9146.

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