Two leading Alabama technology organizations, TechMGM and TechBirmingham, are collaborating to preserve the state’s technology and innovation infrastructure.
According to the announcement, the two organizations have united to create The Alabama Collective to elevate minority tech talent and entrepreneurs.
In support of Montgomery’s longstanding tradition, The Turkey Day Classic, The Collective will host the third part of its Community Conversation tour. The tech powerhouses noted part three will center around “leveraging the valuable assets in Montgomery to bolster the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the region” while designating the South as “an innovation-rich environment.”
Additionally, discussions will also focus on existing entrepreneurial programs which they aim to utilize to strengthen Montgomery’s future innovation success. The event will be held Wednesday, November 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Central in the Alley.
The announcement noted that the discussion will kick off with a welcoming from Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and will feature remarks from TechMGM executive director Charisse Stokes as well as TechBirmingham president and CEO Deon Gordon.
Accompanying them will be innovation leaders from Alabama State University and Tuskegee Alumni, Ed Farm, the U.S. Air Force, the Propel Centermilitary, and The Lab on Dexter.
Stokes hailed Montgomery’s talent-rich innovation workforce and indicated that the city held a bright future in the field.
“Montgomery has a unique demographic talent base filled with a wide breadth and depth of skills and experience,” asserted the TechMGM leader. “Bringing the conversation to the capital city opens everyone’s eyes to the tremendous opportunities available to tech professionals, aspiring and existing entrepreneurs.”
Gordon expressed excitement over the collaboration holding their innovation-themed discussions in Alabama’s capital city.
“I find it fitting that our series will end in Montgomery, the seat of our state’s power,” advised TechBirmingham’s CEO. “It’s a suitable reminder of the collective power we have as a community of like-minded creators, coders, and problem-solvers. I look forward to building on the excitement and momentum we’ve generated as our sights now turn toward year two.”
The discussion will wrap up The Alabama Collective’s inaugural Community Conversation series, which the announcement stated serves to “[open] the door to numerous education and entrepreneurial programs that are offered within the Montgomery and Birmingham region.”
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL