17 July

Detroit Loses X-Games Bid to Austin, Doesn’t Give Up.

In true #growdetroit fashion the tenacious team behind Detroit’s aggressive X-Games campaign wasted less than 5 minutes crafting (or at least posting) a poignant response.

The Unofficial Official Detroit X-Games Bid released a statement graciously thanking all the hard work the grass-roots community has contributed to the campaign and politely congratulating Austin, specifically the turnkey COTA (Circuit of the Americas racetrack) facilities that helped to secure the bid, before voicing very tactful disappointment in the disassociation of vision between the X-Games branding and the Detroit bid, and criticizing the decision

The X Games in Detroit would have been monumental for the brand, for the broader action sports industry, and for our city. As ESPN expands their franchise globally, Detroit offered them the opportunity to inject their brand with a needed authenticity in the North American market. Detroit offered a host city who knows how to put on large scale events, from electronic music festivals to Superbowls. We offered them partners who were eager to invest in the X Games experience in a manner that would have guaranteed the successful execution of their current product and enabled significant long-term growth. Most importantly, Detroit offered ESPN a chance to enact the values that underpin action sports in a way that could have made a significant and meaningful impact; we offered the X Games brand the opportunity to become part of the movement of young people who are transformatively re-engaging with a city that so many once abandoned. Today ESPN walked away from the opportunity.

The dedicated folks behind the Unofficial Official Detroit X-Games Bid weren’t going to let all the hard work, time, energy, and money go to waste however, choosing instead to build off of the current momentum.

It doesn’t matter because we are not walking away, and we don’t believe the movement of people who have gotten behind this cause are either. To-date, the X Games have served as a rallying point for us, and we imagined that upon winning the X Games they would be a medium through which we could express and perpetuate the ever-growing vitality of our city in front of a global audience. Over the last few weeks we’ve realized that ultimately it’s probably more fitting that we just create that medium ourselves.

The team announced that they intend on “creating their own X-Games”

We’re not sure what that means just yet, but we’re wicked excited to see what the team over there decides to do going forward, and will be sure to update you guys as soon as we know more.

Be sure to let us know in the comments what you would like to see included in our own “X-Games”

Read the complete press release on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/14YQ0cC

 

15 July

Techonomy and Jack Dorsey Return to Detroit

 

Exploring the promise and peril for the U.S. in an age of technology, the second annual Techonomy Detroit will focus on jobs, education, growth, competitiveness, and America’s urban future…

 

Techonomy Media proudly announces it is bringing its one-day public conference, Techonomy Detroit, back for a second straight year. A diverse group of business, tech, government, and policy leaders will join in a spirited discussion of how technology is changing everything for the United States and its cities.

National and local leaders will converge at Wayne State University on September 17, 2013 for a series of conversations and workshops to focus on the challenges and opportunities posed by headlong tech-driven change. America’s inadequate and inequitable education system will be a special theme. How can learning be enhanced for citizens at every stage of their lives as the very notion of a job is getting redefined before our eyes?XB7G5859-690x543

“As Americans we are committed to progress for every American. Visiting Detroit it sometimes seems that’s a chimerical dream. We reject such pessimism,” says Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick. “We are inspired by Detroit’s astonishing shoots of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. We are bringing Techonomy’s annual U.S.-centric public event back to Detroit because we passionately believe an embrace of tech can revitalize every company, country, citizen, and city. Detroit is an ideal place for leaders to engage that discussion. Complacency is impossible here. But a newly inspired energy is necessary for our entire nation, though it may be less obvious. The U.S. requires a much more spirited debate about how the global business and economic landscape is shifting. Cities and countries elsewhere are not standing still.”

Techonomy Detroit partners include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Quicken Loans, McKinsey & Company, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Michigan Media Solutions, Automation Alley, and Skidmore Studio. In addition to Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, confirmed speakers include Jean Case of The Case Foundation, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang.

To register for Techonomy 2013, click here.

15 July

Techonomy and Jack Dorsey Return to Detroit

 

Exploring the promise and peril for the U.S. in an age of technology, the second annual Techonomy Detroit will focus on jobs, education, growth, competitiveness, and America’s urban future…

 

Techonomy Media proudly announces it is bringing its one-day public conference, Techonomy Detroit, back for a second straight year. A diverse group of business, tech, government, and policy leaders will join in a spirited discussion of how technology is changing everything for the United States and its cities.

National and local leaders will converge at Wayne State University on September 17, 2013 for a series of conversations and workshops to focus on the challenges and opportunities posed by headlong tech-driven change. America’s inadequate and inequitable education system will be a special theme. How can learning be enhanced for citizens at every stage of their lives as the very notion of a job is getting redefined before our eyes?XB7G5859-690x543

“As Americans we are committed to progress for every American. Visiting Detroit it sometimes seems that’s a chimerical dream. We reject such pessimism,” says Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick. “We are inspired by Detroit’s astonishing shoots of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. We are bringing Techonomy’s annual U.S.-centric public event back to Detroit because we passionately believe an embrace of tech can revitalize every company, country, citizen, and city. Detroit is an ideal place for leaders to engage that discussion. Complacency is impossible here. But a newly inspired energy is necessary for our entire nation, though it may be less obvious. The U.S. requires a much more spirited debate about how the global business and economic landscape is shifting. Cities and countries elsewhere are not standing still.”

Techonomy Detroit partners include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Quicken Loans, McKinsey & Company, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, Michigan Media Solutions, Automation Alley, and Skidmore Studio. In addition to Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, confirmed speakers include Jean Case of The Case Foundation, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang.

To register for Techonomy 2013, click here.

15 July

State to Hold First-Ever ‘Code Michigan’ Event – $25,000 in Prizes to be Awarded

 


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Code developers are invited to the state’s first-ever Code Michigan event this October for an opportunity to build mobile applications and win cash prizes. The free “civic coding” event will also feature presentations from heavy-hitters in the technology industry.

“This unique event is only one example of how the State of Michigan is thinking outside the box on ways to improve customer service,” said John Nixon, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. “We are excited to tap into the many talented developers out there who can help us realize our vision of making state government even more innovative and responsive.”

Code Michigan is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and run through Sunday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Madison Building, 1555 Broadway St. in Detroit. Individuals interested in participating may register for the free, three-day event by visiting the Code Michigan website.  There are only 200 tickets available, so early registration is encouraged.

Cash prizes and opportunities to pitch developed apps to real venture capitalists will be awarded to the best, most viable and useful apps developed at the event. “Code Michigan is an exciting opportunity for civic-minded developers and designers to get together and create mobile apps for the public good,” said CIO David Behen. “This is the first chance for coders to use state data to design and build apps with real social value.”

The state is working on Code Michigan with several private partners, including Commercial Progression, Detroit Labs and Bedrock Real Estate, all of Detroit.  Other sponsors include Windows Azure (Microsoft), GitHub, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“Coders have a skillset that they use every day that they can now leverage to contribute to the betterment of society,” said Rick Mason, an entrepreneur who proposed the event. “I call it ‘Democracy 2.0’”. Code Michigan will result in even more useful applications than currently exists today. Similar events in other parts of the country have resulted in the creation of new companies and new jobs.

For more information or to register for Code Michigan, please visit www.codemichigan.com.