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Tech Square ATL is the membership community dedicated to connecting you to people at the heart of Atlanta's Tech scene. We spark connections through social events, storytelling, and a shared collaborative space. Learn more about how you can take part in meaningful encounters at TechSquareATL.com


Tech Square is where innovation happens. Located in the heart of Midtown ATL, Tech Square is home to the highest density of startups, corporate innovators, academic researchers, and students in the entire southeastern United States.

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Innovation anchors of Tech Square Accenture ATDC AT&T Foundry Delta Innovation Center Engage Ventures Georgia Institute of Technology The Home Depot Innovation Center Southern Company Innovation Center Technology Association of Georgia Thyssenkrupp Innovation CenterÂ

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Atlanta levels up as an emerging tech hub

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Tech Square continues to grow in density and diversity. This season marked recordbreaking numbers in fundraising by Tech Square companies and ATDC alumni,

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putting Atlanta on the map nationally and internationally as an emerging tech hub.

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Tech Square by the numbers

100+ Startups

MAY-DEC 2019

2,100+

Students call Tech Square home

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Startup Accelerators

25

Corporate Innovation Centers

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Venture Funds


6,912+

Membership by the numbers

cups of coffee consumed

MAY-DEC 2019

6,084

775 lbs. of M&Ms consumed

member check-ins at The Garage

1,745

493

new members

total Tech Square ATL members

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Who are our members? This persona chart shows how our members identified themselves when they signed up for their Tech Square ATL membership.

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Community Interests This chart shows the Top 10 subjects our members expressed interest in when they signed up for their Tech Square ATL membership.

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Show & Tell The 8th edition of our community showcase featured fintech and retail innovations by Atlanta-based Fortune 500 companies and startups. Curious technologists from inside and outside our community discovered projects ranging from 3D-printing to transportation and tuned in to lightning talks by leaders from Silicon Road Ventures, Elavon, and ATDC.

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Coffee Talk We believe that coffee is one of the most energizing storytelling mediums. That's why we have Coffee Talk: a conversational pop-up with coffee and pastries. Every month, Tech Square ATL members swing by for a minute - or an hour - to catch up and caffeinate before diving into their workday. At each pop-up, a thoughtful question based on shared community interest is posed to lead the conversation, allowing research students, startup founders, and corporate innovators to share their curiosities around each topic. The Book | 13


During the 9 Coffee Talks this season, our members shared their: Enthusiasm for drone flying Tactics on how they achieve inbox-zero Predictions for 2020

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108

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total members attended

pastries served

gallons of coffee consumed


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Cocktail Talk Wine down, get into better spirits or open up about your ale-ments: Cocktail Talk is an open-invitation communal happy hour for those who prefer to gather after 5pm. Similar to our morning coffee popups, we explore different topics based on community interests. This season, we toasted over our shared enthusiasm for local beers and sang our hearts out in our first-ever Karaoke Night. Super Drone Racing took off with their first flight in October with our shared community space as the arena. The Book | 17


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Super Drone Racing Tech Square ATL member Chris Phillips started Super Drone Racing to bring enthusiasts in our community together and put their own mini drones to the test. Pilots of all experiences sped through physical obstacles throughout the 2-story track, with heats of up to 4 racers. The high-speed spectacle was fueled by pizza and cold beverages, with video game breaks punctuating the 10 races that blazed through the night. Next year, Chris hopes to take it to the next level by incorporating First Person View (FPV) goggles into the mix, with racers maneuvering through augmented reality obstacles he will build himself.

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Power Meal Food is a universal experience that

These conversations are guided

brings people together. We created

by 3 open-ended questions that

Power Meals to do just that for our community. Our concept is simple: up to 8 curious members gather to share perspectives on topics that affect our modern lives.

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lead to a call-to-action. The evolution of commerce, gamifying motivation, and the benefits of biohacking were some of the topics discussed this season.

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"Technology has

"Companies in

"Cashless society has

become deeply

financial services

the potential to do

personal. It is a part

need to respect their

great things. But it will

of one's notion of

consumers in order

be critical for

survival. "

to create trust. Trust

education on the

- Mitchell Hamilton,

is a greater part of

topic to be freely

economic health"

available, will require

- Kadi Mclean,

high integrity

GTRI

Roadsync

journalism, and the coming together of local areas to discuss change ideas, stories, advice, etc." - Brad Schwizer, ATDC

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Sound Bytes “Explore

"Biohacking is an

“Change for a

cooperative

ethical minefield.

capitalistic society

gamification as

Things will get

needs motivation,

a method of

worse before they

(advocacy),

bettering your

get better, and

innovation,

health and the

that's okay because

implementation and

health of those you

all new technology

continuous

care about.”

follows a similar

improvements from

- Jesse Lindsley,

path when new."

both consumers and

- Eric Pate,

corporations.”

Thrust

FIXD

- Lisa Chambers, Quest Renewables

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Tech Square Job Fair No suits, no resume, just you. Tech Square Job Fair is an opportunity for aspiring candidates to have real conversations with people from inspiring companies in a relaxed setting. Hosted at The Garage - our very own 9,000 square foot collaborative space - early to mid-career candidates got to connect with breakthrough companies hiring for full-time, parttime, and internship roles.

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Recruiting Partners

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Student Partners To support the success of future leaders, we provide Georgia Tech student-run organizations with space to gather for meetings and events. These aspiring young entrepreneurs and civic boosters organize speaker events, workshops and hackathons to develop real-world solutions that impact our community and beyond. This season, the student leaders of Startup Exchange invited ParkMobile CEO Jon Ziglar to speak about what he learned from growing one of the most successful automobile parking businesses in the country.

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Give The Garage Every year as a birthday tradition, we give away a complimentary collaborative space rental to a nonprofit nominated by our community. This year's Give The Garage winner, Hope for Youth Education (H.Y.P.E.) celebrated their win by hosting an engaging panel discussion focused on the challenges and solutions for minority inclusion in STEM fields.

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Thank you to our partners Tech Square ATL is the membership community it is today because of the unwavering support from and active collaboration with our partners.

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Contributing Team Ashley Summerall Ben Robinson  Cathleen Madrona  Jared Serfozo  John Cox  Krysta Silva

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WE CREATE CONNECTIONS THAT FUEL YOUR GROWTH © 2019 TECH SQUARE ATL

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The Book - Fall/Winter 2019  

Tech Square ATL is a membership community dedicated to connecting you to people at the heart of Atlanta's Tech scene. We spark connections t...

The Book - Fall/Winter 2019  

Tech Square ATL is a membership community dedicated to connecting you to people at the heart of Atlanta's Tech scene. We spark connections t...