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Written by Administrator on 21st February 2014, 11:35 AM

Last Sunday night local tech group Refresh Miami hosted Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian at the University of Miami Student Activities Center in Coral Gables, FL (watch it here). Alexis is currently touring to promote his book Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed. He gave an inspiring speech and Refresh did a great job coordinating the event. And the newly opened UM Student Activities Center is beautiful. I’m glad Refresh got permission to use the venue, despite the theme of the evening.

Private universities like the U have a tradition of serving both private and public interests. Their students have to live (and sometimes work) in the surrounding community, so it’s in everyone’s interest to make sure that community thrives. Sure, UM could do more. There are probably hundreds of tech groups in South Florida, but not all of them get to use the school’s facilities. I don’t know the details of the arrangement between Refresh Miami and UM, but offering free tickets to students was certainly part of the deal. Refresh gets something it wants, a big venue, and UM gets something it wants, a free world-class event for it’s students.

Here at Wyncode Academy, we plan to straddle the line between tech companies and educational institutions. We want to absorb the culture of both, bringing together the innovation of startup entrepreneurship with the community engagement of large universities. As a private company we care about the bottom line, but we realize that also means caring about Wynwood. We care about what it’s like to live and work in this up-and-coming arts and technology district. We want to be good neighbors. Like UM, we want our students to be comfortable here.

So if there’s anything we can do to help make Wynwood a better place, let us know in the comments.

And if you work at a local tech company and can’t find a way to hook your bottom line to the success of your neighborhood, let us help you. Do you need coders? We have applicants that could use some help with tuition. Do you have a story to tell? You’re welcome to mentor our future tech entrepreneurs (or just talk about that cool new library you discovered). We’ve got lots of ideas to help build our community’s tech foundation. If you’d like to help, just send us an email.

Thanks to WynwoodMiami.com for the image

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