Coffee shops are OK for some things, but Scottsdale could use places for more-focused co-working for Web, mobile, and desktop software developers and designers.   The meeting rooms of public libraires should be made availale on an on-going basis for tech co-working, with possibly time in the evening for presentations on technical topics.

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Eric K almost 5 years ago

This is a great idea. Some rooms are already reservable, but focusing on co-working would be nice. I wonder what the demand for something like this would be?

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James Britt almost 5 years ago

Judging from what I hear at assorted tech user groups and geek gatherings in Scottsdale there seems to be a pretty string interest in this, which is why I suggested it.  It seesm like a relatively low-cost way to use existing infrastructure to bolster the Scottsdale tech community. (And, to whomever at city services who reads this, I'd be happy to assist in getting this set-up and keeping it going.)

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Ann PorterCity Staff, Community Relations Coordinator - Scottsdale Public Libraries almost 5 years ago

James,

This is a great idea, that the Library would like to discuss further with you. Please feel free to email me directly so we can work with you to get something planned.

My email address is aporter@scottsdaleaz.gov.

Thank you,

Ann Porter
Community Relations Coordinator
Scottsdale Public Libraries

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Jeffrey Blank almost 5 years ago

It does sound like a lot of groups (I'm on a few meetup.com groups) are looking for good meeting space for their discussions/lectures/meetings.

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Kelly Corsette City Staff, Communications & Public Affairs Director admin about 4 years ago

James, Eric, Jeffrey and all:

The Scottsdale Public Library will open the Eureka Loft on May 2, a collaborative meeting and workspace with free Wi-Fi, featured speakers, mentors and access to critical information via library resources.

The Eureka Loft is the first collaborative workspace in the Alexandria Network, a new ASU initiative that brings together inventors, problem-solvers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in collaboration spaces in community libraries across Arizona.

Named for the world’s first library in Alexandria, Egypt, the initiative is designed to create a statewide network of collaboration spaces for public use. It combines elements of co-working spaces with expert library fact-finding services and ASU startup resources in one place where innovators, entrepreneurs and others can gather to share ideas and work together.

The Eureka loft is free and open to the public during normal library operating hours. The Scottsdale Public Library is the first library to join the Alexandria Co-Working Network. Additional spaces will be launched in libraries throughout Arizona on a rolling basis.

The grand opening will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd.

Learn more by visiting http://www.scottsdalelibrary.org/eureka

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Eric K about 4 years ago

Very nice! Thanks

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