So, what will it take to unlock the creative genius that resides within the Sacramento region? Look no further than a relatively new, Sacramento based, non-profit organization intent on leveraging local innovation talent into a full-fledged community of all things computer and technology. Meet Hacker Lab, the brainchild of Gina Lujan, who launched a cooperative effort to gather some of Sacramento’s best, brightest, and rising stars in the field of software design and hardware engineering. In less than one year, Gina has facilitated two regional Hackathons and expanded from an 850 sq.ft. commercial real estate space to a 10,500 s.f. office / warehouse building in Midtown Sacramento. In addition to providing incubator space for entrepreneurs and startups, Gina says “we intend to teach classes in technology from junior high through college and aim to provide community based mentorship and education. Our new facility will house both software and hardware technology in a Hacker type atmosphere.”
According to Sarah Worley, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Davis, “there is a huge need for a coordinated off-campus effort where local innovators can meet and collaborate on design projects and future patents.” Understandably, the UC Davis Office of Research (Intellectual Property Management) has strict guidelines involving research and development when using UC Davis facilities or equipment. As a result, students have begun to meetup in off-campus locations, such as coffee houses, to work on projects that could ultimately lead to new products, patents, and even startup companies. Sarah Worley has her eye on a specific commercial property, located just one block from the UC Davis campus, that she says “would fit perfectly with the City’s vision for re-use of a mixed-use building that recently lost the Davis Copy Shop as a tenant after many years. We would love to see a Hacker Lab type organization set up shop in this prime building comprising 3,575 sq.ft. of first floor and basement space on the corner of 3rd & University.”
Sarah and Gina aren’t the only ones who feel this would be a good fit. Brian Jacks, Regional Vice President of East West Commercial Real Estate in Sacramento (http://sacramento-
Given the Sacramento region’s close proximity to the Bay Area, it’s incumbent upon locals to reach out to some of Silicon Valley’s talented assets and create opportunities to collaborate on new projects and innovation that could ultimately lead to more patents for Sacramento, further solidifying Northern California as the dominate leader in new technologies. Hacker Lab is most certainly on the cutting edge and will no doubt be a catalyst for deliberate technology-fueled growth in coming years. Also, considering the Sacramento region still has some of the most depressed residential and commercial real estate prices around, there are terrific opportunities to attract our Bay Area neighbors once again. In the meantime, home grown talent will continue to be cultivated locally and exported globally.
Article contributed by Brian Jacks
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