The week of January 21 was a busy one for FCDI recently, as we hosted our 2nd ARM Regional Workshop, and then spent two full days at the Synapse Summit after that.  


2nd ARM Regional Workshop

Over 30 people attended our ARM Regional Workshop, held this year at our new Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMROC) Fab Lab, which also gave us a nice opportunity to showcase the space, set to open to the public this summer.  ARM Institute CEO Dr. Byron Clayton spoke at the event, talking about current Industry 4.0 trends and the work the ARM Institute is doing.

Other speakers included Douglas Adams of Adams Automation and Controls, Lara Sharp of St. Petersburg College Program Dir, Engineering Tech, and Tom Mudano of AMSkills.  We’ve got a great community of industry and academic leaders working hard to supply and prepare the new collar workforce with cutting edge technology – like cobots and AGVs (Autonomous Guided Vehicles)  – and the necessary training to manage and maintain that technology, through skills development and apprenticeships like SPC and AMSKills offer, and like the certifications we’ll be offering at AMRoC.

2019 Synapse Summit

FCDI was also a proud community partner of Synapse Summit helping organize the STEAM education exhibits in Hub 1, and we enjoyed sharing the work we’re doing with the thousands of guests who came through the two day event at Amalie Arena.  We made some great new contacts who we’re excited to be working with at AMRoC , and enjoyed helping  some of these great organizations, like Code for America, and Solidworks,  get an opportunity to share their stories with program partner PLuGHiTz Live, which was covering the event.

FCDI Board Chair, Steve Willingham, also facilitated a mainstage panel discussion, at Synapse Summit,  with Dr. Clayton, of ARM, and Scott Gebickie, Head of Global Energy and Industrial Sector for Jabil.  The panel discussion explored trends in industry automation, and the ever increasing speed – and need for readiness to address – automation competition that is more global than local. 

All in all, the week confirmed that we’re on the right track and an important one, with AMRoC, a space that will provide capacity building at all levels of skills development and workforce readiness, as well as academic and career pathways for youth and adults.  We enjoyed seeing the amazing technology showcased at Synapse that’s coming our way, and in many cases already here, and about new collar workforce directions, a world in which robots aren’t taking jobs but creating opportunities for new work for which we must become educated and skilled.

We’re looking forward to working with our great established partners and the  new ones we connected with in January.  It’s a very exciting time to be at work, building the future, in Tampa Bay!