Foundation for Community Driven Innovation

Making the Future


The strength of FCDI’s mission emanates at its roots from the community in which it serves and include our wonderful associates and collaborative partners.

Home of ROBOTICON, our STEAM education showcase held each year at the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena,  USF is a prime choice for graduating FIRST students and alumni interesting in pursuing interests in STEM and associated professional careers.

St. Petersburg College is home to Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, collaboratively produced by FCDI, Eureka! Factory and the Innovation Lab at SPC-Seminole.  SPC is also a collaborative partner in the development of AMRoC, and the hometown choice for quality training and certification for  those seeking direct entry into high-skilled trades in manufacturing and technology.    

Our co-hosts for Tampa Bay’s annual FIRST Robotics Competition live kick-off, and a generous supporter of many of our programs, SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between Doolittle Institute and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Via a growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, SOFWERX’s goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.

FCDI is a proud member of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, ARM Institute works to accelerate  the advancement of transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness.


Studio 7 Communications , in Oldsmar, FL, is our graphic design partner for FCDI programs, projects and events, including ROBOTICON, Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con and AMRoC.

The Eureka! Factory is a team of consultants, makerspace designers, event producers and program planners that are selected, organized, and coordinated by the company according to client needs and the specific details of each project. Eureka! Factory has brought empowered learning and living events and programs to thousands throughout Tampa Bay area since 2013.

PLuGHiTz Live, our live coverage partner for our events and programs, is a multimedia company covering the worlds of gadgets, gaming, Internet and media. Via multiple platforms including The UpStream, F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and the Piltch Point podcasts, people can keep up-to-date with everything technology related.

Founded in 2017, the missionof the Business Center for Diversity and Inclusion (BCDI)  is to promote, partner, prepare and support businesses and organizations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando Counties so they can become more diverse and inclusive in their hiring practices. Thanks to funding made available through the Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, training and support is provided at no fee.

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