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FIRST Championship Inspires Again in 2019

Last spring, when we returned from the Houston FIRST Championship, we shared our next steps in our 2018 post event update, " In the coming weeks, we’ll be meeting with community partners to get planning for our fall ROBOTICON event underway (#ROBOTICONinSpaaace!...

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FCDI Heads to Houston FIRST Championship

For the second year in a row, the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation heads to the FIRST Championship in Houston, to share our work at the FIRST Conference.  The Houston FIRST Championship is one of two international level competitions FIRST hosts, the second...

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Save the Date: Homebrew Hillsborough at AMRoC April 26

On April 26, you can get a sneak peek at AMRoC Fab Lab when FCDI co-hosts the monthly Homebrew Hillsborough meetup with the Tampa Innovation Partnership and Hillsborough County Economic Development at AMRoC at 2149 University Square Mall, in Tampa. Homebrew...

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FCDI Welcomes New Board Member Michael Smith-Mapp

The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation is happy to welcome Mr. Michael Smith-Mapp to our 2019 Board of Directors. Michael is an Independent Consultant and Boeing Retiree who is a certified machinist with 33 years of manufacturing and military experience. He is...

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2019 Off to a Running Start!

Things have moved fast at FCDI, since we secured space for our Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) in October 2018.  In just three months, with the help of some amazing volunteers and community partners, we've transformed a former Champs sportswear...

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Inspired by ARM Institute Member Meeting

FCDI board members trekked to beautiful Pittsburgh, PA recently, to attend the 2nd annual ARM Institute member meeting, where we had the pleasure of meeting some amazing companies and individuals working hard to improve human capacity and public impressions about 21st...

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AMRoC FabLab at University Mall in Tampa

We briefly mentioned AMRoC's new home in our recent post-ROBOTICON update, but we wanted to share a bit more about this exciting development.  FCDI made the decision to configure the Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Center as a FabLab for several reasons, not the...

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ROBOTICON Draws 4000+ and AMRoC Has a Home!

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2018 was our biggest and best event yet, drawing over 4000 people to enjoy this year's space themed STEAM festival.  This year, FIRST Robotics Competition teams also played on a brand new field, made here locally in Tampa, as the anchor piece of...

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