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Our 2018 Board & Forging New Paths

Meet Michele Mendez FCDI is delighted to welcome Michele Mendez to our Board of Directors.  Michele is a Vice President with Bank of America, specializing in Small Business Lending. She is also Special Events Executive Producer for PLuGHiTz Live, where, she says,  " I...

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FIRST Championship & Next Steps

FCDI board members joined over 30,000 people attending the FIRST Championship in Houston last week, to celebrate and support more than 15,000 students, ages 6-18, from more than 40 countries, at  the world’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and...

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FCDI Heads to Houston FIRST Championship!

The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation heads to Texas next week, for the Houston FIRST Championship. In addition to cheering on Tampa Bay area teams competing at the event,  we’re facilitating two workshop sessions at the FIRST Conference there. Manufacturing...

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ARM Institute Visit & Synapse Innovation Summit Recap

What a whirlwind last week was!  After wrapping up Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, we launched right into hosting a visit by the ARM Institute, which included a tour of EMS, where the FIRST Robotics Competition field is being built, as the centerpiece of our...

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FCDI Hosts ARM Institute Regional Workshop March 26

On March 26, the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) is hosting a free Regional Workshop with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute at the Hillsborough County Entrepreneur Collaborative Center at in Ybor City. The purpose of this...

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FIRST Robotics Competition Field Build Underway at EMS

We're excited about progress on FIRST Robotics Competition field build underway at EMS in Odessa, FL Typically, the field used at ROBOTICON and other events like ours is rented and shipping is often an expensive challenge, as is field construction. Thanks to an Argosy...

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FCDI Proud Member of ARM Institute

We're delighted to announce our membership in the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, an initiative of Manufacturing USA. We believe this affiliation will provide a valuable resource and networking partnership as we embark on the development of the...

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Happy Holidays from FCDI!

We at the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) want to wish all our friends and associates the happiest of holidays and a successful and rewarding New Year!  Special thanks to our program sponsors and donors, who help make all our community projects...

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