Foundation for Community Driven Innovation

Making the Future


Diverse, yet connected, all FCDI programs are geared toward supporting our overall mission of aiding and inspiring academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation. 


ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is our annual STEAM Powered Sport for the Mind! 

Designed to increase public awareness of and engagement in the power of hands-on project-based learning,  ROBOTICON is a high energy off-season competition and STEAM showcase for youth robotics teams, alumni and volunteers from around Florida, the U.S. and worldwide.  ROBOTICON provides participating students with a low stress, high-quality competition with opportunities for skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences.

In collaboration with community partners, FCDI is developing the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoc) 

In a precedent setting space at University Mall, where it is part of the Mall’s mixed use, city center redevelopment effort, AMRoC aspires to provide a training and talent pipeline for Science, Technology and Manufacturing careers in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions.

AMRoC seeks to inspire young people to explore Science, Technology, Manufacturing and Industry careers by engaging them in diverse and inclusive project-based, mentor supported programs that build workforce and academic skills, inspire innovation, and foster well- rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communications, teamwork and leadership skills.

STEAM Team Funding

FCDI  helps local student teams involved in youth robotics and other inspiring programs acquire the operational funds they need to participate in their programs.

FCDI fiscal assistance isn’t a handout. Teams receiving funding learn the importance of project planning, including the financial aspect of everything they want to accomplish.  They do the footwork, with guidance where needed, in their local communities, connecting with potential sponsors and any other benevolent source of funding that will propel them toward their project goals.  Often entities interested in donating to teams require the contribution to be tax-deductible and hence may restrict such contributions to nonprofit organizations only. This is where FCDI is glad to help the students.  As a fiscal sponsor, FCDI can accept the contribution from the benevolent entity, and allocate the funds toward the benefit of the teams for which they are intended.  Click here to request more information.

Gulf Coast MakerCon 

Gulf Coast MakerCon is an opportunity for everyone to join together to share resources, learn a craft, hone their skills, find career and academic opportunities, try new tools and innovations, and much more.

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