I had the pleasure of reporting on a growing effort in Long Beach to bring together designers, programmers and all-around techies. Long Beach Tech just received its nonprofit status and is seeking new boardmembers. The organization’s executive director, John Grefe, describes his goals for empowering youth and supporting tech innovation in his city.
“I’m not happy with the idea that Long Beach is a sleepy suburb with a couple of corner shops. People here are too smart and too creative. It’s not just book smart or math smart; they’re weird and artistic and creative. When you get those elements together, that’s when we get to see really cool stuff happen. It’s at that intersection when that happens. I think Long Beach is prime for that intersection to happen, but maybe it needs a little push.”
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