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TechFarms is a business incubator focusing on the technology sector. We provide entrepreneurs a place to make their ideas real, with office and makerspace, equipment, prototyping facilities, business and technical mentoring, and more.
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February 2019

Follow TechFarms through each month of new growth and stay up to date on the latest tech news in our area and around the world. 

"Technology is nothing. What is important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them."
- Steve Jobs, an American business magnate and investor; Chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Apple Inc.

Featured at TechFarms
 
TechFarms' Tenant, Branch Networks Powers Maritime RobotX Competition in Hawaii
 
How do you keep 15 autonomous catamarans in constant communication while they navigate, translate, and recover objects over eight days off the coast of Hawaii?

You build a network — a really reliable network. 

This was the task set before Branch Network’s Nick Casassa at December’s Maritime RobotX competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Casassa is the Chief Technology Officer of Branch Networks, a Panama City Beach-based network and internet service provider and a TechFarms tenant. RobotX is the most complex competition of RoboNation, a nonprofit that provides robotics education internationally.

During the eight-day competition, 15 collegiate teams from three continents converged on Hawaii’s Sand Island. Their goal: produce the boat that can best dodge obstacles, identify symbols, navigate courses, recover objects all autonomously! For several months, each team prepared a twin-hull catamaran, to which they affixed an array of sensors, hardware, and software to complete the autonomous tasks.

To enable all of that communication, RoboNation required a solid and reliable network. That’s where Branch Networks came in.

“It was go design the network, order the equipment, pre-configure and document the network, and then get out there and build it,” said Casassa, who got his feet wet during RoboNation’s RoboBoat competition in July 2018. “When things were appearing — the staff trailers, the competitors’ tents, the tents for the competition — as those were all being built and set up, I would build my network into those elements.”


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News
 
Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots 
No, you heard it right. Japan has adopted robotic technology to the hotel industry. Check this Japanese hotel out for a new level of check-in experience.
 
How Not to Ruin Your First Exit
An Angel Investor of the Year shares five tips on how to move on successfully from the company you built. Find out more here
These Were The 10 Biggest European Tech Stories This Week
Over 80 tech funding deals worth more than 740 million euros updates you don't want to miss this week. Read more here.
"Don't Perfect Your Prototype, Progress is More Important Than Perfection"
Wise words from CEO of BarPass - Phil Castro. Find out why he picks "progress over perfection", click here.

Upcoming Events
 
Startup Weekend Pensacola
February 8th -10th , 2019
Socialdesk, Pensacola
54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. To read more and get your ticket, click 
here.
Gulf Power Economic Symposium
April 17th & 18th , 2019
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Community and business leaders from across the state gather to discuss and learn the latest efforts to grow Northwest Florida. To read more, click 
here.

Featured Tech Product
 
UpCart - The First Stair Climbing Cart
Whether you’re on the go, at home or doing the big projects, UpCart has your back. Check it out here.

Next Month
Tech, Talk, & Tacos

Missed our event last month? Don't worry. In our next issue, we'll summarize all the presentations and share some photos of the fun tech night we shared with Grand Lagoon Life magazine and guests at Tech, Talk, & Tacos event. Don't miss this one!

 

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