I just wanted all of the Miami Drupal community to be aware of a new organization. http://incubatemiami.com/
The Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida (EDC) is opening a 12,000-square-foot technology incubator in downtown Miami to nurture startup companies.
The center, called Incubate Miami, will offer discounted rent to young tech companies. The benefit for companies occupying the incubator will be twofold, explained Jane Teague, EDC’s executive director: The rent is cheap and the proximity to other tech companies offers synergistic opportunities.
I want to make INCUBATE MIAMI the DRUPAL CENTRAL for the South US and Latin American Regions.
If we as DRUPAL developers want to increase our billable hours, and land more projects, we need to create a trade association, complete with classes and a grass roots campaign that reaches out to NON TECH's. like artists, musicians, Business men, Activists... Then we need to get sponsorship with a budget. DRUPAL needs to become a more recognizable name, and this looks like a good place to hang up a sign.
In addition, We need to start inviting other heavy weights from BOSTON, LA, San Fran, Washington DC. FYI... a one way ticket from LA to FLL is $79. Same for BWI( Baltimore Washington), Phily, and NY. NEW YORK gets Drupal Meetups so large that they actually lock people out. We have the best weather in the country. When the North was having record cold spells, It would have been incredibly easy to invite top notch talent if we paid for the Hotel and Airfair. We could create instant travel packages next winter to attract drupal developers from all over the country with just 2 week notices.
Anyone interested in doing this?