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I am a huge fan of coastal technology. Not only is it incredibly affordable to live in the South, but it’s also a great place to learn about new technologies, get new gadgets, and even make a few on the side. There are so many great events happening here, from the annual Southern Food and Wine Festival to the Southern Food and Wine Festival Weekend, that I feel really fortunate to be a part of it all.
I’d never considered myself a coastal tech geek, but I am now. I spent an entire summer working on a project with the city of Savannah, Georgia. The project was the city’s first step towards getting the first phase of an underwater city and it’s also the first step towards a city-wide tech lab.
One part of the project was a huge conference and trade show. It was a disaster. There were tons of people from all over the south coast, but no one seemed to know each other. We were just a bunch of people from the south who wanted to make a city that would be accessible. The city came out okay and the city wasn’t a complete disaster, but it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
To make it worse, there was a huge amount of traffic. The project was supposed to start on a Friday, and there was a huge amount of people trying to get to and from the event. It was a crazy, loud, and chaotic disaster, so we weren’t able to get off the ground that day (nor the next). After that event, I started looking for a new company to work for. I found a company that had already started a similar project.
The company I found was going to be in the same area as the company I was originally hired for. I was hired for the company that had the project starting on a Friday. However, the company that was going to be hired to do the project did not start until Monday. So the company I was given was an hour away from the project area from the company I was given.