theCOtoberfest 2018

theCOtoberfest 2018

theCOtoberfest is theCO’s biggest celebration in the year, and is a time where the community can come enjoy the good things happening at theCO. As theCO has evolved, theCOtoberfest has changed with it, and every year more and more makers and artists get to showcase their talents. This year will include makers demos, a film festival, booths, games, and more!

Check out the information below to learn more about the event, and how to get involved!

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Vets in Business

Vets in Business

Austin Thompson graduated from high school in 1995, joined the army, and became an M1A1 Abrams Systems Mechanic. Which he says “is just a really fancy name for tank mechanic.” After basic training in Fort Knox in Kentucky, he got married just before being stationed in Korea for a year away from his family and wife. He sustained a back injury during a training accident in Korea, and was sent to Fort Raleigh in Kansas, where he got medically discharged.

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Board Member Spotlight: Kevin Adelsberger

Board Member Spotlight: Kevin Adelsberger

theCO recently added four new board members in the beginning of August, to help provide fiscal and policy oversight, as well as helping to provide insight for long term planning. But one of the most important things about these new members, is that they are some of the first board members who are also CO:workers. Kevin Adelsberger is one of the four newest members, and he has run his business, Adelsberger Marketing out of theCO for the past four years.

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An Introduction to the Resident Co Workers at theCO

An Introduction to the Resident Co Workers at theCO

theCO in Jackson Tennessee functions as a space for entrepreneurs to run their business out of a place that is not their home, as well as offering services or connections to entrepreneurs who need assistance or training with grant writing, branding, or marketing. theCO has a large number of members that work at theCO daily, but there are a few companies that have a “resident” coworking space.

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Made at theCO: Brandon Lawson

Made at theCO: Brandon Lawson

Have you ever been somewhere around town and seen a piece of furniture or decoration that you really like but that completely breaks the bank in price? Brandon Lawson knows what that’s like. When he saw a rustic American flag hanging at a local business in Jackson and was deterred by the price tag, he decided he would build his own. He started in his kitchen, chiseling out stars by hand, until he had his own wooden flag.

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The Influence of the 3D Printer

The Influence of the 3D Printer

3D printing took the world by surprise in 1983 when Charles Hull invented the first 3D printer, but it also took the nation by storm in the late 2000’s when commercial 3D printers first became available. Since the product is now accessible on a wider market, it has changed the way that consumer-focused products are being manufactured and is prompting producers to re-think and re-create some of their products.


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CO:Members Attend ATHENAtechne Hackathon

CO:Members Attend ATHENAtechne Hackathon

Memphis held its’ first ever women’s Hackathon late last month at the Fedex Institute of Technology in the hopes of “cultivating a positive environment for women in technology from across the region.” Molly Plyler and Christen Harper, two Dev Catalyst team members at theCO, attended the event which only lasted a short 24 hours.

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Made at theCO: Watering Raspberry Pi

Made at theCO: Watering Raspberry Pi

Have you ever left for vacation and come back to dead or dying plants in your living room?

It happened to me last month, and I was frustrated with feeling like I would never have a green thumb despite my best efforts. Then I heard about Watering Raspberry Pi, a robot built and created by Dev Catalyst students from Lexington High School. The robot is designed to automatically water your plant via a soil moisture sensor, meaning you could go on vacation and not have to worry about your plants!

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Dev Catalyst Becomes CSforAll Member

Dev Catalyst Becomes CSforAll Member

“Support local change,” “increase rigor and equity,” and “grow the movement.” These are three things that one would see when first opening the CSforAll webpage. The CSforAll Consortium is a effort started by the National Science Foundation to make computer science accessible for all students nationwide. Recently, the organization has added Dev Catalyst, a program of theCO, as a new consortium member alongside big tech companies like Google, Dell, Facebook, and Teach For America.

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CO.STARTERS Spotlight: Seth Nelson

CO.STARTERS Spotlight: Seth Nelson

Most early teenagers are starting high school and spending their free time hanging out with friends, but at the young age of fourteen, Seth Nelson was busy starting a business. Nelson’s homegrown business, The Farmer’s Perk Organic Coffee Co., started from scratch with only $400 and a kid’s entrepreneurial spirit. He bought fold-out tables and air pots and began showing up every Saturday morning at the farmers’ market to serve Jacksonians coffee while they browsed the produce.

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