W ith a long history rich in technology innovation, from the first GPS satellite to revolutionary advances in drilling and beyond, it should be no surprise that Lafayette has positioned itself to become a leader in the 21st century economy.
Looking forward, Lafayette’s future is brighter than ever, in particular as it relates to becoming a leader in building the next generation of the Internet. With its unique mix of public and private providers, Lafayette boasts one of the most robust broadband infrastructures in the country, delivering more bandwidth for less money along with greater competition than can be found in major metropolitan areas like D.C. or San Francisco.
Founded to help answer that question is a new nonprofit called FiberCorps. Grown out of the successes of TechSouth and boasting the support of six stakeholder organizations (the Chamber, LEDA, UL Lafayette, LITE, Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Community Foundation of Acadiana), FiberCorps aims to tackle the sociological and business challenges associated with enabling and empowering all facets of the community to benefit from and innovate on advanced broadband networks. A first-of-its-kind initiative, FiberCorps will help facilitate Lafayette realizing its full potential as the hub city for fiber-powered innovation.
“Wireless technology was pioneered right here, as a way for oil and gas companies to communicate with their production rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Lafayette’s entrepreneurs drive our economy, and as we move into a technology-driven economy, our local technology leaders and the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise stand to continue our growth far into the future. This ability to embrace and apply technology became clearly evident in 2005, when Lafayette voters approved the financing needed to extend fiber connectivity to every home and business within the city,” LEDA.
Encouraging and inspiring innovation, INNOV8 is an annual eight-day festival of creativity in Lafayette in the month of April. Powered by energy and enthusiasm, its focus is on digital interactive technology, arts and music and entrepreneurship. The goal is to bring together the best and brightest in a creative setting to share their ideas. For more information visit INNOV8LAFAYETTE.com or follow on Twitter @INNOV8LA.
Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) is a 3D immersive visualization and high-performance computing resource center hosting clients in commercial industry, government and university sectors. LITE’s leading-edge facility features a comprehensive set of advanced visualization systems and a massive high-performance computing system. Conceived as a magnet for economic development, LITE’s advanced facilities and staff of industry experts are available to your business or organization to help transform the process of innovation and accelerate the time to discovery.
While the bulk of LITE’s clients to date have come from the health and medical, architecture and construction, film and entertainment and oil and gas sectors, LITE is eager to work with any industry.
LITE is a $27 million, 70,000-square-foot facility located at the Research Park of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. LITE is governed by a Board of Commissioners. More information regarding LITE can be obtained at www.lite3d.com; or by calling 337.735.LITE; or by emailing email@example.com.
Opportunity Machine The Opportunity Machine is a business accelerator designed for technology-focused start-ups looking to grow their businesses and become a part of Lafayette’s developing technology ecosystem. The mission of this organization is to accelerate wealth creation by immersing technology wildcatters into a fiber-powered community of innovators. For more information, visit opportunitymachine.org.