KCDC just one example of great tech community in Kansas City

[fa icon="calendar'] June 28, 2016 / by Tricia Webb

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Balance Innovations was proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the 8th annual Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) 2016, and we’re excited to be part of the innovative, entrepreneurial and forward-thinking Kansas City technology community. The conference was, once again, a fun and informative opportunity for Kansas City developers to mingle and learn from each other. And we always love getting a chance to spread the word about our fantastic culture and what it’s like to work at Balance Innovations.

Over the years, Kansas City has earned its status as the heart of the Silicon Prairie and a reputation as the new “it” spot for technology by welcoming tech ventures, startups, and connectivity innovations.

Our city has long been home to tech giants like Sprint, Cerner and Garmin but has recently become a hub for a crop of smaller, newer companies poised for long-term growth and success. In fact, a 2013 Kauffman Foundation paper found Kansas City had the third-highest increase in high-tech startup density among the largest U.S. metropolitan areas from 1990-2010 — and the trend didn’t end in 2010.

In early 2011, Kansas City was chosen over 1,100 other communities to be the first recipient of the disruptive, groundbreaking Google Fiber service. “Why did we pick Kansas City? We wanted to find a location where we could build quickly and efficiently,” said Milo Medin, Google’s vice president of access services. “Kansas City has great infrastructure. And Kansas has a great, business-friendly environment for us to deploy a service.”

And it doesn’t stop there. Just last month, Kansas City launched its smart city initiative, which will add free public Wi-Fi, smart streetlights, smart traffic signals and interactive kiosks to the new street car route.

In the cloud and on the streets, KC is driven by tech. We’re excited about what the future holds for our city, and we love being part of such a strong tech community.

Tricia Webb
Tricia Webb

Tricia serves as director of human resources for Balance Innovations, guiding our corporate culture and community involvement.