Times Article 025
Sand to Silicon to Success in the Digital Volcano
those of you who work in high-tech
industries, I’m sure that you’ve heard of Silicon Valley in
San Jose. Created in conjunction with Stanford University, Silicon
Valley is considered the hub of technology in the United States.
But were you aware that there another fifty
“Silicon,” “Web,” “Cyber,” and “Digital” high-tech
meccas in the U.S., all promising jobs galore for technology-trained
The editors of Computerworld
identified these 51 locales to showcase just how quickly our
computer-based society is moving towards mandatory technology training
for high school and college graduates:
Napa Valley/Santa Rosa
Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey
Media Del Rey
Santa Rosa/Route 101 Corridor
Iowa City/ Des Moines
Boston/Route 128 Corridor
Kansas City/St. Louis
North Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Silicon
Austin (Ed Bluestein Blvd.)
High-tech employers are migrating to places where there are lots
of space -- and opportunities. I was raised in Phoenix, and there were
40,000 people when we arrived there in the late 1940s. With more
rattlesnakes than neighbors, it was hard to imagine that there would
ever be much in the way of technology in Arizona. But today, with nearly
four million people, Phoenix teamed up with Arizona State University in
Tempe and the University of Arizona in Tucson, and has attracted a broad
base of technology companies including Motorola, Intel, and Honeywell.
How does Hawaii view itself? Are we the “Digital Volcano” of
the Pacific? Do our state legislators and educators REALLY want Hawaii
to benefit from the technology explosion? Can the University of Hawaii
provide technology-competent graduates? These are all questions that
must be answered before Hawaii will be viewed as a potential partner for
An important and interesting start was made in Hawaii last month.
On September 23, the inaugural meeting of the Hawaii Technology Trade
Association (HTTA) was held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Over 480
people attended, more than twice what we expected. Sponsored by the
Estate of James Campbell and 23 other private-sector companies and state
organizations, HTTA is a statewide effort for technology firms to speak
with a single voice.
I strongly recommend that you or your company join HTTA: it’s
our best bet to bring technology firms into Hawaii. Check out the HTTA
Web site at <http://htta.org>.
See you next month.