The new work space is for startups and new companies that have an idea or project that could quickly go to market, it officially opened on Tuesday, August 27.
“At the AT&T Foundry, we move quickly, so we need to be located in cities and regions with deep technical expertise and a strong entrepreneurial spirit,” explains John Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President of AT&T Technology and Network Operations, AT&T Inc. “Atlanta fits that description perfectly, and we can’t wait to see the groundbreaking infrastructure that will come out of this facility.”
Since AT&T is backing the center, expect to see projects and products focusing on the brand's Digital Life and connected car lines.
“Atlanta is the hometown of AT&T Mobility and we’re thrilled to launch the newest AT&T Foundry here,” says Ralph de la Vega, president & CEO, AT&T Mobility. “With its great mix of Fortune 500 companies, world-class research institutions, and a strong workforce, Atlanta can truly become one of the world’s premier locations for tech innovation.”
One of the building blocks of the Foundry is collaboration.
Working together is a must in our world. Cisco is on board to help with finding people to help out the organizations making use of the Foundry and all it has to offer.
Also, having a neighbor in Georgia Tech will mean many things to Georgia Tech and Midtown Atlanta.
“Georgia Tech and AT&T share a common focus on innovation and are already collaborating in a number of areas,” offers Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. “Having an AT&T Foundry innovation center in Tech Square will create even greater opportunities for our students and faculty, while allowing AT&T to take full advantage of the talent and intellectual resources at Tech, as they participate in the exciting growth of Midtown as an innovation district.”
Foundry locations also host community and industry events like hackathons and conferences.
Atlanta now has the fourth Foundry and the honorable Mayor of Atlanta thinks the entrepreneurial spirit of Atlantans is here to stay.
"Combining great ideas, business know-how and state-of-the-art infrastructure is a key part of our formula for growing the tech community in Atlanta and is at the heart of what the AT&T Foundry does," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "We're delighted to have an even larger AT&T presence in the city and know that this investment in Atlanta will attract additional investment and jobs."
So far, AT&T has invested more than $100 million in the Foundry idea. The program was launched in 2010 with a goal of filling some of AT&T's needs from the outside.
I would say by the addition of the Atlanta Foundry, the program is succeeding.