High Tech Computing Resource Center

by Michael Hallberg | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

With one million dollars I would create a computing resource center where people can learn a high tech piece of software. This would require some computers, a classroom, an instructor, and software licenses. Computers are cheap, software is expensive and usually has a steep learning curve. The money would secure the necessary software licenses for a particular program (maybe ProEngineer or Photoshop or ANSYS to name a few), plus lease out the necessary space, and retain a trained instructor. The idea is very scalable as it is easy to add desks or instructors or software. Fees can be paid by the student or supplemented at first with some of the initial one million dollars.

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Michael

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Hallberg

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St. Paul

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Your idea

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Title of your idea

High Tech Computing Resource Center

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

With one million dollars I would create a computing resource center where people can learn a high tech piece of software. This would require some computers, a classroom, an instructor, and software licenses. Computers are cheap, software is expensive and usually has a steep learning curve. The money would secure the necessary software licenses for a particular program (maybe ProEngineer or Photoshop or ANSYS to name a few), plus lease out the necessary space, and retain a trained instructor. The idea is very scalable as it is easy to add desks or instructors or software. Fees can be paid by the student or supplemented at first with some of the initial one million dollars.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The idea is novel because it focuses on sophisticated software that many industries use yet people are not being trained on in sufficient numbers. We could partner with some of the large businesses in the state to identify specific needs and build the curriculum to address it. Instead of businesses teaching their hires the particular software skills they may have a deficit in, WE can train them.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I believe this idea can make St. Paul a destination for people to learn and work and live and innovate and start new companies. By teaching them relevant software they will have valuable skills. Some will work locally some may work outside the region but all will take with them a tie to St. Paul. Ultimately this will focus more and more attention on St. Paul and hopefully usher in a time of growth in the high tech sector.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

People will remember the idea because the skills they learn at the Center will provide them with the tools they need to move forward in the ever changing cutting edge of high tech software. With a focus on software, customers will leave the center and spread the word about the skills they acquired at the Center. Other communities could easily copy the model and tailor the skill set to the industries most relevant to their community/region.

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