JOPLIN, Mon. – Ingenuity was the focus in Joplin today. All part of the first “Joplin Regional Innovation & Technology Summit”.
It took place at James River Church and covered everything from e-commerce and cybersecurity to developing a digital workforce. Some speakers were virtually part of the event – while others had flown in from across the country, including Wes Spencer from Tampa, Florida.
He said one of the many benefits of creating a virtual workplace is that you don’t have to move to a place like Silicon Valley.
“You can do this anywhere, so why not Joplin – Joplin is a wonderful place for anyone who gets this bug … and they say I have this dream about something I want to do. And something that I want to build. And I want to improve my life. And I want to improve my community – for everyone around us. You can do that in Joplin, ”said Wes Spencer, ConnectWise.
“But also being aware of the potential risks and potential cyberattacks and being prepared for anything that can happen in business,” said Doug Hunt, Joplin Chamber.
More than 200 people have signed up for what organizers hope will be an annual event.