More than 2,000 people turned out to participate in the 14 events of the first-ever Innovation Week Birmingham, which wrapped up last Friday with the Alabama Launchpad Innovation Conference.
The spotlight effectively shone on Birmingham's growing tech industry, however, there are still hurdles to overcome and a few things for the city to learn until Birmingham can begin gaining widespread recognition for its innovation capacity.
Here's a good to-do list for Birmingham's tech scene, based on revelations during Innovation Week:
The human capital exists, but more talent is needed
Birmingham currently employs 17,000 within its IT sector, and although that is only a portion of the tech industry, that places the city 39th out of 800 U.S. metros, according to Steve Ceulemans, vice president of innovation and technology at the Birmingham Business Alliance.
Despite those numbers, some Birmingham tech companies are still struggling to fill a demand for talented workers.
"We need to focus on filling jobs. Some companies located here are thinking about leaving because there's a lack of talent," said Jennifer Skjellum, president of TechBirmingham.
To recruit talent, execs must change their focus
In a past Cover Story, I reported on how the tech industry can attract the talented employees crucial for filling the growing demand of tech jobs, and that issue was discussed at length throughout Innovation Week.