Techlanta - Tech Square

Techlanta - Tech Square

An extraordinary density of startups. A conglomeration of big-brand corporations. An exceptionally qualified talent pool.

 

All of the above come together at the technology neighborhood that Georgia Tech built: Technology Square.

Within Tech Square’s eight blocks in Midtown Atlanta, this concentrated combination effectively fuels an ongoing ecosystem of innovation.

This innovation ecosystem is one of the key reasons Georgia Tech easily retains its reputation as a top-10 public research university, maximizing this dynamic interplay of talent, research, and technology transfer.

“Our research as well as collaborations with government, business, and industry result in solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges, while preparing a skilled and diverse workforce.

A good example is Tech Square,” says Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson.

“This innovation neighborhood has helped foster an environment that attracts not only the entrepreneurial community but also a number of major Fortune 500 and multinational firms that see it as a critical component that helps drive their business.

A key factor is access to talent — specifically, access to the talent of students, faculty, and researchers at Georgia Tech.”

"A key factor is access to talent — specifically, access to the talent of students, faculty, and researchers at Georgia Tech.”

G.P. “Bud” Peterson, 
President, Georgia Tech

President Peterson attending the Delta Hangar panel discussion

 Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson participates in a Delta Hangar panel discussion. The Atlanta-based airline is one of the many major brands to have established a research center at Tech Square.
 

Within the past two years alone, 17 innovation centers connected to major corporations — such as Anthem, The Boeing Company, Chick-fil-A, and ThyssenKrupp Elevator — have set up shop in Tech Square, serving as solid testimony to Peterson’s point.

Fueling those innovation centers is a constant influx of young and progressive idea-generators and problem-solvers in the form of Tech interns.

These interns are taking advantage of innovation center opportunities that are just a trolley ride away from their residence halls — and recently graduated Yellow Jackets well-equipped and excited about putting their years of collaborative and interdisciplinary training toward creating real-world solutions.

As for the entrepreneurial community, Tech Square provides a wealth of incubation and accelerator support through companies such as the Advanced Technology Development Center and CREATE-X.

Startups also stand to benefit from proximity to other entities at Tech Square — newly hatched or well-established — that they might partner with.

Indeed, it is the density of the assortment of research and technology resources at Tech Square that makes the level of interaction with faculty, labs, students, and each other superlative.

In essence, Tech Square is the embodiment of Georgia Tech’s collaborative, entrepreneurial culture enabling game-changing research that translates into real-life solutions — solutions that turn students into entrepreneurs, startups into success stories, and businesses — small and large — into superior versions of themselves.

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TECHLANTA and the Innovation Ecosystem

 

A photo of people working at desks in the AT&T Foundry in Tech Square

Corporate Innovation Centers and Partners

People shaking hands at Tech Square Labs

High-Tech Spaces and Facilities

 

In the News

Atlanta Business Chronicle:

$400 Million Coda Will Be "Game-Changer" for Atlanta's Tech Square

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PR Newswire:

UCB Opens Solution Accelerator at Georgia Tech Technology Square

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Datacenter Dynamics:

DataBank Announces HPC Data Center in Atlanta's Tech Square

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Video: Tech Square - The Heart of Atlanta's Tech Scene


 

A rendering of the Coda building as seen at night

Coda — a 750,000-square-foot mixed-use project — is located between Spring Street and West Peachtree Street in Georgia Tech’s Tech Square. The project will enhance Tech’s innovation ecosystem, which fosters collaboration among the Institute, startups, and industry. Georgia Tech will be the anchor tenant, occupying approximately half of the 620,000 square feet of office space. The project includes an 80,000-square-foot data center and incorporates the historic Crum & Forster Building owned by the Georgia Tech Foundation.

 

 â€‹Coda broke ground in December 2016. Construction will be an enormous undertaking. About 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools full of dirt will need to be removed from the site — requiring more than 20,000 dump truck loads — and developers estimate it will be eight months before construction even moves above ground. Coda is scheduled for completion in 2019. Portman Holdings owns the facility.

Coda will feature about 1,000 smart glass windows — able to adjust their tint intelligently to reduce glare. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows are expected to increase energy efficiency by about 25 percent while allowing for unobstructed views of Tech Square and Midtown. The design includes a “collaborative core” to foster innovation and creativity. Besides Georgia Tech, the property will house companies working on big data technologies and retailers occupying nearly 40,000 square feet of space.