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The next wave of digital technology in Memphis is called the Maker Movement. It's a challenge the Bluff City is tackling head on.

City representatives introduced several local entrepreneurs and makers at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The Maker Movement is an umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers.
 
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"We don't say enough or know enough about what’s really going on here in Memphis and one of the key things is entrepreneurial activity," said George Little, the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Memphis.

Many startups and non-profits are already here. They came to Memphis to take advantage of its resources. Companies like Start Co, a startup accelerator that helps companies take an idea from concept to execution. Start Co says other major cities are oversaturated and that makes Memphis the perfect place for what they do.

"Here you have access to the community, access to resources, and access to capital and I think that's a huge value proposition for people to come here," said Mara Lewis of Start Co.

Start Co. is working with three local companies that each have bold ideas. One company building drones, another is building a wearable device to track your dog when he leaves the yard, and another company is working to build a bullet proof back pack for students.

All of these ideas are growing in the Bluff City.

"Most importantly the community behind it that likes to tinker, and likes to make things and thinks I can do this myself; I don't have to pay someone else to do it," said Claudio Donndlanger, with MidSouth Makers.

Another major project revealed Wednesday afternoon was a home-built 3D printer from the non-profit MidSouth Makers. It can replicate a variety of home products in minutes. A computer program enters in a design and the machine begins to create it.

In this case, the printer created a small robot-like figurine. It was the perfect example of the future of replication happening right now in Memphis.


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