Back in January 2007 (yeah, I’m a bit behind on my reading) Wired magazine had a spread on “Best Geek Cities.”
Pittsburgh made it- nothing in Ohio did. We talk about building “Tech town” for a decade- but are totally missing the factors that make Geeks want to invest their social capital in our city. Here are the factors that Wired used:
Wired assessed the geek cred of more than 30 major US cities by crunching the following numbers:
- Proximity to top-ranked engineering schools
- Tech jobs, per capita, on Dice
- Personal ads, per capita, on Geek 2 Geek
- Craigslist postings per capita
- Number of attendees at local meetings of dorkbot, a group for “people doing strange things with electricity” (hey, we have a chapter!)
- Availability of free Wi-Fi
- Comic book stores per capita
- Circuit City stores per capita
So, instead of building tech town- maybe we should all join the local chapter of dorkbot, expand free Wi-Fi (and maybe think about jumping up to something faster than DSL or Cable like the rest of the industrialized world), give tax abatements to Comic shops- and start posting more on Craigslist (it’s free after all).
Sounds a lot easier than what we’ve been doing so far.