Middle Georgia Digital Economy Summit

WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (October 28, 2014) – Mr. Michael Rosario, a Principal Software Engineer in MERC’S Information/Cyber Division, served as a panelist during the Middle Georgia Digital Economy Summit on 28 Oct and discussed the importance of technology in education and his role as a founding member of SparkMacon MakerSpace.

Photo by Bill Price @Digital_Econ

Photo by Bill Price @Digital_Econ

Approximately 230 people attended the summit at Middle Georgia State College’s Conference Center.

Panel discussion topics included the need for access to high speed internet for business and education, the role of big data in business and technology, how to leverage crowd funding, and the role of MakerSpaces in growing cultures of innovation in cities.

The Digital Economy Summit is linked with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission’s digital economy plan, which is scheduled for release within the next two months.

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

To learn more, please visit MERC's website at www.merc-mercer.org.