Vivek Wadhwa, vice president of Innovation and Research at Singularity University, was quizzed by Allen Young, associate editor of Comstock’s Magazine, before a capacity crowd in the Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Theatre at the Grand Theater Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave.
Wadhwa believes Tracy has the opportunity to draw businesses from Silicon Valley by emphasizing the city’s reasonably priced office space as an attractive incentive for start-up companies and investors.
“The location is absolutely amazing,” Wadhwa said. “Tracy has all the nice things of middle America next to Silicon Valley.”
To make Tracy more appealing to young entrepreneurs, he suggested the city offer free office space with high-speed Internet.
Wadhwa said Tracy leaders could help pair seasoned scientists from nearby Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories with students in Tracy to create tomorrow’s innovations.
Parents should encourage children to immerse themselves in technology such as robotics and the building of Internet applications, and become familiar with social media and communication so it becomes second nature.
“Give them tools, and they will do it themselves,” he said.
Wadhwa said the city could easily promote itself on Bay Area billboards. Drivers stuck in traffic have nothing to do but read billboards, he said, and it would give them the opportunity to learn why Tracy is the right place to relocate.
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