May 18, 2015
The Golden Triangle is the business, banking, and technology center of Washington, DC. Located in close proximity to the White House, the Treasury Department, and the World Bank, it takes up approximately 43 blocks and is home to global corporations, law firms, non-profits, and tech companies, as well as trendy restaurants, hotels, and shops. At the heart of this flourishing business district is the Golden Triangle BID. They are responsible for the many events and initiatives that keep the district clean, beautiful, and thriving.
One of the events that the BID has initiated is Farragut Fridays. Farragut Square is essentially the town square of the Golden Triangle. It’s a popular lunch spot year-round as food trucks line each side of the square between the hours of 11-2. During Fridays in the summer, the Golden Triangle BID turns Farragut Square into a space where people can work, socialize, and learn. They provide everything from additional seating (the regular park benches are hardly enough), to ping pong tables, to free wifi. Special activities go on all day and movie showings in the square (starting May 22nd) will take Farragut Fridays well into the night.
A new addition to Farragut Fridays this year is Tech Trends. Tech Trends will take place from 11-12 in a part of Farragut Square that has been set aside as a co-working space. The Golden Triangle BID has partnered with several DC co-working spaces, incubators, and tech companies to bring demos and presentations to the square.
The Golden Triangle is not currently known as a tech hub, but it is a prime spot that is already home to a number of large corporations and investment groups. Basically, this is a commercial district that has a lot of resources and a lot of money. The ultimate goal is to leverage these resources to bring more tech companies, as well as startups, into the district. Featuring an outdoor co-working space in the square with free wi-fi, coffee, and live demos, certainly makes working there more appealing.
I had a chance to talk with the Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle BID, about why summer is the perfect time to draw attention to the tech scene that is going on in the Golden Triangle. “You kind of get to this point where life is a little more mellow on Fridays.” “People are into co-working and shared workspace, and they’re into being outside, because people don’t want to be inside anymore.” So they strengthened the Wi-Fi and partnered with several co-working organizations tech companies, incubators, and educational organizations to host mini-events every Friday, hopefully through the end of summer.
Here’s a taste of what’s the Tech Trends schedule looks like so far:
TechShop 3-D printer Display – Friday, May 15th
General Assembly “Web Development, Let’s Break it Down” – Friday, May 22nd
Meet the DC Tech Meetup Crew – Friday, May 22nd
TechShop MakerFair – Friday, June 5th
General Assembly “Digital Marketing for Beginners” – Friday, June 12th
General Assembly “Basics of User Experience” – Friday, July 10th
And here’s some of the tech companies, Investors, and co-working spaces that currently or soon will call the Golden Triangle home:
- Canvas/HZDG Design
- Uber Car
- GP Tech Labs
- Core Capital Partners
- The Grosvenor Funds
- NextGen Angels
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