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A 3-million dollar pilot initiative connecting communities with technology. Get your passes, memberships and sponsorship in advance.
A 3-million dollar pilot initiative connecting communities with technology. Get your passes, memberships and sponsorship in advance.
A 3-million dollar pilot initiative connecting communities with technology. Get your passes, memberships and sponsorship in advance.
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The development of the Boundless Connections Technology Center in Olean, NY is a pilot initiative that will provide a place for the community to connect and engage with technology. This 3-million-dollar project will roll out in phases starting with this Kickstarter campaign for pre-sale memberships and sponsors.

Boundless Connections Technology Centers will do for technology what the YMCA has done for sports and fitness – make it accessible for everyone. The programs and events are designed to develop a tech pipeline and create a pathway for people to engage and solve local challenges with technology. These programs and events are tailored to various interest groups by exploring tech topics such as “Technology for Real Estate Agents,” “Technology for Parents,” and “Tech for Fitness and Sports.” We will also facilitate regular community discussions on implementing technology in rural areas like ours – like coordinating transportation and child care.  

Our grand opening is March 15th, 2017 with the following amenities: 

  • 1 hour topic discussions 
  • Wifi Hotspot
  • "How do I...?" assistance
  • Touchscreen laptops
  • Gaming consoles & games
  • HD Projector
  • Headphones 
  • Conference room 
  • Repair room with tools 
  • Comfortable seating options
  • Charging ports and outlets
  • Work desks and tables
  • Self-serve coffee/tea 
  •  Vending machine snacks     

Co-owners Mike Marvin and Christina Lopez say their hometown is the perfect place to develop a tech sector. “Our business is a perfect fit for the changes in downtown Olean. We already help businesses do what they do best by making sure their technology keeps up with them. We cater to small- and medium-sized businesses that are not ready to hire an entire IT department but need more than one technician to maintain their daily functions. We coordinate the tech support, web services, and training by providing a comprehensive technology plan that causes minimal disruption of day-to-day business," Christina says. Mike goes on to say “The development of the Boundless Connections Technology Center will provide a place for the community to discover how technology is being utilized in various areas of life. Silicon Valley does this on a grand scale for urban settings. We’d like to facilitate conversations in our region about how we can use technology to address local matters." 

The tech center will provide a focal point for young and old with various skill-sets and interests to collaborate and utilize the power of cutting-edge technology. This can be anything from how to help grandparents use their phones to stay in touch with their grand kids, to how regional agencies might use technology to address our regional transportation issues. No topic is too big or too small.

Risks and challenges

The main challenges for developing a technology center is making sure people understand what is available and keeping the cost low enough to make the facilities accessible to everyone. We have a plan of action to address both of these issues.

In order to introduce the center to the community we will be scheduling tours of the facilities with area organizations, colleges, and schools. We will also have various "topics of discussion" each day to link technology with various interests groups such as "Technology for Teachers" and "Tech for Tots."

To keep the costs low, we are setting up passes and memberships as flexible as one day through a full year so that people can engage as often or as little as they want. We will also be working with area agencies and organizations to sponsor passes and memberships for their workforce and clients. Passes and memberships can also be gifted to others - a perfect birthday or anniversary gift for the hard-to-buy-for person.

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    Tech Talk!

    Admission to 1 Tech Talk discussion of your choice (see calendar here: https://bctechcenter.com/events/).

    Tech Talk discussions are one hour discussion groups on technology available for different interest groups. This also includes coffee and a vending machine snack.

    Also includes a Boundless Connections Technology Center sticker.

    Can be redeemed for yourself or donated to be used by someone with a demonstrated need.

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    I kickstarted the Technology Center!

    1 tech center kickstarted t-shirt!

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    1 Day Pass

    Reward includes:
    1 tech center kickstarted t-shirt!
    1-hour topic discussions (during day the pass is active)
    "How do I...?" assistance
    Access to: touchscreen laptops, Wifi Hotspot, Gaming consoles & games, HD Projector, Conference room, Repair room with tools, Charging ports and outlets, work desks and tables, comfortable seating options, headphones, self-serve coffee/tea, vending machine snacks

    Can be redeemed for yourself or donated to be used by someone with demonstrated need.

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    1 Week Pass

    Reward includes:
    1 tech center kickstarted t-shirt!
    1-hour topic discussions (during days the pass is active)
    "How do I...?" assistance
    Access to: touchscreen laptops, Wifi Hotspot, Gaming consoles & games, HD Projector, Conference room, Repair room with tools, Charging ports and outlets, work desks and tables, comfortable seating options, headphones, self-serve coffee/tea, vending machine snacks

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    1 Month Pass

    Reward includes:
    1 tech center kickstarted t-shirt!
    1-hour topic discussions (during days the pass is active)
    "How do I...?" assistance
    Access to: touchscreen laptops, Wifi Hotspot, Gaming consoles & games, HD Projector, Conference room, Repair room with tools, Charging ports and outlets, work desks and tables, comfortable seating options, headphones, self-serve coffee/tea, vending machine snacks

    Can be redeemed for yourself or donated to be used by someone with demonstrated need.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    1 Quarterly Membership

    Reward includes:
    1 tech center kickstarted t-shirt!
    1-hour topic discussions (during days the pass is active)
    "How do I...?" assistance
    Access to: touchscreen laptops, Wifi Hotspot, Gaming consoles & games, HD Projector, Conference room, Repair room with tools, Charging ports and outlets, work desks and tables, comfortable seating options, headphones, self-serve coffee/tea, vending machine snacks

    Can be redeemed for yourself or donated to be used by someone with demonstrated need.

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    Private Party!

    Great for birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, gaming/movie nights, and going away parties! Reserve a 3-hour slot and have private access to the entire center.

    Includes:
    Admission for up to 20 people
    Catered food and drink
    Staff available to set up and on hand for technical assistance as needed.

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    Support TECH Unleashed

    This is an opportunity to provide a scholarship for one participant for one year of the TECH Unleashed program - a core pipeline program embedded in the Technology Center initiative. Read more about the program at TechUnleashed.org/about-us/

    In addition to be listed as a sponsor of the TECH Unleashed pipeline program on our website and in press releases, you will get a VIP T-Shirt and a hand written thank-you from the TECH Unleashed participants.

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    Pledge $900 or more About $900

    1 Year Membership

    Reward includes:
    1 tech center kickstarted t-shirt!
    1-hour topic discussions (during days the pass is active)
    "How do I...?" assistance
    Access to: touchscreen laptops, Wifi Hotspot, Gaming consoles & games, HD Projector, Conference room, Repair room with tools, Charging ports and outlets, work desks and tables, comfortable seating options, headphones, self-serve coffee/tea, vending machine snacks

    Can be redeemed for yourself or donated to be used by someone with demonstrated need.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Join us in Celebrating!

    Admission for you and a guest to the VIP pre-launch party on March 1st, 2017.

    Reward includes:
    1 tech center kickstarted t-shirt!
    1-hour topic discussions (during days the pass is active)
    "How do I...?" assistance
    Access to: touchscreen laptops, Wifi Hotspot, Gaming consoles & games, HD Projector, Conference room, Repair room with tools, Charging ports and outlets, work desks and tables, comfortable seating options, headphones, self-serve coffee/tea, vending machine snacks

    A Private Party! Great for birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, gaming/movie nights, celebrations, and going away parties! Reserve a 3-hour slot and have private access to the entire center.

    Private Party includes:
    Admission for up to 20 people
    Catered food and drink
    Staff available to set up and on hand for technical assistance as needed.

    For every $1,000 pledged you will also receive 1 entry into a drawing for a Golden Ticket.

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    Sponsorship Banner

    Show your support with 1 High quality canvas banner (3ftX2ft) with your logo/message displayed in the main lounge for 1 year.

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    Coffee Bar Sponsorship

    A 4-foot long wall sticker of your logo/message placed above the coffee bar for 1 year.

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    Conference Room Sponsorship

    A wall sticker of your logo/message displayed in and outside of the conference room for 1 year.

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    Golden Ticket!

    The Golden Ticket will give you lifetime access to the technology center. As well as a "Lifetime Member" silk robe and slippers, a kickstarted t-shirt and coffee mug.

    Reward includes:
    1-hour topic discussions
    "How do I...?" assistance
    Access to: touchscreen laptops, Wifi Hotspot, Gaming consoles & games, HD Projector, Conference room, Repair room with tools, Charging ports and outlets, work desks and tables, comfortable seating options, headphones, self-serve coffee/tea, vending machine snacks

    Can be redeemed for yourself or donated to be used by someone with demonstrated need.

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Funding period

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