What is I/O Spaces ?
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Inclusion + Innovation + Community + Diversity + Diaspora
WHY SILVER SPRING ?
Silver Spring is a natural location for I/O Spaces — the community is one of the most welcoming in the United States, now with the most diverse minds. Located in Moco (Montgomery County), Silver Spring’s growth has been incredible over the last few years, both in infrastructure, job creation and innovative businesses. Silver Spring stands right at the midsection of Maryland and District of Columbia, hence a residential hotbed for young professionals as it continues to grow with the new developments announced throughout the city. The Silver Spring ecosystem is comprised of diverse government institutions, hundreds of organizations and startups, major brands, media companies and a supportive Montgomery County.
With the Bus Transit center, Red line, multiple bus routes, and the upcoming Purple line, Silver Spring is one of the area most accessible neighborhoods.
Rebecca Enonchong, Co-Founder & Leslie Tita, Co-Founder
Rebecca and Leslie met almost 6 years ago, when they planned to organize a Tech Barcamp to bring all the local startup minds together. Leslie later worked at Rebecca’s company Appstech, but went on to co-found usePULSE, a student learning management platform for universities in emerging countries.
In November of 2014, they bounced off the idea of a space to foster the entrepreneurs and startups of diverse backgrounds, because despite the overwhelming fact that the District of Columbia and Maryland boast one of most culturally diverse demographics in the region, its equal representation across different industries ; workforce, startups, tech, venture capital is yet to reach its full potential.
That is how I/O Spaces was born.