Founded in 2009, Tech Liminal is Oakland’s original Technology Hotspot and Salon – an accessible, technology-focused community space where diverse minds meet and learn to apply the right tools to solve the right problems. Tech Liminal features professional development groups focused on areas such as Programming, WordPress, Video, SEO, Online Marketing, Business Model and Product Management – and workshops that allow people to explore technology in the context of pure learning, such as Workshop Weekend: Arduino and STEAM Camp.
We envision communities and workplaces where technology is a silent partner, boosting productivity, enhancing profitability, and enabling communication. There should be no internal barriers to the broad opportunities that are opened by the internet. Online strategies should be as straightforward to implement as sending an email. We envision that Tech Liminal can help achieve this new level of productivity and creativity by bringing business professionals, community leaders and technology experts together.
To facilitate and encourage the use of online and other technology resources to increase the success of business owners and the efficiency of organizations everywhere, no matter how large or small. To reduce the high costs and frustrations of adopting new tools and technologies. To increase the usefulness of business applications by providing intelligent set up, meaningful training, and practical support.
Anca Mosoiu’s vision for a world of accessible technology tools compelled her to create the Tech Liminal principles and workshop. Anca has worked in the business applications industry for more than 15 years in roles ranging from analyst to software engineer, in environments varying from start-ups to established corporations, and at companies that include Razorfish, Sony, Juniper Networks, and Cisco systems. After graduating from MIT with a computer science degree, she returned to her hometown of Oakland at the right time to participate in the Silicon Valley high-tech boom.
“I believe we can do whatever needs to be done as individuals, society and a species, but sometimes people need a little help getting things done.” She noticed that this was often the case with the businesses too small to support a dedicated technology department, who called her in as an independent consultant to solve their ad hoc computer problems. She also saw regular folk thwarted in their goals by lack of technology know-how. The desire to help these two groups was in no small part the inspiration behind Tech Liminal. She likes few things better than sitting down one-on-one, working with people to solve their problems, and seeing their faces light up when they suddenly understand.
Anca has great optimism for the future. “To me the information age is like being at the beginning of the industrial age” so much opportunity. But opportunity is restricted to those who have knowledge and resources. By putting the pieces together explaining Twitter, for example ”you start leveling the playing field.”