If you saw anti-virus technology pioneer John McAfee, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Bitcoin pioneer Brock Pierce, and two time Shark Tank winner Jason Lucas on a conference lineup you would probably assume that conference was taking place in New York, San Francisco or Las Vegas. In a stretch you may concede to the fact that it could be in Dallas Texas or Miami. You would never expect that conference to be in Opelika Alabama.
Opelika, a small city of just under 30,000 residents, conveniently located next to Auburn Alabama, isn’t the knowledge base you would expect. But they are one of seven cities currently offering 1gb fiber optic internet city-wide. Opelika was the fifth city to roll out one gigabit internet. Their roll out started in 2013, but was well in the works as Chattanooga was going on line in 2010.
Now, a “startup space” part incubator, part accelerator and part co-working space, The Round House, Future Tense Central and others have embarked on really putting Opelika on the map with a conference, appropriately called “H” as in the letter in the middle of Nowhere, explains the conference founder Kyle Sandler.
Sandler, who pioneered the “everywhere else” startup movement alongside folks like Steve Case, Scott Case and “Startups from across the country have started to take notice of their immediate surroundings by looking inward to their communities, and it’s happening here in Opelika and everywhere else,” Sandler said.
The three day conference, affectionately known as #hcon takes place April 14th-16th in Opelika, which is a little over an hour from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport. The conference has teamed with Express 85, a company that runs several shuttles per day from the Atlanta Airport to Auburn and Opelika, to offer $29 rides from the airport to the conference.
Over 30 speakers will grace the stage of the three day conference on startups, entrepreneurs, tech, Bitcoin and more. You can register for #hcon here at http://hcon.co