With his sights set on transforming Queens into a tech hub for local start-ups, Hsu said his non-profit organization has found ways of reaching out to a younger audience through a series of tech-focused forums and events.
“We're excited and community driven,” Hsu said of his organization. “Part of what we do with our educational programs and workshop is share the knowledge of what are those opportunities and how to advocate that.”
Hsu told the group gathered at the Queens College Student Union in Flushing that innovations like 3-D printing and other new types of manufacturing could be a potential economic engine for the borough.
“I don’t think we have one particular vision or direction,” he explained. “We should just compete in innovation.”
Professor Dean Savage, chair of the Department of Sociology at Queens College, invited Hsu to speak with the school and Chamber in an effort to connect the groups and find new ways of doing business.
“We need to make this connection between Queens College on the one hand, and the startups on the other hand,” Savage said. “We have not done as much as we can do to develop that. “
Bruce Smith, a Queens College board member, said that while the school has shifted its focus to technology over the last several years, he agreed that there is still more to do.
“I think tech consulting makes more sense,” Smith suggested. “ I think we can take that tech consulting, bring it in to manufacturing, bring it in to businesses and be innovative.”
While this was just the beginning, the groups say they plan on continuing the conversation and building a relationship.
“I think there is good opportunity, I just think that we have to work closer with the small businesses around here in more of an advisory capacity because people don’t have that insight,” Smith said. “I think if you guys can focus on that, you have a real good chance in the borough.”