Utah Group Plans to Organize Creative Tech Businesses

Jon Dean of XacFAQ and co-founder of Made in Utah.

Jon Dean of XacFAQ and co-founder of Made in Utah.

A group of Utah business people is planning to organize creative technology businesses that provide services for movies and video games. Called Made in Utah, the group kicked off an information session at the Zions Bank Founders Room Wednesday evening.

Hoping to provide a centralized hub of information for “cloud” based businesses, the group introduced its board and fielded questions from a group of about 60 attendees. Besides providing a networking forum, the group hopes to seek solutions to promoting Utah businesses, pairing technology talent with employers and reducing talent flight to other states after graduation.

Made in Utah also plans to help startup creative technology companies develop and receive funding from investors. The group is seeking volunteers to help serve on committees and get the word out about its plans. They can be found on Facebook and Twitter while their website is being developed.

In an education component of the meeting, movie special effects director Tom Mikota shared some of his experiences working on films like Little Feet, King Kong and Avatar. His leadership behind the scenes of Avatar saved millions of dollars in post-production costs as well as cut down production time from months to days.

Tom Mikota tells listeners how he designed sets for Avatar.

Tom Mikota tells listeners how he designed sets for Avatar.

The inaugural board of Made in Utah fields questions about their organization.

The inaugural board of Made in Utah fields questions about their organization.

Made in Utah plans to hold monthly meetings as they build out membership and leadership in the organization. Until they launch their website, Facebook is the best place to find out more about them.

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