Cory Miller launches The Div, a nonprofit tech organization for fellow Okalahomans

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Cory Miller, CEO of the popular theme shop iThemes, has joined with fellow entrepreneurs and Oklahomans Scott Day and Jay Chapman of Digimedia to launch The Div, a new nonprofit organization that will look to encourage web-based tech innovation in Oklahoma.

The Div will be host to various workshops and classes, as well as regular networking and social events for the local tech community (and presumably a WordPress meetup or two).

Cory Miller, who will serve as the President of The Div, sees the launch as the logical extension of his work at iThemes:

When I launched iThemes in my home three years ago, I never imagined it would grow to what it has today. Now with a workforce of more than 20 people and iThemes on solid financial footing and growing, we believe giving back to the community and helping aspiring web designers, developers and entrepreneurs build a better Oklahoma just seems like the most logical next step for us, and the right thing to do.

The Div, named for the common HTML term that acts as a starting point, will be housed in an 1,800 square foot space in the same office complex that iThemes and Digimedia belong to. The recently hired Executive Director Lindsey Miller will manage The Div. The official grand opening will be on August 25, but their website and basic information is live now.

Would your own local tech community (and by extension your WordPress community) benefit from an organization like The Div? Have you ever considered starting one up in your town?

6 thoughts on “Cory Miller launches The Div, a nonprofit tech organization for fellow Okalahomans

  1. It’s good to see innovation being encouraged in any field, but it’s (obviously) immensely better when it’s in the web field. I’ve actually signed up to their website and I’ll keep my eyes peeled for what progress The Div has made.

    • True enough, but WPCandy has an international audience. Would have been remiss of me not point it out, since the expression “div” has very negative connotations. To me, and anyone of my generation who grew up with the playground expression, “The Div” unfortunately sounds like one is speaking about an unpopular stupid person behind their back.

      • That makes sense. I was thinking strictly in terms of how it would or wouldn’t impact their organization, but you’re right that the news coverage of it might’ve been a bit confusing for some audiences without that clarification. Cheers!

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