2016: A Big Year for Lancaster’s Tech Community

December 29, 2016

When I first came to Lancaster in 2014, I had many discussions with local business owners and entrepreneurs that the technology scene in Lancaster was one of its many “best-kept secrets.” This concept was described by local technologist Mike McMonagle in an article from earlier this year based on his experience growing up in Lancaster and witnessing (and contributing to) its evolution into a technology hub.

If 2016 is any indication, Lancaster’s talented tech community won’t be a secret for long. Technology is top-of-mind for businesses of all types in Lancaster County and the tech community has accomplished a lot over this past year.

Just this morning I read an article about a Lancaster-based technology company expanding its reach: Greenfish Labs, a virtual reality company, announced it was opening a branch office in Las Vegas. This expansion is in addition to several other large projects that Greenfish Labs completed in 2016, including a project for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and another World Youth Day held in Krakow, Poland, which featured Pope Francis.

Here are a few more notable achievements and developments in Lancaster’s technology community occurring in 2016:

This has been a banner year for the technology community in Lancaster. Companies have expanded their influence world-wide, tech leaders and the community have come together to create new opportunities for students and the less fortunate, and countless startups and entrepreneurs took advantage of the resources available to them and began building what could become the next big thing. I’m excited to see what 2017 brings for technology in Lancaster, and what Lancaster can bring the rest of the world.

Matt Landis is an attorney at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received his law degree from Widener University School of Law and advises clients on issues of Business Law, Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology & Internet Law.