The mission of Local Tech Heroes is to empower all students to realize their potential by challenging them to solve big problems in their communities using emerging technologies. We want to bring together local students and local business to foster innovative solutions to real problems they are facing in their community.
By partnering with local business mentors, technology innovators, and community leaders, we hope to provide these programs and classes to students who don’t have the access to or can’t afford current offerings. Our hope is to provide scholarships for each and every student who wants to learn new skills to enable them hands-on experience in a collaborative environment that directly affects their local community.
How We Began
Local Tech Heroes was started in 2017 by Kris Kling and Will Nickley in Columbus, Ohio. Their background in technology education, product development, community outreach, and emerging technology research led them to understand that there is a great need to offer computer science classes to the 60% of students who don’t have them in their schools. By partnering local students with local businesses, they are trying to give all students the access and skills to understand their potential by solving real problems in their community with the help of business mentors and leaders.
Kris Kling is a former Director of Technology at Marburn Academy whose focus was on innovative curriculum and professional development in the areas of technology, engineering, science, math, and design. With over 18 years of experience in the Educational Technology field, Kris has worked with a multitude of schools and organizations in Ohio to research and develop innovative programs to foster engaging teaching and learning styles. Kris recently formed his company Kneurons to continue this work in the Central Ohio community and offer innovative services to teachers, administrators, students, and families.
Will Nickley is leading the way in inspiring the next generation of thinkers and dreamers through interactive aero-robotics programming – workshops, classes, races, competitions and events with his company Safety Third Racing. He is formerly a Senior Product Developer and has extensive experience in the design and strategic planning fields and has recently started offering his expertise in Central Ohio. Most recently, Will established First-Person-View (FPV) Drone Racing and learning academies at the Columbus Idea Foundry.