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2021 Focus Forward

Focus Forward: Beyond the Cloud

The Mountain State is poised to become the epicenter of a multibillion-dollar expansion of our nation’s private weather industry.

Valued at $7 billion and growing at a rate of 10-15 percent each year, there’s great opportunity in the private sector to develop cutting-edge technologies, products and services to solve today’s growing weather challenges and meet consumers’ wants and needs. 

Whether you're an entrepreneur, cloud provider, stock market investor, techie, researcher, farmer or municipality in West Virginia or around the world, the opportunities for entrepreneurial ideas and commercialization ventures are endless.

Discover how to leverage unparalleled data sets and world-leading supercomputing resources through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont, West Virginia. The combination of advanced infrastructure, state-of-the-art resources and strategic partnerships is unmatched worldwide.

“If we can all lean in and get excited about this, there is no way to stop us." Brad D. Smith


Join tech experts, cloud providers and thought leaders in the Focus Forward: Beyond the Cloud event series as we explore what’s beyond the cloud and how the NOAA Big Data Program offers promise and potential in West Virginia for decades to come. Be part of the transformation.

Learn more in our State Journal op-ed

Focus Forward:
Beyond the Cloud Videos

West Virginia is poised to become the epicenter of a multibillion-dollar expansion of our nation’s private weather industry. Revisit past Focus Forward events and discover how you can be part of the transformation. 

Focus Forward:
Beyond the Cloud Part I

March 17th, 2021

Focus Forward:
Beyond the Cloud Part II

April 22nd, 2021

Focus Forward
Design Thinking Workshop

April 22nd, 2021

About Focus Forward

Led by the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, Focus Forward brings together business, government and education leaders to explore forward thinking ideas and how they can be adapted in West Virginia to help strengthen its workforce and economy in a rapidly evolving world.

Building on past events that focused on future jobs impacted by artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data, Focus Forward: Beyond the Cloud includes a series of events – including hackathons, design thinking workshops and technical training sessions – for researchers, students and entrepreneurs to engage in using NOAA data and to discover groundbreaking opportunities in cloud solutions and public data.