The concept of TCC arose after a series of high level meetings, focusing on how the community can fully utilize the technological capabilities in the greater Houston ecosystem. A shared interest among our communities is in the development of more efficient interdisciplinary approaches to real world challenges, with the goal of bringing those solutions into practice and to the market.
And, while the initial focus on planning for the collaboration center was on building more partnerships within the Space, Medicine and Energy communities in the Houston area, the mission of the TCC was expanded to provide support for any technology and industry, involving organizations from any location.
In 2015, the TCC began operations as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, launching two programs, a Technology Workshop series and the Collaboration Concierge Service. Since its inception, the TCC has hosted over 25 workshops on high impact subjects connecting industries.
Through the Collaboration Concierge Service, the TCC helps organizations find potential collaboration partners, to help in solving difficult technology problems. 40 collaboration requests have been posted over the years benefitting both members and non-members. Quality responses has been received through this service.
As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the TCC was established to be a member-driven organizations, with member representatives serving on the TCC's Board of Directors and Advisory Council, ensuring the TCC's strategy aligns with the needs of members and the community.
Board of Directors
The TCC's Board of Directors is composed of representatives nominated by TCC members. The Board is the center's governing body, with overall responsibility for the center. The Board annually elects a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and has three standing committees - the Executive Committee, the Membership Committee and the Collaboration Committee.
- The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Board between Board meetings.
- The Membership Committee has responsibility for implementing the Membership program and approving new memberships on behalf of the Board.
- The Collaboration Committee helps organizations find potential collaboration partners in solving technology challenges. It also oversees the Collaboration Concierge Service of the TCC.
The Board's leadership team authorizes the Executive Director to manage the operations of the center, implementing the plans approved by the Board.
The Advisory Council is composed of representatives from TCC member organizations, who are consulted periodically on the TCC's programs and meet annually to provide advice to the TCC's Board of Directors on the strategy and programs.
While TCC programs are open to any organization or individual, the TCC is structured to be a member-driven organization, with members directing the strategy of the center and receiving preferred access to the TCC's programs. Members make annual contributions to support the TCC's programs.