Oklahoma pushes social networking with new tech website

A new Web site, launched by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) has implemented two new tools to help foster innovation among researchers, entrepreneurs and students.

Available at http://ocast.ok.gov, the Service Provider Network allows visitors to search for qualified third-party resources to develop technological projects, provide management services, or buy and build commercial enterprise products.

The second networking option, the Intern Database, is a search tool designed to help college students and faculty locate research opportunities. For companies who participate in the database, they will have the ability to search for students who meet specific requirements and canvas for future employees.

“Science and technology are critical to the future of Oklahoma,” Michael Carolina, OCAST executive director, said in a statement. “We built our new Web site with a focus on providing visitors with useful tools for new ideas in technology-based economic development.”

The revamped OCAST Web site and Online Intern Database are products of a partnership between OCAST, Ok.gov and NIC, a leading provider of eGovernment services. The site features audio broadcasts, online registration for workshops, service providers, solicitation listings and internship opportunities in technology.

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