If we had to pick, we’d say that the term ‘ecosystem’ is probably one of the most-used words in our vocabulary — followed closely by partners, customers and peers. So, with more than 100 participants representing 61 companies, we knew the Meet in the Middle event would add value to all.

There’s a reason we focus so much on the web of connections and collaborations we’ve built here in Omaha, and it’s because of the value they continue to drive for our entire roster of innovative organizations. From our data center halls to our IX ports, our ecosystem is what we’re most proud of — which is why we look forward to bringing our partners and customers together every year for our annual Meet in the Middle event.

With last year’s event being such a success, we knew we were going to deliver another great day of thought leadership, sharing insights, shaking hands (and of course some good food and drink and some fun activities to round it out). Not to mention, with over 100 participants representing 61 companies, we knew this event would be a value add to all.

Our attendees from across the globe took to the fairways for a golf outing, got wild at the award-winning Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo in an exciting scavenger hunt and more — but there was still plenty of networking and discussion to be had. In fact, we delivered a panel (hosted by our own VP of Business Development, Greg Elliott) featuring Meta’s Data Center Campus Facility Manager, Tim Bussey; Google’s Regional Public Affairs Manager, Matt Sexton; and Greater Omaha Chamber’s VP of Economic Development, Mark Norman. This star-studded panel delivered valuable expertise on what led these hyperscalers to Omaha for their IT infrastructure (you can learn more about that here), what it takes to recruit data centers in the region, what is on the horizon for data center growth, exciting new trends and more.

We were also proud to share news on our homefront about 1623 Farnam and our onsite Omaha IX, including a four-fold increase in daily peering traffic, a track record of network and broadband provider expansion in our infrastructure and a whole lot more. Overall, we were glad to be able to underscore our core commitments to driving value for our entire ecosystem through symbiotic growth — and talk about exciting regional initiatives like the Nebraska Tech Collaborative.

Overall, if this event showed us anything, it’s that the importance of 1623 Farnam’s role in the greater ecosystem — not only in our region but also in North America and globally — continues to grow. To learn more about 1623 Farnam, check out our cloud, interconnection and edge solutions.

Also, don’t miss these moments from the event.