Today is a 9/11 and as many of our customers, friends and family know – Adafruit is only a 2 blocks from Ground Zero in New York City, NY – USA. Tonight is our 1 year anniversary of doing “Ask an Engineer” if we turn the camera you’ll probably see the 2 light beam towers.
We walked to the local coffee place we go to almost every day and there are tens of thousands of people remembering today, protesting or just checking out this area of NYC. From 9/11 to the recent financial crises this area has been hit pretty hard, lots of retail space open, a lot of apartments/condos go empty.
One of the reasons Adafruit can afford a space in NYC is because this area still hasn’t recovered. While we could likely save a lot of money and move from NYC, we’re going to stay here and we’re going to do what we think will help the world the most – share innovation, share knowledge, empower others to create and make businesses.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of anyone who lost someone 9 years ago today. We hope our efforts to stay here, support local businesses, hire people in the area and promote learning honor everyone who has given their lives or had them taken. We’re not sure how to solve the world’s problems or bring people together in peace, but we know it will have something to do with sharing, building and making.
See you tonight folks.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.