DETROIT — Automakers and others in the global auto industry are striving to create a deeper bench of software development talent, and they often look to do so by fostering the same fast-paced mindset on innovation that tech companies have.
They've been searching in unique spaces outside Silicon Valley, but they still face competition from tech giants for software engineers and others who are needed to boost the auto industry's shift toward electrification and autonomy.
Some of these industry players start by looking in the heart of Detroit to bolster talent.
One way they can do this is through Altimetrik Collider: Detroit, a combination "hangout and collaboration hub" established by technology services company Altimetrik Corp., of nearby Southfield, Mich., this summer.
The Collider, staffed by Altimetrik employees, helps support and develop talent within various industries, but it could be especially key for the local automotive manufacturing and supply base. The space is meant to help identify software engineers and other tech talent already in or migrating to the city.
On any given day, there are 10 to 20 coders, developers, startup founders and others coworking in this 3,000-square-foot space above a high-end fashion store in downtown Detroit.
Since opening six months ago, the Collider has facilitated the hiring of 50 software developers in Detroit and southeast Michigan. Its now-weekly hiring sessions draw 10 to 15 candidates.