OZK Labs, Syniverse Innovation Lab are key to attracting, keeping talent in Tampa Bay

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    Leading edge technology is taking place in Tampa Bay, says a top executive at Florida’s largest technology council.

    Jill St. Thomas, co-executive director of Tampa Bay Tech, points to the new Syniverse Innovation Lab, launched in July at the Syniverse headquarters in New Tampa, and OZK Labs, Bank OZK’s financial technology laboratory in downtown St. Petersburg.

    The Syniverse lab allows the company, which provides services for mobile network operators and businesses, to show its customers and partners how to use next-generation technologies, such as 5G networks and the internet of things, and how it can help them innovate on business models, said Mike O’Brien, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development.