Ann Arbor SPARK this month is preparing for their second annual A2 Tech Trek Open House, an event structured like a self-guided tour where participants receive a map to visit and learn about some two dozen technology businesses and incubators in Ann Arbor.
“Tech Trek is a terrific opportunity to share the real gems located inside the doors of many area tech companies,” says Bill Mayer, vice present of entrepreneurial services for Ann Arbor SPARK, a nonprofit technology incubator.
The event, to be held on June 17, is designed to educate people about Ann Arbor’s startup tech companies and help them understand more about the city’s economy. “It’s amazing what can happen with businesses and the community coming together,” Mayer says. “It was especially exciting (last year) to watch students tour the companies and see them realize the potential afforded by a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education.”
The event allows participants to start at one of three locations — Menlo Innovations, MLive Media Group, or Ann Arbor SPARK — where they can pick up a tour map that features companies like Google, Nutshell, and Duo Security, among others. Along the way, participants can view product demonstrations, play games, and learn more about each company.
“Tech Trek is also an opportunity to connect the dots with kids that are wondering about their future career path,” says Donna Doleman, senior vice president of operations and communications at Ann Arbor SPARK. “This annual event is truly a win-win for companies, the education system, and families.”
A2 Tech Trek participants are encouraged to share their experience on social media. Guests also have the opportunity to enter their completed map in a drawing for prizes from local businesses following the event.
To learn more about the event, click here.