Detroit will host the Campus Party TechFest Aug. 20-22 at TCF Center. The festival occurs annually in South America and Europe and draws more than 20,000 attendees to experience cutting-edge technology and hear from technology experts. The Detroit event will mark the first time it will take place in North America.
Participants will hear top technology speakers from around the world. There also will be a hackathon, robots, and drones. Keynote speakers will include Daymond John from “Shark Tank,” physics expert Dianna Cowern, and street skateboarder Rodney Mullen.
The festival is a 24-hour experience each day for the attendees. They can camp out in tents in the convention center while activities take place 24 hours a day including workshops, demos, collaboration challenges, immersive experiences, gaming, and more.
Team Renegades, a professional esports organization, will participate in the festival and show the integration of e-sports and technology. They will play, teach, and stream, esports.
Jim Forlenza, senior vice president of MCI USA and event organizer of Campus Party TechFest, says Detroit is setting itself up to be the next major player on the global tech scene.
“Automotive companies are defining themselves as technology companies, making the future opportunities in tech fields in this region bright,” he says.
A portion of the event is open to the public to allow for consumer engagement and the opportunity to invite the next generation of the tech industry.
More information is available here. The festival has taken place 50 times around the world.