Mark your calendars, Detroit: Techweek is heading to five cities this year, and from May 26 to June 1, Motown is one of them. Details are still being finalized, but based on the event’s history, it should be an eventful week.
Techweek — which first launched in Chicago in 2011 — usually consists of a conference where leaders in the tech industry talk trends and community impact; an expo that showcases both established companies as well as tech startups; and several other elements, which, in the past, have included fashion-tech runway shows and food truck face-offs.
The first Techweek Chicago drew 2,500 attendees and more than 1,250 brands and businesses. By 2013, the event more than tripled in size with nearly 8,500 attendees.
According to Techweek’s mission statement, the event is a celebration of all things tech: “Our approach is to bring together an entire tech community under a … big tent and then shine a global spotlight on (the) ecosystem.”
Techweek will also head this year to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. Each event features the Techweek100, which identifies individuals who are impacting the business and technology landscape on a significant scale. Detroit nominations are due Jan. 28 and can be submitted at techweek.com/techweek100.
According to a survey from Chicago’s 2013 event, the top five reasons that visitors — representing IT, advertising, communications, retail and e-commerce, and services — attended the conference include:
- Meeting potential customers and vendors
- Meeting potential business partners
- Attending keynotes and presentations
- Discovering tech innovations
- Having fun
For more information, visit techweek.com/detroit.