Techweek Detroit will return to the Motor City for its third year next week, debuting a new format and the elimination of the technology tradeshow. Instead, the conference will focus on more hands-on events and panels, highlighting vital tech issues, such as the evolution of automotive IT.
“Recent innovation from the automotive industry has jumpstarted the Detroit tech scene,” says Amanda Signorelli, CEO of Techweek. “The Motor City is seeing a resurgence in growth and investment in the tech field.”
Capitalizing on this growth, Techweek’s goal is to help local tech startups become substantial and influential companies, hosting hands-on events at the conference such as a hackathon, a startup pitch competition, and a hiring fair.
“Detroit is poised for growth in the coming years and Techweek wants to do everything we can to help local entrepreneurs succeed,” Signorelli says.
Panels will focus on issues within the city, including a diversity in tech panel, featuring Amanda Lewan of Bamboo Detroit (a co-working space for freelancers and start ups); Monica Wheat of Digerati Girls, an organization that hosts programs introducing children to tech and digital careers; Niles Heron of Crowdfund Finance Inc., a crowdfunding portal; and Alisyn Malek of GM Ventures.
Signorelli says that all tech enthusiasts are welcome to attend Techweek Detroit.
“This year’s event will be particularly beneficial for Michigan’s tech community, tech entrepreneurs, investors, technology service companies, etc., who are sure to find the Techweek experience both educational and eye-opening,” she says.
Techweek Detroit, to be held May 2-8, is one of eight conferences across the country and Canada, in cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Toronto.
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