Democratizing Tech Information for ALL!
Community Engagement is the fabric of who we are with over 20 annual community events designed to reach Students, Parents, and Professionals with a interest in technology. These events showcase technology companies products and services, panel discussions from industry experts, and direct access to leaders in the industry.
School, Family, and Community Targeted Events
Power Up Technology Fair
The Man/Woman Vs. Machine Robotics Expo
Bilingual Tech Fair- “La Tecnologia Es El Futuro”
“Ladies First” Women in Tech Conference
Mother and Daughters “Introduction to Coding” with Sisters Code
Professional Development Events
Grand Rapids City Hacks Tech Weekend
Thursday-“Is Grand Rapids, MI still the Furniture City or America’s Next Tech Hub?”
This panel discussion evaluated whether the City of Grand Rapids should brand itself as a technology hub or continue doing business as is? Featuring Mike Morin (Start Garden), Aaron Schaap (The Factory), Luis Perez (Loop Coding Center), Mercedes Barragan (Spectrum Health), Meredith Bronk (Open Systems Technology)
Friday- “Being a Woman in Tech”- Featuring Ellell & Co.
Saturday-“Diversity In Tech”- by Fabian Elliot of Google and Black Tech Mecca
Sunday- “Hackathon”- $5,000 in Cash and Prizes Granted to Top 3 Tech Start Up Ideas
More Keynote and Panel Discussions
“Technology and Innovation Forum” Featuring Jason LaScota of IBM, Christy Enis of Open Systems Technology, Pierre Hulsebus of Microsoft, & Gustavo Rotondaro Metrica
“Her Perspective” Keynote by Avery Williamson of Atomic Object
“The Future of Work” Intro into Artificial Intelligence Hosted by Aubrey Agee of Train X
“Strictly Business Forum” The Impact of Hip Hip Entrepreneurship