Techweek Detroit will kickoff on Monday, April 13, 2015 as it returns for its second year in Detroit. Offering the insights and wisdom of more than 30 local and national industry leaders, Techweek Detroit will build upon its reputation as the nation’s leading technology conference and festival.
Presented by Quicken Loans, Techweek Detroit is dedicated to bringing together entrepreneurs, visionaries, influencers and thought leaders to make the world a better place through tech entrepreneurship while showcasing, celebrating and enabling emerging innovation ecosystems. The week long festival will culminate with a two-day conference and expo on April 16-17 at Ford Field where attendees can hear first-hand the importance of innovative technology from those who not only create it but pioneer it.
Many of Detroit’s emerging success-stories across technology, including those in finance, startups, health, e-commerce, fashion, makers and more will be recognized and discussed at Techweek Detroit. It is the mission of Techweek Detroit to provide an open space for all who are passionate about technology to be a part of the conversation.
This year, the event’s conference and expo will feature:
· High-Profile Speakers: Techweek Detroit will showcase influential leaders in technology who will discuss trends, innovation, growth, action and change both for Detroit and for the tech industry as a whole. Notable names include: Tige Savage, Managing Partner of Revolution Ventures; Michelle Lee, Deputy Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office; Veronika Scott, Founder & CEO of The Empowerment Plan; Chris Rizik, CEO of Renaissance Venture Capital Fund; Jon Rimanelli, Founder & CEO of Detroit Aircraft; Jennifer Guarino, VP, Leather of Shinola; Luis Perez, CFO of Detroit Lions; Carl Erickson, CEO of Atomic Object; Dan Ward, Co-Founder of Detroit Labs; Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply; Dug Song, CEO of Duo Security; and Chris Thomas, Found & Partner of Fontinalis Partners. A full schedule can be found at: http://www.techweek.com/schedule/detroit.
· LAUNCH Startup Competition: Pre-qualified startups will compete for cash and sponsor-donated gifts valued at $50,000 from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Each participating startup will pitch its business and will be judged by a panel of top tech and business leaders, who will ultimately decide the winner of the 2015 Techweek Detroit LAUNCH Competition.
· Hiring Fair: Whether searching for a new, exciting role or looking to bring an idea to fruition, the Hiring Fair is all about matching talented people with the right jobs. The Hiring Fairattracts top businesses, ranging from startups to well-established tech brands. Attendees who bring a resume will be granted complimentary access to the Hiring Fair, which will take place from 12 –5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
· Film Screening: Join fellow attendees at the Private Film Screening of Citizenfour. The 2014 documentary, directed by reporter Laura Poitras, tells the story of her clandestine correspondence with then unknown source “Citizenfour.” Five months later, she and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. The documentary won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Oscars. The documentary will be shown at the M@dison Building at 1555 Broadway Street on Tuesday, April 14.
For more information, see the schedule at: http://techweek.com/schedule/detroit/
Fashion & Wearables Runway Show: The latest in wearable technology and e-commerce will bring the intersection of technology and fashion front-and-center at the FashionTECH Runway Show on Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The show will feature technology leaders walking the catwalk in the latest styles provided by emerging brands and e-retailers. The show will be preceded by a happy hour from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and will begin shortly thereafter at Ford Field on the Summit Stage.
"Techweek's mission is to build a better world through tech entrepreneurship. In Detroit, we want to bring together the best and brightest in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation for a week that is jam-packed with events where cutting edge technology is on display, people are inspired and the city's tech revival is showcased -- both locally and nationally,” said Allison Konkel, Chief Strategy Officer of Techweek. “Techweek Detroit 2015 will bring together remarkable ideas, important conversations and an incredible experience to provide a platform on which to unite those who are passionate about technology.”
Top sponsors of Techweek Detroit 2015 include: Quicken Loans, General Motors, Verizon Wireless, Priority Health and Goldman Sachs.
To learn more about Techweek Detroit or to register, visit http://techweek.com/detroit