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TECHWEEK NEW YORK 2014: A RECAP FROM THE TECHWEEK TEAM

Techweek New York 2014 is a wrap and we’re pleased to announce that it was a great success! We were honored to host to some of New York’s greatest influencers in tech, from business leaders to promising startups.

Our team loves what we do, and that’s largely due to how unique and inspiring each and every Techweek event is. New York was no exception. Many well-known entrepreneurs and leaders joined us in NYC this year, including Alexis Ohanian (Founder, Reddit), Reshma Saujani (CEO, Girls Who Code), Jonah Peretti (CEO, Buzzfeed), Jared Hecht (CEO, Fundera), and Shiza Shahid (Co-Founder, The Malala Fund).

The energy of the New York tech community seemed like the perfect opportunity to try a few things. With the help of some amazing partners we had some great “firsts”, including: the Astia Venture Lunch , organized by Victoria Pettibone (VP, Astia); our first ever Social Innovation Summit in NYC, made possible by the tireless work of Michael Slaby (Managing Partner, Timshel) and Kate Woska (CEO, Atikus Insurance); a screening of the film “The Internet’s Own Boy” followed by a discussion with director Brian Knappenberger; and a new venue for the kick off event, made possible by the Brewster team, who were generous enough to open their office to us.

Now that all the excitement is over the team has had a little bit of time to sit back and reflect. We observed some remarkable things about tech in New York at this year’s event: 

The NYC tech community is passionate, encouraging, and driven – and the Techweek mission is tangible: The NYC tech community has a unique quality; an ‘anything is possible’ attitude. The enthusiasm surrounding Techweek New York was exciting! Everyone involved was truly eager to be a part of the celebration; from LAUNCH competitors to volunteers to attendees, even the “titans of tech”. These entrepreneurial powerhouses were some of the most down-to-earth people who were happy to share their wealth of insight and have a little fun. Alexis Ohanian (Founder, Reddit) and Will Porteous (General Partner & COO, RRE Ventures) shared business advice with our volunteers; Blake Menefee (Co-Founder, Dell Center for Entrepreneurs), Elly Bethune (Co-Founder, 9th & elm), and Katie Anderson (CEO, Save Water Co.) walked in our FashionTECH Runway Show; and Michael Waxman (CEO, Grouper) even shared a very personal story of how he met his girlfriend on Grouper. They made us feel as though we were truly among friends. Techweek, at its core, seeks to celebrate, showcase, and enable innovation ecosystems. We felt lucky to share the same vision with our friends in New York.

The NYC tech community wants (and needs) people of all backgrounds and insights to be ‘in the tent’ in order to accomplish our goals: The format of Techweek – combining everything from film screenings and hiring fairs to hackathons and startup competitions – is because we believe tech communities thrive best when everyone is under a proverbial ‘big tent.’ We proactively sought to engage with all members of NYC’s tech community by sparking discussions surrounding women in technology, tech and ethnicity, and how to bring people from different sectors to the table. We loved seeing these important conversations extend well beyond the stage and hearing the unique insights from some of the city’s tech leaders. We look forward to continuing them at all of our future Techweek events and already looking forward to returning to NYC in 2015!

We want to thank everyone who was able to attend, speak, and support our mission in New York. We had a great time! We are continuing to evolve and work tirelessly to positively impact the business, tech, and entrepreneurial communities by producing quality events across the country. We’re looking forward to the future and hope to see you in November at Techweek Los Angeles!

Cheers,

The Techweek Team