Tech events continue to move mostly online, so this month we are highlighting both local Michigan events and global tech conferences that are more accessible than ever. If you’ve got Zoom fatigue don’t worry: there are so many events still coming up that you can pick and choose or check in once you have the energy to get back out there. Please note some conferences switch last-minute whether they are planning in-person events or remote and check websites for the latest up-to-date event information.
Just a little over 2 years ago, David Ponraj decided to do something for underserved communities: democratize the information that helps businesses network and grow, and make it accessible to everyone. StartupSpace is an app customized for business and entrepreneurial support organizations that allows them to offer a database of business loan and grant information, curated content, and networking events specifically filtered for particular regions, business area, and demographics.
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“Ferris Wheel Flint is the building–a coworking space with 7 floors and flexible memberships month to month for existing businesses and entrpreneurs,” Brandee Cooke explains. Cooke runs an incubator program called 100K Ideas out of the Ferris Wheel, which has been instrumental in helping new startups revitalize the city. “The city has evolved into a lot of small businesses launching and being successful,” Cooke says. Ferris Wheel is the space–where people can rent the conference room, or visit the downstairs coffee shop and print shop, and then there is 100K Ideas.
Last year, we covered Intermitten: The Conference for Change Makers, as part of our Ann Arbor a2tech360 Tech Week coverage, including interviews backstage with Doug Song of Duo Security, multiple fireside chats with thought leaders in the social justice space in tech, and more. This year, we’re excited to see Intermitten is still on, but it’s being held virtually, and independently of a2tech360 on August 7. Registration info below. We hope to “see” you there!
More tech conferences and tech networking events have shifted online next month, making conferences from Silicon Valley to the Seine more accessible across the globe. Many events have also reduced prices or are offering conference content for free, and many job fairs are now virtual. Here are some highlights of online and global tech conferences going on in July 2020, still including some local events to our Midwest ecosystem as well. If you have an event to add to the calender, please email the editor.
Companies around the world are navigating how to reopen after shutdown. In many cases, it simply isn’t feasible for workers to return to cramped working conditions even with masks and hand sanitizer or spray shields, so many companies are extending work from home indefinitely. But tech has largely been operating on the idea that innovation happens in close quarters when founders swim in a soup of collaborative brainstorming–especially startups that operate out of coworking spaces. What happens to the coworking spaces and the smaller tech startups that operate out of these shared spaces after reopening?
Givitas, a company we’ve highlighted previously on Cronicle, has recently launched a network that is designed exclusively for Michigan startups to give and receive requests for help and information. Givitas is a social network by Give & Take that is designed into hubs for specific work groups within companies or industries.
Our new online tech events page is live and being updated on a rolling basis as many tech communities in Ann Arbor-Detroit and the greater Great Lakes region move online in the coming weeks. Many events have been cancelled temporarily, but this is a great opportunity to attend events that were previously limited to local audiences now open to anyone online. Many are free. We hope you are staying safe and still able to work through these difficult times. Be well.
Traverse City, Michigan, tech incubator 20Fathoms recently welcomed new head Lauren Bigelow, a veteran of the startup community in Michigan. Bigelow was director of Ann Arbor’s IT Zone, the predecessor to Ann Arbor SPARK, and has worked for years to help build new businesses in Michigan. “I love this work, because I love building things,” Bigelow told us from her office near Lake Michigan. “20 Fathoms was an opportunity to take my background and serve this incredibly supportive community.”
Every town around the Great Lakes and Midwest has its own mix of tech-related industries. As part of our expansion to cover more news and networking regarding the growth of tech in the Great Lakes region, we will be interviewing a number of diverse professionals who can give us a peek into their space. This time: Quintessence Anx of Buffalo, New York. Anx is a tech evangelist working with AppDynamics, who travels and speaks at tech conferences particularly in the devops space. We were curious what she could tell us about connecting with tech in the eastern Great Lakes region.