The 4th annual Forward Technology Festival starts tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin and runs until August 24th. This year’s version of the Festival has a record 19 events over 10 days and it’s likely that over 5000 people will attend. Although the August 21st’ Forward Technology Conference sold out today, there are still a multitude of ways you can participate in the festival.
The Festival’s goal is to bring Madison’s technology community together to put on events for a statewide and regional audience and gives people from the community a chance to learn about Wisconsin’s tech community and connect with people from around the state. There are events for entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, programmers, scientists, makers and anyone who’s interested in the world of tech in Wisconsin. Whether you’re already in the industry or are interested in learning more, I’m confident you’ll enjoy many of the events.
The Festival kicks off tomorrow with the Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social, a chance to hang out with some of Madison’s top entrepreneurs, and the High Tech Happy Hour Pecha Kucha presentations about lessons learned through entrepreneurship. I’ll be speaking about my startup story at the hthh event.
Thursday brings the Badger Startup Summit, an event that invites Wisconsin native and UW alumni entrepreneurs to come back to Madison to connect and share experiences. I’ll also be sharing my experiences about doing business in Madison and Chile, along with a stellar group of Badgers.
I’m also especially excited about the Wisconsin Startup Showcase, Rep. Ron Kind’s panel on Entrepreneurship, the Sector67 Mixer and High Tech Happy Hour. It’s amazing to see how far the Forward Technology Festival has grown since year one in 2010 and I can’t wait for it to kick off tomorrow! Be sure to check out the Forward Tech Festival website to find some events you’re interested in.
Special thanks to Matt Younkle, Bryan Chan , Marc Brakken and Rachel Whitmore for doing the lion’s share of the organizational work!