On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Chamber partnered with Tech Bloc and Geekdom to launch a new Fiesta event highlighting the growing downtown Tech District which drew hundreds to offices spaces along Houston Street. SA Tech Trek, in its first year as a Fiesta San Antonio event, gave attendees an inside look at offices spaces at Geekdom, Google Fiber, Jungle Disk, and the Vogue Building and featured more than three dozen tech companies showing off their products, technologies, and teams. The event was presented by AT&T, who served as the Title Sponsor, and also received support from USAA, Alamo Beer and many other organizations in its first year.
SA Tech Trek was designed to feel like a ‘pub crawl’ but with a route that brought hundreds of new and returning faces into tech spaces for great food and drink, good conversation, and some cool product demos. The Trek featured major stops at the Rand Building, the Vogue Building, and the Geekdom Events Center, with attendees working their ways through the crowds and around the floors to learn about the growing Tech District in San Antonio.
“The San Antonio Chamber has a relationship with the Fiesta Commission that goes all the way back to its initial creation, and we felt it was time to launch a new event that focused on the business sector here in our downtown,” said Richard Perez, President and CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “SA Tech Trek highlighted the growing tech economy in our central city and gave Fiesta-goers an inside look at the new technologies and products being built right here in San Antonio.”
The Trek brought not only tech professionals and Fiesta-goers, but also out-of-towners that were in San Antonio for Fiesta and decided to spend their night checking out the Tech District spots. With more than 500 official Tech Trek lanyards handed out mid-way through the event, crowds continued to pour into the Rand Building and Vogue Building throughout the night before making their way to the Big Bang Party at the Last Word.
Highlights from the night at the Rand included demos of Google Cardboard at the Google Fiber Stop; demos of Merge VR’s headset on the 7th Floor of Geekdom; and special offers for attendees who visited Jungle Disk on the 2nd Floor. With a Star Wars themed party, TechTalentTuesday and San Antonio Coding Academy packed attendees into the Geekdom Events Center. Over at Vogue, Tech Bloc hosted AT&T, USAA, and more than a dozen startups and tech organizations in a packed 6th Floor, where the crowds didn’t start thinning out until well after 7:30 p.m.
The response to SA Tech Trek was amazing, and the Chamber looks forward to our 2nd annual event next year during Fiesta!