What do you get when you mix the excitement of Fiesta with free food, free drinks, free Fiesta medals, and hundreds of students, investors, startups, executives, federal and military partners, and entrepreneurs? The third annual Tech Trek!
Led by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Tech Trek 2019 was co-hosted by CyberSecurity San Antonio, Geekdom, San Antonio Business Calendar, Scaleworks, and Tech Bloc. Each co-host volunteered staff time, energy, ideas, marketing, and strategy through the Tech Trek planning committee. As an official Fiesta event, Tech Trek is the only tech event during Fiesta, and the largest event that unites and highlights tech and cyber stakeholders across the city.
This year, Tech Trek welcomed 11 different Stops in six different buildings. For a location to be a Stop, the organization must provide free drinks, free food, and entertainment during the entire Tech Trek event. Beyond the basics, many Stops gave away additional T-shirts, Fiesta medals, and swag, as well as provided demos and shared space with non-downtown organizations.
Spanning half a mile along E Houston Street between Broadway and Main Avenue, Tech Trekkers toured spaces along the burgeoning downtown tech district. With no set start or end location, Trekkers were free to explore, and nerd out. Within the Rand Building alone, there were six Stops: Geekdom’s basement, Google Fiber, Jungle Disk, WP Engine, Open Cloud Academy, and Geekdom’s 7th Floor. Scaleworks, Codeup, and Kadence Collective were returning Stops featuring startups, training and classroom space, and marketing services. New this year: Tech Bloc at the Burns Building and Fed/Mil Corner at Playland Pizza. Featuring 25AF, 24AF, Air Force Civilian Recruiters, NSA, FBI, United States Secret Service, and the United States Navy, Tech Trek was proud to welcome local federal and military partners to the tech district.
From The Screaming Chickens to Alamo AFCEA to Rackspace, the City of San Antonio, Pulp Coffee, brisket, BBQ, pizza, snacks, and the UTSA Small Business Development Center, Tech Trek had something for everyone. Job seekers, transitioning military professionals, tourists, families, and curious Fiesta partygoers enjoyed this annual event. Hosting it is an honor and a chance for San Antonio’s story of innovation to shine.
Described as the cutting edge of San Antonio, Tech Trek is an opportunity to break down barriers, provide the public with access to employers, connect students to jobs, and geek out over technologies created right here in the Alamo City. Following the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. event, Merkaba hosted the official after party where attendees who visited all 11 stops were eligible for raffle prizes. Without the support of strong sponsors, Tech Trek would not be possible. Thank you to Accenture, Brokerage Engine, Coca Cola, CPS Energy, Dynamic Advancement, Google Fiber, Jungle Disk, KEEL Vodka, Merkaba, San Antonio Spurs, Scraffic, and TINT for contributing to the 2019 Tech Trek!
If you missed this year’s Tech Trek, follow the @SATechTrek on Twitter, scroll through the #SATechTrek hashtag, and check out the Chamber’s Facebook live videos for a sneak peek: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sachamber/videos. The videos feature Chamber CEO and President Richard Perez and CPS Energy President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams, the 2019 Chair of the Chamber Board.
Save the date for next year: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (after party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). For more information, contact Lauren Vissotsky at email@example.com and Amanda Keammerer firstname.lastname@example.org.