LEIGH DOW LAUNCHES “48 WEST” TO PROMOTE TECH COMMUNITY
In the April, Vibrant Phoenix session we spent a great deal of time discussing how we need to do more to create a place for tech companies to thrive. The truth is, if you talk to most people in the Arizona tech community – we’ve come a long way. The tech community in Arizona is maturing and is distinctly different from other tech communities like Austin and Silicon Valley. One of the really “vibrant” discussions we had in the April Vibrant Phoenix event was around branding the tech community.
Personally, I’ve participated in conversations in many different local forums about how to brand our tech community. As a former Silicon Valley techie, I know I personally moved here because Arizona is family friendly and I felt it gave me better work/life balance options. I didn’t have to spend an hour in the car anymore to drive 10 miles to my tech job. Living here offers great technical employment and commerce opportunities. I’ve also met so many fascinating startup companies stemming from the local talent. I’ve had incredible support from the Arizona tech community in starting my own business.
The discussion there gave us an idea, the idea to create a celebration of the best in technology and new media our state has to offer. An event design to inspire, encourage and develop partnerships in the tech community. 48 West was born, and event to celebrate the best the 48th state has to offer in technology and industry talent. Two days filled with exceptional food, music, technology and groundbreaking ideas. We also included kid’s activities because we believe developing a rich pool of talent starts in elementary school.
The event takes place President’s Day weekend of 2013 at the Continuum Science and Technology Park in the Chandler Price Corridor. Each day ends in a huge block party with delectable food and rocking bands. It is the ultimate two day showcase of the future of technology and new media and the groups working at the forefront. Showcased will be start-ups, established brands, and everything in between. We also have a Recruitment Expo, connecting the areas recruiters with local talent.
The event schedule:
Friday, February 15:
48West Sessions and Demonstrations, Evening Block Party
Saturday, February 16:
48West Sessions and Demonstrations, Kid’s Tech & STEM, Evening Block Party
We haven’t opened the ticket registration yet, currently we are working on sponsorships, exhibitors and the startup marquee.
If you are interested in sponsoring 48West or any of the associated parties,
please contact us! Registration is open September 10, 2012.
February 15-16, 2013
Continuum Science & Technology Park – Chandler, AZ