Techweek CEO Katy Lynch gives us a sneak peek ahead of next week’s inaugural KC conference.
With less than a week to go, Kansas City innovators and national organizers alike are gearing up for the first Techweek KC event, which will take place at Union Station Sept. 14-20.
Techweek’s jam-packed schedule includes everything from a Hackathon to a hiring fair as well as keynote speakers from KC and beyond all coming together to nurture the already vibrant tech ecosystem of our city.
Early this year, Kansas City became the sixth city to join the list of hosts for Techweek events, but Techweek CEO Katy Lynch, who has been keeping an eye on Kansas City for quite a while, says the partnership began months before that.
After building strong relationships with some of the KC’s biggest organizations like Think Big Partners, Techweek was drawn to the city’s entrepreneurial atmosphere, and KC Next and the Downtown Council pushed for the platform to come to Kansas City, Lynch says.
The goal of Techweek KC is to bring together the many branches of the KC tech community and provide the opportunity for new startups to rub shoulders with big brands and other successful entrepreneurs.
“The stories that our team loves are those of people coming to Techweek and potentially meeting their future co-founder or finding an investor, or someone getting a job or hearing a keynote speaker’s talk that leads to a conversation that leads to a different path for their company,” Lynch says.
As far as themes for the week, she notes there are many, including big data, health tech, 3D printing, drones, robotics, venture capital and fashion tech.
Lynch, a native of Scotland and an entrepreneur herself, says she is particularly excited to learn more about what’s going on in Kansas City and has been fascinated watching the tech scene here grow.
The newly appointed CEO also says she’s looking forward to keynote speeches from Jonathan Badeen, co-founder of Tinder, Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, Jase Wilson, the CEO of Neighborly, and Blake Miller of Think Big Partners.
Techweek KC will also differ from other conferences across the country because it features a partnership between Techweek and the KC Big Data Summit, focused on education, hands-on experiences and use-cases for big data. Additionally, there will be a grant competition run by Launch KC that will give 20 finalist start-ups the chance to win one of ten $50,000 grants.
For more information on Techweek KC visit techweek.com/kansascity/. –Riley Mortensen