This year’s TechWeek Detroit offered a new venue, vision and vibe. The event offered visitors the chance to access regional tech companies, both startups and beyond, and hear from local leaders about the area’s renewed focus on innovation.
Last year’s downtown experience, in an empty building that was brought to life just for the event, had an energy that was somewhat lacking at this year’s Ford Field location. TechWeek seemed swallowed whole by Ford Field, and what seemed to be a frenetic and crowded pace last year, was distilled in this massive venue.
But the vision and focus on hot topics like mobility and health care added more concrete relevance beyond just startups, for the sake of startups. With conversations from the area’s notable tech leaders like Ted Serbinski of TechStars Mobility, Dug Song of Duo Security, Matt Burns from TechCrunch and Jacob Cohen from Detroit Venture Partners bolstered by a list of regional startup founders, investors and corporate “intrapreneurs”, there was plenty of activity to keep the event sticky through an afternoon.
Overall, it’s always awesome to see great things focused on innovation going on in Detroit and we’re looking forward to next year’s event!