Hey everyone, hope you’re all well! So, I attended Boulder Startup Week and it was fantastic. There were some wonderful sessions with some awesome speakers. In listening to the speakers and attendees at Boulder Startup Week, I didn’t feel as if I were alone in some of the project challenges I’ve faced and it was great to hear both their success stories and their failures. I loved the way that the speakers were very candid and that it had an informal yet structured vibe. The presentations weren’t set up as a podium style conference, but as a panel with a moderator. This kept the audience engaged and allowed us to tweet questions to the moderator as we were listening to the presentation, giving the panel a chance to answer our questions throughout the presentation. The networking events in the evening also gave you a chance to mingle and network outside of the presentations.
I was considering outlining the sessions I attended in a blog post, however, the larger message I have for you is that if you’re in Detroit, Jacksonville, Baton Rouge, Huntsville, Tucson, or anywhere else outside of Boulder, you can build a technology community for your city. Whether it’s a startup week, startup day or a meetup group, it’s important to create a sense of community within the technology world where you live. It doesn’t have to be focused primarily on startups; it could be focused on UI / UX design, project management, or Java development. From my experience at Boulder Startup Week, the key is to have fun and enjoy networking and learning with those within the tech community.
Building that tech community is a key ingredient and Boulder has built it over the years thanks to the amount of work that their community members have poured into efforts such as coworking, meetups, hackathons and other events. Don’t worry about the fact that you’re not in Boulder and it seems like you’re in a technology community desert. Just give it a shot and see what happens! Your city may become the next Boulder, you never know. 🙂