Ann Arbor Tech Trek adds TED Talk-style component – Michigan News

Ann Arbor Tech Trek adds TED Talk-style component –  Michigan News

The A2 Tech Trek in Ann Arbor has evolved to include a TED Talk-style short speech event before the annual tour through leading technology companies’ offices.

Tech Talk, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, will precede the 3-7 p.m. Tech Trek, according to the event’s website. Speakers will have 7 minutes each to discuss current technology trends, what they see for the future and how they’re innovating in the industry.

The walking event, now in its third year, aims to inspire students to become entrepreneurs, job-seekers to find new opportunities in the industry and others to support ongoing innovation, according to the website. Participants download a phone app with company descriptions and locations and then embark on the tour, stopping to learn about what each company does, eat snacks and receive giveaways.

This year more than 70 businesses are participating — up from about 50 last year.

The event is sponsored by Ann Arbor Spark, a nonprofit economic development organization; the Michigan Economic Development Corp.; the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone and others.

Tech Talk’s speakers at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater include Emily Drier, the Ann Arbor chapter leader of nonprofit Girl Develop It, which offers more affordable educational web and software development opportunities for women; Greg Gage, co-founder and CEO of Backyard Brains; and Jon Oberheide, co-founder and chief technology officer of Duo Security.

To register and for more information on Tech Trek and Tech Talk, visit annarborusa.org/techtrek.

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