It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Hi-Tech Race Series: 5K and Consumer Tech Innovation Festival taking place in your Atlanta NPU district on July 14th, 2018. This is an annual event that brings together techies of all types – who enjoy family, friends, fitness and fun – to experience the epicenter of Atlanta’s downtown landscape starting and ending at the newly renovated Georgia State Stadium.
The Run/Walk spans a 3.1 mile (5K) route that takes participants on a scenic trek around Atlanta’s downtown landscape, starting at the Olympic Rings, and ending at Georgia State Stadium. The post-race Consumer Tech Innovation Festival is held on Legacy Plaza, the privately held stadium entrance and will feature:
- exciting product demonstrations from major consumer electronics brands
- highlights and networking with innovative local tech companies
- meet-and-greets with college recruiters
- previews of university science & technology programs
- presenters from tech-focused organizations
- product intros from “celebrity” techies in the field
- consumer product giveaways, and more!
The “Hack for Health” Challenge Hackathon is the third component of the event which takes place at Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development on race day. We’re gathering 100 hackers (including local high school students; college hackers, and tech company coaches) to participate in an exploration of UX design in fitness tech. The purpose of the hack is to target talent and grant them early, meaningful access to tech industry processes and professionals in order to inspire interest in pursuing careers and entrepreneurship in the field.
The thrust of the event is to celebrate the technology advances behind the gadgets we love, but also to highlight the need for tech industry change. We recognize that the tech ecosystem needs to be far more diverse, and we’re firm believers that a more diverse industry will lead to a better and more representative future for us all. Currently, despite the purchasing power of underrepresented groups, the tech workforce is comprised of less than 5% African American and Latinx talent, and less that 24% women. Our event gives major tech brands, local startups, and career seekers access to support the cause of diversification, and to explore opportunities for ideation and conversation – all while having FUN.
The helpful links below offer more details about the 5K, tech fest and hackathon that all comprise the July 14th festivities.
- Website www.hitechraces.com
- Overview http://bit.ly/HiTechRaceSeries (see page 5 for aerial display of event)
- Event Flyer: attached JPG
You are invited to attend and rally in support of this event and to bring your families and friends to join us. We want to ensure that the neighborhoods impacted by our event feel welcomed and valued, and plan to partner with local organizations and individuals to decrease any barriers (perceived or actual) to participation.
Thank you and please feel free to contact me with any questions.