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Midwest Tech Events: Spring 2024

Midwest Tech Events: Spring 2024

Spring is in the air... and so are many tech events across the Midwest. 

Check out the top Midwest tech events this season. Mark your calendars and RSVP for conferences, meetups, workshops and more.

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April Tech Events

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First Annual Shine On Summit

Detroit | April 10th: Join Shine & Rise for an inspiring evening of connection and idea sharing at our first Shine On Summit. The mission of the summit is to advance the ideas and perspectives of women and other underrepresented folks in tech, guided by our belief in the power of supporting and shining on each other as the catalyst of our collective growth. ​Come down to Bamboo Detroit to hear ideas (known and new), connect with like-hearted folks, and maybe walk away with a light-bulb moment of your own! Learn more and RSVP now. 


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Black Tech Saturdays

Detroit | April 13th and additional dates: Join Black Tech Saturdays in Detroit and be a part of a community that is creating positive change and building a brighter future for Black tech. The event is designed to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and build meaningful relationships. This is an ongoing event, so mark you calendar for the upcoming dates throughout the spring. Black Tech Saturdays co-founder, Johnnie Turnage, was a recipient of the 2024 Purpose Awards.


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Startup Detroit Happy Hour

Detroit | April 16th: Join Purpose Jobs, Detroit Venture Partners, and Techstars Detroit for the Startup Detroit Happy Hour at The Brakeman, 5-7pm! Come meet new people, connect with old friends, and meet the Techstars Detroit Spring 2024 founders! First 150 at the door get a drink token on us. RSVP now to save your spot.


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WorkHuman Live 2024

Austin | April 15th - 18th: Work is in a crisis, and HR is tasked with fixing it. But the reality is, the most powerful leaders don’t try to do it all. Their impact comes from asking provocative questions, uncovering the root cause, and working collaboratively to tackle it head-on. Get ready to narrow your focus on a few key topics with targeted sessions and workshops featuring the industry’s top speakers, researchers, and futurists. You’ll walk away not just with a plan, but with countless new connections doing just the same. Featuring top speakers including Dr. Brené Brown, Baratunde Thurston and more.


West Michigan Tech Talent Presents: Tech Trends '24 with Keith Brophy

Grand Rapids | April 18th: Join West Michigan Tech Talent for an electrifying evening of tech insights, networking, and innovation at one of West Michigan's premier tech events! For over two decades, Keith Brophy has been the guiding voice in predicting the future of technology, and this year, he's back to unveil the latest trends and transformations. Seating is limited, so RSVP to attend!


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Bamboo Ann Arbor - Grand Opening 

Detroit | April 18th: Huge congratulations to Amanda Lewan and our friends at Bamboo on opening their new location in Ann Arbor. Join them for an open house celebration and check out their beautiful new space. Each floor will be activated with music, food, and networking as we welcome in new members and open our doors to the greater Ann Arbor community. Get your tickets now.


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Supporting Work-Life Balance For Yourself & Your Team

Virtual | April 23rd: Join Purpose Jobs alongside these experts from Boon, Culturebie, and Harvard Business School as we talk all about the state of work-life balance, the role of HR & people leaders in supporting work-life balance for their team, and more. RSVP now and join us live. 


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Startup Columbus Happy Hour

Columbus | April 30th: Join us for our next Startup Columbus Happy Hour! Come connect with Columbus technologists, entrepreneurs, and startups. The first 100 attendees get a drink on us. Put on with love by OhioX and Purpose Jobs. RSVP now.



May Tech Events

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Global Detroit STEM Talent Fair

Detroit | May 3rd: Join Global Detroit for their STEM Talent Fair. This career fair takes a personalized approach. Fill out the form to share the STEM talent your company needs and Global Detroit will recruit the skills and knowledge you’re looking for. Employers are asked to pre-register so that they can ensure to have the candidates they need. Global Detroit's talent pool includes graduating international students who can work for up to three years on their student visa without requiring any legal or visa fees, as well as new immigrants with relevant degrees and experiences. International students currently make up more than 70% of all the graduate students in the U.S. in computer science and electrical engineering. To learn more about this event you can watch this short video. Join the event at NewLab at Michigan Central from noon to 3:00 p.m. 



Automate 2024

Chicago | May 6th - 9th: With over 800 exhibitors, the Automate show floor hosts leading automation solutions from around the world. You’ll find everything from robotics to vision to motion control, AI and more. Join us to see how automation is no longer just the future; it’s the here and now.


2024 Small Giants Community Summit

Detroit | May 7th - 9th: Save the date! The 2024 Small Giants Community Summit is happening May 7th - 9th in Detroit, MI. The annual Small Giants Community Summit is a time for the Community to come together, learn from one another, and strengthen relationships. This year’s theme is "Enduring” and the conference will focus on stories about people and companies who are building brands, cultures, and purpose-based practices that can be sustained across leadership transitions and generations of teams to come. Learn more and register.



Ohio Tech Summit

Columbus | May 16th: Brought to you by OhioX, the Ohio Tech Summit presented by Verizon is a full day of content and experiences where Ohio tech shows off and features high-profile speakers, tech demos, and networking. Tech pros from across Ohio (and beyond) attend the Summit. The Summit’s 2024 theme is “Emerging Technologies.” The day's content will be centered around the impact of emerging technologies on Ohio and how our people, companies, and ideas are shaping the future. Get your ticket now before it sells out.



Past Events: March Tech Events

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Midwest House at SXSW

Austin, TX | March 8th - 11th: Midwest House is returning for SXSW 2024! Catch us at Half Step Bar on Rainey St. from March 8th through 11th with nightly music, panelists, brunch and free programming representing and celebrating the best (and most welcoming) of the Midwest.


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A2 BioSocial

Ann Arbor | March 12th: Join the next A2 BioSocial event at Cahoots in downtown Ann Arbor! The A2 BioSocial offers more than just networking; it's an opportunity for professionals from diverse fields within life sciences to come together, share ideas, and explore new opportunities. It'll be a fantastic evening of collaboration and camaraderie, put on with support from MEDC, Ann Arbor SPARK, MichBio and MI-HQ. Register now.


CMU Energy Week

Pittsburgh | March 19th - 21st: Carnegie Mellon’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is leading the nation in facilitating discussion and driving action towards decarbonizing our energy economy. As its flagship event, CMU Energy Week brings energy and sustainability leaders, including scholars, investors, and entrepreneurs, from across the nation to Carnegie Mellon University to combine forces and exchange ideas on the world's most pressing issues in energy. Join in-person as we convene energy experts, key influencers, students, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs from business, government, media, non-governmental organizations and academia for a week of learning, networking and innovation.


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Startup Detroit Happy Hour

Detroit | March 19th: Join Purpose Jobs, Detroit Venture Partners, and Techstars Detroit for the Startup Detroit Happy Hour at The Brakeman, 5-7pm! Come meet new people, connect with old friends, and meet the Techstars Detroit Spring 2024 founders! First 150 at the door get a drink token on us. RSVP now to save your spot.



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