As I went on vacation with mi familia (and having a blast I might add), my last DC Week event was the Tech Cocktail Party on Thursday, June 17. I had a great time, was able to get reacquianted with some old friends, and make some new contacts. The event was sponsored by Bingham Law Firm, who has offices across the country, and Zenzi Communications, which handles various levels of media marketing and was held at Lux Lounge, a premiere location in DC.
Attendees enjoyed complimentary appetizers and received a ticket to receive a drink. To identify what sector in which you work, attendees were given nametags and stickers; choices included Developer/Designer/Engineer, Recruiter/Human Resources, Entreprenuer, Marketing/PR/Social Media, and Other. The stickers (and the key) helped you identify who does what and helped in starting conversations with complete strangers. The first person I met was Renee Turrell of GRT Corporation, based in Atlanta, GA. With Renee, I came across a first for me, an electronic business card; needless to say I was impressed. GRT specializes in logos, branding, and marketing for various small businesses and start-up companies. A friend referred her to the events of DC Week and she was hoping to make some new connections. Renee even gave me some tips on how I can help build my business; I will definitely be in contact with her to gain some more knowledge! I also had the pleasure of running into Marcus Finley of Live Liberty, which handles non-profit and social action work. Live Liberty also works on creating campaigns. Marcus hopes to work begin work on the tech start-up part of his full-time. He heard about DC Week through a fellow tech start-up “rival”, Mike Romero. Marcus and Mike, along with some others have a network of small tech start-ups that meet on a regular basis to network and share ideas and events that are taking place that pertain to their industry. Marcus says there is a little friendly competition among them, but he learns some valuable information. The second floor was where the Startup Showcase was taking place. Approximately nine companies were highlighting the things they can do in the tech world for various investors. (Prior to the event, attendees could complete a sign-up sheet that identified them as a business owner or an investor.) This was another way that people could network and dialogue on ways to assist each other in the tech world.
I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the events of Digital Capital Week that I attended! I was able to meet some great people, see where I fit in the tech world, and find out where I can help. I hope you guys were able to attend some of the events, especially the events on Friday and Saturday. If you attended any of the events during DC Week, please share your experiences. Until next time, I’m just a Southern Girl…in the city!