How to
HOst a tech
week event

Tech Week Grand Rapids is built by our event hosts. Your organization can showcase your tech expertise by hosting a Tech Week event. The steps to get started are listed below, and we'd love to meet with you to talk about your event ideas.
Get Connected and Get Started
01. Plan your Event
Event hosts are the driving force behind their events. Ensure you have all key components planned, including format, topic, venue, dates, and messaging. Tech Week events are intended for education and connection (no sales pitches, please!).
02. Applications and Timing
Applications for events open in May, and we accept submissions on a rolling basis until mid-August. Note that Tech Week will not reserve time slots and events may overlap.
03. Types of Events
Tech Week Grand Rapids welcomes a variety of event formats. Below are some examples. Don’t see your event idea?  Connect with our team to discuss your event.
Hands-on Tech Demos and Exhibits
Showcase the latest technologies and innovations through interactive demonstrations and exhibits.
Keynote/Panel/Q&A Discussions
Engage in insightful discussions with industry experts on trending topics and challenges in the tech sector.
How-to Workshops

Dive deep into specific topics with practical workshops. A few examples of past workshops include:

  • How To Use AI in Marketing
  • How To Integrate Machine Learning into Software Applications
  • How To Reskill/Upskill Tech Talent

Pitch Competitions
Offer a platform for entrepreneurs and startups to pitch their ideas and innovations to a panel of judges and potential investors.
04. Market your Event
Successful events require effective marketing. Event hosts are responsible for attracting attendees and ensuring the event's success. While Tech Week Grand Rapids provides support through our website and general promotion efforts, hosts must manage registration and communication. Additionally, hosts are accountable for all coordination, marketing, and associated costs.
05. Join the Fun!
Hosting a Tech Week event means becoming part of a community dedicated to nurturing a vibrant tech ecosystem in the Greater Grand Rapids Region. Together, we'll promote #TechWeekGR and support each other's endeavors. Tech Week will assist by adding your event to our website, and by providing marketing materials and brand guidelines. For events seeking sponsorship, we'll also feature the sponsorship package on our website.
Get Started with Hosting an Event