I went on a tour of TechCode last week. They’re an incubator downtown. They’ve been in Mountain View since 2014, and they also have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Gu'an, Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Berlin.
First thing, I think it’s so neighborly and unexpected of them to have free, weekly tours for the public. The tours are by registration only, through Eventbrite and they’re typically on Friday mornings at 10:00. No one, trust me, no one else is doing that. If you knock on the door of a tech company and ask for a tour, they’ll tell you to leave and they might even call security on you. It just doesn’t happen.
My tour guides were Shawn Flynn, Business Development Manager and Steve, an amazing intern. They explained a little bit about what TechCode offers start-ups, how their different office locations work together to help emerging entrepreneurs, what kinds of amazing products are being developed and how successful the companies are that have been through (or are currently in) their incubation system.
There are 30 teams in the Mountain View office and half of them have received investment funds. Everyone on the tour loved seeing samples of the products that are coming out of TechCode companies.
TechCode is having an AI Hackathon on September 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2017.
You might want to attend if you’re interested in Artificial Intelligence, you want to work on your public speaking skills or you’re simply interested in tech, startups, incubators and accelerators. It’ll be an intense weekend, 3 months worth of learning, jammed into 2 1/2 days. Here’s a link to register and more information about what you can expect.
The Artificial Intelligence Hackathon is being presented by Rocket Juice Consulting. I met Stacy Smith, the founder of RJC, at a recent tech mixer that the Chamber held at Hover Board. She told me a bit about how hackathons work. Everyone is divided into teams, they work (and learn!) all weekend and there are final pitches and an awards ceremony on Sunday evening.
You’ll be fed well. I heard a rumor who the caterer is and they’re awesome. The judges include AI experts in the area, like agent.ai and Ken, the mayor. Well, Ken isn't an expert on artificial intelligence, but he's the Mayor and this is the kind of cool thing you get to do when you're the mayor of Mountain View.
I can’t wait. It’s the same weekend as the Art & Wine Festival, which I’ll be at all weekend since the Chamber puts it on, but I’m going to stop by TechCode and see my first hackathon. I love Mountain View!
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