The second annual Techweek Kansas City wrapped this weekend with a 24-hour hackathon. The weeklong event around innovation and entrepreneurship in tech culminated in the contest held in the Think Big offices. Over the course of one (very) long Saturday, seven teams put their heads together to solve a modern medical problem using Cerner’s FHIR API. Like last year, DSI developers—used to solving pressing challenges with innovative technology—made a big showing.
More than 4,000 attendees turned out at historic Union Station for five days of networking, demos and sessions featuring 90+ speakers. The event’s Big Data Summit provided over a day’s worth of informative sessions on topics from analytics essentials to building smart cities and Internet of Things applications. Other sessions included fireside chats with thought leaders from Kansas City-based and national companies, keynotes from public figures as well as a number of panel discussions featuring experts from a variety of industries.
Thanks to a number of factors, including Google’s selection of Kansas City for the installation of Google Fiber, the city is quickly earning a reputation as a major tech and start-up hub—and is an ideal host for the growing Techweek brand, joining Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Detroit. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend Techweek Kansas City, immersing themselves in a schedule that includes everything from networking happy hours and fireside chats to office tours, keynotes and live demonstrations.
“When Google selected Kansas City for the installation of Google Fiber, that was a validation point of just how relevant as a tech community we really are,” says Drew Solomon of LaunchKC and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (EDC). “The fact that a technology brand with the reputation of Google chose Kansas City first really gave the city and region a lot of pride in our identity as a nationally relevant tech community.”
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