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Tampa Bay’s tech festival, the poweredUP Tech Fest happens Thursday, May 19th!

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The tl;dr

  • What: The poweredUP Tampa Bay Tech Festival, a single-afternoon conference for people who work in tech in Tampa Bay.
  • When: Thursday, May 19, from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg
  • How much?
    • General admission ticket: $58.50 ($50 for the ticket, $4.67 processing fee, $3.83 sales tax). Includes admission, and happy hour appetizers and 2 drink tickets.
    • Student ticket: Free. Includes happy hour appetizers, but no drink tickets.

The agenda

poweredUP Tech Festival • St Pete Catalyst
1:00 p.m.Opening Remarks by Jill St. Thomas, CEO, Tampa Bay Tech
1:05Welcome to St. Pete!
Welcome and overview
1:15Blockspaces & Cogent Bank
All things blockchain, crypto, NFTs
Meet me in the metaverse
Tech for good
2:25Hays & Synapse
The state of talent
3:00Tampa Bay Business Journal / Tampa Bay Inno
“The future is female-led” panel
3:30ARK Invest & Metacity
Fireside chat with Cathie Wood, founder/CEO of ARK Invest and Joe Hamilton, Head of Network, Metacity
4:10CISO Panel:
Cisco, Moffitt Cancer Center, Nielsen, and TD Synnex
4:55Closing remarks and happy hour kickoff by Jill St. Thomas, CEO, Tampa Bay Tech
5:00 – 6:00Happy hour

The event will also feature:

  • The Live Bold & Boss Up podcast, who’ll be podcasting live from the event
  • GeekRow: an expo hall of technologists holding live demos of their technology for attendees to see, learn and dive into!

Why go?

poweredUP will feature some interesting people, including Cathie Wood, founder and CEO of ARK Invest, who moved their office from New York to St. Pete in October 2021. ARK Invest made their name by investing primarily in disruptive technologies: cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, DNA sequencing, CRISPR gene editing, robotics, electric vehicles, energy storage, fintech, 3D printing and blockchain technology.

The session will cover today’s big tech trends: cybersecurity, the metaverse, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, sustainability in tech, tech for good, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion,) leadership, the current state of our tech workforce.

It’s also a great chance to catch up with local techies again, after having to shelter in place during the pandemic! I’ve been to previous poweredUPs, and in every case, I’ve either re-established an old connection or made a new one.

Register now!

Ticket sales end Friday, May 13, so register now!