Ten Forward will be doing ALL the things at Forward Fest this year
Forward Fest is almost here!
Wisconsin's largest tech and entrepreneurship festival starts Aug. 22nd and runs through Aug. 29th, and Ten Forwarders will be in the thick of it learning, sharing, experiencing and encouraging.
Here's a sampling of events we're involved with:
Social Good Summit
Thursday, Aug. 22nd from 9am to 5pm
The Social Good Summit combines a pitch session, a mini-expo, networking, and a hands-on brainstorming and problem-solving session, all in a single day.
It's the culmination of the summer-long Social Good Accelerator, and as a current SGA mentor, Ten Forward's Hilary Stohs-Krause will be participating in the Social Good Summit as a founder coach.
Attracting Diverse Employees and Retaining Them Through Inclusion
Friday, Aug. 23rd from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
This event will feature a series a series of 5-minute lightning talks from area experts (including Ten Forward's crew and culture champion, Hilary Stohs-Krause), about ways their companies are successfully addressing diversity and inclusion.
Interspersed between talks will be structured discussion in small groups; food and drink will be provided.
YWeb Alumni Reunion
Friday, Aug. 23rd from 7pm to 9pm
Ten Forward is proud to sponsor this event, which will bring together graduates from every cohort of the Madison YWCA's coding bootcamp, YWeb Career Academy, with members of the greater tech and entrepreneurship community.
Over the last four years, Ten Forward has hosted 7 interns from the program, and hired four of those interns on full-time; YWeb is near and dear to our heart, and we're honored to be a part of the vital work it does to create access to tech jobs for economically disadvantaged women and people of color.
Startup Week(night): Women+
Sunday, Aug. 25th from 2pm to 5pm
Three different Ten Forward crew members help organize Startup Weekend Madison every year and its associated events, including the annual "Startup Week(night)".
It's a micro-version of the full Startup Weekend - 3 hours instead of 3 days - where attendees learn what it takes to get an idea off the ground from supportive entrepreneurs in a fun, off-kilter race against the clock.
This year, Startup Weekend Madison is partnering with Madison Women in Tech, and focusing on women and nonbinary folks in the Madison community interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, business and startups.
Snacks and drinks provided.
Forward Technology Conference
Monday, Aug. 26th from 12pm to 8pm
The headline tech conference of the Forward Festival, the Forward Technology Conference brings together startup founders, designers, developers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and those working to build successful technology companies: "Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful."
Ten Forward's Hilary Stohs-Krause will be presenting at the conference on "Why Tech Needs More Folks from the Service Industry and Liberal Arts."