Inaugural conference adds tech component to Mission Creek Festival

On Saturday morning, more than 50 entrepreneurs, students and members of the community gathered in the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building for a common purpose—the inaugural Mission Creek Tech + Innovation conference. The one-day conference featured local and national speakers, including David Gould of the Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Chad Whitacre of Gittip,


Michael Eynon-Lynch, Riley Eynon-Lynch and Dan Sweeney of PearDeck speak during the inaugural Mission Creek Tech + Innovation conference on Saturday in Iowa City. 

On Saturday morning, more than 50 entrepreneurs, students and members of the community gathered in the University of Iowa’s Pappajohn Business Building for a common purpose—the inaugural Mission Creek Tech + Innovation conference. 

“I knew it would be a bit different from what people have come to expect from tech conferences and was relieved to see most people reacted to this discrepancy with surprise and delight,” organizer Wesley Beary told Silicon Prairie News. “There was an energy to the room and seemed to be a lot of great discussions going on.”

The one-day conference featured local and national speakers, including David Gould of the Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Chad Whitacre of Gittip, the PearDeck team, Integrated DNA Technologies, BIG Ideas School’s Shawn Cornally and keynote speaker Matthew Israel, director of Artsy’s Art Genome Project.

In the past, the Mission Creek Festival has focused solely on creative pursuits such as music, literature, film and food, to name a few. 

Couldn’t make it to the conference? We’ve compiled some Twitter snippets, quotes and photos from throughout the day that’ll make you feel like you were: 

 

For more quotes, photos and stories from the inaugural conference, check out #MCTI on Twitter. 


Credits: Event photo by Megan Bannister. 

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