See robots and live music at Ann Arbor’s week-long tech showcase


ANN ARBOR, MI — A week-long tech showcase returns to Ann Arbor with events like the Green Fair, a women in tech seminar, and the return of a live music show.

A2Tech360, hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK, runs October 7-14, with 26 events throughout the week.

A2Tech360 originally started as SPARK’s Tech Trek, but is now a week-long event with an awards ceremony, several themed summits, and an investor showcase. Tech Track was a walking tour of Ann Arbor that gave the city’s tech companies the opportunity to showcase their business to the public.

Events at this year’s event include Mobility Row, which will return as a street style fair and feature robotics, game developers and self-driving shuttles.

“(One of the sponsors) will actually have a little robot driving down the street, handing out gifts and candy,” said Ann Arbor SPARK spokeswoman Jenn Hayman. “I think it’s going to be super fun for people to interact with.”

Although it was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, TechCity Jam is also returning this year. The show is hosted by members of the Ann Arbor tech community and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14 at The Blind Pig, 208 S. First St.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing my industry colleagues and friends step into their own other selves,” Hayman said.

Other events include Tech Trek, an Emerging Leaders happy hour, and an Entrepreneur Boot Camp celebration, as well as partner events like Green Fair, Artoberfest, and Adult Night at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

“We have more this year than ever because they see the value of being under this a2Tech360 umbrella and really the reach that we’re able to do with all the different promotions,” Hayman said. “I think it’s been a really nice evolution from a2Tech30, it’s the number of different partner events that have sprung up and become a core part of a2Tech360’s identity now. “

For more information about events at a2Tech360, read more about the event on line.

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