Nov. 15, 2019 By Allie Griffin
Techies are invited to a free evening of networking and community building at the inaugural Queens Tech Night in Long Island City next week.
The event is kicking off on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Plaxall Gallery, located at 5-25 46th Ave.
The night will feature a keynote address from Queens native Elias Roman, a Founder in Residence at Google who co-founded Songza.
After the keynote address and short formal program, attendees will have the chance to network one-on-one with each other and there will be several organizations tabling at the event.
The organizations will provide resources for entrepreneurs, students, tech workers and those interested in the field. The participating organizations include Plaxall, Digital Natives Group, Kaufman Astoria Studios, LaGuardia Community College, LIC Partnership, NY Designs, Pursuit and Tech:NYC.
Queens Tech Night was created as a space for creators to meet each other and showcase their work, said event co-organizer Ben Guttmann of Digital Natives Group.
“With the continued growth of our residential and business community in both LIC and Queens in general, it was time to make it happen,” Guttmann said of the inaugural networking event.
The event has already generated a lot of interest. More than 250 people have registered to date.
“We’re excited to have a large and diverse crowd,” Guttmann said. “There has been such positive reception to this initiative that we’re already talking about future Queens Tech Nights in the new year.”
The event is being co-organized with Plaxall.
“We’re looking forward to hosting nearly 300 tech leaders to help build connections within the growing LIC tech community,” said Paula Kirby, managing director of Plaxall. “LIC has long been a hub for innovation and creativity and we’ve worked to foster a collaborative community of tenants at Anable Basin. Through this event, we’re hoping to build on that tradition of innovation.”
Tickets are still available for the event and those interested can register here.