Yesterday the SheerID team and over 250 others in the tech industry had the privilege of attending the ACT Tech Lunch in at the Ford Alumni Center. The ACT | App Association focuses on bringing industry people together with policy makers.The main focus of this meeting was to talk about the booming technology industry in Eugene, what has helped it thrive, and what can be done to continue to create success.
Senator Wyden and Congressman Peter DeFazio kicked off the event by sharing their plans to help the tech community in Eugene to keep growing, and Senator Wyden described the local scene by proclaiming, “The Willamette Valley is supercharged with innovation!”
Many industry leaders spoke at the event as well. They shared information on expanding technology education, giving successful business pitches in the tech industry, stories of failures and successes with tech start-ups, and much more. Cale Bruckner complimented local leadership, pointing out “The city’s been doing a great job of supporting innovation especially in the tech sector.”
The list of speakers included:
- Mike Sax, Founder, ACT | The App Association
- Cale Bruckner, Vice President, Concentric Sky
- Kiki Prottsman, Code.org
- Morgan Reed, Executive Director, ACT
- Caroline Cummings, Catalyst Manager, RAIN
- Pat McCarthy, SVP Marketing, AppNexus
- Joe Sventek
We even got to hear from our very own CEO, Jake Weatherly, and our CMO, Marci Hansen. Jake had the opportunity to speak on a panel and share what he does to bring balance to work and home life, what has helped to create success with SheerID, and where he thinks the future of technology is headed.