Tech Trends Boost Jobs and Businesses in D.C.’s Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
Events to Highlight Neighborhood’s Tech Connections This Summer
WASHINGTON, D.C.–May 5, 2015–The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, which is the heart of the District’s business district, is accelerating efforts to expand the area’s role as a leader in high tech innovation and business.
Every Friday in May and continuing throughout the summer, the BID is hosting Tech Trends from 11 a.m.–noon. It is a series of tech demos, learning labs and meet-ups. Fri., May 8 there will be a demonstration of Yapper, which allows users to “talk to real people nearby.”
Tech Trends is part of the BID’s Farragut Fridays series of events, which are taking place at Farragut Park at 17th and K Street N.W. on Fridays through to September 25.
The nation’s capital has achieved the following designations in the tech sector:
- No. 1 New Tech Hot Spot in U.S. (Forbes);
- No. 2 Best City for Tech Jobs (Forbes);
- The city is home to over 1,000 tech start-ups;
- Jobs in Washington’s technology sector have grown by 50 percent over the past decade; and
- D.C. aims grow them 100 percent over the next five years. It also plans to double the amount of capital invested in D.C. tech companies.
Michael Chasen, chief executive officer and founder of SocialRadar stated, “Tech innovation requires a special equation of inspiration, a quality workforce and an exciting environment. Our start-up has found all of these elements in the Golden Triangle and the Tech Trends series exemplifies the BID’s commitment to building on the existing tech scene that is so important to the region’s economic health.”
Tech Trends demonstrations on upcoming Fridays will be held by General Assembly, Tableau, TechShop, DC Tech Meetup, DC Young Entrepreneurs and others.
In addition, Farragut Fridays is an opportunity for Washingtonians to enjoy the outdoor space at the park and turn it into an outdoor office and meeting spot. The location will offer free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, and games to help with creativity. Carr Workspaces, cove, UberOffices and WeWork are collaborative work spaces that are taking part, along with others.
Picnic in the Park (Noon–2 p.m.) is also returning for Farragut Fridays; it features lawn games, table tennis competitions, puppy adoptions, live music performances and painting opportunities. This Friday George Mason University’s jazz trio, the Mason Musicians, will be entertaining the crowd.
The popular table tennis competition will return with match-ups scheduled for teams from groups such as Lockheed Martin, American Bar Association, Gensler and Arent Fox.
Further details on Farragut Fridays are available at www.goldentriangledc.com/farragutfridays
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (www.goldentriangledc.com) works to enhance the Golden Triangle neighborhood—a 43-block area of D.C.’s central business district that is home to global corporations, law firms, non-profits and associations as well as bustling restaurants, hotels, boutiques and other hot spots.