Swiftpage has had special interest in technology and innovation in Colorado for several years. As a continued supporter of technology in Colorado, we have been very involved in the Colorado Technology Association (CTA). Our executives have served on the board (our CEO and our Chairman are both former board chairs), we’ve also participated, volunteered and even sponsored CTA events.
As part of the first annual Denver Startup Week October 22-27, 2012, we were especially excited about the growing innovative environment these events are supporting in the Denver area.
The first event I attended as part of the Denver Startup Week was the annual Apex Awards ceremony, dedicated to honoring excellence in technology in the Colorado area. This year, Swiftpage was honored to be named a finalist for Technology Company of the Year for the second year in a row (check out this slick nominee video). As a returning attendee of this ceremony, I was surprised and pleased at how much larger the ceremony was than years past. While Swiftpage did not win, (congratulations to Mercury), it was truly invigorating to see the growth and support for the technology industry as well as the appreciation for innovation in Colorado.
The following day, we returned to the Sheraton Downtown Denver to exhibit at the CTA’s technology event, DEMOgala. I have also attended this event before, but this year it had a whole new ‘techie’ and very lively vibe. There were several activities such as ping pong and Viawest’s skeeball, with live music all in a casual and fun environment.The full-day event wasn’t all fun and games, I also attended some informative sessions. Here are a few highlights:
- I gained some great insight into the value of creating a marketing hub, and accelerating sales processes through the pipeline from Mike McKinnon, Sr. Manager of Marketing Operations and Demand Generation, ReadyTalk.
- I was also introduced to the concepts of Gamification with Crowdsourcing. Morgan Lynch, CEO & Founder of Needle (former founder of Logoworks) spoke about the use of various incentives, peer review, and continuous performance assessments to change the way we work.
Scattered between sessions, startups pitched their businesses to compete for the Demo Challenge grand prize of $25,000! Check out these innovative new startups. Many awesome ideas were presented this year and in years past. (Usingmiles is my favorite from the past. I still use it!)
As we packed up our booth I wondered, how much will these events and the technology culture of Denver grow by the time Denver Startup Week rolls around next year?