Marquette Techfest, July 27, 2017

A special opportunity to see the renovations of the historic Marquette Tech District and celebrate with the fast-growing startup and tech community.
Light up downtown as we flip the switch for free public Wi-Fi!

This one-of-a-kind casual gala celebrates the area’s tech and entrepreneurial community, supports downtown development, and recognizes Missouri’s best entrepreneurs.

Schedule of Events

Reception and Demo Day
6:00 p.m.
The champagne reception hosted aspiring tech entrepreneurs representing over 20 countries as they prepared to compete for $100,000 in cash and services and the chance to build their businesses with the support of the community in Cape Girardeau. Meanwhile, youth and adults demonstrated their technology solutions from a hackathon for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a code studio earlier in the week.
Ascent - Codefi Reception
7:00 p.m.
Visitors had an opportunity to stop by the new home of the expanded Codefi coworking tech business center, the coolest tech-powered business environment around.
Brief Program and Announcements
7:30 p.m.
  • Welcome from the Chairman of the Marquette Tech District Foundation, Inc.
  • Exciting announcements
  • Free public Wi-Fi was officially activated
After Party
8:30 p.m.
Partygoers had the chance to head out to the rooftop balcony to meet special guests, international startup competitors, and continue celebrating the region's tech and entrepreneurial community to the sounds of Slim Chance!