Marquette TechWeek

Marquette TechWeek is a weeklong festival featuring the 1ST50K Startup Competition, Hack & Help Hackathon, Code Studio for kids, TechFest Gala and other events! The 2017 TechWeek is July 21-28.


July 10-14, 17-21

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Youth Code Camps

Kids in grades 3-6 will learn how to think computationally and solve problems as they make their Finch, a small robot designed for young students with simple drag and drop coding, do sweet dance moves and navigate through obstacle courses. It will be a super fun week as students work in teams, experiment and see just how code translates into the physical world. $75 fee. Register at: Limited spaces available.

July 21-23

6 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Hack & Help Hackathon For Big Brother Big Sisters

Developers and designers come together for a 36-hour Hackathon to create tangible solutions to technology problems faced by the BBBS. $5000 in prizes and the opportunity to work with BBBS to fully implement the solution will be up for grabs. Register at:

July 24

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Coders MeetUp @ CoinOp

Kick off the big week in style with a mixer at CoinOp Cantina designed to connect tech talent and innovators with investors and mentors.

July 25

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Developing, Attracting, and Retaining Tech Talent

Join Colleen Jenkins, Founder of PLUGGEDIN and CODER GIRL as she shares her insights on successful strategies and tools to foster the talent needed by high growth companies. PluggedIN is a talent matchmaking technology platform that connects startup applicants to seed to series B companies. Prior to her founding PluggedIN, Colleen led people and hiring initiatives at Cultivation Capital, and founded and launched CoderGirl (now LaunchCoder Girl), an all-women's coding meet-up and training program now operating in multiple cities across the U.S. Free event.

July 26

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

1ST50K Panel Discussion - Past Awardees

Join founders of startups supported by Codefi and the Marquette Tech District Foundation’s international startup competition, 1ST50K. These entrepreneurs will share their challenges and successes to assist and inspire other entrepreneurs at Codefi. Free event.

July 27

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Marquette TechFest Gala

Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the iconic Marquette Tower to celebrate the region’s tech and entrepreneurial community, support nonprofit groups, and recognize Missouri’s best entrepreneurs. $75/ticket. Purchase tickets at:

July 28

1ST50K Startup Competition Pitch Day

Aspiring tech entrepreneurs representing over 20 countries compete for $100,000 in cash and services, and the chance to build their businesses with support of southeast Missouri. (private event) Find out more here.