Marquette TechFest

Marquette TechFest is an action-packed, day-long festival that brings together the talent, programs, and supporters of the technology and startup ecosystem in our region to showcase to the community.


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. The community can meet finalists and the announcement of the winner(s) is held at the Marquette TechFest Gala.

Morning Star Behavioral Associates was the winner of the 2017 1ST50K startup competition.

Youth Computer Science Fair

Kids in grades 3-6 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. Students work in teams, experiment and see just how code translates into the physical world.

Hack & Help Hackathon

Developers and designers come together for a 36-hour Hackathon to create tangible solutions to technology problems faced by a local organization. $5000 in prizes and the opportunity to work with the organization to fully implement the solution are up for grabs.

Cape Crucible was the winner of the 2017 Hack & Help Hackathon.

Fireside Chats at Codefi

Exclusive events featuring successful founders, innovators, and influential individuals from around the world who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Past chats have been with Glenn Campbell, Founder of LIDS; Mike Van de Ven, COO of Southwest Airlines; and Gabe Lozano, Founder and CEO of Lockerdome.

Marquette TechFest Gala

Celebrate the region’s tech and startup community, support non-profit groups, and recognize Missouri’s best entrepreneurs. Meet 1ST50K finalists, check out the youth computer science fair projects, and hackathon solutions are showcased and winners selected. Program includes food and adult beverages, a special guest speaker, and an announcement of the winner(s) of the 1ST50K competition.