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
1ST50K Pitch Day
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Aspiring tech entrepreneurs representing over 20 countries are in town competing for $50,000 cash, and the chance to build their business with the support of Southeast Missouri.
Fireside Chats at Codefi
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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 included Glenn Campbell, Founder of LIDS; Mike Van de Ven, COO of Southwest Airlines; and Gabe Lozano, Founder and CEO of Lockerdome.
Youth Coding Camp Showcase
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Participants from our Youth Coding Camps will demonstrate their coding prowess as they put their Finch and Evo robots through the paces. Demonstrations will be outside registration of the Marquette Techfest Gala. You do not need a ticket to attend the youth showcase.
Marquette TechFest Gala
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Meet 1ST50K finalists, watch as the winner(s) are announced, and check out the youth coding camp showcase. Program includes food, adult beverages, and special guest speaker and head coach of the Missouri Tigers men's basketball team, Cuonzo Martin.
9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Meet and greet with special guest. And because we like to party.