Museums, Breweries and More Excursions at Innovate! and Celebrate

Join Tech.Co and Consumer Technology Association (CTA) this upcoming September for the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Jose, CA. Register now to attend!

In a few short weeks, Innovate! and Celebrate will kick off in San Jose. Tech titans, entrepreneurs, and conference attendees will flock to Silicon Valley to partake in mentorship programs, attend panel discussions and hang out with llamas at our Startup of the Year party. While some tech conferences would stop there, Tech.Co and our partner Consumer Technology Association (CTA) know you want more, which is why we’re offering a wide range of fun excursions that will let you experience the city in a new and interesting way prior to kickoff!

That’s where our excursions come in, a signature of Tech.Co conferences. Breakout your adventurous soul and play on the musical swings (actual swings that play tunes), learn to think like a dog or enjoy gourmet meals from food trucks. Be sure to check them out below, register today for the conference, then sign up for an excursion of your choice. Some excursions have limited seating so register early!


Visit the Intel Museum

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 11:00am-12:00pm.

Where: Meet at the Fairmont registration desk

Description: Take a journey through decades of innovation at the Intel Museum. Discover the people and technology that has changed our world. A Tech.Co team member will guide you through an hour long tour of this awesome space!”

Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 12:00pm-1:00pm 

Where: Meet at the Fairmont registration desk

Description:Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an overview of the agency and learn about its services, programs, and resources available to entrepreneurs and innovators. See where some of the best intentions and ideas come to life! Be sure to come prepared with questions for the patent specialists.”

Food Trucks and Games in Plaza de Cesar Chavez

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Meet at the Fairmont registration desk

Description: “Eat, relax, sit and play at Plaza de Cesar Chavez! Grab a bite for lunch from one of the local food trucks, or step outside for a game or cornhole or ping pong. Enjoy the outdoor patio style seating, market style lights and lush grass areas for a perfect opportunity to unplug and socialize. Food will not be provided.”

Pitch Coaching for the Entrepreneur

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 1:00-3:00pm. There will be two sessions, each 1 hour

Where: Club Regent, Fairmont Hotel

Description:Struggling with your pitch? Let the Program Coordinators and EIRs of Draper University help with a session of, mostly fun, all around the pitch. In true Draper fashion you’ll need to be prepared for anything during this off-beat pitch session. They’ll make sure you fail and fail again until your pitch is ready to succeed!”

Santa Clara Valley Brewery Tour

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 3:00-4:30pm.

Where: Meet at Fairmont Hotel registration desk

Description: “Before software and silicon took over, the Santa Clara Valley was home to thousands of acres of rich farmland and orchards, where proud farmers worked tirelessly to supply the world with fresh, delicious produce. Santa Clara Valley Brewing pays homage to this industrious past by providing their patrons with a selection of fine handcrafted beers created with the highest quality ingredients. Come enjoy learning about and of course, drinking these awesome brews.”

Design Thinking with Applied Improv

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 4:00-5:00pm.

Where: Club Regent, Fairmont Hotel

Description: “This session will provide a foundation to help you harness the power of your team to design creative solutions together using the principles of Applied Improv.

Learner Outcomes:  

  1.  Learn to build off each other’s ideas
  2. Create a Culture of “Yes, and…”
  3. Develop a nimble and agile team
  4. Fun & Laughter”

San Jose Walking Tour

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 4:00 – 5:00pm.

Where: Meet at the Fairmont registration desk

Description:Start Innovate! And Celebrate on the right foot, get your bearings in downtown SJ, and login a little exercise by joining San Jose Walks & Talks for a downtown walking tour especially tailored for the Innovate & Celebrate Conference. The Adobe to Adobe route will explain the city’s Spanish and Mexican roots, which set the foundation for an agricultural empire. Along the way hear about bear vs. bull fights, a hidden road to El Dorado, and the shocking murder of the heir to San Jose’s “Hart”. The Tuesday afternoon tour starts and ends in the Fairmont Hotel Lobby at 4PM and winds through several city blocks. The tour will be limited to the first 20 guests so please register in advance.”

Professional Headshot Photo Shoot

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 2:00-4:00pm. “Open Door” – Guests can go anytime during this designated time.

Where: Pagoda Room, Fairmont Hotel

Description:Need a new LinkedIn picture? Stop in for a 5 minute headshot session with a professional photographer.”

San Jose Museum of Art

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 11:00-5:00pm “Open Door” – Guests can go anytime during this designated time.

Where: Meet at the Fairmont registration desk

Description: “Request a “TechCo” ticket at will call at the Museum for complimentary admittance. Check out the leading showcase of modern and contemporary art in the Bay Area. The San Jose Museum of Art has earned a reputation for its fresh, distinctive exhibitions, which are conceived to engage Museum visitors of various ages and cultural backgrounds. Through its exhibitions and programs, SJMA addresses major trends in international contemporary art, architecture, and design, with an ongoing commitment to also place the work of California artists in national and international context.

Visit the Musical Swings

When: Tuesday, September 20th, 11:00-5:00pm  “Open Door”

Where: Meet at the Fairmont registration desk

Description: “The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation. It’s a game where from the start you need to adjust to the actions of others. The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. The project offers a new experience in collective music making, available to enliven urban spaces, festivals, special events, and more.”

Register Now to Attend Innovate! and Celebrate 2016

Come join us at the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Jose, CA. The event will take place September 20 – September 22, and is held in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Photo: Flickr / Yun Huang Yong

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