Tech.Co’s Guide to the D.C. Tech Scene

March 13, 2015

11:00 am

At this year's SXSW Interactive, come stop by the We DC House to learn more about what Washington, D.C.'s startup ecosystem is doing these days, and how you can become a part of it. From meeting with D.C. officials like Mayor Muriel Bowser, to interacting with current innovative business leaders and tech entrepreneurs from the region, check out some of the events that We DC have planned at the 2015 SXSWi.

Washington, D.C. has a vibrant tech scene, and for many wanting to get in on some of that action in industries like education or any kind of policy, the goal is to somehow get themselves from their part of the country to the D.C. region and build their startup. But of course, before going off and trying to establish yourself in any startup ecosystem, you need to be fully educated on the ins and outs of how any one particular ecosystem function – from navigating its available community resources, to determining whether funding for you particular idea or startup has a good track record in that startup scene. While there are certainly current guides not to navigating the D.C. startup scene (such as DMV Startup), Tech.Co also offers our own resource page that you can use as a guide to the D.C. tech scene.

Towards the end of 2014, there was a lot of buzz on the media regarding the rapid and nearly-stealth nature of Washington D.C.'s development into one of the leading startup hubs in the United States. In September, The Washington Post published a contributory piece from VideoBlocks founder and CEO Joel Holland on how D.C. has become one of the best places in the country to start a business. In his piece, Holland notes – among a handful of key reasons – the amount of capital available in the region, and the wide availability of high-quality talent. In a later Novemeber piece, WAMU 88.5 delved further into the D.C. tech scene, and looked at the efforts that the D.C. government itself is doing to transform the region into a major tech hub, looking specifically into the development of the D.C. Tech Corridor and the greater Digital D.C. initiative.

The Tech.Co Washington D.C. resource page is aimed at helping our readers learn about what's going on currently in the D.C. tech scene. Whether it's pinning down influential people, exploring active startup coworking places or hangouts, or checking out upcoming events, our goal is to provide you with the key facts in order to help you startup in our nation's capital. And what makes the page even great is that we offer you the latest news, talks, and trends going on in the D.C. region – from the hottest recent startup funding news, to other articles on what great things are going on in D.C. And what makes it great is that it's curated with the help from readers in the D.C. tech community itself; whether you're a community leader in the D.C. tech scene hoping to share some industry insight, or you merely want to write your opinion on a certain topic or issue currently affecting the D.C. tech community, we'd like to hear from you and we welcome you to submit articles to our D.C. page.

At this year's SXSW, We DC – an initiative organized by the Washington DC Economic Partnership – is inviting both current members of the D.C. tech community, as well those interested in joining the community, to stop by the We DC House to learn about some of the great things going on in the city's tech ecosystem. Come stop by and join us for some of these great events:

 STEM4Us! SXSW Hack Racism Launch Party, March 13 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Washington DC's Kick Off Event at SXSW, March 13 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

TechBreakfast Spectacular 2015, March 14 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

We DC Lounge, March 14 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

We DC Startup Showcase, March 14 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Innovators Dinner Presented by MVMT50 + Opportunity Hub, March 14 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

ESA Presents: Merging Two Tech Capitals, March 14 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

DC Film Meetup Brunch, March 15 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Hangout Presented by Mando Rayo + Collective, March 15 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Fireside Chats with Tech Cocktail, March 16 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

We DC Party, March 16 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

DC Music Meetup, Presented by Rock the Vote, March 17 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

SXSW Official We DC Music Showcase, March 17 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.