More than a week after the fourth annual Tech Coast Conference was held in Jacksonville, organizers say they’re ready to branch out and possibly hold several events each year.
About 700 people attended the conference at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. But Stephen Pollan with the JAX Chamber IT Council, said while the first year of the conference started out much smaller with an initial crowd of about 400, organizers are feeling comfortable with its current size, although he acknowledged he’d always welcome more attendees.
“We certainly know that it’s at a comfort level,” Pollan said.
Pollan said the Aug. 23 event received some national attention from PR Wire, a communication service that highlights public relations events and developments. Two presentations at Tech Coast Conference featuring cyber security and bio tech developments were picked up, Pollan said.
This year’s conference was so encouraging, Pollan said, there is now consideration for holding more than one a year.
“We’re talking about instead of just putting out one event, putting out a series of events. Maybe one a quarter and we can do more events,” Pollan said. “We want to make sure that we’re encompassing the different areas of technology that are occurring here in Jacksonville.”
Pollan said he hopes to begin discussion with Mayor Lenny Curry’s office to get more community involvement.
Pollan said all the events would still be technology-oriented. But the breadth of diversity in the technology field in Jacksonville will likely require different events for different areas of the industry that would go well beyond JAX Chamber.
“We would like to make sure that this is a collaboration. Not just a Chamber or an entity trying to put on an event,” Pollan said. “We recognize that in order for this community to grow … that it really has to involve everyone.
Also to help develop future Tech Coast Conferences, Pollan said his organization will survey those who attended the event this year.
Drew Dixon: (904) 359-409.