The White House is hosting its inaugural Tech Meetup later this week, and Seattle will be well represented.
Brett Greene and Red Russak, who helped launch the New Tech Seattle Meetup (originally the Seattle Tech Meetup) more than two years ago, will join 50 other Meetup organizers from across the nation on April 17 as part of an event the White House hopes will spur collaboration on challenging tech-related projects.
Greene and Russak will be the only Seattleites at the event and hope to share their own experiences running New Tech Seattle with other Meetup organizers, local government/community officials, and White House staff, including U.S. CTO Megan Smith.
“This event will be a first step for tech Meetup organizers and thought leaders to help White House staff and city and state officials collaborate on driving innovation in their communities,” Greene said. “The ideas and initiatives that we’ll be creating together will have ripple effects to support American innovation through community building.”
The Seattleites were picked from a group of more than 30,000 tech Meetup organizers in the U.S that help run more than 11,000 Meetups. Founded in February 2013, New Tech Seattle helps gather hundreds from the local startup community twice a month and invites entrepreneurs to pitch on stage.
“Brett and I hope to learn more about what other cities are doing to grow their tech communities and what the government is planning on doing to help,” Russak said. “We hope to walk away with a good story, great connections, and inspiration to continue our mission of helping the Seattle tech community be nothing less than awesome.”