TechConnect Series: Networking Events

Our last TechConnect covered local MeetUp opportunities, those themed group events that are open to anyone interested in learning about the host topic. Here, Amanda recommends popular networking opportunities, local conferences, and hackathons for tech folks in the Madison region. Some of those listed feature their own events while others offer recommendations or calendars for events hosted by other parties. As always, please feel free to let us know if there are any you think we should add to the list.

Networking Events

Sector67 Sector67’s blog is a great resource for classes and events both at their location and other venues in town. Sector67 is a non-profit collaborative space dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work-on, build and create next-generation technology. 100State coworking space 100state, Wisconsin’s largest co-working space regularly hosts problem-solving events, workshops, and discussions for the community. Doyenne Group The Doyenne Group hosts events for women entrepreneurs, sponsors community events and participates in other entrepreneur events within Wisconsin. Capital Entrepreneurs Capital Entrepreneurs is a community group for Madison area entrepreneurs. They work to connect and grow the burgeoning entrepreneurial community in the region. Wisconsin Technology Council The Wisconsin Technology Council produces events throughout the year that are designed to assist in the development, growth and success of science- and tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. One Million Cups Madison 1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. High Tech Happy Hour HTHH is a monthly networking event for business professionals in the Madison area.

Local Conferences

Madison PHP Madison PHP Conference in Madison, Wisconsin focuses on PHP and related web technologies. This event is organized by Madison PHP and is designed to offer something to attendees at all skill levels. That Conference That Conference is billed as a “Summer Camp for Geeks” and is held in August at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.


Startup Weekend Madison Startup Weekend events welcome anyone to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams form around the top ideas and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Madhacks MadHacks is UW-Madison’s national student hackathon. Hack the Gap, Minneapolis Hack the Gap is a two-day hackathon aimed at creating a high-energy weekend where women from all backgrounds and experience levels can enjoy an accessible, approachable, positive experience.