Billed as the region’s “biggest tech expo,” Long Island Tech Day is an opportunity for startups and established Island tech firms to showcase their tools and talents.
Slated to run 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the county-owned Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, Tech Day is expected to attract a capacity crowd of buyers, media types and “high-caliber investors,” according to the event’s organizers, which includes a team of executives who advise Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on technology matters.
Although this is the first time it’s being hosted by the Nassau County Tech Task Team – T3, for the syllable-averse – this is actually not the first Long Island Tech Day. The self-described “revolutionary one-day expo,” created by T3 co-chair and LaunchPad Long Island founder Andrew Hazen, actually debuted in August 2014 at LaunchPad Huntington.
It’s now under the auspices of T3, which is co-chaired by Hazen and LISTnet chief Peter Goldsmith. Its first event, a technology-focused job fair in June, attracted more than 70 regional tech firms to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, directly across from the Mitchell Field complex.
Mangano applauded T3 and the team’s growing list of business partners for pulling together an impressive Tech Day agenda, noting the event’s potential as an employment engine.
“We continue to support and strengthen Nassau’s tech industry while helping residents find meaningful employment opportunities,” Mangano said in a statement.
An impressive roster of participants has already signed on to Tech Day, starting with representatives of the various technology and innovation efforts at Hofstra University and the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus.
Several Long Island companies are expected to showcase their wares, including Smithtown-based Bluechip SEO; Northport web-application development company Applied Visions; Garden City-based cybersecurity expert Integris Security; Clever Devices of Woodbury; and Huntington-based digital gifting platform eGifter.
One recent international arrival – Israeli transplant Zuznow USA, an app maker now working out of Stony Brook – is expected to be on hand, as well as representatives of international tech giant Canon.
Others include Stony Brook’s Softeon; ZingFit, a developer of scheduling and retail-management software for health clubs; Vision Technologies and digital identity and access-management specialist Tools4Ever.
Event sponsors include Cablevision and FM radio station K98.3, part of Farmingdale-based Connoisseur Media Long Island. Sponsorship, exhibition and other information is available at www.technologyisland.com.
Hazen said he created Long Island Tech Day in 2014 specifically to give “Long Island-based tech companies of all sizes” an opportunity to demonstrate their products and services, recruit new talent, meet investors and “just say hello to the tech community.”
“It gives them the opportunity to directly interact with the Long Island community, with a focus on their individual needs,” Hazen said in a statement. “The result transforms Long Island Tech Day into the biggest tech expo for Long Island-based tech companies.”