Frequently Asked Questions

What is a2Tech360?2023-07-07T13:44:27+00:00

a2Tech360 is an annual technology celebration in the city of Ann Arbor that has been taking place since 2015, beginning with the popular event called Tech Trek. This unique gathering goes beyond the traditional festival format, providing a diverse range of experiences that engage and inspire attendees. It serves as a platform for innovation, entrepreneurship, and the exploration of tech culture.

The lineup of a2Tech360 features a dynamic series of events designed to showcase the latest advancements and trends in technology. From thought-provoking panel discussions and captivating keynote presentations to interactive workshops and pitch competitions, the series of events offers something for everyone with an interest in the tech industry.

By bringing together diverse stakeholders from various sectors, a2Tech360 creates an ecosystem that fuels creativity, inspires innovation, and drives economic growth. It serves as a catalyst for the development of the technology industry in Ann Arbor and acts as a hub for fostering entrepreneurship and technological advancements in the region.

With its array of events and its dedication to promoting technological progress, a2Tech360 has become a highly anticipated annual gathering for tech enthusiasts, professionals, job seekers, and entrepreneurs. It continues to shape the technological landscape of Ann Arbor, providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge sharing, and the celebration of innovation.

When and where does a2Tech360 take place?2023-07-24T20:25:28+00:00

a2Tech360 takes place in various locations across Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event comprises a series of events, workshops, panel discussions, pitch competitions, and networking opportunities held at different venues throughout the city over the period of a week.

View the schedule at a2Tech360.com for the most up-to-date information.

What types of events are featured in a2Tech360?2023-08-02T15:15:03+00:00

a2Tech360 features a diverse range of events designed to cater to different interests and audiences. This year’s lineup includes:

  • FastTrack: An awards gala honoring high-growth organizations in our region.
  • Tech Talk: A series of engaging presentations, keynote speeches, and panel discussions featuring industry experts and thought leaders. Tech Talk sessions provide insights into emerging technologies, trends, and their impact on various industries.
  • Women In Tech: A dedicated track within the festival that highlights the accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities for women in the technology field. It includes panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions aimed at empowering and promoting women in tech.
  • Michigan Angel Summit: The Michigan Angel Summit is a great opportunity for individual investors to meet like-minded people from around the state and learn more about this exciting asset class. Whether you are considering becoming an angel investor or have been making angel investments for years, you will gain valuable information about the opportunities available as well as the latest trends in angel investing.
  • Mobility Summit: A global destination for trailblazing OEMs, researchers, and entrepreneurs – the mobility ecosystem flourishes in our region. Hear from visionaries and leaders from public, private, academia, and nonprofits to share, learn, inspire, and advance mobility in Michigan and around the globe.
  • Entrepreneur Boot Camp Celebration: Entrepreneur Boot Camp is an intensive program to help entrepreneurs of early-stage, technology-driven companies quickly determine if they have a viable business opportunity and focus on crucial next steps. Join us to celebrate the evolution of our current Boot Camp entrepreneurs as they present their journey to you and our illustrious panel and compete for up to $25,000.
  • Tech Trek: Ann Arbor’s largest, public, and tech-inspired event returns! Tech Trek is a free community street fair and company open house where regional technology companies showcase their innovations and culture. From robotics and game developers to self-driving shuttles and medical marvels, attendees will gain insight and inspiration on the technological advancements that will define and change the years ahead. Mobility Row is now part of Tech Trek.
  • Invest360: A pitch competition showcasing early-stage companies from southeast Michigan to top investors.
  • Partner Events: In addition to SPARK-produced events, a2Tech360 collaborates with various organizations to host partner events. These events have separate registration processes and may require separate fees or tickets, though most are free.
Why have Tech Talk and Women In Tech moved from free to low-cost tickets?2023-07-07T13:47:14+00:00

To ensure the sustainability and growth of the event, a2Tech360 has transitioned Tech Talk and Women In Tech from free to low-cost ticketing. This change allows for enhanced event planning, improved experiences, and the ability to secure high-quality speakers and resources. The nominal ticket fees contribute to covering the costs associated with venue rentals, technical equipment, and event production, while still maintaining affordability for attendees.

How can I attend the events during a2Tech360?2023-07-07T13:47:53+00:00

To participate in the events offered during a2Tech360, it is necessary to register in advance as some events will sell out. Ann Arbor SPARK-produced events can be conveniently registered for all at once. 

However, for partner events, registration is facilitated through various platforms specific to each event. Visit the official website at https://a2tech360.com to explore the event schedule and register for the events you wish to attend. Some events may have limited seating, so it’s recommended to secure your spot early. Most events are free.


I’m interested in becoming a sponsor for a2Tech360. How can I get involved?2023-07-07T13:48:35+00:00

a2Tech360 offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations looking to support the event and gain exposure to a diverse audience of technology professionals and enthusiasts. To inquire about sponsorship options and benefits, please reach out to us at a2tech360@annarborusa.org.

Can I apply to be a speaker at a2Tech360?2023-07-07T13:49:01+00:00

Yes, a2Tech360 welcomes applications from passionate and knowledgeable speakers who can contribute valuable insights to the festival’s events. If you are interested in speaking at an a2Tech360 event, please reach out to Ann Arbor SPARK at a2tech360@annarborusa.org.

Are the partner events part of the general a2Tech360 registration?2023-07-07T13:49:24+00:00

No, the partner events have separate registrations and may require separate fees or tickets. While a2Tech360 collaborates with various organizations to host partner events, the registration process and fees for those events are managed independently by the respective organizations. Please check the event details on the a2Tech360 website for information on how to register for partner events.

I’m interested in hosting a Partner Event during a2Tech360. Who do I contact?2023-07-28T17:37:40+00:00

We’re thrilled that you’re interested in hosting a Partner Event! The first step is to complete this form for consideration. Your submission will be reviewed, and upon acceptance, Vicki Joling will reach out to guide you through the process and provide all the necessary information and support to make your event a success. A detailed Partner Guide will also be provided.

Why are Partner Events important to the a2Tech360 lineup and to the greater Ann Arbor community?2023-07-25T17:44:04+00:00

Partner Events play a vital role in enriching the a2Tech360 experience for the community. These events bring together diverse perspectives, innovative ideas, and industry expertise, fostering a collaborative ecosystem of technology enthusiasts, professionals, entrepreneurs, and students. By showcasing a variety of events and topics, Partner Events contribute to creating a dynamic and inclusive tech culture that benefits the entire community. They enhance knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, and talent engagement, making a lasting impact on the growth and vibrancy of the technology sector in the region.

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