Introducing Manchester's first technology summit

Introducing Tech-North, Manchester’s First-Ever Technology Summit

Event includes premier high tech, education and business keynote speakers, break-out sessions, high-tech job fair and business expo and a reception

Manchester, N.H . – Celebrating its status as northern New England’s high technology hub, the City of Manchester will debut its first-ever technology summit, Tech-North, featuring an exciting day-long slate of activities, including a high-tech job fair and business expo, dynamic keynote speakers including Dean Kamen and informative break-out sessions.

Tech-North will debut on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson in downtown Manchester. Built in conjunction with the City’s newly-launched marketing campaign, Tech-North will help raise the City’s visibility as a vibrant technology hub in northern New England, boasting thousands of high tech jobs and hundreds of dynamic high tech businesses.

Tech-North is a celebration of both our City’s thriving economy and its emergence as the technology hub north of Boston,” said Mayor Frank C. Guinta. “We’ve received tremendous support from the business community, uncovering new partnerships and excitement around building Manchester’s reputation as a technology center.”

In conjunction with top sponsor, UNH Manchester, the technology summit will explore the links between higher education and the high tech economy, offering keynote addresses and break-out sessions around that theme. A number of compelling keynote speakers are lined-up, including the nationally-renowned inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen; Mark Huddleston, President of the University of New Hampshire; Fred Kocher, Chairman of the New Hampshire High Tech Council; Grace Kilbane, Regional Administrator of the Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor and former national director of Job Corps; Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta; and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch.

Tech-North kicks-off with a keynote breakfast followed by a series of concurrent break-out sessions covering topics that include investment capital, entrepreneurship, cutting-edge technology and trends in higher education. A keynote luncheon breaks up the day, followed by a series of concurrent break-out sessions in the afternoon.

Just before lunch, the High Tech Job Fair and Exhibition, sponsored and hosted by the NH Division of Economic Development and ClearChannel Broadcasting WGIR AM/FM Radio/Multi Media, will begin, featuring technology companies from across the region seeking new employees alongisde local and regional exhibiting businesses .

As well, barcamp, a “guerilla” technology conference of sorts, sponsored, organized and hosted by people directly involved in high tech industry will run throughout the day. A tech-savvy event, barcamp kicks off without an agenda and is built on-premises by attendees who flock to the event.

In the evening, the Manchester Young Professionals Network and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will co-host a reception celebrating and capping off Manchester’s first-ever technology summit.

Tech-North is sponsored in part by UNH Manchester, Fidelity Investments, Public Service of New Hampshire and Dynamic Network Services Incorporated. Partners include SilverTech and Tracey/Edwards/O’Neil.

For more information on Tech-North, visit or call the Manchester Economic Development Office at 603.624.6505.