Emphasis this week falls on new technology

It’s a tech world after all, my friends.

At least that’s the buzz fueling the technology fever gripping Memphis this week, culminating in the months-in-the-making, much-anticipated TechCamp Memphis that kicks off on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Bornblum Library Complex, 5983 Macon Cove.

The event is part of the inaugural Memphis Geek Week, which runs Nov. 1-10 and is designed to showcase the area’s growing tech scene. The workshops on Saturday will also serve as a segue to myriad activities affiliated with the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Long a proponent of elevating the Bluff City’s tech tide, entrepreneur Dave Barger has assembled a dedicated group of area tech experts who share a belief that Memphis is home to some amazingly bright and talented people. These folks have banded together to form GeekMemphis, which is coordinating and promoting this weekend’s conference.

Saturday’s programming will feature forums on Internet marketing, online content development and social media, as well as opportunities for networking and a technology expo.

No matter if you’re a technophobe, a digital newbie or a Web guru, there’s sure to be something here for you. And you’ll get to meet some really interesting folks in the process.

Admission is $5 for students, $30 for everyone else and includes lunch.

Registration is required and you can take care of that by visiting techcampmemphis.com.

Also of particular interest to tech fans is the 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival that runs Thursday through Sunday. That’s because this year there will be a tech track as part of the offerings, including “Narrative Innovation: The Digital Revolution in Storytelling” beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper. The discussion will include panelists from Google, BBDO and Digitas.

Admission to this and other tech programs comes with the purchase of a four-day, $100 pass, but seating is limited, so if you’re interested in Friday morning’s conversation then it’s a good idea to show up early and not wait until the last minute and hope to get in.

For more information, visit indiememphis.com.

Early stage entrepreneurs can get free advice and tips from business pros on how to grow their startups during “Office Hours,” from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday at The Launchpad, located inside EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee.

The individual counseling sessions cover a variety of ares, including finances, marketing and management. There’s no cost to attend, but it’s a good idea to contact organizers at LaunchMemphis to set up a specific time for your mentoring session.

To learn more, send an email to info@launchmemphis.com or call 901-213-7795.

First thing on Friday, be sure to check out the monthly Regional MBE Power Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the University Club, 1346 Central.

Keynote speaker will be Andre Fowlkes, co-president of LaunchYourCity, discussing “Launching Memphis Entrepreneurs” and the rapidly developing local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Admission is $15 and reservations are required by noon on Wednesday.

To save your spot, visit regionalpowerbreakfast17.eventbrite.com or call 901-414-3315.

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