The second-annual IndyXmas is coming up on December 27th at The Speak Easy and DeveloperTown in Broad Ripple. Just like last year, we want to show our out-of-town friends and family the very best that Indy tech has to offer (and have a really good time, too)!
So we have an assignment for you over the Thanksgiving holiday — talk to anybody and everybody you know who lives outside of the great state of Indiana and tell them about IndyXmas. Especially those from the coasts.
What exactly is IndyXmas? Well, first and foremost, it’s a party. It’s a fun way to showcase the outstanding opportunities in tech that have grown tremendously in the Indianapolis community over the past five years. There’s food, drinks and entertainment, and casual conversation with leaders in-the-know about Indy’s tech sector.
For more details, check out the official IndyXmas press release and an interview with TechPoint CEO and President Mike Langellier on Inside Indiana Business.
IndyXmas is a party for our out-of-town friends to experience the best of Indy tech.
Fast-growing tech companies in Indiana need to fill hundreds of open jobs in software development, design, product management, dev ops, technical consulting and sales and marketing. In partnership with employers and community organizations, TechPoint will again showcase Indianapolis’ tech and startup community, and companies and jobs, at the second annual TechPoint IndyXmas event.
The event is part of TechPoint’s Xpat initiative, a program targeting 24-40 year old expatriates and out-of-towners with computer-related, executive, sales, marketing and start-up leadership skills. IndyXmas is specifically designed to give former Hoosiers a taste of what they have missed while building their careers out-of-state.
“We are still hearing great stories about people who left the state to pursue their careers but after attending the IndyXmas event last year made connections to jobs or to people who helped bring them back to Indiana,” said Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint. “When a tech community grows as rapidly as Indy’s has in the past six or so years, adding thousands of jobs and yielding $4.5 billion in IPOs and acquisitions, there are lots of opportunities which are created, opportunities that people living out-of-town won’t know about unless they experience it. For people looking for those kinds of career opportunities, coupled with a Midwest lifestyle, Indy is the place to be.”
One of those people is the new Vice President of Marketing for One Click Ventures Marty Brown, who through last year’s IndyXmas event, made some of those connections that led him to move his family to Indiana from New York, where he was working for Zynga. “There are so many people in town during the holidays and this is a fun, no-pressure way to get connected to the tech scene,” said Brown. “Since moving here, I have been impressed by the startup community and am an even bigger fan of downtown.”
“Marty is the perfect example—a Wabash College grad, who married his high school sweetheart, moved away, and now moved back to Indy to make a bigger impact in a smaller company and to start a family,” said Langellier. “The IndyXmas event enabled him to reconnect with what was going on in the tech scene, and in return, Indiana has regained a top talent.”
This year’s IndyXmas event is on December 27 at the Speak Easy and DeveloperTown at 5255 Winthrop Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. (Broad Ripple). The event will showcase what activities and amenities Indianapolis has to offer, the tech companies that are in the area, and the jobs that are available, combined with blues and bourbon. To find out how to get tickets, visittechpoint.org/indyxmas.