Walking into a Tech in Motion event for the first time might be overwhelming. Here you are at a new event where you potentially don’t know anyone. But if you were at Tech in Motion NYC’s January event, you remember that you’re at a WeWork space, and you know people who work in WeWork spaces (and love it!), and then you remember that it’s a demos event, where companies are there to show off their latest product. Nearly everyone has come independently, or with a colleague and that it’s basically a room full of friendly faces.
One Thursday this winter, that was the scene at WeWork Soho West. Filling the space were engineers, developers, investors, tech enthusiasts and health aficionados. At the cross-section of these people were health techies, an impressive group of people and companies that strive to bring simplicity to the varied aspects of health. Said Matt Hacknney, a Tech in Motion member: “You find a little bit of everything here—I met someone in the health care industry who’s a dietician, so it’s not just ‘tech’ people, but I have met a few ‘techies,’ a few designers, a few developers – but while varied techies and non-techies.”
The demo companies covered a significant gamut of the health care industry: In attendance were Alcohoot, “a smartphone breathalyzer that can plug into any smartphone”; Body Labs, a company that digitizes all of the data related to individual bodies; LoseIt!, a smartphone-based weight loss app; Pager, a company that allows for on-demand access to doctors; and Smart Vision Labs, which created a smartphone-based device to do eye exams. Each set up a boot complete with interactive demos and swag.
Chika Ota of Smart Vision labs compared Tech in Motion to other events saying, “I think here people are more interested in learning about each other and each other’s companies and seeing what’s out there in the tech world, so there’s probably a slightly more tech savvy crowd here.”
In addition to the wonderful demos, healthy treats were enjoyed all around: Runa donated kombucha, a delicious probiotic tea and red and white wine—for heart health—were enjoyed. To keep it healthy, mixed nuts and fresh veggies were scattered around the venue.
It was clear by the end of the night that those who had arrived alone were leaving with a new network of potential friends and colleagues, and that everyone in attendance was ready to kick off 2015 the healthy way. Join Tech in Motion NYC to keep up to date with upcoming events so you can leave one with new connections of your own.