High Tech Happy Hour Celebrates 11 Years In Madison

On August 16, 2012, the local networking group, High Tech Happy Hour (HTHH), will celebrate its 11th anniversary of connecting Madison-area professionals.

HTHH began in 2001 as a way for people in the technology community to gather and network. The concept was simple: no agenda, no fees, no program, and no pre-registration – just people connecting with others to leverage ideas and opportunities.

HTHH has grown remarkably since then, and now draws over 300 business professionals to each monthly event. Held on the last Thursday of every month, HTHH is made possible by its co-hosts, Yahara Software and SupraNet Communications, as well as the many local businesses that sponsor each month.

The Anniversary Celebration will be held at the Memorial Union from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and will be the biggest HTHH of the year, with an anticipated 500 guests. The event will feature free food and beer, numerous raffle prizes, and of course great networking opportunities. It also helps kick off Madison’s Forward Technology Festival, in which several technology related events will occur between August 15-25. For a full list of events visit www.ftf2012.com.

The Anniversary Celebration is sure to make for a successful and enjoyable event. It is also a great time to thank the local businesses who have made HTHH possible every month by providing sponsorships. With a strong following, HTHH is sure to grow even more in the coming years and has become a mainstay in the Madison community.

The 11th Anniversary Celebration will also be the fourth year that HTHH has teamed up with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. To date, HTHH has helped to provide 3,048 meals to help fight hunger in our community. Just $1 can provide 3 meals for those in need.

Prior to the Anniversary Celebration, SupraNet Communications and Yahara Software will host Pecah Kucha (“pe-chek-cha”) from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Memorial Union. Created in Tokyo, Pecah Kucha was designed as an event for young professionals to meet, network, and show their work in public. It rests on a presentation format of 20 slides presented for 20 seconds each. The rapid pace keeps the presentations running efficiently. A full speaker and presentation lineup can be found on the HTHH Web site.

For more information about the HTHH Anniversary Celebration, Pecha Kucha, and High Tech Happy Hour sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hthh.org.