What do fire dancers have to do with technology? Attendees at the opening night party of DC Week had a chance to find out. Digital Capital Week (DCWEEK) is a 10 day festival in Washington, DC focused on technology, innovation and all things digital in our nation’s capital. DCWEEK takes place in venues throughout Washington and runs from June 11th to June 20th, 2010. The mission of DCWEEK is to strengthen the capital region’s digital economy via a ten day series of events focused on creativity, technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, content creation and innovation.
The week began with a party in Blagden Alley that brought together the worlds of art and technology. Web developers, social media experts, writers, transparency advocates, government geeks, photographers and venture capitalists were inspired by bands, video displays, free beer and women twirling flaming hula hoops. Set in a historic downtown alley, the party was a casual and creative affair where you could meet some of the brightest minds in DC.
But that was just the start. DCWEEK continued over the weekend with CityCamp, an “unconference” that brought together local government officials and technologists, with the aim of building a better District of Columbia.
All week long, this festival of innovation continues with workshops on gaming, accessibility, communications, media relations and much more. And since it’s not your normal conference, DCWEEK also includes happy hours, tweetups, a “schmooze cruise”, a flash picnic on the Mall and even a social media comedy show.
DCWEEK demonstrates that tech doesn’t have to be boring. After seeing someone twirl fire, how could you not be inspired to try something new?