And it started with an idea…
Dave Hoerster and Eric Kepes, fresh off of a CodeCamp back in 2011, had a thought: what if there was an event in the Pittsburgh area that was not just .Net focused but could include all languages?
[Cue the music to the movie, 2001.]
…and Pittsbugh TechFest was born.
The next step was to contact all the leaders of the other user groups in the Pittsburgh area. The call went out, and Dave, Eric, and the other user group leaders met in a conference room with a large table.
[Cue the music to the movie, The Godfather.]
All the heads of the “families” met and sat poised to usher in a new era to Pittsburgh. They shaped what would become Pittsburgh TechFest, but there was one thing left to do. They needed to give themselves a cool nickname.
Thus, they bestowed unto themselves the moniker, the “TechFest Mafia”.
The members of the Mafia have changed some since TechFest began, but the family has stayed strong. The TechFest Mafia members are …
David Hoerster - CEO and Sponsor Management
Jen Kohlman - Event Coordinator
Jeremy Jarrell - Sponsor Management
Nicholas Zographos - Webmaster
Patty Alman - Web
Josh Suereth - Keynote Coordinator
Chris Miles - Social Media Coordinator
Eric Kepes - Speaker Coordinator
Sean McCune - Social Media Coordinator Emeritus
Greg Akins - Sponsor Coordinator Emeritus
The Pittsburgh TechFest first year was 2012 and was held at La Roche College. The first conference had over 40 sessions and a little more than 200 attendees.
We truly thank everyone for helping to get Pittsburgh TechFest where it is today.
See you June 1st.