After three years of virtual conferences The IndUS Entrepreneurs Conference (TiEcon), the signature annual event of TiE Silicon Valley, is back to its old location at Santa Clara Convention Center with the theme ‘Dream. Believe. Achieve.’
The TiEcon 2023 will take place from May 3 to 5 and is gearing up to attract over 5,000 people in person. Last year, it attracted more than 47,000 online registrations from 150-plus countries for the virtual event.
Established in 1992, TiE Silicon Valley (sv.tie.org) is a non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. Since its inception by a group of tech engineers turned entrepreneurs – many of whom today are dominant venture capitalists – TiE today has 11,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 60 chapters across 17 countries. It organizes several events throughout the year – “to educate, inspire, mentor, and fund entrepreneurs.”
Vashudha Badri Paul, a longtime TIE Silicon Valley associate who is serving as marketing chair for the TiEcon 2023 along with marketing co-chair Hrishikesh Sathawane spoke to indica about the conference and her responsibilities.
“I am fascinated by the caliber of technical visionaries and thought leaders that TiEcon is able to command as speakers and panellists,” Paul said. ”Moreover, the energy of a massive tech focused entrepreneurship event like TiEcon is very palpable and inspiring to me. It never ceases to amaze me what the human mind can achieve and being chair of marketing at TiEcon allows me to immerse myself in tech innovation across many frontiers.”
Paul said that the event planning is still in the works. This year they have envisioned nine tech tracks – AI/ML, Cloud/Edge, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Web3, Global Connect, Youth.
“And ChatGPT,” she says with a big grin, “Of course people can’t stop talking about it so expect it to pop up in several conversations, planned or impromptu.”
“For three pandemic-affected years people have sorely missed in-person events like TiEcon, and we are noticing a lively demand for back in-person conferences.”
She added, “Moreover, the quality of live networking (a big draw of TiEcon) is superior to virtual conferences. Sponsors will also feel the same, even though we are in a challenging economic climate. Sponsors can get much more visibility and partake in live networking.”