Over a hundred technology fanatics assembled on the rooftop of Hunter’s Point Plaza in Long Island City for this month’s Queens Tech Meetup. Hosted by the Coalition for Queens, the Thursday, September 27 event brought together members of the tech community to share ideas, network and gain insight from stars of the tech industry.
Amol Sarva, one of the founders of Virgin Mobile USA , discussed his journey into the tech world. In 2007, the Queens-born entrepreneur launched the Peek, an affordable smart phone, which Time Magazine named Gadget of the Year. Sarva gave the audience his tips for success in the tech industry – know the area, like your team, like the business and like the product.
Angela Min and Wes Chow of Storybox, a Long Island City based company that specializes in online photo collages, discussed their company and growth in LIC.
Jukay Hsu, founder of the Coalition for Queens, was pleased with turnout for the event.
“It’s something we want to keep going with,” said Hsu. “Even if you’re not a techie, it’s good to see what great products are out there.”
Hsu said it was amazing to have someone like Sarva, who he calls a “rock star in tech,” present at his event.
“There are all these great things happening here,” said Hsu. “Hopefully this will get people more aware of the start-ups here.”