14 tech conferences, 50+ parties and events, and 36 000 expected guests. STHLM Tech Week is going to be one of the biggest tech events in Stockholm. Swedish App Scene was fortunate enough to interview Tyler Crowley the founder of STHLM Tech Meetup and STHLM Tech Fest to talk about how STHLM Tech Week came to be.
Tyler Crowley has been in Stockholm for the past 5 years growing the start-up ecosystem through his monthly and annual events; STHLM Tech Meetup and STHLM Tech Fest. These events have made a great contribution to the tech ecosystem in Stockholm.
How did you come up with the idea of STHLM Tech Week?
“Well, the idea didn’t really have a name at first and it’s actually inseparable from STHLM Tech Fest because for the first year of STHLM Tech Fest the plan was always was to build something. We knew it would take years and we said it would take years to grow something to this scale.”
He further explained that after the first STHLM Tech Fest in 2015, he thought of including a safari to the event. He explained that a safari is a chance for attendees to participate in smaller events in Stockholm. As of last year, there were 30+ events that participated in the safari.
The idea further developed when the event partners wanted to create their own conferences and were willing to welcome more than 400 people in their conference. Apart from that, the city of Stockholm has approached Tyler Crowley to create STHLM Tech Week.
“It’s a partnership with the city, the city and I joined hands and I’m really really excited next year because now that the brand concept is out in the open. It opens the door for many other people to join in, so I think next year will be bigger because this year very few people saw it coming and now for next year thousands and thousands of people know that it’s coming next year, and they can start the plan now.”
What motivated you to create a community of geeks and tech enthusiasts?
“It wasn’t like I felt it was needed, its known that it’s needed, I know that it was needed. You know I didn’t believe that the cake needed flour, I knew the cake needed flour it wasn’t an opinion it was a fact.
What made me realized how I came to learn that it was a key ingredient to the recipe was by watching the Los Angeles ecosystem where you find a friend of mine was doing monthly events there in LA and I saw how impactful his monthly events were in growing the ecosystem.”
Tyler saw the necessity of growing the startup ecosystem in Stockholm and that is why he created monthly and yearly events that eventually produced STHLM Tech Week.
What should people expect when they attend STHLM Tech Week?
“What people should expect; it’s an authentically, unscripted, conversation that’s aimed to really get a good glimpse of where things are going and to celebrate where we’re at and look at as where we are going that’s the commonalities between these events.
For STHLM tech week specifically, it’s not known yet since this is the first time. It’ll be a mess because every event is a mess the first time and the messier the better it’s usually a good sign when the first attempt of an event is really messy if it’s all really organized then that just means there is nothing to build on.”
Truly STHLM Tech Week is going to be one of the biggest tech events in Stockholm. If you are interested to be a part of this week, you can find the complete list of activities at STHLM Tech Week
Swedish App Scene will be covering some of these conferences as a part of the STHLM Tech Week series, so keep following Swedish App Scene on Facebook and Twitter. We hope to see you there!