Tech Homecoming, an annual event hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK aimed at fostering connections between skilled professionals and Ann Arbor’s thriving tech community, is set to take place on Wednesday, November 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Venue by 4M. As part of the “Back to Michigan” MEDC-led initiative, this event creates opportunities for individuals considering a return to Michigan or seeking to establish a more permanent presence in the state.
Ann Arbor’s tech ecosystem has witnessed remarkable growth in recent years, spawning hundreds of startups and generating billions in enterprise value. Tech Homecoming provides a platform for job seekers to engage directly with some of the region’s fastest-growing tech companies as well as larger enterprise businesses.
Ann Arbor SPARK’s job portal (https://annarborusa.org/jobs/) has long been a trusted resource for HR professionals and job seekers throughout the year. As a cornerstone of fostering and maintaining these connections, the portal plays a pivotal role in supporting the mission of Tech Homecoming by providing a consistent platform for professionals to explore career opportunities and for employers to discover top talent, thereby strengthening the ties within Ann Arbor’s dynamic tech ecosystem. Tech Homecoming offers an opportunity to meet face-to-face with these hiring managers.
When: Wednesday, November 22 | 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Venue by 4M, 1919 S Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The event will feature a reception-style job fair where attendees can network with representatives from prominent tech companies. Refreshments will be served, creating a relaxed environment for meaningful conversations.
Additionally, Heather Nash Photography will be on-site to capture professional headshots for attendees to enhance their LinkedIn profiles.
To add an extra element of excitement, a drawing will be held for a $250 gift card, to alleviate new job-related expenses for one lucky attendee.
“Tech Homecoming offers a distinctive opportunity for job seekers to engage directly with hiring managers,” said Jenn Hayman, senior vice president of marketing, communications and events at Ann Arbor SPARK. “Hosting the event on Thanksgiving Eve strategically taps into the presence of returning Michiganders, encouraging them to consider relocating back to the region.”
Ahead of Tech Homecoming, Amy Cell Talent will host a virtual workshop titled, “Developing Your Personal Elevator Pitch” on November 15 at noon. This workshop will equip job seekers with the skills needed to navigate networking opportunities confidently.
In collaboration with Ann Arbor SPARK, Venue by 4M will also host “How to Build Your Network in a Hybrid World” on November 15 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. This free event, which includes a short presentation and a networking happy hour, serves as an in-person warmup for registrants gearing up for Tech Homecoming.
Both events aim to equip job seekers with the tools they need to present themselves positively and effectively.
Registration for all three events is available on the Ann Arbor SPARK website.
Back to Michigan Initiative
Tech Homecoming is part of the broader “Back to Michigan” initiative, recognizing the Thanksgiving holiday and college homecoming season. For former Michiganders seeking to make their return more permanent, regional Back to Michigan events, including Tech Homecoming, offer unique networking opportunities. Learn more here.
Ann Arbor SPARK’s Tech Homecoming is sponsored by the LDFA, Reinhart Realtors, and Heather Nash Photography.
For more information and to register for Tech Homecoming, visit a2spark.org/TH23.