The first Technology Innovation Summit was recently held to highlight innovation in Arizona.
Over 15 speakers covered a variety of topics directly affecting the state’s technology industry and development, according to the release.
Arizona has become known for welcoming technology innovation, according to Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer.
Hamer moderated a conversation between Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona State University President Michael Crow about how the state’s policies have been welcoming to technology innovation and contributed to the growth of the local tech industry.
The event wrapped up with a speech by Jack Selby, managing director at Thiel Capital.
In a blog post about the event, Hamer wrote that the state has a reputation for being a place to design and develop electric or autonomous vehicles. He said that Intel recently agreed to invest $7 billion in Chandler, which will bring about 3,000 jobs.
Hamer also wrote about the investments being made in the state by companies like Yelp and Weebly. He said that other Silicon Valley companies have also shown an interest in developing in Arizona.