Most of the time, showing up at tech companies unannounced and hoping for a free beer would be considered tacky. I just learned this. But not on Sept. 8th people. As part of the first-ever Bend Tech Crawl, you can spend an evening touring around participating tech companies, having some apps and maybe a brewski — and then ending up at a party.

The Central Oregon branch of the Technology Association of Oregon has organized the Bend Tech Crawl as part of its first statewide tech networking event. That means people in Eugene and Portland will also be tech crawling around their towns at the same time.


The Bend event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the BendTECH coworking space, located at 1001 SW Emkay Drive. From there, you’ll get a map with info about all of the 11 participating companies. Then you can get out and actually visit them as part of a self-guided tour. Stop at as many places as you like. You can meet other people in tech, learn more about companies here, put appetizers in your purse. NO JUDGEMENT. Then at 7:30 everyone will meet up for a reception at The Barrel Thief.

The participating tech companies from Bend are: BendTECH, Cascade Divide, Firewhat?, Five Talent Software, GL Solutions, Grace Bio-Labs, Hueya, Kollective, Smart Solutions, Steady Budget, and Tech Soft 3D. This is a great group of companies that includes new, smart startups and long-term success stories. So go meet them. We’ll see you there.

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Event details

Date – Sep 08, 2016

Time – 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location – BendTECH, 1001 SW Emkay Dr. Bend, OR 97702

Price – $5

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Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

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