Tech talent seeking work at San Antonio Tech Job Fair next Tuesday, Oct. 27 will immediately recognize many of the employer tables in the Geekdom Event Centre. Major local companies like H-E-B, USAA and Rackspace as well as national organizations like Venture for America and international professional service company Accenture will be vying for the attention of more than 350 potential employees.
About 40 spots remain as of Friday evening on the guest list. The fair is free for job seekers, but requires registration here by Monday, Oct. 26. There are still some tickets available for individual recruiters willing to pay $50 to attend the event.
Also in the mix are smaller, emerging companies like cybersecurity firm Def-Logix Inc., vending management software company Parlevel Systems, Webhead, and WP Engine hosting. About 20 companies are exhibiting during what’s being billed as the “first official tech job fair in San Antonio.”
A wide range of positions will sought including those for web development, software engineering, network administration, tech support, web/graphic design, marketing, and advertising.
The tech industry in San Antonio is bolstered by the city’s position as the second largest cybersecurity hub in the U.S. – second only to Washington D.C. – but the star of Texas’ startup and entrepreneurial sectors has been Austin for several years. With the help of tech industry advocacy groups like Tech Bloc and San Antonio Tecosystem, Geekdom’s flourishing collaborative work space, and support from economic drivers like San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, San Antonio’s piece of the tech industry pie is growing.
“I do think the time is ripe for this kind of event,” said fair organizer Hannah Westberg of Codeu. “There’s a lot of momentum around tech right now, especially with everything Geekdom, Open Cloud Academy, Tech Bloc, and we at Codeup are doing in the city. The goal of the job fair is to continue this forward motion and draw awareness to the fact that we do have both opportunity and talent in our local tech industry.”
The most recent study of San Antonio’s tech industry, released by San Antonio Chamber, is seven-years stale. It reported an $8 million economic impact to the city with $882 million paid in wages and salaries to 15,648 employees.
“A lot has changed, we fully expect those numbers to be much bigger by now,” said Shaun Williams, SA Tecosystem founder and board chair told the Rivard Report in July. SA-Tecosystem, in partnership with the chamber, has hired two prominent researchers at Trinity University to carry out a new study that is expected to be released this November.
Codeup will also be represented at the fair as a sponsor and employer. The coding training and certification company offers several different crash-course tracks for people of all ages and backgrounds to enter the tech industry. Open Cloud Academy, Rackspace’s own accelerated course tailored for cloud computing, and national code school The Iron Yard will also be at the fair. The growing popularity of online and in-person courses locally and even worldwide is good for an industry experiencing an employment gap. Globally, about seven million cloud-related jobs will be created by 2015, but an estimated 1.7 million jobs in this field went unfilled in 2012, according to an International Data Corporation report.
The fair is more casual than most as Alamo Beer Co. will provide free beer to the first 300 attendees.
“In tech, beer and work most definitely go together,” Westberg said. “We wanted to set the tone of the event as more of a casual networking environment, as opposed to your typical, formal job fair. Plus, Alamo Beer graciously offered to sponsor drinks for this event, and that’s an offer we simply couldn’t refuse.”
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday – which means free parking in City garages and spots – and ends at 7 p.m. The Geekdom Event Centre is located at 131 Soledad St. in the Rand Building (east side entrance).
The 80/20 Foundation, Tech Bloc, Geekdom, San Antonio Chamber, Codeup, and Open Cloud Academy are sponsors of the job fair.
*Top image: WP Engine employee Eric Rosenberg works at his standing desk in the Geekdom office. Photo by Scott Ball.