TechRaising was founded in 2011 to support local communities efforts in sustaining tech ecosystems. We aim to provide the space and support for individuals to gather, collaborate, and build their ideas. It is the melding of experience, expertise and execution that allows tech projects to flourish. The inaugural TechRaising was held in May 2011 at Cruzio. Over 100 people participated, 38 ideas were pitched, 8 were built in 48 hours, and 2 received funding. Tech icon Scott McNealy gave a thought provoking Keynote to a standing room only crowd.