Grow Your San Diego Tech Company & Career
2-Night In-Person Event
April 13 – April 14, 2022
Students $10 | General Admission $35
(If you are experiencing financial hardship and are interested in participating please fill out the form above to request a sponsored ticket)
2-Night In-Person Conference of Fun, Interactive, and Educational Events
We’re bringing together our region’s next-generation founders and tech workforce with the local innovation ecosystem!
Who should attend?
- College students
- First-time founders
- Job seekers for San Diego startups
- Recruiters and reps from established startups and tech companies
This once-a-year conference will connect startup/tech industry members, students, first-time entrepreneurs, and aspiring job seekers.
You’ll have an opportunity to connect with San Diego startups hiring now, get feedback on your resume, get tips on upleveling in-demand skills, and network with the San Diego startup and business scene.
We’ve lined up an incredible 2-nights of opportunities to help you launch or grow your startup, connect with a mentor, break into the tech industry, or find your next big idea.
Schedule at a Glance
Night 1: Talent Incubation Night – Find An Opportunity: Training, workshops, and mentorship that will take your skills to the next level. Learn how to create a career path that is tailor-made to you.
Date: Wednesday, April 13th
Time: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Night 2: Startup Night – Create An Opportunity: Learn what it takes to go from an idea to a business and beyond, witness the toughest pitch competition on earth and hear war stories from hardened veterans.
Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
You’ll have access to…
Convergence Job Matching Portal
Get on the radar of San Diego companies looking to hire top talent. If you are a student in search of an internship, a recent grad, or if you are changing careers, you’ll want to sign up & submit your information below! We’ll help connect you with local startups and hiring tech companies. Interested companies will reach out to you directly if you are a match for their role(s)!
Intercollegiate Pitch Competition & Founders Tournament
Sixteen hand-selected startups from our local college partners will compete in the toughest inter-college pitch competition around! After three separate battle rounds, our all-star judging panel will crown the champ for ultimate bragging rights. Watch what makes a great pitch, see the next generation of talent, and cheer for your favorite. Check out the schedule below for more details on the tournament structure and eligibility. Submit the interest form to pitch! We will consider high school student submissions.
Workshops & Office Hours with Industry Experts
Uplevel your skills and connect with industry experts. We’ll host workshops and office hours to cover the fundamental skills needed to thrive in the startup scene. Come learn from the best!
Deep Dive to Level Up: Panel Discussions
What does it take to land your startup dream job? Learn more about how companies hire, what they look for, and how to increase your chances of landing a job in 2022 and beyond. We’re bringing in industry experts to chat about career paths in:
- Sales & Customer Success
We’ll also talk about what to do when things don’t go according to plan. Behind every success are years of hard lessons learned. We’ll chat about real-life struggles that paved the way for a resilient future.
Plus! Hands-On Workshops and Networking:
- Improve your LinkedIn profile
- Group mock job interviews
- Startup Expo
How do I get to UCSD Park & Market and what’s the parking accomodation?
UCSD Park & Market (1100 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101) is at the heart of Downtown San Diego, with that said there are several paid parking options nearby the venue. Check out this link to see nearby paid parking locations. We highly encourage attendees to come to the venue via public transportation (MTS), or rideshare (Lyft or Uber). The MTS trolley blue line connects attendees all the way from UCSD and all the way from the south and drops them off in front of the UCSD Park & Market building.
Here are quick links for MTS trolley directions:
How do I find parking and get to the UCSD Design & Innovation Building?
The UCSD Design & Innovation Building located on the UCSD campus can be conveniently accessed by the MTS Blue line. If you plan to drive to the location here are a couple of parking recommendations:
- The closest Paid parking lot is at UCSD P510, arrive early at this location to assure parking. You can also park at the Gilman Parking Structure which is also a short walk to the UCSD Design & Innovation building. You can pay for your parking on the Park Mobile App. Click here to view the map to get from these parking structures to the event venue.
- For FREE parking, we encourage people to park in the 5-story free parking garage at La Jolla Village Square, 8657 Villa La Jolla Dr. You can catch the MTS blue line trolley at Noble Drive Station and 2 stops up land in front of the Design & Innovation building off UCSD Central Campus station.
Here are quick links to get to the venue using public transportation:
Will there be food at both nights?
Yes, both nights will be catered with food and snacks. The food is covered by your ticket.
How will I navigate to the different rooms?
We will have volunteers and signs to conveniently lead you to the different workshop rooms and office hours.
Do I need to attend every panel/keynote?
No, you may plug into any session you want at the designated time frame, please refer to the schedule.
Do I have to attend all 2-nights?
No, you’re not required to come for all 2-nights and you can see the schedule and find which nights or sessions would be best for you.
If I miss a session, will a video recording be available to me?
Since Convergence is in-person this year we encourage attendees to come to their desired session. We will not have recordings available, but you are welcome to add the speaker on LinkedIn and contact them for more information.
What does my ticket price go towards?
Your ticket price will go towards Startup San Diego’s operations and programs with a mission to create a more inclusive and innovative startup ecosystem.
If I can’t make the event, can I gift my ticket to someone else?
Yes, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance by emailing [email protected] Include your name, email, and the name and email of the individual(s) you would like to gift the tickets to.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact us at [email protected] and a member of our team will follow up with you within the next 24-hours.