Tech companies go head-to-head at TechPong Vancouver

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This year marks the second year of TechPong, an event which sees tech companies across Vancouver face off in head-to-head, no-holds-barred, table top action, hosted by local companies Chimp and SHOES.com.

The event was started last year by Unbounce and Chimp as a way for Vancouver’s technology sector to contribute to positive change in the city, and have some fun at the same time.

“One thing that every technology company has in common is that we all have lots of programmers and computers, but we also all have ping pong tables,” said Corey Davis, co-founder of TechPong and a member of CHIMP’s Business Development Team.

So they created what Davis describes as “The Hunger Games, but for ping pong,” gathering doubles teams and singles players from across the Vancouver tech scene. Dressed in the height of 70s and 80s athletic fashion, participants raise money and play in the name of their favourite charities.

Funds raised through this year’s event (already over $60,000) will go to charities and organizations supporting displaced Syrian refugees.

“We want to position [the technology sector] as not only thought leaders and job creators, but also that we’re not only taking but we’re giving back to the communities we live in” says Davis.

The event will feature food, drinks, music, a 1980s video arcade and classic fashion as far as the eye can see, all in the beautiful Imperial Theatre.

Roger Hardy, CEO and Co-Founder of SHOES.com will be playing in the event, and says it’s a great way for companies to cooperate, co-mingle, and contribute.

“SHOES.com has always been a supporter of corporate social responsibility initiatives, not only because we believe it’s important for our organization to give back but we also know that employees are happier and more engaged when they are making a positive impact in the world,” Hardy told Vancity Buzz. “Fostering a committed and engaged work environment is important to our business as we continue to grow.”

Hardy says while it’s important for his employees to be enthusiastic and involved, he’s gotten caught up in the excitement as well.

“I’m personally looking forward to going head-to-head with Ryan Holmes [CEO of Hootsuite]. I hear his backhand needs some work so I’m strategizing my game with this in mind. Hoping he’s up for the challenge,” he says. “As for the team, there is a well-used ping pong table in the kitchen at SHOES.COM HQ so we’ve been practicing daily. We’re feeling pretty good and looking forward to competing.”

TechPong Vancouver 2015

When: Wednesday, October 21; 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Imperial Theatre – 319 Main Street, Vancouver

Price: $10

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