Nerd out with the Tech Club

Dennis Chua, Contributor

The Tech Club welcomes all ECs back to campus and is excited to have the new RCs join the HBS family!

Who We Are

Community: We are a group that shares the collective belief that technology can improve the way we do things. Over the years, we have fostered a tight-knit community of students and alumni who are interested or involved in technology, be it product managers, engineers, investors, or even career-switchers. Many of our members consider the club to be their “second home” during the school year, and we pride ourselves on the deep friendships and leadership opportunities that we help create.

Curiosity: We aim to educate our members on the cutting edge of technology and innovation across all industries. We help our members discover new roles, companies and innovators within the US and internationally.

Connection: The club’s extensive network provides unparalleled opportunities for our members to connect with start-ups, big tech, venture capital, and academia to support their personal and professional pursuits.

Let’s Get Tech-y

The Tech Club organizes a solid line-up of professional and social events throughout the school year, including exclusive treks (sold out every year) during the winter. Below, we highlight a couple of the more exciting events happening this fall and through the winter.

Tech Conference: The 24th annual Tech Conference will be taking place on Sunday, October 28, 2018. This is one of the largest conferences hosted at HBS – last year, we hosted almost 1,200 attendees. Our theme this year is “Tech: An Inflection Point,” within which we will have candid discussions around how technology is changing people’s lives for better or worse. We are expecting a variety of industry keynotes, demos that include leading augmented reality (AR) technology, and over 16 panels ranging from venture capital visionaries, to AI trendsetters, to diversity and emerging markets champions.

WesTrek: WesTrek is the largest and most prestigious professional trek at HBS, and it has been an annual tradition at the school for over two decades. Over the course of three days, students will meet dozens of HBS alumni and get the rare opportunity to have intimate meetings with executives (e.g. CEOs, CFOs) at companies across San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Last year, around 150 HBS students and over 50 companies participated in WesTrek. The trek offered an opportunity to meet with big tech names such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Uber; venture capital firms such as Bain Capital, Bessemer, and Greylock; and exciting startups like Allbirds, Thumbtack, and Patreon.

NYTrek: NYTrek is traditionally a one-day trip where around 90 students get the opportunity to meet with a handful of companies in an intimate setting, followed by an evening of networking. NYTrek is more heavily geared towards startups, and more often than not, participants find themselves meeting with the founder, CEO, or COO.

BerlinTrek: In an effort to better connect HBS with the entrepreneurship, tech and venture capital community in Europe, BerlinTrek will bring students on an exclusive trip to meet with a variety of cutting-edge start-ups and venture capital firms in Berlin.

Aside from our conference and treks, we also host regular career and knowledge-building sessions, speaker panels, alumni networking events, and a variety of community-oriented social activities. We offer great recommendations for the more popular and helpful classes to take in the EC year to build certain skill sets for our members’ desired career paths. Finally, the Tech Club is a conduit for companies to share job and internship opportunities and host events to meet students face-to-face – in fact, a lot of our members have historically secured their internships or jobs either directly or indirectly through the club and our activities!

Want to Talk Tech?

We would love to chat with you about technology and the Tech Club. Our co-presidents, Dennis Chua and Danni Pi, are also available at your convenience.

The Tech Club sends our best wishes for the 2018-2019 school year!

Dennis Chua (HBS’ 19) is an investor and technology enthusiast. He is the co-president of both the Investment Club and Tech Club, and co-chaired the Investment Conference and WesTrek. Prior to HBS, Dennis did investing at D.E. Shaw, and investment banking at Goldman Sachs. He spent this summer at Tiger Management and Triarii Capital. Dennis received a B.Sc., summa cum laude, Tau Beta Pi, in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell University. In his free time, he enjoys thrillers and road trips.