Second citywide techie convention expects bigger crowd


“Ride the wave” seems a fitting theme for the second annual Tech Coast Conference. Over the last couple of years, the innovation and technology community in Jacksonville has matured and coalesced, with the city even being named one of the top 10 places to work in tech in 2014, according to Forbes magazine.

The inaugural Tech Coast Conference, held at Florida State College at Jacksonville, drew 550 attendees to take part in a day-long lineup of workshops, speakers and exhibitions by local technology companies and enthusiasts. This year’s event — Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — has been moved to the Prime Osborn Convention Center to accomodate what organizers hope will be an even larger turnout.

“We’d love to see over 800 people come out this year,” said AJ Alenduff, who serves on the Tech Coast Conference’s board of directors.