Utah Tech Week today announced that from October 6 – 10, 2014, it will hold a series of community-oriented programs and events designed to bring national attention to Utah’s burgeoning tech sector and attract talent. 

Founded to connect, educate and engage with some of the best tech talent in the nation, Utah Tech Week will highlight the state’s wealth of opportunities in the tech industry.

In addition to keynote speakers and visits to many of Utah’s successful startups, this inaugural weeklong showcase will also feature panels with entrepreneurs, engineers and investors in Salt Lake City, Park City, Davis County, Cottonwood Heights, Lehi and Provo. Utah Tech Week will also host a “hackathon,” in which 30 teams will vie for more than $10,000 in prize money, a trophy, and the title of “Best Development Team in Utah.”

“Utah is a booming place for business, and this event will shine a national spotlight on the innovation and ideas taking root here,” said Jordan Burke, director of Silicon Slopes. “It’s clear that Utah has a wonderful ecosystem in place that supports technology companies and fosters success, and I hope that Utah Tech Week will help attract even more great companies and tech professionals to join our great state.”

In recent years, Utah has received numerous recognitions for cultivating a healthy business and tech-centric environment. Commercial real estate firm CBRE recently reported that Utah’s tech sector is growing at about five times the rate of the national economy, and Forbes placed Utah at the No. 3 spot on its 2013 Best States for Business list. According to reports from state offices, Utah is currently home to more than 4,400 technology companies that employ more than 53,000 professionals. This year those companies have raised more than $1 billion in funding.

For more information on Utah Tech Week, to stay up to date on the schedule of events or to register, visit www.utahtechweek.com.