About Tech Collective

As the technology hub of Rhode Island, Tech Collective partners with companies, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, government, academia, and the technology workforce. Tech Collective strives to encourage and develop diverse populations to enrich the technology community. Membership is open to all who are passionate about the growth of technology innovation and opportunity for all in Rhode Island.

Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $12M in federal, state, and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development. Awards and funding include Governor’s Workforce Board RI Industry Partnerships, Real Jobs RI, Ready to Work/ Tech Force RI, and national recognition with the state of Rhode Island from President Obama’s TechHire initiative.

Meet Our Staff

We believe the Tech Collective team is our greatest asset and benefit to our members. Connect with them today to see how we can help you on your technology business journey.

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Meet Our Board

Our board of directors represents the most innovative large and small technology driven businesses in Rhode Island.


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1990's - 2009

  • Founded in mid-90’s as RI Software Association, shifted to RI Technology council

2001

  • GRRL Tech launched

2004

  • Rebranded to Tech Collective

2008

  • Tech Laureates Night launched (now Tech10 Awards)
  • Women in Tech initiative launched

2009

  • IT Practitioner initiative launched Tech Knowledge Share Event Series

2010

  • Incumbent Worker Training launched
  • Job Seeker Workshop series launched
  • First Fellowship Program for IT workers

2011

  • Tech10 Awards launched
  • STEM in the Middle launched
  • IT Managers program launched
  • Industry Employer Workshop launched
  • RI_WORKS_IT Boot camp (1st of it’s kind) launched

2012

  • HR Professional Development Series launched
  • WIT Mentor Program Launched
  • Legal series launched

2013

  • IT On Demand launched
  • RI Bio Awards launched
  • Software Development program launched

2014

  • $7.5M Ready to Work grant received and launched
  • Hour of Code taken on as youth program

2015

  • Tech Collective moves to Rising Sun Mills
  • Tech Collective partners with Rhode Island Monthly for Tech10 Awards

2016

  • P-TECH program launched
  • Enter ITRI Report
  • GRRL Tech serves a record of 550 girls

2017

  • Rebrand and renewal
  • Tech Meetup Social
  • Diversity and Inclusion initiative started
  • NIST Cybersecurity framework bootcamp
  • $75k Real Jobs RI grant received to expand Women in Tech program

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