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


  • GRRL Tech launched


  • Rebranded to Tech Collective


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


  • IT Practitioner initiative launched Tech Knowledge Share Event Series


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


  • 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


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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


  • AgileRI launched in February


  • The WIT Mentor Program has served over 300 women at end of 2019
  • DELTA Program starts in Spring of 2018 (4th cohort completed in Fall 2019)
  • Tech Collective has over 2500 attendees and hosts over 75 educational programs this year

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