2.Oakland (pronounced Two Point Oakland) is made up of tech and civic leaders working to nurture, grow and support Oakland’s tech and innovation ecosystem. Our steering committee (below) is made up of a passionate group of volunteers who are committed to grow 2.Oakland into a financially sustainable organization. Through 2016, our key activities will be:
- hosting public tech events (networking / workforce recruiting) and educational
- building a tech network of Oakland and East Bay tech companies to become ambassadors in our Business Attraction efforts
- connecting existing tech and innovation companies with startups, and each other
- advocating with City of Oakland and other public organizations to resolve issues that impact a tech-friendly business environment.
Interested in learning more about us or joining our Steering Committee? Want to partner with us on an upcoming event? Want to support us with a donation? Email us
Background… In March 2010, Joe Kennedy of Pandora, Patrick Hurley of Skytide, Alex Bernstein of North Social and other Oakland business leaders came together to figure out a cool way to connect innovative technology companies in Oakland. “InOak” was born.
As a group of volunteers, our first two years were focused on hosting a variety of networking and educational events. In late 2011, we realized we had outgrown our inwardly focused InOak brand and sought to find a new name that clearly reflects our intentions to connect technology companies. In March 2012, we launched our new 2.Oakland (pronounced Two Point Oakland) brand at the Pandora headquarters and have never looked back!
Today, 2.Oakland is an organization comprised of companies and individuals working and living in Oakland, California who are dedicated to creating a thriving tech and innovation ecosystem for Oakland and the East Bay. Through programs and events, 2.Oakland supports existing tech companies as well as those organizations seeking to relocate here. Founding member companies and organizations include Pandora, Skytide, Oakland Local, Tech Liminal, North Social, the Downtown & Lake Merritt Community Benefit District, IDotConnect and a variety of Oakland-based professionals.