TechPong Returns to Raise Money to Aid Syrian Refugee Crisis

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TechPong, a ping pong tournament with a purpose, is back for round two.

Launched last year and “smashing all expectations” according to organizers, the event aims to bring Vancouver’s tech industry together for a night of fun to help raise money for charities in support of the Syrian refugee crisis.

TechPong, taking place October 21 at Imperial Vancouver, invites tech companies to raise a minimum of $1,000 for a charity of their choice in support of the Syrian refugee crisis, whether it be charities providing emergency relief overseas or those helping with refugees resettling in Canada.

Hosted by Shoes.com and Chimp, TechPong will showcase talent from the tech sector, including Hootsuite, BuildDirect, and Unbounce.

 “Vancouver’s tech industry is a growing and important economic and human capital force in Canada, and TechPong is really about the industry coming together and making a collective impact while having some fun,” said John Bromley, CEO of Chimp. “That they’ve chosen to support the refugee crisis this year shows how much that issue has shocked us all in some way.”

“It’s inspiring to see Vancouver’s tech community rallying in support of the Syrian refugee crisis. It really demonstrates the cohesiveness of our industry,” said Roger Hardy, CEO of SHOES.com. “Charity and corporate social responsibility are fundamental to the Shoes.com team and we are eager to make a positive impact on a humanitarian crisis’ that has touched millions of lives.”

Last year’s TechPong raised more than $70,000 for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This year the event hopes to raise $100,000.

 

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