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Technology Association of Oregon Partners with Run the World to Host Interactive Virtual Events

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Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) values in-person connections and conversations, but with the health, safety and wellness of our community and staff in mind, we have started 2021 with a purely virtual programming and event schedule.

Because of this drastic change to our event and programming schedule, TAO is excited to announce our partnership with Run the World to provide additional opportunities for virtual engagement to the regional technology industry through their platform available for both mobile and desktop use.

“Despite the challenges of the last year, the TAO team has been able to offer consistent and targeted opportunities for engagement between industry leaders, peers and potential clients,” said Skip Newberry, President and CEO of TAO. “Our new partnership with Run the World will allow us to continue to innovate the delivery of our advocacy efforts, programming, networking, and talent development.” 

Registrants for TAO events hosted on the Run the World platform can look forward to interactive features like “cocktail party” that sets up brief, one-on-one interactions, “fireside chats,” that allow participants to respond to conversations between presenters, and “round tables” where TAO and our partner hosts specify topics, let attendees create their own, and allow attendees to jump from one topic to another.

TAO member companies also benefit from the partnership with a complimentary month of the Pro version of Run the World for hosting their own interactive events.

“Run The World is built with the mission to bring natural real-world interactions into virtual events. TAO represents the type of social-first membership communities that Run The World is well-positioned to serve. We are thrilled to learn that TAO members enjoyed building relationships and meaningful connections on Run The World and look forward to seeing more events in 2021,” said Xiaoyin Qu, Founder and CEO of Run The World.

For more information on how TAO member companies can access Run the World Pro for free please contact Rylee O’Brien, Vice President, Events & Experiences –

About Run the World
Founded in 2019, Run The World is a virtual events platform for interactive online experiences that build social relationships and communities. The company helps organizers create engaging and actually enjoyable networking events, workshops, parties and conferences utilizing highly-reviewed features, ranging from 1:1 Cocktail Party networking to using Grab the Mic to join speakers on stage. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Will Smith, and Kevin Hart, attendees worldwide participated in over 15,000 events on Run The World in 2020. For more information, please visit

About the Technology Association of Oregon
Technology Association of Oregon is a local not for profit organization working to build opportunities, better our economy, and unify a voice for innovation in Oregon and beyond.  A recognized leader in shaping and growing technology and business communities, TAO empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, advocacy, resources, and more.  With over 450 member-companies, TAO’s network brings together some of the largest companies in the world, small startups, and tech-enabled companies that are using technology to drive growth and innovation. For more information please visit

Media Contacts:
Ruthie Ditzler
Marketing & Regional Programs Coordinator, TAO

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