You’re invited to the four parties of Thinc Iowa 2012
Attendees at the Thinc Iowa 2011 Opening Party ham up for the photo booth.
During the two and a half days of our Thinc Iowa event, Oct. 9-11, the parties play into the full conference experience. From the opening party Tuesday to the closing party Thursday, they're just as integral to an attendee's experience as what happens in our main venue, The Temple for Performing Arts.
Highlighted below are the four local venues where we will host our parties – two of which are open to the public. For admission into all four, you'll need to pick up a ticket to the conference.
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Wooly's (504 East Locust St.) - Open to the public
It was hard not to choose this concert venue for the Thinc Iowa opener, and from one quick glance you'll soon see why. We could chalk it up to coincidence but we'll be honest with you, the vibe at Wooly's fit the hand-sketched, ornate details of the Thinc Iowa brand down to a mark. This music hot spot in the historic East Village of downtown Des Moines will accentuate the night and start the conference off on the right design.
The Middle Party - Oct. 10, 9 p.m.
Exile Brewing Co. (1514 Walnut St.) – Limited to badge holders
Des Moines' newest venue and the second stop on our party circuit, located just blocks away from the main conference hub, is a hand-crafted brewery "fueled by the passion of a burn-bright lifestyle." That's a phrase and a state of mind we hope our Thinc Iowa attendees will bridge into the next day of the conference. At Exile Brewing Co., we'll spend time easy-sipping original lagers and ales in clear sight of the brew house and fermentation room. You'll take a peek at the hometown brewing process and kick back with all the cool kids of the conference, speakers included.
Happy Hour presented by WebFilings - Oct. 11, 5 p.m.
Americana (1312 Locust St.) – Limited to badge holders
As soon as that clock strikes 5, the happy hour at Americana begins. This restaurant and lounge "celebrates the swagger of the cocktail culture" with a modern twist and can be found 4.4 acres from the conference venue. During the walk to the party, we'll pass through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, home to 27 works reportedly valued at more than $40 million. The park's namesake, John Pappajohn, is one of the city's most visible investors.
West End Architectural Salvage (22 9th St.) – Open to the public
West End Arcitectual Salvage is, by a long shot, the most eclectic place we've held a Silicon Prairie Series party. Possibly it's because they'll be starring in their own HGTV reality home improvement show (that starts filming today), but perhaps it's because this four-story salvage source with one-of-a-kind gems from New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, England and the Middle East also opens its doors to host events. Needless to say, this closing party will be an engaging experience topped off with a brewski and a sense of discovery for a variety of vintage finds.
Credits: Photo from Thinc Iowa 2011 by Anna Jones and Ikonix Studio. Venue photos from Wooly's, Exile Brewing Co. and Americana, respectively. Photo of West End Salvage by Brittany Mascio.
The Silicon Prairie Series
Thinc Iowa is a conference on innovation and entrepreneurship. Limited to 500 attendees, the two-and-a-half-day event presents more than a dozen nationally-known speakers in an inspiring and engaging environment. The Thinc Iowa conference is part of the Silicon Prairie Series, the nation's most ambitious events on innovation and entrepreneurship. Big Omaha and a future Kansas City event are also a part of the series.