SALT LAKE CITY – The fifth annual Silicon Slopes tech and startup event kicked off Thursday in Salt Lake City, with a big focus on an effort to help Utahns cope with food insecurity.
More than 40 guest speakers, including corporate heavyweights like Apple CEO Tim Cook, will be presenters over the next two days at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
They will help many smart and ambitious people find ways to start or better run their own businesses.
But another big part of the conference will be something called Silicon Slopes Serves, where volunteers come together with the goal of preparing 1 million meals for Utah residents in need.
“Mac and cheese is our number one requested item. Kids love it, people love it, it’s a great way to bring together that demand and that skill set, ”said Ginette Bott, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Utah.
Silicon Slopes Serves is open to anyone, not just those attending the conference.
“So maybe those who attend the conference will come here, see a project like this, go back to their home country or city, and also be able to help in their home region, because the hunger issues, they’re everywhere, ”Bott added.
This is a volunteering project as simple as you can imagine. After watching a two-minute video, putting on gloves and a hair net, the volunteers are ready to go.
“There are no heavy loads, there are no boxes, there are no pallets, we set up the fun part for people to come and help,” Bott said. you want to bring the kids to help or you can just come as an individual, we would love your help here.
Anyone interested in volunteering should head to the south entrance of the convention center where there is a registration table and instructions on how to participate in helping provide 1 million meals that will all stay here instead of l ‘Utah.