About Treks

Our goal is to provide members deeper exposure to tech companies and startups across a variety of industries. Our treks provide a platform for students and companies to interact in a more intimate setting. 

Historically, we’ve led treks to both New York and the West Coast (San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle). 

Treks last year included visits to the largest tech companies: Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, as well as smaller companies/startups such as Affirm, Stitch Fix, Sonder,  Doordash, Atrium and AllBirds. 

We are excited to announce the tentative dates for our 4 main treks for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Big Tech NYC - Friday, Nov 1

  • Big Tech West (Seattle & SF)  - Friday, Dec 6th - Tuesday, Dec 10th (Final exam reading period) 

  • SF Startup Trek - Thursday and Friday, February 20 - 21

  • NYC Startup Trek - Friday, February 28 

Stay tuned for more information and application details in the coming months!

Alumni & Partnerships

The Alumni and Partnerships team is the link between Tech Club and our incredible Wharton alumni and external Tech community. Throughout the year, we host weekly Fireside Chats with recent Wharton alumni across a range of companies and functions, from startups to Big Tech. This forum is an opportunity for current students to learn about the culture of each company, the career progression of different types of roles open to MBA students, and the benefits of starting their careers there. For recordings of past alumni Fireside Chats, please visit the Wharton Tech Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whartontechclub1/

In addition to working with alumni, we also partner with various organizations in the Tech industry. For example, we partner with several leading Tech news organizations, such as The Information to provide exclusive rates to our members. We also partner with leading Tech Conferences to give Tech Club members access to the largest events in the industry. 

We’re always looking to partner with alumni and organizations in the technology space. If you’re interested in connecting, please email us at techclubalumni@wharton.upenn.edu.

SF Networking Trek

Typically run in November or December, this trek serves two main purposes.  First, it is an opportunity for students -- especially those who are unfamiliar with the West Coast -- to immerse themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area tech ecosystem through networking events, company visits, and industry talks.  Secondly, this trek is intentionally run while the Semester in San Francisco term is in session, allowing trekkers to get a glimpse of the curriculum, resources, and opportunities afforded by that program

Big Tech Trek

This trek targets the some of the largest, most established tech companies on the West Coast, just before internship recruiting gets into full swing.  Usually taking place during the second week of January, this trek spans 2-3 days and covers some of the most recognized tech companies.  Past participants have included Google, Apple, LinkedIn, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon

SF Startup Trek

With increasing interest in startup recruiting among Tech Club members, this trek aims to connect students to the hottest startups in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Each February, the club spends two days visiting a wide range of tech startups in all stages of development and all industries.  In the past two years, trek participants have visited companies such as Airbnb, Eventbrite, URX, Coursera, Stripe, Zenefits, and Pebble

NY Startup Trek

New York City now boasts the highest overall amount of startup funding outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Tech Club organizes an annual one-day trek to New York each February or March, focusing on company visits with a variety of up and coming startups in the city.  In 2014, the trek included visits to Squarespace, CommonBond, Digital Ocean, and Noom