Salesforce, Splunk, Clio, Mobify and Eventbase are among the Vancouver tech teams coming together this October for a fun event to raise money for diabetes research.

The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes is being hosted at the Vancouver Art Gallery Piazza on October 4 and for the first time there will be an hour dedicated to tech companies. At 4pm, teams of up to 5 riders will race spin bikes for a total of one hour for a trophy and tech community bragging rights. There are prizes for speed, style and funds raised.

The Ride is going to be a fun team-building event. A live DJ will be spinning tunes. Fans will be cheering on their teams from the 600-person beer garden and enjoying food truck fare from TacoFino and RiceBurger.

All funds raised from the Ride will support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which leads the way in funding research to cure Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). More than 300,000 Canadians suffer from T1D and it is the leading cause of blindness in this country.

If your tech company would like to participate in the Ride, sign up for free by completing this form. If you’re not into riding, you’re still welcome to show your support by coming to the event or volunteering.

Visit jdrfride.ca for more information or to make a donation.

Jeff Sinclair is CEO of Vancouver’s Eventbase. Eventbase is the premium event app platform relied on by many of the largest events and brands in the world. He is also a member of the organizing committee for the JDRF Ride. Jeff’s youngest daughter has T1D.