The third annual Tech Ride is taking place October 7th, and local tech teams including Microsoft, Clio, Klue, Traction on Demand and Eventbase are once again riding to raise funds to cure Type 1 diabetes.
As part of the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF, the Tech Ride will bring the technology community together for a great cause. It will challenge teams, build camaraderie, partake in some friendly competition and work towards the goal of ending Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
The 2021 event is a special celebration. This year marks 100 years since Canadian Nobel Prize winner Sir Frederick Banting discovered insulin, a daily life saver for the 300,000 children and adults living with Type 1 Diabetes in this country.
In honour of this milestone, some of the tech teams are completing the 100km Challenge, committing to ride that distance with their teams before October 7th. Bringing teams together for a series of bike rides offers a safe and fun outdoor activity.
Before Covid, the Tech Ride was a physical event that challenged teams to compete in a stationary bike race, but the event transitioned to virtual in 2020. This year features a new immersive and interactive virtual environment to foster a high-energy and fun virtual event for teams. Participants can choose to spin on a stationary bike, break a sweat at a fitness class led by F45, or stretch with a yoga class. They can also take part in contests to win prizes as well.
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). Taking part in this year’s event, the Tech Ride is supporting JDRF to fund research that will help us move beyond insulin and accelerate towards cures.
If your tech company would like to participate in the Ride, register for free at jdrfride.ca or contact Natalie Sjosvard: email@example.com. To ensure your fundraising efforts show on the Tech Ride leaderboard, make sure you select the Technology sector when you register.
Not able to participate? Donations are greatly appreciated. Visit: jdrfride.ca.
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.