How do techies like to party? Well, when they're not road tripping to the Nevada dessert for Burning Man or partying 1,000 times harder than L.A., many are just having some good clean fun.  

Take the Tech Carnival @ Candlestick Park, for example. Wednesday night more than 1,000 people from the Silicon Valley community attended a pop-up festival at the San Francisco 49ers' former home stadium. 

Around the outskirts of the arena was a velcro wall, sumo wrestling and some of the fanciest cotton candy flavors you'll ever find.  

But inside the stadium was where the real action took place. The Silicon Valley Sports League, which organized the carnival, hosted a face-off between Silicon Valley's fiercest recreational sports competitors--in the tech industry, that is. 

From GoPro to Google, companies sent forth their employees to compete "for offline supremacy." These championship games were the grand finale to an eight week-long sports competition. 

In the end, mobile advertising platform creator Vungle took home the trophy. The company's prize? A shiny new billboard on U.S. Route 101. Probably best of all, proceeds from ticket sales went to Mission Bit, a nonprofit that offers free programming classes to San Francisco public school students.

These games were especially sentimental, as they were among the last to be played at Candlestick Park. Next year the 49ers will begin their first season at their new home in Santa Clara, and Candlestick will be torn down in early 2015. 


Published on: Jul 17, 2014