Darin Andersen at SILO in the Makers Quarter. Photo by Chris Jennewein
Darin Andersen at SILO in the Makers Quarter. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The online cloud met downtown concrete Wednesday night as two technology organizations brought hundreds to an outdoor dinner in the East Village.

CyberTECH and Securing Our eCity sponsored the 2nd annual “Good Neighbor Taste of Downtown” at SILO in the Makers Quarter.

Darin Anderson, founder and chairman of CyberTech, said the downtown tech community can’t grow if the needs of everyone in the community are not met.

“Bringing tech together with other elements of the community becomes important,” said Anderson. “Everyone in the community needs to be well.”

Some 22 restaurants and food trucks provided food, while the San Diego Food Bank took donations and received a major share of the funds raised. Proceeds from the event also went to support STEM education and workforce development programs.

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and former mayor Jerry Sanders spoke to the crowd about the importance of a safe, secure and caring downtown.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.