On Thursday, March 19th, Mac’s Pizza Pub (Wooster Pike) becomes the mecca of the Cincinnati IT community and NCAA basketball. Over 1,000 technology professionals will play hooky and converge on Mac’s in honor of IT and the beginning of March Madness. Some will come early. Some will come late. Some will come early and stay late. Regardless, all will enjoy IT networking, shop talk, food and spirits, and loads of college basketball… at no charge.
What started 25 years ago as a simple gathering when Steve Spooner—then with IBM—took clients and friends to the Village Tavern to watch the first day of the NCAA basketball tournament has evolved into “the largest Cincinnati IT networking event of the year.”
Today, the event is coined the “Holy Day of Obligation (HDoO)”… mostly “because if basketball were a religion, the first day of the men’s tournament would be a ‘holy day of obligation.’
From the first tip until the end of the last game, beverages and appetizers are complimentary and provided by ATC and other sponsors. A large tent and lunch and dinner will be provided by co-platinum sponsors Immedion and Vaco.
25 years later and Spooner still runs the event purely in a volunteer capacity. This year he anticipates over 1,000 guests. “A lot depends on the weather,” says Spooner. “A few years ago we had beautiful weather and ran out of all 1,500 wristbands.”
Through its support of the event, ATC is allotted 60 guests for “Holy Day.” Be Holy… join the fun with ATC: