On March 8, 14,500 job seekers attended the second annual Tech Fair LA at the Reef in Downtown Los Angeles. The event was created and hosted by Comparably CEO Jason Nazar, in partnership with Mayor Garcetti and the Annenberg Foundation. Attendees had the opportunity to meet 250 companies, including SpaceX, Zip Recruiter, GOAT, YouTube and Lyft.

The event also included several panel discussions on diversity and inclusion, as well as a startup pitch competition. Neuro Gum, a Los Angeles-based caffeinated-gum company, was voted the winner by representatives from venture capital firms such as Greycroft Ventures and Upfront Ventures and took home a $10,000 prize. Tech Fair LA was capped off by a keynote speech from Mayor Garcetti which applauded the vibrant LA tech scene but also called on the community to increase the number of women and people of color in the industry.

Technology reporter Eli Horowitz can be reached at ehorowitz@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachhorowitz13 for the latest in L.A. tech news.