16 photos of tech workers having the time of their lives at Burning Man

burning man 2016Marianna Phillips sits near the Temple Project as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, U.S. September 2, 2016. Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk once said "Burning Man is Silicon Valley."

Judging from the photos of startup founders, tech workers, and venture capitalists that have surfaced since the annual counterculture festival began, we're guessing Musk is right.

We rounded up the best images of tech workers sweating it out on the playa.

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User experience designer Olia Birulia made the well-traveled trek from San Francisco to Burning Man, and made some friends along the way.


Will O'Brien, an angel investor and COO of cloud analytics platform Keen IO, couldn't resist the chance to fly direct to Burning Man's pop-up airport.


Jessica Rose Yurasek (not pictured) manages social media strategy for clients like Twitter Video when she's not galavanting across the playa.


Matt Herrick, a sales executive at big data company Mattermark, became the reigning champion of jousting at Black Rock City.


Herrick later bumped into some astronauts.


Alessandra Bruno is a New York-based startup founder whose e-commerce platform, 4Gifters, lets you send a gift to anyone in the world.


Y Combinator alum Aaron Muszalski made a last minute adjustment to his costume.


500 Startups mentor Tatyana Kanzaveli posted this photo of her "new friend." Her startup, Open Health Network, lets people build mobile apps without learning to code.


Kanzaveli also popped into a lecture at Ideate Labs' camp, where organizers hold speaker series on topics related to tech and innovation.


TEDxBlackRockCity returned to Burning Man to provide an extra dose of inspiration.


Meanwhile, venture capitalist Ari Eisenstat moderated a panel on inspiration during a whiteout dust storm.


What better way to enjoy your summer off than to bathe in dust? Bennett Thuener, the CFO of Alpine Data Labs, knows what's up.


Sam Winkler works as managing director of Liquipel, a startup that has developed a unique process to make electronics water-resistant. Surely that came in handy in the desert.


Freelance technologist Florian Zumbrunn channeled Indiana Jones on the playa.


Meanwhile, Asher Blumberg, a product designer at mobile app startup Juxta Labs, lost a few layers of clothing to beat the heat.


See you next year, burners.


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