Boston TechJam kicks off Thursday in City Hall Plaza

It’s part block party, part technology showcase, and part festival. The third annual Boston TechJam will return on Thursday to City Hall Plaza to showcase Boston-area startups and accelerators, each of whom will have two minutes to pitch their concepts to a crowd vote.

The pitch contest is styled in the traditional way, along with a little twist: the companies will showcase along with their accelerators, which will have one minute to introduce their chosen startup to the crowd. Here’s a list of the accelerators and their chosen startups.

 

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Here’s your invitation to Boston’s biggest tech party going down June 11 – Boston TechJam

If you’re in Boston next Thursday and looking to get your fill of the regions technology ecosystem, head on over to Boston’s City Hall Plaza on June 11 for the third annual Boston TechJam.

If you’re not familiar with Boston TechJam, it’s an event that gives anyone who loves tech or innovation the opportunity to see what’s coming out of Boston. On top of getting a sneak peek of all the up and coming startups sprouting up, it’s also a great way to network with Boston-area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech and tech-enabled companies, and venture capitalists. Not to mention it’s a really good time too. I know, I went last year, along with 3,000 other people.

 

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Local Accelerators and Startups Will Take Boston TechJam Stage in “Building a Better Boston” Showcase & Tournament

Representing Tech Segments from Consumer, to Healthcare, to Hardware, Boston-Area Companies Come Together to Show Their Impact on Greater Boston’s Tech Ecosystem

Boston – June 4, 2015 – At 5:00 p.m. EST on June 11, nine startups – launching their business at one of Boston’s most pioneering incubators – will take the stage at Boston TechJam, the region’s largest and most diverse innovation event. In the “Building a Better Boston” Showcase & Pitch Tournament, accelerators will kick off with a 60-second overview on how they’re impacting the region and introduce a startup from their program. Each startup will have just two minutes to pitch their business concept, which will be put to a crowd vote.

The “Building a Better Boston” Showcase & Pitch Tournament will be emcee’d by Jay Batson, entrepreneur mentor and startup angel, and will feature the following accelerator and startup duos:

  • Bolt & DipJar, which provides a cashless tip jar for businesses
  • Constant Contact’s Small Business Innovation Program & FamilyID, dedicated to connecting people with programs and activities through a centralized online marketplace
  • Impact Hub Boston & CleanPower Perks, which rewards people and celebrates brands for using clean energy
  • Blade & Drafted.us, a staffing startup connecting hiring managers, candidate referral sources and candidates to fill job openings
  • LearnLaunch & Education Modified, which creates research-based, user-friendly teaching tools for students with special needs through the use of technology
  • FinTech Sandbox & Elsen, a high performance computing engine built to solve complex computational challenges
  • Healthbox & GoodLux Technology, a hardware-enabled software solution for healthcare clinics that lowers cost-of-care by treating depression with bright light therapy
  • Greentown Labs & MetaComb, a provider of sustainable building and shipping materials
  • MassChallenge & 3derm, which makes dermatology efficient and accessible to all patients
  • Raiz Labs & Rhinobird.tv, a people-driven live video network
  • TechStars & indico, which turns raw text and image into human insight

“TechJam is a platform that allows for collaboration, discovery and celebration of Boston’s technology ecosystem. Each year we add new elements that showcase the best and brightest that Boston has to offer,” said Christine Nolan, co-founder of TechJam. “With this year’s “Building a Better Boston” theme, we’re really excited to show-off all of the industries and organizations that work together to make this a great place to build and grow a company.”

After the startups and incubators share how they’re helping to build a better Boston, Boston tech visionaries Gail Goodman (Constant Contact), Andy Youniss (Rocket Software) and Maia Heymann (CommonAngels) will take the stage, sharing with the 3,000-plus Boston TechJam commentary on the pitch showcase and what it takes to start and grow a company in Boston. “TechJam is a platform that allows for collaboration, discovery and celebration of Boston’s technology ecosystem. Each year we add new elements that showcase the best and brightest that Boston has to offer,” said Christine Nolan, co-founder of TechJam. “With this year’s “Building a Better Boston” theme, we’re really excited to show-off all of the industries and organizations that work together to make this a great place to build and grow a company.”

Prior to and after the pitch contest and startup showcase, there will be live music acts, innovation exhibitions and “street festival”-type games and activities hosted by more than 75 area tech companies. There will also be networking with 3,000+ attendees in City Hall Plaza as well as local art, craft beer from Harpoon Brewery and food trucks. Boston TechJam, a 21+ event, is just $10 to attend with 100 percent of admissions supporting computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

To register for the event and get the most up-to-date information regarding the event including timing, logistics, sponsors and partners please visit www.bostontechjam.org and follow updates at @bostontechjam.

The event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of our underwriting sponsors Acquia, Autodesk, CenturyLink, Constant Contact, HP, Kronos Incorporated, LogMeIn, Oracle, Rocket Software and Slalom as well as BetaBoston, the official media sponsor.

 

About Boston TechJam

Boston TechJam is a showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class innovations coming out of the Boston region. The event brings together early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises, venture capitalists and artists to celebrate the region’s technology, entrepreneurship and culture. Equal parts idea exchange and celebration, Boston TechJam is an unconventional meeting ground for local innovators, visionaries and up-and-comers. The 21+ event will take place June 11, 2015 in Boston City Hall Plaza. Boston TechJam is supported by Acquia, Autodesk, CenturyLink, Constant Contact, HP, Kronos Incorporated, LogMeIn, Oracle, Rocket Software and Slalom and collaborators include Apperian, MassTLC, East Coast Catalyst, Presskit.to, Influence Central, SHIFT Communications, MITX and New England Venture Capital Association.

Media Contact:
Sarah Borup
SHIFT Communications
btj@shiftcomm.com

Things You Must Do In Boston This June

Since it turns out you actually won’t be standing in line at the new Medford (Oregon!) In-N-Out Burger this summer, you’ll have plenty of free time to do other stuff. Like watch Sandoval huff around the bases. Or hit one of these eight summertime events.

 

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