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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Live Music, Libations and Food Trucks Galore at TechJam’s Innovation Blowout

Once again, thousands of local techies, startups and entrepreneurs will be taking over City Hall Plaza for TechJam—Boston’s only outdoor innovation event—on June 11. But there’s a lot more to this 21+ tech block party than pitch contests and networking opportunities—local musicians, artists and food trucks will also be on site to round out the entertainment.

As for the TechJam 2015 band and entertainment lineup, five bands and performers—all with members who work in the local tech industry—will take the stage from 4 to 9 p.m. to get the crowd going: M-Cue, a producer and sound designer for video games who makes tracks ranging from grimy, scathing beats to luscious, thick orchestrations; Cadenza, live musician performance with music accompaniment app by Sonation; Jalopy, a deep funk, soul and acid-jazz jamband; The Rockmores, big hearted smart rock; and The Rocket Band, classic rock. These musicians are also repping a range of technology companies, including Google, HP, Harmonix, FKA, Communispace and Dyn.

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Boston TechJam 2015 To Accelerate and Celebrate Area’s World-Class Technology Ecosystem

City Hall Plaza to Host Largest Festival of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Boston Tech Culture

BOSTON – April 14, 2015 – On June 11, 2015 the third annual Boston TechJam will return to Boston’s City Hall Plaza to gather a diverse group of Boston-area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech and tech-enabled companies, venture capitalists, non-profit groups, students and artists in celebration of the region’s technology ecosystem and culture. The event uniquely combines a tech block party, innovation showcase and live music to connect the tech community’s contributors with peers in a fun and non-traditional way.

Boston is a national leader as a creative, technology-driven incubator for innovators,” said Mayor Walsh. “New ideas gain traction here, because we’re both open and engaged in solving real problems with creative ideas. Boston TechJam allows local talent to come together, learn and share technology, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to fostering and strengthening a culture of creators and trailblazers.”

Boston TechJam is the largest innovation event in the region and continues to grow. 2014’s event sold out days in advance, brought in more than 3,000 attendees and contributed over $18,000 – 100 percent of the admission revenue – to the MassTLC Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on supporting computing education in Massachusetts.

A showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class innovations coming out of the region, the 2015 event will introduce exciting, entertaining and educational new components. In between networking with thousands of other tech industry workers, attendees will enjoy performances from live bands, appearances from industry and entrepreneurial tech luminaries, craft beer from Harpoon Brewing, “street festival”-type games and innovation exhibitions hosted by more than 75 area tech companies from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET.

Also taking place is the first-ever Boston Startup Pitch Tournament, where some of the area’s leading startup incubators and accelerators will present their best teams to pitch in front of the crowd and a panel of leading local venture capitalists. Attendees will hear from Boston startups representing Bolt, Boston New Tech, Cambridge Innovation Center, Constant Contact’s Small Business Innovation Program, Impact Hub Boston, LearnLaunch Accelerator for edtech startups, MassChallenge and others.

“I’m amazed at how quickly Boston TechJam has grown into the region’s flagship technology and innovation event. With more than 3,000 people attending last year and greater capacity planned for this year, the event is a celebration and catalyst for creating connections with every corner of our tech scene,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of TechJam and chief marketing officer at Apperian. “The Boston tech ecosystem is one of the most robust and supportive in the world, and this event is a remarkable showing of the collaborative culture, entrepreneurial spirit and technology innovation that defines this region.”

“We’ve seen a technology renaissance over the past several years, not just in Boston and Cambridge, but across the Commonwealth, and the world is taking notice,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the lead organizer of the event. “Boston TechJam celebrates the people and organizations that are shaping our future and we invite bold thinkers, designers and creators from around the globe to join this vibrant community.”

The event is being led by co-founder Mark Lorion of Apperian and co-founder Christine Nolan along with founding team members Clare Madden from MassTLC, Dave Polcaro from East Coast Catalyst, Ben Maitland-Lewis from Pretty Instant, Dave Cutler from Influence Central, and Joel Richman from SHIFT Communications. Other leading collaborators include MITX, MassChallenge and New England Venture Capital Association.

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, Rocket Software and Slalom as well as BetaBoston, the official media sponsor. Additional sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.

How to Get Involved (You must be 21+ to attend)

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, Rocket Software and Slalom and collaborators include Apperian, MassTLC, East Coast Catalyst, Presskit.to, Influence Central, SHIFT Communications, MassChallenge, MITX and New England Venture Capital Association.

Media Contact:

SHIFT Communications
btj@shiftcomm.com

Boston TechJam ‘block party’ returns to City Hall Plaza on June 11

What other after-work shindig features baggo, beer, live bands, startup pitches, and TripAdvisor’s owl mascot riding a mechanical bull?

The annual TechJam block party returns to City Hall Plaza on June 11, and this year organizers expect it could grow to nearly 4,000 attendees. (Last year’s attendance was north of 3,000.) That makes TechJam, now in its third year, Boston’s biggest annual gathering for the local tech tribe.

 

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Boston TechJam: Beer, live music, and tips on how to be a successful startup

The Boston TechJam, now in its second year, is an effort by the city’s tech companies and industry groups to promote the local “innovation economy.” And the boosterism was certainly front and center, including on the event’s website. Would-be attendees were told that “Massachusetts has the world’s greatest concentration of entrepreneurs, emerging and leading tech companies, top-tier academic institutions and students, world-class venture capitalists, incubators, and an eco-system of supporting service providers.” For good measure, the online notice proclaimed, “There is no better place on earth to launch and scale innovative ideas that tackle the toughest challenges.”

 

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Thursday will go down as one of the best examples of all that is right in the Boston tech and innovation community and made clear that the momentum that everyone in the “Innovation Economy” has been talking about for a couple of years now is, in fact, very real.

About midday yesterday, miles apart, the Boston TechJam officially kicked off with the “Pitch Contest Heard ‘Round the World” in a packed Faneuil Hall, and local media company Streetwise Media began its BostInno State of Innovation conference at the Westin in the Seaport. Both events were heavily attended, with many folks trekking back and forth between City Hall Plaza and the Innovation District, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

 

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Sharalike, rival to Facebook ‘Look Back’ videos, wins Boston TechJam

Sharalike, a Cambridge-based mobile app that allows users to design slideshows similar to Facebook’s “Look Back” videos, was the winner of a startup pitch competition event held in Boston on Thursday .

Sharalike will receive a package of prizes including a session with SHIFT Communications to help with their messaging and elevator pitch, a free month of co-working space, $250 towards a General Assembly class and personal training with George Foreman III, according to a TechJam spokeswoman.

“We’re very happy,” said founder and CEO Aymeric Vigneras about the win.

Sharalike was one of six New England startups that participated in the competition.

 

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Boston TechJam: Entrepreneurial Spirit at Its Best

I don’t know how big Mark Lorion and Christine Nolan thought this celebration of entrepreneurial success would get, but the two co-founders of Boston TechJam have to be thrilled at what they’ve built in just two years time.

Thursday afternoon things kicked off at “The Pitch Heard ‘Round The World” at the Faneuil Hall Building, where six companies pitched their product to a room full of curious minds. Mixed in with the pitches were inspirational speeches from 5 highly successful Boston entrepreneurs – Richard Doyle, Harpoon; Brian Kalma, Blade; Andy Miller, Constant Contact; Susie Kim, Aquto; Donna Levin, Care.com.

The Tech Talkers stepped up to lend their advice and knowledge and share some key insights to their success. One unanimous piece of advice was to focus on people; build the right team for your company!

 

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