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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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 ‘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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The Most Important Factor Of Startup Success

Whenever you think of startups, you very likely think of young people brimming with ideas sitting in garages and dorm rooms and solving problems with technology. We are conditioned in a way to consider the idea even over the person who came up with it, but after listening to entrepreneurs, I’ve come to learn, it’s not about the quality of the product idea or even the founders, it’s about the team that grows with the company because if that’s not right, the nascent company probably won’t succeed.


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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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An epic day for Boston’s tech community, from TechJam to BostInno in the Seaport

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,

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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