Six startups to compete in Boston TechJam this month

Six local startups will compete for a slew of prizes including free workspace at the Boston TechJam event to be held on June 12.

The startups will kick off the event by pitching their business plans to a panel of high-profile local venture capitalists including James Geshwiler, managing director of CommonAngels, Chip Hazard, general partner of Flybridge Capital Partners, and Peter Boyce II, co-founder of Rough Draft Ventures.

The winner 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.

 

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Boston’s giant block party for tech start ups

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Boston’s City Hall Plaza is set to turn into a massive techie start up celebration soon.

Boston TechJam 2014, a kind of giant block party for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, legal, PR and marketing experts – starts June 12.

Mark Lorion of TechJam says organizers expect 3,000 people to show up.

“Seventy-five companies and start ups will be exhibiting, and they’ll be showcasing some of their innovations and hosting fun festival-style games that makes networking fun and easy,” he said.

 

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5 reasons to celebrate the Boston tech scene at TechJam

When it comes to tech hubs, the spotlight usually shines on Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley in New York City. Despite our own rich history in technology and innovation, Boston, to be quite blunt, has lost top billing. In the last few years, there’s been a perception, both internally and nationally, that the city had flat lined, or as PandoDaily put it, was “in a rut” and had “lost its mojo.”

But guess what? We’re back, and there is a renewed energy pouring throughout the city and the Greater Boston area.

 

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Meet the 6 Bands – and 1 Contortionist – Billed To Rock Boston TechJam This Year

June 12th marks the date of the second-ever annual Boston TechJam. Held in Faneuil and City Hall Plaza, the festival-style event is expected to entertain 3,000 attendees, eager to celebrate the strides of the local innovation scene with an evening of mingling and a top-notch pitch competition.

But let’s not forget the “jamming” part of the party.

Six bands from local companies will be rocking out on stage this year. And for added fun, there will also be a world-renowned comedic contortionist, aptly named The Human Knot, taking the stage. Yup, you heard that right. A contortionist.

 

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Boston’s 2014 Tech Jam Promises an Innovation Celebration

It goes without saying that Boston is a thriving community that fosters and supports forward thinking in the areas of technology and innovation. With one of the world’s highest concentration of entrepreneurs, emerging tech start-ups and with the support of top-tier academic institutions, it’s no surprise the Boston TechJam was conceived in efforts to fuel this increasingly popular trend.

Whether you’re a tech novice or an entrepreneur hopeful, the second annual Boston TechJam promises to provide interested locals with an event to celebrate and accelerate our leading innovation hub. Along with the support of local tech companies, leading industry groups and the City of Boston, the event is considered an ‘unconventional meeting ground’ for local, up-and-coming innovators.

 

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Boston TechJam – An Innovation Block Party

Last year over 2,000 startupers took to the inaugural Boston TechJam, a block party for all things innovation.

Created by Mark Lorion (CMO, Apperian) and Christine Nolan (Dir. of Communities, MassTLC) the event was built to help accelerate connections and celebrate the success of the tech ecosystem in the Boston region. If you’re an entrepreneur, an investor, a student, an employee at a startup or just love innovation this is a party you’ll want to be at.

 

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Second Boston TechJam block party set for June 12th

Boston’s tech community block party is getting bigger in its second year. TechJam organizer Mark Lorion tells me that the event, slated for June 12th, could more than double in size from 2013. It’s also moving to a more central location: City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Last year’s inaugural event was held on a former parking lot on Northern Avenue and District Hall next door.

“Last year’s permit was for 1,200 people, and this year we have approval for 3,000,” says Lorion, who is the chief marketing officer at Apperian, a Boston mobile startup. That number is the maximum number of people that can be at the event at one time, he says, but the overall number of attendees over the course of the event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., will be much larger.

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What Does it Mean to be a Boston Geek?

If there is one thing I know about pure geeks, it’s that they are technology lovers. They are typically the hardcore, math-loving, STEM rock stars that can build an API for anything and everything under the sun. The pocket protector might be so 40 years ago, but it was replaced by ironic jokes about Big Data and a mild aversion for Facebook addicts that perpetually share selfies and cat memes.

When we began asking the question, “What Kind of Geek Are You?” around the planning tables of Boston TechJam 2013, it was a struggle. It forces you to ask yourself, “Do those eight word search apps on my phone make me a word geek?” How about my fascination and love for fruit bats? Is my obsession with growing the perfect tomato garden every year geeky?

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Boston Tech Jam: DataCrowd wins Pitch Heard ‘Round the World

The sold out Boston Tech Jam, a block party for Boston-area companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and students, was tonight in The Innovation District.  Two featured events were “The Pitch Heard ‘Round The World” and “University Startup Lane.”  Overall, it was a beautiful night with a creative carnival feel, including good live music, drinks, and beer pong.  Sadly, there weren’t any pitches about medical or healthcare innovation.

“The Pitch Heard ‘Round The World” was won by C.J. Acosta, who is a super friendly and energetic co-founder of DataCrowd.  Congratulations!

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Techies let their hair down

It was definitely not your father’s networking event — billed as a block party, the inaugural Boston TechJam last night brought together entrepreneurs, startups, students and venture capitalists to make connections, share ideas and celebrate the Hub’s innovation community.

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