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.
Thursday evening marked the first-ever MassTLC Boston TechJam, an event thrown by Mark Lorion of Apperian and Christine Nolan of MassTLC to celebrate the wealth of tech and business ideas brought into fruition in the Greater Boston Area. The shindig took place in none other than the Innovation District’s new District Hall building, its nearly one thousand guests spilling out the back, where a dozen or so technology companies had put up shop with a cache of engaging activities (read: beer pong, Mario Kart, skeeball and breaking it down with the TripAdvisor owl).
It was a festive, carnival atmosphere down in the Seaport/Innovation District yesterday afternoon as the first ever Boston Tech Jam took over Seaport Ave. With a midway featuring some of the hottest companies from the Boston area, great food and drinks from Papagayo, and awesome live music from bands featuring some local startupers, it would be a challenge to find attendees who didn’t have a great time.
The featured pitch contest/Shark Tank was a great opportunity for local, up-and-coming entrepreneurs to try their hand at pitching to a group of well-known, and experienced Boston tech leaders.
Boston TechJam brought together innovators, entrepreneurs, students, investors and angels in a fun and laid-back environment. “We wanted a place for everyone in the innovation community to socialize and see that investors need startups as much as startups need investors,” said Mark Lorion, CMO of Apperian and the co-founder of the event. “It’s technology meets a Jimmy Buffet concert.” The block-party style get together took place Oct. 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Innovation District’s new unofficial headquarters, the District Hall. It was all business in the hall and all party in the adjacent parking lot where companies were set up with games fitting the carnival theme.
Mark Lorion started circulating the idea back in March: what if someone threw a block party in Boston’s Innovation District to highlight the energy of the city’s tech scene? Initially, he hoped to close off a couple blocks of Summer Street in Fort Point Channel, right near where Lorian’s employer, a mobile startup calledApperian, is based.
That didn’t fly. But city officials countered by suggesting that Lorion hold the event at District Hall, the new Innovation District gathering place on Northern Avenue, and an adjacent parking lot.
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