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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The Winning Startup Pitch, Skeeball & Dancing Owls: What You Missed At MassTLC Boston TechJam

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).

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Boston Tech Jam and Shark Tank – A Night for the Boston Tech/Innovation Ecosystem to Celebrate

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.

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Scenes from Boston TechJam 2013

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.

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Inaugural Boston TechJam block party slated for October 3rd

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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