Local Bands to Rock Tech Community at Boston TechJam 2016

Music, Food Trucks, Libations and Games Provide Entertainment as Local Tech Community Takes Over City Hall Plaza at 4th Annual Outdoor Innovation Event

 

Boston – May 24, 2016 – Boston TechJam, an event that combines a tech block party, innovation showcase and live music to connect the technology community’s contributors, has released its 2016 entertainment lineup. As over 5,000 Boston TechJam attendees, ages 18+ for the first time this year, gather at City Hall Plaza on Thursday, June 16 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. to celebrate the tech community, two of the area’s top bands will perform. Harpoon Brewery will provide beer and food trucks will line up, creating an environment for fun networking, discovery of local innovation and idea sharing to accelerate the region’s technology ecosystem and culture.

 

“Boston TechJam, now in its fourth year, is a networking event unlike any other; a giant block party with live music, experiential art installations and innovative companies showing off their latest inventions,” said Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO of PrettyInstant.com and Founding Music & Entertainment Director of Boston TechJam. “The incredibly fun and unique-to-the-area atmosphere really brings the community together to celebrate all that we as a city are contributing to the world. Like in past years, our bands represent multiple local tech companies and will keep the energy going for a night of networking, discovery and good times.”

 

This year’s entertainment line-up includes:

  • Live Music – From 4:00-10:00 p.m. ET, award-winning bands will play funk, soul, R&B and pop to keep the party grooving. Continuing the event’s tradition of having tech community members entertain the crowd, this year’s band members work for several Boston companies including Converse, Karmaloop, Rue La La and Wayfair. Bands this year include East Coast Soul and the nationally acclaimed Bad Rabbits, previous winners of the Boston Music Awards Artist of the Year, who will be playing their only local show this summer at Boston TechJam.
  • Games and Exhibits from Over 90 Local Companies – While the bands are rocking, entrepreneurs, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, non-profit groups and students will be checking out local innovations and enjoying fun, festival-style activities and games. This year, the exhibiting companies will be organized as “Innovation Villages,” to inspire community and networking within the event.
  • Urban Beach – New for 2016, New England Venture Capital Association’s (NEVCA) TechGen program has moved Urban Beach, its summer kickoff that provides hundreds of college students the opportunity to build their own networks and connect to the local tech community. Urban Beach, sponsored by Boston-based ed tech company Cengage Learning, will feature networking and startups from many of the country’s top universities.
  • Food & Libations – Attendees will stay fueled for the festival by enjoying beer from Harpoon Brewery and munching on eats from a variety of Boston-favorite food trucks, including: Chicken & Rice Guys, Taco Party Truck, Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and The Sausage Guy.

 

Register for the event now at www.bostontechjam.org and be entered to win weekly prizes including an Amazon Echo from Autodesk, chargeHRs from Fitbit, Noise-Cancelling Headphones from Rocket Software, an AppleTV from PTC and a Helix Bluetooth speaker from Monster. By registering and completing actions on social media platforms to stay informed and help spread the word, you’ll also be entered into the grand prize raffle, a private party, tour and custom brewing session for up to 60 people at Harpoon Brewery. The winner will be announced at the event, and don’t forget, two-thirds of this year’s admission will support computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

 

The event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company, Equinix, Fitbit, firstPRO, Kronos Incorporated, Monster, PTC and Rocket Software.

 

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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 18+ event will take place June 16, 2016 in Boston City Hall Plaza.

 

Boston TechJam is supported by Autodesk, Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company, Equinix, Kronos Incorporated, Fitbit, firstPRO, Monster, PTC and Rocket Software. Founding collaborators include Apperian, MassTLC, East Coast Catalyst, Pretty Instant, Influence Central and SHIFT Communications, additional collaborators include GreenHorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassDiGi, MITX, Tech Generation, the City of Boston, New England Venture Capital Association, ONEin3 Council and VentureFizz.

 

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BOSTON TECHJAM 2016 TO SHOWCASE LOCAL TECHNOLOGY AND INSPIRE INNOVATION AT 4TH ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY

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

Boston – March 29, 2016 – On June 16, 2016, City Hall Plaza will once again be the home of the annual Boston TechJam, bringing together area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, non-profit organizations and students in celebration of the region’s technology ecosystem and culture. The event, now in its fourth year, is one part block party, one part tech showcase that connects the community and celebrates Massachusetts’ innovation economy.

“While TechJam evolves each year to adapt attendee feedback, what hasn’t changed is the momentum of the area’s tech ecosystem,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of TechJam and chief marketing and products officer at Apperian. “The entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative culture and passion for technology in and around Boston has only gotten stronger. I’m proud that Boston TechJam can once again play a role in bringing people together showcasing the innovation happening right now in our city.”

Last year’s event sold out days in advance, with more than 4,000 registered attendees and contributed nearly $30,000 – 100 percent of the admission revenue – to the MassTLC Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on supporting computing education in Massachusetts.

The 2016 event brings with it some new changes. For the first time, the event will allow entrance to techies under 21 years old. As home to some of the top higher-learning institutions in the world, the goal is to encourage greater networking between current tech contributors and the next-generation of industry luminaries.

This year, exhibitions will be organized as “Innovation Villages,” to inspire community and networking within the event. Boston TechJam will also feature performances from live bands, appearances from entrepreneurial tech leaders – both past and present, local craft beer, food truck fare and “street-festival”-type games from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

“Boston has become known as a focal point for tech incubators not only in the country, but around the world,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the lead organizer of the event. “From the individuals to the organizations, Boston TechJam celebrates those shaping, molding and growing the ideas and industries that have made the Commonwealth standout among other innovation regions.”

The event is being led by co-founder Mark Lorion of Apperian and co-founder Christine Nolan of MassTLC along with founding team members 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 GreenHorn Connect, MassChallenge, MITX, the City of Boston and New England Venture Capital Association.

The event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Constant Contact, Equinix, Kronos Incorporated, Fitbit, firstPRO, Monster and Rocket Software. Additional sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.

How to Get Involved

• To register to attend and get the most up-to-date information on the schedule of events, visit www.bostontechjam.org and follow @bostontechjam (#btj2016). Two-thirds of this year’s admission will go to support computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

• To exhibit or sponsor, contact exhibit@bostontechjam.org.

• To attend as a member of the press, contact btj@shiftcomm.com.

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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 18+ event will take place June 16, 2016 in Boston City Hall Plaza.

Boston TechJam is supported by Autodesk, Constant Contact®, Equinix, Kronos Incorporated, Fitbit, firstPRO, Monster and Rocket Software and collaborators include Apperian, MassTLC, East Coast Catalyst, Pretty Instant, Influence Central, SHIFT Communications, GreenHorn Connect, MassChallenge, MITX, the City of Boston and New England Venture Capital Association.

Media Contact:
SHIFT Communications
btj@shiftcomm.com

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

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

Seven Bands to Rock Boston TechJam; Join Artists, Food Trucks and Tech Companies in Innovation Ecosystem Festival

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to Address Crowd As City Hall Plaza Hosts Region’s Only Outdoor Tech Block Party

Boston – May 29, 2014 – Boston TechJam, an event that uniquely combines a tech block party, live concert and innovation showcase, has released its 2014 band lineup. On Thursday, June 12, seven bands and performers, all with members who work in the local technology industry, will entertain 3,000 Boston TechJam attendees who have gathered to celebrate and accelerate the region’s innovation ecosystem. In addition, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will announce the winner of the “Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” startup pitch contest on stage between 4:30-5:00 p.m. ET and visit with attendees.

“Boston has been a leader in supporting technology and innovation across our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We’ve taken creative steps to encourage global companies and startups to call Boston home, from exploring opportunities to keep Boston open later to supporting public wifi access citywide. Events like Boston TechJam showcase all that we have to offer, and there is no better place for a celebration of our technology ecosystem than right here at the heart of Boston.”

Representing local companies Apperian, Harpoon Brewery, High Output Inc., Localytics, NaviNet, Presskit.to, REZ-1 Software, Riverview Studios, SONiVOX, Sun Life Financial, thoughtbot, Virtual Inc. and others, the following bands will take the stage from 4:00-9:00 p.m. ET to help transform City Hall Plaza into the largest and most diverse innovation event in the region:

  • Unclaimed Freight
  • Scrum of the Earth
  • Comanchero
  • Downtown Crossing Barbershop Quartet
  • ALAKAZAM: The Human Knot – world-famous comedic contortionist
  • HERRA TERRA
  • Greenline Inbound

“Boston TechJam brings rockin’ entertainment by the tech community to the tech community,” said Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO of Presskit.to and Music Director and member of founding team for Boston TechJam. “The sheer number of bands that submitted this year shows a tremendous amount of hidden musical talent in our innovation economy. When this year’s performers take the stage, get ready to rock!”

While the bands are rocking, entrepreneurs, startups, established tech and tech-enabled companies, venture capitalists, non-profit groups, students and artists will be checking out local innovations and enjoying fun, festival-style activities and games hosted under each exhibitor tent that make networking enjoyable and easy.  Attendees will stay fueled for the festival by enjoying beer from Harpoon Brewery and munching on eats from an eclectic collection of food trucks, including: Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Mei Mei, The Cod Squad, Taco Party and Cupcake City.

Along with an impressive mix of networking opportunities, entertainment and food and drink, attendees will enjoy participatory art activities sponsored by Constant Contact, HP and others through a partnership with FPAC (Fort Point Art Community).

“Art and technology are inherently intertwined – user interface design, creative design and even coding are art forms that bring technology to life,” said David Polcaro, principal, East Coast Catalyst, and Creative Director and member of founding team for Boston TechJam. “Artists established the foundation for creativity and innovation in the region. It’s fantastic to see local businesses support and collaborate with FPAC and local artists at Boston TechJam.”

What to Expect

  • Historic Faneuil Hall adjacent to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Watch startups test their pitches and ideas in front of a panel of leading local venture capitalists in the “Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” and listen to local entrepreneurs share secrets behind their successes in a new series of TechTalks. More details to follow. Open to all ages. Tickets $10.
  • Boston City Hall Plaza from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Network, explore tech innovations, enjoy “street festival”-type games and activities hosted by more than 75 area tech companies, listen to live bands from the tech industry and enjoy local art, craft beer from Harpoon Brewery and local food trucks. Tickets $10 for the 21+ crowd only.

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. 100 percent of admissions will support computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

Boston TechJam is supported by Constant Contact, Continuum Managed IT Services, Dyn, EnerNOC, HP, LogMeIn, Monster, Carbonite’s women in tech initiative SaaSy and Wayfair and collaborators include Apperian, City of Boston, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, Idea Week Boston, Launch Academy, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MITX, New England Venture Capital Association, Presskit.to, SHIFT Communications, and TUGG.

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 12, 2014 in Boston City Hall Plaza.

Media Contact:

SHIFT Communications
btj@shiftcomm.com

 

Boston TechJam 2014 To Showcase, Inspire And Celebrate Local Innovation Economy

On June 12, 2014, the second annual Boston TechJam will transform City Hall Plaza into the largest and most diverse innovation event in the region. Boston-area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech and tech-enabled companies, venture capitalists, non-profit groups, students and artists will come together to network and celebrate the region’s technology ecosystem in an event that uniquely combines a tech block party, live concert and innovation showcase.

With its new venues at Boston’s City Hall Plaza and Historic Faneuil Hall, the event will be bigger and more diverse than 2013, which brought in nearly 2,000 attendees over the course of the afternoon and evening and sold out days before the event. The 2013 event also crowned startup company DataCrowd its first-ever “Pitch Heard ‘Round the World Contest” winner and contributed nearly $10,000 – 100 percent of the admission revenue – to the MassTLC Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on supporting computing education in Massachusetts.

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Boston TechJam Announces Finalists for “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” Contest and Live Music Lineup

Boston TechJam Announces Finalists for “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” Contest and Live Music Lineup

See Boston’s Aspiring Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Ideas Live to an All-Star Panel of VCs; Bands Get Ready to Hit the Stage in Inaugural Celebration of Boston’s Innovation Community

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Sep 25, 2013) – Boston TechJam, the block party for Boston-area companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and students taking place on Thursday, October 3, today announced finalists for its live “Startup Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” contest for startups, entrepreneurs, and student teams to test their company pitches and ideas. The “Shark Tank”-like event, featuring a panel of the area’s leading venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs, will showcase finalists as they vie for exposure, expert coaching and even potential investors. Boston Tech Jam is a signature event happening during the first inaugural Boston Idea Week.

The Boston Tech Jam, founded by Apperian’s CMO, Mark Lorion and Christine Nolan, director, MassTLC has pulled together an A-list VC panel which includes Katie Rae, managing director, Tech Stars (Boston); Maia Heymann, senior managing director, CommonAngels; Ryan Moore, partner, Atlas Venture; and Scott Bailey, senior director of partnerships, Mass Challenge. The panel will be moderated by Michael Skok, partner, North Bridge Venture Partners.

After reviewing the company pitches and ideas from teams vying for a spot, Boston TechJam has narrowed down submissions to the following finalists:

  • DataCrowd
  • Furnesh
  • Mino by ParaWare
  • Pixtr
  • Shareist.com
  • ShopHop (Northeastern University / Hong Kong University)
  • SitterCycle
  • Sol Power LLC
  • Splashscore
  • SputnikBot
  • Telix Networks
  • Uji Showerhead (Tufts University)

In preparation for their presentations, finalists have taken a free Startup Secrets class two weeks prior to Boston TechJam where Michael Skok shared tips for crafting the “Perfect Pitch.” Finalist teams are also paired up with local venture mentors, including Jeffrey Beir, partner, seed2A; Joe Chung, managing director, Redstar Ventures; Julia Austin, principal, AustinFish; and Annette Reynolds, executive director, 128 Innovation Group.

“We’re looking at a great field of innovators who are all bringing some amazing ideas to the competition,” said Michael Skok, Boston Tech Jam “Pitch Heard ‘Round the World” contest moderator and General Partner with North Bridge Venture Partners. “I believe the crowd watching these pitches will be delighted and engaged by the entrepreneurs. The ideas are creative and significant, their teams — even the youngest — are impressive and everyone here represents well the local innovation culture that makes Boston so great.”

Along with an impressive mix of entertainment, food and drink and networking opportunities, Boston TechJam today announced its band lineup:

4:30-6:00pm Pitch Contest (inside)
5:00-5:30pm Didn’t Planet
5:50-6:20pm NEMES
6:40-7:10pm Unclaimed Freight
7:30-8:00pm The Field Effect
8:20-8:50pm Lansdowne 

Keeping in theme with the event, all bands include members who are also employees of local tech companies, including Ipswitch, Apperian, Berklee Online, Vernade/Next Step Living and Exxalt.

“The bands picked for the first annual Boston TechJam are tight, diverse and are going to rock the Innovation District like never before. The level of musical talent working within the innovation economy here in Boston is unparalleled and I’m honored to be a part of showcasing it to the greater Boston community. All the bands performing have at least one member working at a local tech company,” said Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO, Presskit.to and Music Director for the Boston TechJam. “Narrowing the selection to just five live acts was extremely difficult based on the amount of submissions we got, but it illustrated how rockin’ the Boston tech scene really is and I look forward to many more TechJams to come!”

When: Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Located at and around District Hall in Boston’s “Innovation District”

What else: Boston TechJam will feature live music, local craft beer producers, food trucks and inspiring local artists to help make this first party one to remember.

“Boston’s innovation community has completely embraced Boston TechJam and we’re excited for a successful inaugural run,” said Christine Nolan, director, MassTLC and Boston TechJam co-founder. “We want to thank everyone who is participating, has made donations of their time or materials and otherwise gone out of their way to help quickly stitch this first celebration of Boston’s innovation culture together. We’re out to show the rest of the country and the world that Boston is hands-down the best place to launch and grow a technology business.”

“The worlds of art and technology are never very far apart, particularly in Boston where there is an abundance of artistic talent working in digital,” said David Polcaro, principal, East Coast Catalyst, and Creative Director for Boston TechJam. “We’re really excited to be participating in an event that recognizes the importance of artistic contributions within the innovation community. We firmly believe in that balance plays a significant role in keeping Boston the destination location for leading companies and those with the ideas who start them.”

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. 100% of attendee registration contributions will used to support computing education in Massachusetts.

About Boston TechJam
Boston TechJam gives early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises and venture capitalists the perfect setting to connect and celebrate with the Boston technology innovation community. The block party style event celebrates, accelerates and connects local tech companies, leading industry groups, the City of Boston and you to the world’s brightest tech innovators in one casual environment for networking and harmony. The event will take place October 3, 2013 in Boston’s District Hall, the new public innovation and entrepreneurship center in the Innovation District.

Boston TechJam is sponsored by Constant Contact, EnerNOC, LogMeIn, SmartBear, TripAdvisor and Zipcar and Pretty Instant. World class partners include Apperian, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MIT Enterprise Forum, MITX, NEVCA, SHIFT Communications and more.

Boston Tech Community Celebrates Area’s Innovation Culture at Inaugural TechJam Block Party

Boston Tech Community Celebrates Area’s Innovation Culture at Inaugural TechJam Block Party

Students, Startups, Tech Enterprises, Emerging Stars, Venture Capitalists Celebrate Boston’s Tech Ecosystem and Global Prominence as Center of Innovation

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Aug 15, 2013) – On October 3rd, 2013, Boston-area companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, students and industry associations will come together for the inaugural Boston TechJam, a block party celebrating Boston’s tech industry leadership and status as a cradle of innovation. Billed as a showcase for 21st century business development and growth, Boston TechJam will connect students from our world-class higher learning institutions, entrepreneurs, business leaders, venture capitalists and incubators in a fun, supportive environment that celebrates everything about starting and building thriving businesses in the State of Massachusetts.

“I’m delighted to welcome Boston TechJam to District Hall in the Innovation District,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Events like these that bring area entrepreneurs together strengthen Boston’s vibrant tech and innovation economies by building social infrastructure and creating new partnerships.”

Located at and around District Hall in Boston’s “Innovation District” from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Boston TechJam invites the innovation community out to rub elbows, network in a whole new way, check out new startups and tech products, and develop new business relationships in a street party atmosphere unique to Boston. Boston TechJam will feature live music, local craft beer producers, food trucks and inspiring local artists to help make this first party one to remember.

The event will also feature a panel of leading Boston venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs in a “Shark Tank”-like event where startups and entrepreneurs are invited to test their company pitches and ideas and get exposed to potential investors.

Boston’s tight-knit startup community and the region’s support of and allegiance to its innovators, make Boston one of the best places in the world to start and build a business, such as local mobile software company Apperian. “Boston and its greater innovation community offer the richest ecosystem for repeatedly launching and scaling successful businesses from ideas that change the world,” said Mark Lorion, co-founder of TechJam and chief marketing officer at Apperian. “TechJam will be the connective tissue that brings together the world’s greatest concentration of top-tier academic institutions, our variety of industries, emerging and global companies, and angels, startup advisors and venture capitalists to nurture and accelerate new business ideas.”

“Our strength in Massachusetts comes from our rich diversity of world-class industries and the incredible ecosystem of students, entrepreneurs, investors, seasoned executives, academic researchers, and policy leaders,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council. “Boston TechJam is a place for bumping innovative ideas together across industries and functions, and celebrating all that makes Massachusetts the innovation capital of the world.”

“Boston’s Innovation scene is more exciting than ever, we think it’s important to celebrate and showcase what’s happening here,” said Debi Kleiman, president of Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange. “Boston TechJam is a great way to do just that, bringing our community together for some fun of course, but to also further the sense collaboration and inspiration that’s a hallmark of Boston companies.” Any local area live bands with at least one member of the band who currently works in the Boston area tech community interested in performing at the event, or local artists interested in exhibiting should go to info@bostontechjam.org.

Companies interested in exhibiting or being considered for the investor pitch panel can contact the event at info@bostontechjam.org to learn more about securing a spot today. The event already has fantastic support from lead sponsors including Constant Contact, EnerNOC, LogMeIn, SmartBear, TripAdvisor and Zipcar. Boston TechJam has also joined forces with several notable partners including Apperian, Boston Redevelopment Authority, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MIT Enterprise Forum, MITX, NEVCA, presskit.to, SHIFT Communications and more.

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. 100% of attendee registration contributions will used to support computing education in Massachusetts.

About Boston TechJam

Boston TechJam gives early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises and venture capitalists the perfect setting to connect and celebrate with the Boston technology innovation community. The block party style event celebrates, accelerates and connects local tech companies, leading industry groups, the City of Boston and you to the world’s brightest tech innovators in one casual environment for networking and harmony. The event will take place October 3, 2013 in Boston’s District Hall, the new public innovation and entrepreneurship center in the Innovation District. Boston TechJam is sponsored by Constant Contact, EnerNOC, LogMeIn, SmartBear, TripAdvisor and Zipcar. World class partners include Apperian, East Coast Catalyst, Greenhorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassTLC, MIT Enterprise Forum, MITX, NEVCA, SHIFT Communications and presskit.to.