Boston TechJam & Spotify Partner to Bring Live Music to Innovation Block Party

 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 2018 entertainment lineup! Over 8,000 Boston TechJam attendees, ages 18+, will gather at City Hall Plaza on Thursday, June 14 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate Boston as the place to start and grow a tech business.

Spotify has teamed up with the Boston TechJam this year as the official music sponsor, with one of the area’s top performing bands, East Coast Soul, opening for national headliner Day Wave. Local brewers Jack’s Abby and Downeast Cider will provide libations while several food trucks offer summer treats, creating a fun and unique environment for networking and idea-sharing unlike anywhere else. This interactive and immersive setting aims to promote the discovery of local innovation and accelerate the region’s technology ecosystem and unrivaled culture.

“For six years now, we’ve been connecting Greater Boston’s startups, entrepreneurs, established companies, innovators, students and artists in this unique format that’s all about organic interactions and discovery,” said Mark Lorion, Boston TechJam co-founder and SVP Operations & Corporate Development, Arxan Technologies. “It wouldn’t be possible without the strong support from our local partners, such a collaborative ecosystem, or the attendees, all of whom bring so much energy to the event each year.”

“Boston TechJam is the ultimate experiential networking event, bringing together every corner of the city’s innovation economy to celebrate the region’s contributions to technology and the pioneers behind it,” said Ben Maitland-Lewis, CEO of Boston-based Pretty Instant and the Founding Music & Entertainment Director of Boston TechJam. “Each year we expand and continuously challenge ourselves to create a fun and inclusive atmosphere where techies and talent can convene, collaborate and, most of all, have fun!”

This year’s entertainment line-up includes:

  • Live Music at the Spotify Music Stage – Award-winning bands will kick things off at 4:00 p.m. with East Coast Soulplaying funk, soul, R&B, and pop hits from the last few decades, followed by national headliner, indie rock band Day Wave at 7:30 p.m., playing their only local show this summer at Boston TechJam.
  • Live Mutual Lounge – New this year, Boston TechJam will showcase interactive art in MassMutual’s Live Mutual Lounge. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in creating murals and social interactions around a common theme of unity and diversity, designed by Boston artist Ian Tartasky.
  • The Future Village – Also new this year, a village showcasing some of our top robotics and IoT innovations.
  • Liberty Mutual’s Escape Room – Liberty Mutual is bringing interactive gaming experience Escape Unit: “Rise of SALI,” to Boston TechJam. SALI is one of the world’s first AIs purpose-built for insurance data analysis. AND SHE’S JUST GONE ROGUE. In this mobile escape room experience, you and your teammates must regain control of SALI before she succeeds in rewriting her code, destroying the terabytes upon terabytes of company data she was created to analyze, and escaping her firewall in an attempt to become human.
  • Games and Exhibits from Over 100 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, games and challenges.
  • Food & Libations – Attendees will stay fueled for the festival by enjoying beer from Jack’s Abby and cider from Downeast Cider while munching on snacks from a variety of Boston-favorite food trucks, including Zo on the Go, Sabroso, Roxy’s, Sausage Guy, Moyzilla, Reverly Nawlins Cuisine and Stoked Pizza.
  • The Battle of the Interns – The fourth annual event, presented by MassTLC with founding partner Kronos Incorporated, will send interns and co-ops from Massachusetts technology companies on a scavenger hunt throughout Boston, concluding at TechJam, where the winning team will win $3,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice.

This event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Cengage, Chewy, Everbridge, Kronos Incorporated, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MathWorks, OSRAM, The Predictive Index and PTC.

Boston TechJam 2018 to Celebrate Region’s Tech Culture & Innovation

BOSTONMarch 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On June 14, 2018, City Hall Plaza will again be home to the annual Boston TechJam, a celebration of the technology ecosystem and culture of New England- and Boston-area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, non-profit organizations and higher learning institutions. The event, now in its sixth year, uniquely combines a tech block party, innovation showcase and live music to connect the community and celebrate the local startup economy.

“Boston TechJam has grown beyond anything we could have imagined when launching, in large part due to the amazing partners who’ve returned year after year to bring this celebration to the community,” said Christine Nolan, co-founder of Boston TechJam and Sr. Director of Communities at MassTLC. “It has become a massive gathering for anyone who loves technology and wants to see and be part of the vibrancy of our local ecosystem. For 2018, we’re taking over the entire City Hall Plaza space to allow for additional attendees and offer even more entertainment and engaging content like a Robotics/IoT Village.”

The event, which drew over 7,000 attendees last year, is made possible by the visionary thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Cengage, Chewy, Everbridge, Kronos Incorporated, Liberty Mutual, MathWorks, PTC and The Predictive Index. Additional sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available.

“The pace at which technology impacts our lives accelerates every day, and events like these are needed to harness new ideas and inspire people to continue to innovate,” said Jack Little, CEO of MathWorks, developers of the MATLAB technical computing software. “We’re excited to partner with Boston TechJam to showcase and celebrate the culture of innovation, collaboration and creativity this region has to offer organizations and individuals alike.”

Boston TechJam will feature live bands, appearances from entrepreneurial leaders, local craft beer, food truck fare and “street-festival”-type games and giveaways from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

New in 2018 is an area dedicated to robots and the Internet of Things, as well as a “theater-in-the-round” – a central stage showcasing a mash-up of amazing talents of our local techies. From juggling to slam poetry to pitching the next big idea in tech, if you think you’ve got what it takes to make it onto the stage, apply to perform.

The event is led by co-founders Christine Nolan of MassTLC and Mark Lorion of Arxan Technologies along with founding team members Dave Polcaro from East Coast Catalyst, Ben Maitland-Lewis from Pretty Instant, Dave Cutler from Influence Central and Sarah Babbitt from SHIFT Communications.

How to Get Involved

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 14, 2018 on Boston City Hall Plaza.

Boston TechJam is supported by Autodesk, Cengage, Chewy, Everbridge, Kronos Incorporated, Liberty Mutual, MathWorks, The Predictive Index and PTC. Founding collaborators include Arxan Technologies, MassTLC, East Coast Catalyst, Pretty Instant, Influence Central and SHIFT Communications.

Media Contact:
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btj@shiftcomm.com

Local Speakers, Bands, Beer & Food Trucks to Rock Boston TechJam 2017

Speakers, Music, Food Trucks, Libations and Games Provide Entertainment as Local Tech Community Takes Over City Hall Plaza at 5th Annual Outdoor Innovation Festival

 Boston TechJam – a celebration of the technology ecosystem and culture of New England- and Boston-area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, non-profit organizations and higher learning institutions – has released its 2017 content lineup!

Over 7,000 Boston TechJam attendees will gather at City Hall Plaza on Thursday, June 15 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. to join the part block party, part tech showcase. Although speakers were missing from last year’s event, Boston TechJam 2017 is partnering with BostInno to bring an exciting lineup that will feature robots, fitness and audio tech. WBUR’s Asma Khalid will also be moderating a discussion with Boston tech leaders on diversity, talent and leadership.

“Attendees have been asking for more opportunities to learn from the wealth of experience and knowledge Boston has to offer, so we’re thrilled to bring speakers back to Boston TechJam this year,” said TechJam co-founder Mark Lorion, president and GM of Apperian. “These high-caliber guests will appeal to everyone – from students just starting out to long-time, seasoned executives.”

In addition to the newly added speaker lineup, two of the area’s top bands will perform, Jack’s Abby beer will be poured and food trucks will be lining up, creating a fun environment for networking, discovery of local innovation and idea sharing to accelerate the region’s technology ecosystem and culture.

“Boston TechJam, now in its fifth year, is a networking event unlike any other: a giant block party with 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.”

This year’s entertainment line-up includes:

  • Speakers – Throughout the event, speakers will be discussing Boston’s audio tech scene, how Mass. is shaping the fitness industry, and how robots are making the world a better place.
  • Live Music – Award-winning bands will play funk, soul, R&B, pop, and reggae to keep the party grooving. Bands this year include East Coast Soul, joining Boston TechJam for their second year, and Spiritual Rez, performing their only live show in Boston before continuing on tour.
  • Games and Exhibits from over 100 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. The exhibiting companies will be organized as “Innovation Villages” to inspire community and networking within the event.
  • Food and Libations – Attendees can stay fueled at the festival by enjoying beer from Jack’s Abby and munching on eats from a variety of Boston-favorite food trucks, including: Chubby Chickpea, Moyzilla, Rhythm & Wraps, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Sabroso Taqueria, Zo on the Go, Vice Cream, The Sausage Guy, Revelry and Collettey’s Cookies.

Register for the event now at www.bostontechjam.org.

The event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Cengage, Chewy, Cybereason, EBSCO, Kronos Incorporated, Monster, Optum, PTC and Rapid7.

Boston TechJam 2017 To Showcase Regional Technology And Innovation At Annual Block Party

On June 15, 2017, City Hall Plaza will again host the fifth annual Boston TechJam, a celebration of the technology ecosystem and culture of New England- and Boston-area entrepreneurs, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, non-profit organizations and higher learning institutions. The event is part block party, part tech showcase that connects the community, experiential content and a celebration of the local innovation economy.

“Boston TechJam provides companies, individuals and ideas a platform to take hold and scale, as well as a single day that celebrates all that is great about the Boston tech community.  In 2017 we are focused on expanding this platform,” states Christine Nolan, co-founder of Boston TechJam and Sr. Director of Communities at MassTLC. “We are thrilled to be partnering this year with organizations such as BostInno, CIC, Resilient Coders, and TechGen who will be showcasing important elements of the tech community – from students, to startups, to the role of diversity and hot tech trends – that all play an important role in our vibrant ecosystem.”

The event is made possible by the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Cengage, Chewy.com, Cybereason, EBSCO, Kronos, Monster, Optum and PTC. Additional sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are still available.

For the past two years, a content program has been absent from the event. But this year, content is back! Boston Tech Jam, BostInno and CIC are teaming up to bring interesting founders, companies and their stories to the audience. More details will be released soon.

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 – 9:00 p.m.

“We are on the brink of an inflection point in the battle for equitable access to the tech economy,” said David Delmar, executive director, Resilient Coders who will be releasing information from a study it conducted around how diversity in the workplace makes businesses stronger. “With the boom in tech over the past decade, continued success will be driven by the industry’s desire to embrace all members of the community.  We are thrilled to be partnering with Boston TechJam where we all come together for the day to embrace Boston as a great place to launch and scale innovative ideas and businesses.”

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 BostInno, the City of Boston, CIC, Resilient Coders, and TechGen.

How to Get Involved

Special Site Preview!

Every year we like to make little changes to the layout to keep innovating on the event and this year is no different! Check out a rendering of what you’ll be experiencing when you venture onto City Hall Plaza June 15th!

We still have some exhibitor spaces available so if you want to get your organization involved email info@bostechjam.com 

 

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.

 

Media Contact:

SHIFT Communications

btj@shiftcomm.com

 

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.

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