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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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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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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Boston startup events – Boston TechJam

For years, research has told us that few people believe claims that are made in advertising. But even today, with trusted advice and opinions only one click way from consumers, brands continue to spend considerable time and money telling people how great they are.

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Boston Idea Week 2013 Promises New Businesses, Innovative Ideas & Rock and Roll

Tuesday, October 1, will mark the beginning of the second annual Boston Idea Week. Hot on the heels of the Tech Tax repeal, and the announcement that MassChallenge will be moving to the Innovation and Design Center, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Boston Redevelopment Authority present a joint venture to celebrate the Innovation District, startup culture and booming Boston ecosystem.

Idea Week actually lasts for nine days, and all over the city there will be events of all types, at all hours, for all ages. You can get the full schedule of events here, but we have provided an overview and some highlights.

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