Magicians, Margaritas & Live Music: MassTLC Hosts Boston TechJam Block Party to Celebrate Tech Community

Thursday October 3rd from 4 P.M. to 9 P.M., MassTLC will host its inaugural Boston TechJam to celebrate–and accelerate–the accomplishments of the city’s business and tech scene.

Entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and students alike will head down to the newly opened District Hall to partake in the block party’s networking and festivities, fueled by margaritas, sangria and craft beer and set to the tunes of a list of impressive bands with local tech ties. But the fun doesn’t stop there: magicians and treasure chest giveaways will also be involved, Boston TechJam cofounder Christine Nolan told BostInno.

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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.

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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