Wednesday May 28, 2014 by Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz
Last year over 2,000 startupers took to the inaugural Boston TechJam, a block party for all things innovation.
Created by Mark Lorion (CMO, Apperian) and Christine Nolan (Dir. of Communities, MassTLC) the event was built to help accelerate connections and celebrate the success of the tech ecosystem in the Boston region. If you’re an entrepreneur, an investor, a student, an employee at a startup or just love innovation this is a party you’ll want to be at.
Broken up into two sessions, there’s something for everyone on June 12th. First is the Content Element, taking place in the Faneuil Hall Building from 2:00 – 4:00 PM which is a great opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to connect. This session will feature pitches from 5 or 6 startups who will be narrowed down by a neutral group of VC’s and mentors leading up to the event. Anyone can attend this session for just $10.
At 4:00 PM, session two - the Outdoor Festival (21+) kicks off and this is where things get turned up a notch. Lorion tells me they’ll have anywhere between 50-75 companies exhibiting. Based on last year’s format, this isn’t your typical expo, though. Companies are encouraged to set up activities, games and competitions at their booth. This format helps drive conversation and interaction among guests – thus accelerating connections. As you can see in the photos, these teams take this seriously!
The festival, taking place at Boston City Hall Plaza, is also open to anyone for just $10 (sessions 1 & 2 are separate tickets). On top of the activities and networking, attendees will enjoy local brews from Harpoon, plenty of food options and several musical acts. There’s a fun hook for the bands, though – at least one band member must be employed by a high tech company.
Last year registration had to be shut down due to high volume, so don’t wait on this! And what’s better is 100% of the ticket proceeds go to the MassTLC Education Foundation, a charity whose mission fits with TechJam’s goal to sustain our community’s success for the future.
Ultimately, Lorion, Nolan and the TechJam team want the community to “come together as one in celebration of the region's success.” I’m sure some people in the Boston Tech community can get behind that!!