15 (now 17) Must Attend Events for this Fall
Now that summer is over, it is time to kick back into networking & conference mode!
We've put together a list of "can't miss" events that are happening between now and the end of the year. I'm sure there will be more added to the mix (RubyRiot?, Dave Balter Tech Prom?), but here is what we have so far. So, make sure you mark these dates down on your calendar, so you don't miss out!
MassTLC 2012 Leadedership Awards
The 2012 Mass Technology Leadership Awards program spotlights the companies, people, and technologies that exemplify the best and the brightest in the Massachusetts technology community.
TUGG - Tech Gives Back Ecosystem Celebration
Celebrate and party with TUGG, their sponsors, and 500 volunteers at The Estate to recognize the previous day's Tech Gives Back effort, which is a day of volunteering and giving back to Boston.
WebInno is always a must attend event, but this time they are spicing things up. Instead of the normal format where three startups demo their products, they are having the founders of some of the area's fastest growing (rockets) companies demo their products: DataXu, Gemvara, & HubSpot.
Boston Startup School Entrepreneur*ship*
Join the crew from Boston Startup School staff, instructors, and alumni for a sunset boat cruise around Boston Harbot with Boston's Best Cruises!
Business of Software
October 1st - 3rd
The Business of Software Conference is an annual event held in Boston where speakers from all over come to talk about how to grow and scale software businesses. The content is highly relevent for anyone in a software company - CEOs, Founders, Product Managers, Marketing, Engineering, etc.
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1,000 Pirates is back for round two! Rentabilities is responsible for organizing this high seas adventure with 1,000 of your closest startup friends!
MIT Startup Bootcamp
Startup Bootcamp at MIT is an awesome full day event which typically features speakers from many of today's most successful startups. Last year, they had founders from Kayak, Airbnb, Dropbox, Quora, Foursquare, etc. This year's lineup has not been announced yet, but I'm sure it won't disappoint.
BREW (Boston Region Entrepreneurship Week)
October 15th - 26th
BREW is back for a third year. This is a two week long celebration of events, programs, & activities around entrepreneurship in Greater Boston and the surrounding communities.
Founder Dialogues IX
The next Founder Dialogues event has been scheduled for Oct 22nd and this time, Eric Paley will be conducting his usual fireside chat interview with Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot. All of these events are awesome and I'm sure the house will be packed for this one!
October 23rd - 26th
Aiming to be the SXSW of the northeast, FutureM is a week long experience, where they bring together marketing & technology innovators to contemplate and celebrate the future of marketing through a series of programs and events.
MassChallenge Awards Ceremony
Join hundreds of leaders from the startup ecosystem to hear pitches from the top 26 MassChallenge startups and watch as leaders from the startup ecosystem announce the winners of $1,000,000 in cash prizes live!
Xconomy Forum: The Future of Big Data
Xconomy is hosting an event focused on today's latest and greatest buzzword: Big Data. They have assembled a great roster of founders, CEOs, and investors who are playing in this space.
EmTech MIT 2012
October 24 - 26
EmTech is an annual conference organized by the MIT Technology Review. This conference is focused on emerging technologies and their impact. Each year, they bring together key players from the technology, engineering, academic and management communities to discuss the technological innovations that are changing the face of business and driving the global economy.
TechStars / DartBoston After Party???
This event has not been scheduled yet... but there has been an amazing after-party following each TechStars' Demo Day event. DartBoston has taken the lead for organizing each party and landed musical acts like Coolio and Robert Randolph & the Family Band to perform. The current TechStars program is scheduled to wrap up on Nov 15th, so keep an eye out and hopefully, they won't disappoint!!!
MassTLC Innovation UnConference
If you could only attend one event all year... this would be the one to pick. Hands-down, it is an unbelievable day and what makes this event great is the attendees, who ultimately make the agenda (which is the point of an unconference style event). Join over 800 people from the tech eco-system to discuss a broad range of topics!
MITX 17th Annual Interactive Awards
The MITX Interactive Awards is the largest and most prestigious awards competition in the country for interactive and web innovations, bringing together 1,000+ of the best and brightest minds in the digital media, marketing and technology industry.
15th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference
The MIT Venture Capital Conference is an all day event where venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and students come together around fast-paced panels and hard hitting keynotes dealing with the intersection of entrepreneurship and venture capital.