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June 16, 2016, 4pm | CITY HALL PLAZA. BOSTON, MA

A carnival for techies

Original Article Startups to turn up this week for Boston TechJam in City Hall Plaza. The fourth annual Boston TechJam occupies City Hall Plaza this Thursday afternoon. The event is part expo and part festival, with dozens of tech companies setting up booths alongside food trucks, street games and a live concert. Consider it a networking block party for startups, established companies, students, investors and, last year, anybody who wanted to ride a mechanical shark. Mark Lorion, chief marketing and products officer at Apperian, a mobile app management company based in Boston, co-founded TechJam in 2013. “People come out to have fun and they bring their team, and the by-product is, [they] meet a hundred new people,” he says. According to Lorion, Boston’s local tech industry is underappreciated and often overshadowed by other tech centers like Silicon Valley. TechJam, he says, is a chance to celebrate local innovation. “We’ve got an incredible number of technically skilled and savvy people coming out of [local universities],” he says. “The willingness to help other companies out, to help out entrepreneurs, to make connections, to buy and source our technology locally is not matched in any other region.” While previous years’ events were 21-and-up events, this year’s TechJam is open to anyone over 18. “Now we can have college students, who are either starting internships or interested in internships, attend and meet companies and get supercharged about the greatness that is Boston,” notes Lorion. While they’re out there disruptively innovating, attendees can enjoy live music until 10 p.m. from Boston-bred bands East Coast Soul and Bad Rabbits, and food trucks like Roxy’s Grilled...

Boston Tech Jam Preview

Original Article Technology will take over Boston’s City Hall Plaza for the 4th annual Boston Tech Jam. Co-founder Mark Lorion has more on the event that helps entrepreneurs network with the local tech...

Boston TechJam Is About Uniting & Celebrating the Region’s Tech Cos.

Original Article On Thursday evening, the fourth annual Boston TechJam descends on City Hall Plaza and co-founder Mark Lorion sounds exuberant. With more than 4,000 people registered already, representing more than 700 companies, he says if the weather holds up, he wouldn’t be surprised if total attendance reached 6,000. IT’S GOTTEN A LITTLE BUSIER AND A LITTLE CRAZIER EACH YEAR. “It’s gotten a little busier and a little crazier each year,” says Lorion, who is Apperian’s chief marketing and products officer. To explain what this year’s tech and innovation festival will be like, Lorion says it will be like a mix between a “Jimmy Buffett concert and an NCAA tournament.” It seems like a strange pairing, but he uses this comparison because the event is about building a sense of camaraderie within the Boston tech community while also having some friendly competition. “Ultimately people realize they are on the same team — team Boston — and it’s about this Boston company and Boston startup vibe,” Lorion says. “It’s really, really special to experience.” Unlike previous years, the Boston TechJam’s roughly 100 exhibitors — which range from larger companies like LogMeIn and TripAdvisor to smaller ones like Salsify and Pretty Instant — won’t be organized in a series of tents on parallel “streets” and will instead be grouped by “Innovation Villages” under larger tents to create more of a community atmosphere. “We think that will create more serendipitous meetings and more of this social progressive party feel,” Lorion says. Refreshments will include beer served by Harpoon, along with hard cider, slushies, water and other non-alcoholic beverages. Some of what will...

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...

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...