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 several Boston companies including Converse, Karmaloop, Rue La La and Wayfair. Bands this year include East Coast Soul and the nationally acclaimed Bad Rabbits, previous winners of the Boston Music Awards Artist of the Year, who will be playing their only local show this summer at Boston TechJam.
  • Games and Exhibits from Over 90 Local Companies – While the bands are rocking, entrepreneurs, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, non-profit groups and students will be checking out local innovations and enjoying fun, festival-style activities and games. This year, the exhibiting companies will be organized as “Innovation Villages,” to inspire community and networking within the event.
  • Urban Beach – New for 2016, New England Venture Capital Association’s (NEVCA) TechGen program has moved Urban Beach, its summer kickoff that provides hundreds of college students the opportunity to build their own networks and connect to the local tech community. Urban Beach, sponsored by Boston-based ed tech company Cengage Learning, will feature networking and startups from many of the country’s top universities.
  • Food & Libations – Attendees will stay fueled for the festival by enjoying beer from Harpoon Brewery and munching on eats from a variety of Boston-favorite food trucks, including: Chicken & Rice Guys, Taco Party Truck, Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and The Sausage Guy.

 

Register for the event now at www.bostontechjam.org and be entered to win weekly prizes including an Amazon Echo from Autodesk, chargeHRs from Fitbit, Noise-Cancelling Headphones from Rocket Software, an AppleTV from PTC and a Helix Bluetooth speaker from Monster. By registering and completing actions on social media platforms to stay informed and help spread the word, you’ll also be entered into the grand prize raffle, a private party, tour and custom brewing session for up to 60 people at Harpoon Brewery. The winner will be announced at the event, and don’t forget, two-thirds of this year’s admission will support computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

 

The event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company, Equinix, Fitbit, firstPRO, Kronos Incorporated, Monster, PTC and Rocket Software.

 

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About Boston TechJam

Boston TechJam is a showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class innovations coming out of the Boston region. The event brings together early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises, venture capitalists and artists to celebrate the region’s technology, entrepreneurship and culture. Equal parts idea exchange and celebration, Boston TechJam is an unconventional meeting ground for local innovators, visionaries and up-and-comers. The 18+ event will take place June 16, 2016 in Boston City Hall Plaza.

 

Boston TechJam is supported by Autodesk, Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company, Equinix, Kronos Incorporated, Fitbit, firstPRO, Monster, PTC and Rocket Software. Founding collaborators include Apperian, MassTLC, East Coast Catalyst, Pretty Instant, Influence Central and SHIFT Communications, additional collaborators include GreenHorn Connect, MassChallenge, MassDiGi, MITX, Tech Generation, the City of Boston, New England Venture Capital Association, ONEin3 Council and VentureFizz.

 

Media Contact:

SHIFT Communications

[email protected]

 

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 networking within the event. Boston TechJam will also feature performances from live bands, appearances from entrepreneurial tech leaders – both past and present, local craft beer, food truck fare and “street-festival”-type games from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

“Boston has become known as a focal point for tech incubators not only in the country, but around the world,” said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the lead organizer of the event. “From the individuals to the organizations, Boston TechJam celebrates those shaping, molding and growing the ideas and industries that have made the Commonwealth standout among other innovation regions.”

The event is being led by co-founder Mark Lorion of Apperian and co-founder Christine Nolan of MassTLC along with founding team members Dave Polcaro from East Coast Catalyst, Ben Maitland-Lewis from Pretty Instant, Dave Cutler from Influence Central and Joel Richman from SHIFT Communications. Other leading collaborators include GreenHorn Connect, MassChallenge, MITX, the City of Boston and New England Venture Capital Association.

The event would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial support of underwriting sponsors Autodesk, Constant Contact, Equinix, Kronos Incorporated, Fitbit, firstPRO, Monster and Rocket Software. Additional sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.

How to Get Involved

• To register to attend and get the most up-to-date information on the schedule of events, visit www.bostontechjam.org and follow @bostontechjam (#btj2016). Two-thirds of this year’s admission will go to support computing education in Massachusetts through the MassTLC Education Foundation.

• To exhibit or sponsor, contact [email protected].

• To attend as a member of the press, contact [email protected].

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About Boston TechJam

Boston TechJam is a showcase and accelerator for new ideas and world-class innovations coming out of the Boston region. The event brings together early stage companies, entrepreneurs, students, established enterprises, venture capitalists and artists to celebrate the region’s technology, entrepreneurship and culture. Equal parts idea exchange and celebration, Boston TechJam is an unconventional meeting ground for local innovators, visionaries and up-and-comers. The 18+ event will take place June 16, 2016 in Boston City Hall Plaza.

Boston TechJam is supported by Autodesk, Constant Contact®, Equinix, Kronos Incorporated, Fitbit, firstPRO, Monster and Rocket Software and collaborators include Apperian, MassTLC, East Coast Catalyst, Pretty Instant, Influence Central, SHIFT Communications, GreenHorn Connect, MassChallenge, MITX, the City of Boston and New England Venture Capital Association.

Media Contact:
SHIFT Communications
[email protected]

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