Boston TechJam, billed as the “largest festival of innovation, entrepreneurship, and tech culture,” returns to City Hall Plaza today, bringing together some of the city’s top technology companies, start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, venture capitalists, nonprofits, and artists to celebrate the world-class innovations happening in and around the city.
The combination block party/tech showcase, now in its fourth year, is designed in part to be a networking event that brings together current tech contributors and the up-and-coming generation of techies. It’s a chance to see what local individuals and companies are doing with technology and to network with folks who can help those launching start-ups with website design, legal help, and more.
More than 90 Boston-area companies, among them TripAdvisor, Amazon Robotics, PaintNite, Hubspot, Rue La La, and Wayfair, will be represented. Find a full list of participating companies here. Companies will be organized into groups called innovation villages, with a goal of creating better networking opportunities and fostering community within the industry.
Guests can purchase local beers from Harpoon Brewery and cuisine from food trucks the Chicken & Rice Guys, Taco Party Truck, Captain Marden’s Seafoods Cod Squad, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and the Sausage Guy. There will also be live music from local bands East Coast Soul and Bad Rabbits, winner of Boston Music Awards Artist of the Year in 2013.
Last year’s event had more than 4,000 registered attendees and sold out days ahead; organizers are expecting 5,000 people for the 2016 TechJam. This year it is open to anyone 18+ (previously it’s been 21+). Two-thirds of the profits from the 2016 ticket sales will go to support the MassTLC Education Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering computing education skills throughout Massachusetts.
Boston TechJam is today, Thursday, June 16, from 4 to 10 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, Boston. Take any MBTA Green Line trolley to Haymarket. This is an 18+ event. Purchase tickets ($5 plus a $1.12 fee for students, student ID and .edu email address required; $15 plus a $1.37 fee for individuals) here. Tickets can be purchased at the event for $20.
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