Boston is home to a thriving ecosystem of technology companies, entrepreneurs and startups, as technology and innovation are two key components to Boston’s DNA. Boston tops the list for most venture capital invested per capita across the US, with top Boston tech companies that include: Applause, Brightcove, Bullhorn, Crowdly, DataXu, EverTrue, Hubspot, KarmaLoop, Rue La La, RunKeeper, SessionM, TripAdvisor and Wayfair.
With something happening everyday in the tech community, it can be tough to keep up on the latest events in Boston, and where to go to meet up and network with the city’s best and brightest. So here is a guide to the top not-to-miss Boston area tech events coming up in the next few months:
Startup Hot Seat: RunKeeper
Date: March 11, 2015
Location: General Assembly, Boston, MA
Sara Castellanos, Technology Reporter at Boston Business Journal
Nicole Stata, Founder and Managing Partner at Boston Seed Capital
Jake Cacciapaglia, Director of Business Development at RunKeeper
Tom O’Keefe, Founder of Boston Tweet
General Assembly is partnering with The Boston Calendar to put top Boston startups on the hot seat in front of a panel of VCs, reporters and industry experts. Along with help from the audience, the panel will grill each startups’ business model and growth strategy, to find out which startups can handle the heat.
Up first, Runkeeper. With an online community of more than 30 million people around the world, RunKeeper tracks users workouts and motivates them to hit their fitness goals.
Startup Grind Boston Hosts Wayne Chang, Crashlytics
Date: March 12, 2015
Location: General Assembly, Boston, MA
Hear from Wayne Chang, currently based in Boston and serving as the Head of Product Marketing and Growth Strategy for Mobile Platform at Twitter.
Chang has been passionate about technology from a very early age, writing his first software program on the Apple IIe at age 7. As a serial entrepreneur, advisor, angel investor and hacker, he exemplifies what it means to be a young innovator. Chang is passionate about the user experience and building relationships with developers to help influence the future of mobile development. Most recently, he co-founded Crashlytics, which was acquired by Twitter in January 2013 in one of the biggest deals in the history of the company.
Women in Tech: Panel Discussion
Date: March 31, 2015
Location: Microsoft NERD Center, Boston, MA
Attendees Include: Panelists announced shortly.
Hear from some amazing women currently making their mark on the local tech industry. These trailblazing women in tech will share their stories and experiences from different fields within the tech industry. Stay after the panel to participate in a Q&A session.
Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with others interested in today’s topics surrounding women in tech and those involved in the Boston tech community. They will also be able to speak with and ask panelists questions.
Date: May 13, 2015
Location: House of Blues, Boston, MA
The Nevy Awards bring together Boston’s tech and healthcare communities to make some noise for the group of entrepreneurs and VCs who are building the next generation of companies that matter.
Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA
Why Attend: The 14th annual user experience conference in coming up. Join 1000+ attendees to hear from 30+ speakers and attend practicums and panels with some of the top UX designers and influencers. This one day event offers five tracks: UX Research, Design, Strategy, Service Design, and Career Development.
Hear and discuss critical topics in usability and user-centered design with practitioners, students, and experts in the field. Whether a newcomer, a seasoned user experience professional, or a member of a product team interested in usability, this conference offers unique content and one-of-a-kind learning opportunities. This is the place to be for learning about best practices for user-centered product development, usability research, and real-world case studies from website, mobile device, software, healthcare, globalization and other fields.
Date: June 4-6, 2015
Location: The Nantucket Yacht Club, Nantucket, MA
Wayne Chang, Global Head/Developer Experience, Twitter
Sean Devereaux, Co-Founder, Zero VFX
Paul English, CEO, Blade
David Frankel, Managing Partner, Founder Collective
Jack Groetzinger, CEO, Seatgeek
Eric Hadley, Head of Partner Marketing, Pinterest
Oisin Hanrahan, CEO, Handy
Tom Hughes, Chief Design Officer, Idealab
Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle Corp.
George Howell, Founder, George Howell Coffee
Scott Miller, CEO, Dragon Innovation
Brian Tilzer, Chief Digital Officer, CVS Health
Walker Williams, CEO, Teespring
Melissa Withers, Chief of Staff, Betaspring
Nantucket is the one gathering that brings together emerging and established tech leaders from Boston, New York, and throughout the Northeast. They have one goal: accelerating your momentum.
Each year, the Nantucket Conference brings together a small group of creative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, and executives. 2014 speakers included the CEOs of Etsy, DataXu, Warby Parker, Constant Contact, Birchbox, and Shutterstock, along with the EVP of Global E-Commerce at Staples.
This event offers unique opportunities for exchanging ideas and networking in a relaxing, informal environment. The Nantucket Conference limits the use of PowerPoint and forbids blatant company pitches. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity at each session for interaction and debate. Nantucket is organized by a group of people who work in the technology space every day.