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Meet Innovators, Makers and Recruiters at the 10th Vermont Tech Jam 7

News Release — Seven Days
Sept. 21, 2016

Contact:
Cathy Resmer, Associate Publisher, Seven Days, 864-5684, [email protected]

September 21, 2016 – Burlington, Vt. – The state’s top tech firms will be hiring at Seven Days’ Vermont Tech Jam, which takes place Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. Vermont’s fastest-growing and most-innovative companies will gather under one roof at this rockin’ career and tech expo. Attendees can learn about exciting new Vermont-made apps, see drone and robotics demonstrations, find out about colleges and training programs, and meet reps from dozens of local companies in healthcare, aerospace, energy efficiency and IT that are hiring.

The 10th Vermont Tech Jam is presented by NorthCountry Federal Credit Union and sponsored by MyWebGrocer, UTC Aerospace Systems, Physician’s Computer Company, Dealer.com, Logic Supply, Champlain College, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, Vermont Information Processing and the Vermont Technology Council.

“NorthCountry is proud to support a vibrant, healthy Vermont as Tech Jam’s presenting sponsor,” said Julie LongFellow, director of creative & branding. ”Technology offers opportunities and solutions we can use to make our community even better through jobs, education, and a stable economy.”

The 10th Vermont Tech Jam offers:

Dozens of exhibitors, including all of the sponsors, plus companies like SolarCity, iSystems, Ascension Technology Corp., Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, LORD-Sensing Microstrain, Burlington Bytes, Union Street Media and NextCapital.
How to Get Hired panels, moderated by Pat Boera of Champlain College, in which HR representatives from sponsor companies will share tips with job seekers.
A K-12 School Maker Faire, organized by the Champlain Mini Maker Faire, on Friday, October 21: Makers, teachers and students display educational projects aimed at sparking kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Lightning talks by Tech Jam award nominees: Select nominees for Tech Jam Innovation and Startup awards give short presentations on their projects on Friday afternoon.
The Tech Jam Awards: Also on Friday afternoon, BTV Ignite, the Vermont Technology Alliance and Seven Days present the four Tech Jam Awards, for the leading local innovator, tech ambassador, newcomer and startup. Nominations for these awards are open until September 30. Find details and a nominating form at techjamvt.com/awards.
A “Beer and Gear” celebration: On Friday night, Tech Jam exhibitors and local tech professionals eat, drink and play virtual reality games at the Tech Jam After Hours party.
“Coffee & Confidence”: A workshop, hosted by Change the Story VT, that’s open to women of all ages. Participants get tools and takeaways to help them build a network, apply and interview for tech positions, and negotiate salaries. Speakers at this Saturday morning session include an IT analyst from GlobalFoundries and an embedded software manager from UTC Aerospace.
Robotics Demos: Members of area FIRST robotics teams showcase their creations on Saturday. On Saturday afternoon, attendees can meet Bina48, one of the world’s most advanced social robots.

The Vermont Tech Jam was started in 2008 by Seven Days, the Vermont Technology Alliance and a coalition of public and private sector partners who sought to increase the visibility of the state’s vibrant, and growing, technology sector. There were two Tech Jams that year — one in January, and one in October. The Tech Jam became an annual event in 2009. It’s produced by Seven Days, with organizational support from the Vermont Technology Alliance and BTV Ignite.

For more information, a complete schedule and a list of exhibitors, visit techjamvt.com.

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