Friday, October 23

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibitor floor open

Tech Jam exhibitors include recruiters from some of Vermont’s fastest-growing and most innovative companies, admissions staff from local colleges, representatives from training programs and governmental agencies. IEEE sponsors offer technology demos.

Student STEM Showcase

stem-isadoraThe Vermont Agency of Education is highlighting K-12 student projects inspired by the maker movement and the 3D Vermont competition, which invites students to create 3D models of historical buildings. Other projects involve coding, game design and robotics. Students from each school will give a 10-minute presentation on their work during the student field trip time.

  • Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy (10:15 a.m. & 2 p.m.): Students are designing sophisticated apps for a variety of purposes and engaging in maker design challenges.
  • Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol (11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.): Students present coding work and game apps.
  • Windsor High School (11:30 a.m. & 12:50 p.m.): Students show their winning design from 3D Vermont and describe robotics projects, as well as a coding collaboration with Dartmouth College students.
  • Richmond Middle School in Hanover, N.H. (noon & 1:15 p.m.) — part of Vermont’s interstate school district: Students describe programming and coding in Scratch.
  • Williston Central School (10:40 a.m. & 1:40 p.m.): Students from the school’s Pinbox 3000 design challenge team explain their work.

Exhibition floor

GameTheory Game Lab

gametheory-pariniStaff from the Burlington-based GameTheory offer hands-on activities that illustrate the principles behind video game design. On Friday, play physical and digital versions of various games. On Saturday, attendees can play games created during a recent Game Jam and vote for their favorites.

Lobby

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Student Field Trip Time

Middle and high school students visit the Tech Jam and talk with exhibitors.

10:30-11 a.m.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! — Session #1

Three tech professionals — Roger Rodriguez, UX developer at C2; Jennifer Robbins, technical assistant to the vice president of semiconductor manufacturing at GlobalFoundries; and James Thompson, cofounder of Daft Labs — describe their career paths during this panel discussion moderated by Pat Boera from Champlain College Career Services.
Amphitheater

11:30 a.m.-noon

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! — Session #2

Repeat of Session #1 (above).

Amphitheater

noon–1 p.m.

IEEE Keynote Speaker

michael-shirling-MTThe IEEE’s “International Edges of Innovation for Smarter Cities” conference invites Tech Jammers to attend a free keynote presentation. BTV Ignite Executive Director Michael Schirling announces a competition to produce next-generation internet apps; Stephen Barraclough and Jeremy Patrie of Burlington Telecom discuss the city’s fiber network. Space is limited, pre-registration suggested.

Amphitheater

1-3 p.m.

Tech Tank

victoria-taylor-techtankVictoria Taylor, former director of talent and communications at reddit, is bringing her experience coordinating thousands of Q&As (known as “AMAs” — for “Ask Me Anything”) with people from astronauts to scientists, actors to rockstars, to the Tech Tank experience.

She recently joined New York City-based WeWork as their director of digital community, and she’s also helping to host an upcoming series of digital videos on innovation being produced by Vermont PBS. She’ll be lending her interviewing and moderating skills to the Tech Tank, a series of short talks with groundbreaking local innovators, including:

  • Barry Finette, UVM College of Medicine Professor and CEO of THINKmd, a benefit corporation developing mobile diagnostic tools for deployment among healthcare workers in developing countries.
  • Dave Porcello, founder of Pwnie Express, whose penetration testing and cybersecurity tools are used by government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.
  • Product manager JP Ishaq and content marketing manager Darek Fanton of Logic Supply, a South Burlington company whose industrial computers withstand the most extreme environments.
  • Green Mountain Power’s director of generation and renewable innovation, Josh Castonguay, explains the utility’s first-in-the-nation home battery partnership with Tesla.
  • Middlebury College student Terrance Goguen, ’16, CEO and founder of JoyRyde, an app that deters users from picking up their smartphones while driving.

Amphitheater

3:30-4 p.m.

HackVT Winner Showcase

manbearpigBeau Cameron, Tyler Ortiz, Roger Rodriguez and Ian Scott — the software developers from C2 who won the 2015 HackVT competition — explain their web-based application, One Day. Designed for this year’s theme, “Hack the Climate,” the app measures users’ daily energy consumption.

Amphitheater

5-7 p.m.

Tech Jam Awards Mixer (by invitation only)

Tech Jam sponsors and exhibitors gather for the announcement of the 2015 winners of the Tech Jam Innovator and Ambassador awards.

Amphitheater

 

Saturday, October 24

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Exhibitor floor open

Tech Jam exhibitors include recruiters from some of Vermont’s fastest-growing and most innovative companies, admissions staff from local colleges, representatives from training programs and governmental agencies. IEEE sponsors offer technology demos.

Student STEM Stage

stem-isadoraThe Vermont Agency of Education is highlighting K-12 student projects inspired by the maker movement and the 3D Vermont competition, which invites students to create 3D models of historical buildings. Other projects involve coding, game design and robotics.

Exhibition floor

GameTheory Game Lab

Staff from the Burlington-based GameTheory offer hands-on activities that illustrate the principles behind video game design. On Friday, play physical and digital versions of various games. On Saturday, attendees can play games created during a recent Game Jam and vote for their favorites.

Lobby

10:30–11:30 a.m.

20+ Tech Jobs

20plus-jobsRecruiters from Dealer.com, MyWebGrocer and Novetta describe their multiple open tech jobs and the qualifications needed to fill them.
Amphitheater

12:15–1 p.m.

IEEE Keynote Speaker

daniel-correaThe IEEE’s “International Edges of Innovation for Smarter Cities” conference invites Tech Jammers to attend a free keynote presentation. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Senior Advisor for Innovation Policy, Dan Correa, addresses the conference. Space is limited, pre-registration suggested.

Upstairs

1-3 p.m.

Pinbox 3000

cardboard-teckTry your hand at the Pinbox 3000, Vermont’s acclaimed cardboard tabletop pinball system, at the Cardboard Teck Instantute’s “Art-cade.” CTI’s PinBox 3000 was recently awarded 10 ribbons of merit at the World Maker Faire in Queens, N.Y. Launched via Kickstarter, this home game system is now being mass-produced locally and is available at pinbox3000.com.

Amphitheater