Friday, October 20

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.

10 a.m. – noon


Small Business Track

Security breaches and scams can have catastrophic consequences, especially for small businesses. In this two-hour session, experts from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation and Facebook will share security and privacy tips, best practices and resources to help Vermont companies secure their networks. Attorney General TJ Donovan will moderate the discussion, and other local cybersecurity leaders will be on hand to answer questions about protecting proprietary and customer information.

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Coffee and Confidence

Career Track

This workshop, hosted by Change the Story VT, is open to women of all ages. Participants will get tools and takeaways to help them build a network, apply and interview for tech positions, and negotiate salaries.

noon – 1 p.m.

Continuing Education

Career Track

Ready to change careers? Want to pick up additional certification? Representatives from Vermont colleges and training programs offer some local continuing ed options.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Using Data to Weather the Storm

Small Business Track

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria — the 2017 hurricane season has been a very busy time at Weather Analytics. This New Hampshire-based company collects and analyzes the best-available weather data to help clients prepare for storm-related challenges and opportunities. In this talk, organized by the Burlington Data Scientists group, Chief Technology Officer Tom Cecere explains how Weather Analytics handles hurricanes, gives an overview of the data science field — who uses data and who uses improved, analyzed, predictive data — and offers tips on how business owners and CEOs can find and hire data scientists to tackle industry-specific problems.

1:15 – 2 p.m.

Free and Fun Professional Development

Career Track

You don’t have to go to school to pick up new tricks of the trade — local user groups offer lots of learning and networking opportunities. The price of admission is cheap, and sometimes free. Some groups have sponsors that pay for pizza. A panel of user group organizers explains why these professional development opportunities are so valuable.

2 – 3 p.m.

Batteries Required: Tesla Comes to Vermont

Small Business Track

Two years ago, Green Mountain Power announced an unusual partnership with electric carmaker Tesla. Vermont’s largest utility became the first in the country to help its customers install Tesla’s new Powerwall home battery, which stores energy produced on site, rather than drawing from the grid. This helps reduce the load during peak times and makes Vermont’s energy grid stronger, cleaner and more cost-effective. In this session, Margaret Hodes, senior product manager of grid services at Tesla Energy, explains how the company’s energy division works, and offers behind-the-scenes insights into the future of energy storage technology. Josh Castonguay and Betsy Bloomer of Green Mountain Power share the latest developments in GMP’s Tesla Powerwall program.

3:15-4:15 p.m.

The Next Disruption: Industry 4.0

Small Business Track

As automation becomes more sophisticated, companies from fulfillment centers to advanced manufacturers will need to adjust to what is being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution: robotics working with computers, devices, and algorithms to achieve higher productivity. This new system — the Internet of Things — will transform how factories can succeed and has major implications for the workforce. In this session, organized by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, experts on cybersecurity, manufacturing, workforce and IoT will discuss the impact of this new industrial paradigm, and what implications it holds for Vermont businesses.

4:30 – 5 p.m.

Tech Jam Awards Presentation

The Vermont Technology Alliance, BTV Ignite and Seven Days present the winners of the Vermont Tech Jam awards.

Saturday, October 21

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.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feminist Hackerspace

Description to come.

11-11:45 a.m.

Pot Tech

As Vermont debates legalizing marijuana, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs are exploring the local opportunities that a regulated cannabis industry would create. In this conversation, moderated by Seven Days staff writer Ken Picard, panelists discuss what’s legal — and what’s possible.

Noon-12:45 p.m.

What Does It Mean To Be a Socially Responsible Tech Company?

Russ Elek from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility moderates this discussion, which touches on a range of issues, from seeking diversity in hiring, to buying local; from employee benefits to UX design.

1-1:45 p.m.

Outdoor Rec Tech

Outdoor recreation is a big driver of the Vermont economy. It’s no coincidence that internationally known outdoor sports brands are headquartered in the Green Mountain State. But these companies need more than access to wilderness to thrive — many of them rely on high-tech manufacturing processes and e-commerce systems to sell their products. For others, tech products are the deliverables themselves. Representatives from some of these companies talk about the technological aspect of their outdoor rec businesses, explain the benefits and challenges of doing business in Vermont and reveal how to get hired at one of these super-cool companies.