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Friday, October 24

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Talk with recruiters at some of Vermont’s fastest-growing and most-innovative companies. Meet admissions staff at Vermont colleges. Find out about tech training programs and business resources. Participate in hands-on technology demos. Middle- and high-school students from across Vermont present their robotics, 3-D design and coding projects on the STEM Stage coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Education.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

10:20-10:50 a.m.

In this talk geared toward students, Kevin Stapleton of the Vermont Department of Labor describes job opportunities in tech-related career, how much they pay and what students should study to qualify for them. He’ll review career exploration tools from the Vermont DOL and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.

10:30 a.m.

Want to make video games? The process doesn’t start in front of a screen. First you need to design an irresistibly fun and challenging game. In this hands-on, hour-long workshop, the staff of Burlington-based gametheory will explain some basic principles, split participants into teams and invite them to make their own games using simple tools. Limit: 15 participants.

11 a.m.

Recruiters from Dealer.com, IBM and Middlebury Interactive Languages discuss how job seekers can stand out in the hiring process.

11:30 a.m.

1 p.m.

Seven Days and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development put together this series of 10-minute talks showcasing Vermont tech companies and entrepreneurs with big ideas. Emily Piper, director of the Burlington Young Professionals and Launch VT, hosts. Click here for the complete schedule.
Want to make video games? The process doesn’t start in front of a screen. First you need to design an irresistibly fun and challenging game. In this hands-on, hour-long workshop, the staff of Burlington-based gametheory will explain some basic principles, split participants into teams and invite them to make their own games using simple tools. Limit: 15 participants.

2:30 p.m.

Digital artists, programmers, and tinkerers — learn how to create interactive, programmable objects with the BeagleBone Black, a credit-card-sized computer ideal for makers. In this one hour workshop, participants will learn the hardware and software building blocks they need to bring ideas to life. Space is limited. This session is sold out.

3-5 p.m.

The Vermont International Film Festival, which kicks off today, hosts this free screening of the new documentary Web Junkie, which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. China is the first country to consider internet addiction a clinical disorder; the government describes it as the greatest threat facing its youth. The film follows Chinese teens sent by their parents to a rehab center in Beijing, and intimately chronicles their relationships with their parents, health care professionals and each other. It’s followed by a panel discussion featuring Champlain College alum and game designer Marguerite Dibble and two members of the college counseling staff.

4 p.m.

Burlington’s newest hive of creativity and entrepreneurship — the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies’ downtown coworking and incubator space — is conveniently located just across the street from the Tech Jam in the FairPoint Communications building. On this guided tour, VCET president David Bradbury will explain how VCET and its partners transformed rooms that used to house telephone operators into a 21st century resource for startups and telecommuters. Space is limited to 20 people. Please register in advance. Click here to register.
Digital artists, programmers, and tinkerers — learn how to create interactive, programmable objects with the BeagleBone Black, a credit-card-sized computer ideal for makers. In this one hour workshop, participants will learn the hardware and software building blocks they need to bring ideas to life. Space is limited. Please register in advance. Click here to register.

5-7 p.m.

Tech Jam sponsors and exhibitors gather for the announcement of the 2014 winners of the Tech Jam Innovator and Ambassador Awards, sponsored by Merchants Bank; the reception is sponsored by Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew. Click here to read about the finalists.

Saturday, October 25

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Talk with recruiters at some of Vermont’s fastest-growing and most-innovative companies. Meet admissions staff at Vermont colleges. Find out about tech training programs and business resources. Participate in hands-on technology demos. Middle and high school students from across Vermont present their robotics, 3D design and coding projects on the STEM Stage coordinated by the Vermont Agency of Education.

10 a.m.

Recruiters from MyWebGrocer, Logic Supply and Champlain College discuss how job seekers can stand out in the hiring process.

10:30 a.m.

Digital artists, programmers, and tinkerers — learn how to create interactive, programmable objects with the BeagleBone Black, a credit-card-sized computer ideal for makers. In this one hour workshop, participants will learn the hardware and software building blocks they need to bring ideas to life. Space is limited. Please register in advance. Click here to register. 

11 a.m.

Organizers behind the BTV Ignite initiative discuss the benefits and opportunities that Burlington’s high-speed internet connection offers. Panelists include Patrick Clemins of Vermont EPSCoR, Nathan Wildfire of Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office, Fletcher Free Library Director Rubi Simon, Code for BTV organizer Bradley Holt and Katie Taylor of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger moderates.

12 p.m.

Seven Days and Kids VT host this free luncheon, introducing girls interested in STEM careers to women who work in STEM fields. Adult participants include Girl Develop It Burlington founder Maureen McElaney, EatingWell developer Rebecca Grenier, IBM engineer Jennifer Robbins and patent-holding UVM College of Medicine professor Mercedes Rincon. Space is limited. Please register in advance. Click here to register. 
Digital artists, programmers, and tinkerers — learn how to create interactive, programmable objects with the BeagleBone Black, a credit-card-sized computer ideal for makers. In this one hour workshop, participants will learn the hardware and software building blocks they need to bring ideas to life. Space is limited. Please register in advance. Click here to register.

1 p.m.

This session on Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer grants is aimed at entrepreneurs seeking funding. A panel of grant recipients and funding specialists will discuss the federal funds, how they differs from and can be used with venture capital, and how Vermont entrepreneurs have used the grants to boost technology development and build successful businesses. Panelists include Steve Arms, founder of Microstrain, Jack Glaser, president of MBF Bioscience and Cairn Cross, cofounder and managing director of FreshTracks Capital.
Digital artists, programmers, and tinkerers — learn how to create interactive, programmable objects with the BeagleBone Black, a credit-card-sized computer ideal for makers. In this one hour workshop, participants will learn the hardware and software building blocks they need to bring ideas to life. Space is limited. Please register in advance. Click here to register.