The 6th annual Vermont Tech Jam, a popular career fair and tech expo that brings together job seekers, college students, entrepreneurs, and professionals for two days of recruiting and networking, will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 at the Champlain Mill in Winooski. Representatives from dozens of Vermont’s most innovative companies will be there recruiting and demonstrating their products.
New this year at the Jam: The vtTA will present two awards honoring businesses and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the local tech community. The Tech Jam Innovation Award will be presented to a company or individual with the most innovative new product, application of technology, or way of doing business. The Tech Jam Ambassador Award will go to an individual or business whose leadership and actions positively represent the state as a home for technology business, and whose efforts help put Vermont “on the map” as a place for technology businesses to start, succeed, and grow.
A panel of judges will evaluate the nominations and select the winners. Judges will include Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development; Dr. John Cohn, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of Design Automation at IBM; Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs for Google, and Paula Routly, Publisher and Co-Editor of Seven Days. Find more information at http://bit.ly/tj-awards.
Tech Jam exhibitor registration is open. Technology-focused businesses, or businesses hiring tech talent, can find out how to exhibit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Vermont has a thriving technology business sector that may be one of the state’s best kept secrets,” said vtTA executive director Jeff Couture. “Our member companies report adding more than 300 jobs over the past year. The Tech Jam and the new awards will help shine a light on the companies that are creating good-paying jobs, innovative products, and helping Vermont become a hub for technology business growth.”
Tech Jam sponsors include Dealer.com and MyWebGrocer, as well as BioTek, C2, Champlain College, Logic Supply, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, the Vermont Technology Council, the Vermont Technology Alliance, the Vermont Department of Education and TD Bank. Internet connectivity will be provided by FairPoint Communications.