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Press Release: Two-Day Tech Jam Will Showcase Growing Vermont Businesses 

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2010
Contact: Cathy Resmer, Associate Publisher / Web Editor, Seven Days
vt3@sevendaysvt.com, 802-864-5684 x14


What: Vermont 3.0 Tech Jam
When: Friday October 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center on the Burlington Waterfront
Cost: Free to attend
Description: The Vermont 3.0 Tech Jam is a two-day job and tech expo featuring dozens of dynamic local companies and educational institutions.
More detailed info: www.vermont3.com

Two-Day Tech Jam Will Showcase Growing Vermont Businesses

Burlington will host the fourth Vermont 3.0 Tech Jam on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Dozens of innovative local companies will have representatives at the Jam, and many will be recruiting potential employees. Exhibitors include telecommunications providers, software and mobile application developers, bioscience companies, “green” businesses and marketing and design firms.

This free event will also feature interviews with prominent Vermont CEOs, video game demonstrations by the Champlain College Emergent Media Center and an interactive science and math exhibit from NASA. Job seekers, career changers, students and educators — and anyone interested in learning more about the future of Vermont’s tech economy — should attend.

Dealer.com, a Burlington-based company that creates web marketing solutions for auto dealers, is this year’s premier Tech Jam sponsor. “Dealer.com is really excited to be a participant and sponsor of this year’s Tech Jam,” says recruiting team leader Bailee Sulham. “We’re hoping to add 100 new employees over the next year, and this will be the perfect opportunity for us to connect with Vermont’s brightest and most talented job seekers.”

According to the Vermont Software Developers’ Alliance, a trade group that promotes the state’s tech industry, the average wage of a software company job in Vermont is $60,000. And the VTSDA notes that for every software developer its member companies hire, they add six additional non-technical positions.

The VTSDA is one of several public and private sector partners that organize the Tech Jam; Representatives from the Vermont Department of Labor, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and Seven Days, the Burlington-based newsweekly, also plan the event. Additional sponsors include BioTek, Champlain College, Burlington Telecom, the Vermont Technology Council, Citizens Bank, Fleischer Jacobs Group and Competitive Computing (C2).

“The Tech Jam has quickly become much more than a job fair; it’s the annual gathering of Vermont’s ‘crème de la crème’ of entrepreneurs and creative companies,” says Cari Kelley of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. “These hip innovators aren’t the ‘next generation’; they’re here now and have already transformed what it means to do business in Vermont. By grabbing onto our long-standing tradition of community and running with it, they’ve created a clear and straightforward path to Vermont’s new economy.”

Highlights of the 2010 Tech Jam:

  • Dozens of local companies are exhibiting, including Dealer.com, BioTek, Seventh Generation, MyWebGrocer, AllEarth Renewables, Chroma Technology Corp., MicroStrain, Union Street Media, MBF Bioscience, Logic Supply and Green Mountain Antibodies. Click here for a list of exhibitors.
  • An hour before the event opens to the public, the VTSDA hosts an invitation-only forum featuring the two major-party candidates for governor. Brian Dubie and Peter Shumlin will discuss their visions for Vermont’s growing tech sector, and take questions from exhibitors at 9 a.m. on Friday in the Film House.
  • Four Vermont CEOs will speak on Saturday about the advantages and challenges of doing business in Vermont. The speakers are David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables (formerly of NRG Systems), Briar Alpert of BioTek, Carolyn Edwards of Competitive Computing (C2) and Greg Brand of Bluehouse Group.
  • Middle- and high-school teachers from across Vermont are bringing their classes to the Jam on Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to inspire students to pursue careers in math, science and technology, and to connect them to post-graduation internship and employment opportunities.
  • NASA is driving its mobile educational tractor-trailer from Alabama to Vermont for the Tech Jam. It’ll be parked outside so students and educators can easily interact with the traveling science and math exhibit. NASA staffers will also make a formal presentation to school groups on Friday.
  • The Champlain College Emergent Media Center will be hosting educational discussions and video game demonstrations on Friday and Saturday in the Black Box Theater.

The complete schedule is on the Tech Jam website, www.vermont3.com.

John Vowles, regional manager of the Workforce Development Division of the Vermont Department of Labor, says the Tech Jam helps increase local tech companies’ visibility on a regional level, but it also helps give young people a reason to stay in Vermont. “The Vermont Department of Labor supports this event to help promote and brand Vermont as a leader in technology companies,” says Vowles, “as well as to help educate our youth that technology sector employment is an option in their home state.”

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