BostInno Approved: August’s Top Tech & Startup Events in Boston

August 7, 2018

Summer may be winding down, but the number of essential events in Boston has not dwindled. This August you’ll be able to negotiate a salary package, meet the female politicians working to change Boston, and use Facebook for more than just memes. As you pack in those finale summer picnics and boat trips, why not make some time to network and grow professionally? Here are August’s top events.

Week 1 Wednesday August 1

Fuckup Night Boston: Talking about failure is never fun, especially while reliving past mistakes. But this event, the Boston edition of a global series, treats the failures of the past not as things to be ashamed of, but as helpful building blocks that are instrumental towards finding success. This event celebrates the MassChallenge 2018 cohort, and will feature entrepreneurs publicly speaking on their failures and how they’ve learned from them. Tickets are $10 and the event runs will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Learn more and grab a ticket here.

Connected Learning Summit: Using technology to improve the way we learn doesn’t have to be serious business. This three-day summit focuses on the use of technology to make learning more participatory, playful, and creative. It runs from August 1 through 3 at the MIT Media Lab. Tickets start at $200 and can be found here.

Saturday August 4

Product Management Bootcamp: Coming up with a multitude of great ideas is fantastic, but what about when it comes time to decide which to devote your time and energy to? This day-long bootcamp will help you tailor your product and make sure it fits into its market in a logical, lucrative way.

Week 2 Monday August 6

The Unique Nature of Startup Sales: Managing sales at a startup is far different from at a large corporation, just ask Dylan Murphy. He spent eight years at IBM contributing to over $100 million in sales, then left to enter the startup world. Murphy will share his insight at the Cambridge Innovation Center before opening the event up for networking and an Entrepreneur “open mic” night. This event will have an extra focus on establishing early sales traction as a startup. Sign up here.

Tuesday August 7

The Voice of Healthcare Summit: Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are slowly but surely making their way into many aspects of day-to-day life, including healthcare. This one-day conference at Harvard Medical School will focus on best practices and thought leadership in the emerging field of voice assisted healthcare. Tickets start at $329.99. Learn more and grab a ticket here.

Financing strategies: When launching a new business, coming up with an innovative idea is only half the battle. Raising the amount of funding necessary can be a huge obstacle for potential entrepreneurs. This expert panel will help you find the financing strategy right for you and your business. Registration is free and the event is from 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday August 8

Fintech Discussion and Q&A: 1 Million cups, a program designed to educate and empower entrepreneurs across the country, hosts a free monthly gathering to help startups on a grassroots scale. This August’s event is focused on fintech, and will feature presentations from fintech pros and an opportunity to network and ask any questions about the industry you might have. Learn more here.

You Have the Money – Now What?: Managing and tracking the amount of funds your business has is essential. This workshop will prepare participants to answer investor questions as well as address compliance requirements. It runs from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MassChallenge Boston, and tickets start at $25. Find out more and get a ticket here.

Thursday August 9

Resilient Coders Demo Day: If your business is looking to add to its development team, look no further than this showcase of the talented recent graduates of the Resilient Coders program. This group has developed full stack applications with modern javascript and will present their pitches and projects from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Voice of the Customer: Turbonomic hosts this free event focused on uncovering what IT buyers and decision makers truly look for when approached by salespeople. You’ll learn how to utilize the selling tactics that actually work while avoiding those that won’t even make a splash, all while enjoying drinks and appetizers on a Back Bay rooftop. Register here.

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