Recap: Tech Night at the Museum 2017

Tech + Social Innovation Meet Art

TUGG’s Tech Night at the Museum was a resounding hit for a second year in a row, despite the downpour over the Seaport neighborhood, drawing 200+ attendees from companies across the Greater Boston’s  tech community to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, who generously allowed a bunch of techies to take over their museum for the night. The event, sponsored by Invaluable with support from Cuseum and TUGG’s Annual Partners, overlooked the harbor where everyone gathered to mingle, enjoy great food and drinks, admire the art on display, and of course learn about social innovation from TUGG’s portfolio nonprofits.

View event photos here!

The Pitches

TUGGfolio members Mbadika, Media Girls, Resilient Coders, and Transformative Culture Project (TCP) each gave a one minute pitch to the packed crowd about their organization’s mission and all they’ve accomplished. Netia from Mbadika opened, telling how her organization helps fosters interest in STEM, hardware and engineering for youth in Roxbury and abroad . Angela from Media Girls followed with how her organization teaches girls and young women to discover their self-worth, and use social media to speak up for their beliefs. David from Resilient Coders was next, whose organization educates underprivileged young adults how to code and helps them find employment to put their new skills to use. Finally, Reggie from Transformative Culture Project rounded out the presentation by telling the audience about how his organization creates new opportunities for young creators to build economic and social power through their art and craft.

Museum Exploration + Nonprofit Engagement

After the pitches our attentive audience took to the museum! Each nonprofit was responsible for hosting a different activity throughout the museum, and attendees were then tasked to join at least two in order to be entered for a chance to win an associate membership for two to the ICA, in addition to a case of wine from Ninety + Cellars.

Activities included a tour of Nari Ward’s Sun Splashed exhibit with TCP, a brown paper bag design thinking challenge from Mbadika, a talk with one of Resilient Coders’ most active students, and an activity about self reflection with Media Girls.

Throughout the evening, museumgoers were encouraged to snap some pictures of the sights and exhibits and to tweet about their favorite parts, with the best posts winning two free tickets to one of the ICA’s newest exhibits. You can view the winning Instagram post here, and the best tweet here.

Thank You

We are incredibly thankful to Invaluable for joining our community as a lead sponsor for this event!

"As the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, Invaluable’s team has a passion for both art and technology, making Tech Night at the Museum a perfect fit for us,” said O’Neal Rowe, Invaluable CMO. “Operating at the intersection of art and tech, Invaluable’s technology allows users to place bids in real-time via our app or website on incredible works of art being offered during live auctions, helping connect people with the things they love. This event is a great opportunity for us to engage with those in Boston’s tech community who also have a passion for the arts, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with TUGG on this event.” 

Additional thanks to Cuseum, who powers the ICA’s app, for supporting Tech Night the Museum for a second year in a row  and TUGG’s annual partners for their continued support of TUGG’s mission. We couldn’t have done it without all of your help!

If you loved visiting the ICA now, you should mark your calendar for their Art in the Age of the Internet exhibition coming up in February!

We’re already looking forward to Tech Night at the Museum 2018. In the meantime we’ll see you at Tech Gives Back 2017!