It was only seven o'clock on Wednesday night and folks were already climbing on tabletops. Music thumped as two hundred people swarmed the event space at Clypd. The Somerville Tech Pub Crawl was just getting underway, and although there were still hours of fun ahead of us, energy was high from the start. Vicky Wu Davis--rocking high heels and a Darth Vader belt--had an announcement to make. "Youth CITIES is my labor of love."
Vicky, founder and executive director of Youth CITIES, went on to captivate her buzzing audience as she shared the organization's mission of teaching Boston's young people to impact their communities by way of innovation, education, and sustainability. Clypd co-founders, Joshua Summers and Doug Hurd, took their turn on the table too, expressing their excitement for the event and their commitment to our city's tech ecosystem. "We're so pleased with this overwhelming turnout!" The crowd cheered and Doug continued. "Thank you so much to our neighboring tech companies who are here tonight supporting Vicky's nonprofit, and a big thanks to the amazing TUGG team for helping us put this all together."
Joshua piped up. "The more you drink and eat, the more cash that gets donated. So let's go raise money for a great cause!" It was time to get moving.
The designated pair of team leaders for each host company-- representing Somerville's clypd, Evergage, Drync, Velir, and (formerly of Somerville, but now in Central Square) Wistia-- gathered their groups (color-coded at random) and hit the streets. In steady rotations for four hours, pub crawlers moved through a series of seven bars and attempted to crush each digital scavenger hunt challenge along the way. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were instantly (and consistently) flooded with check-ins, hashtags, videos of super-secret handshakes, and epic photo bombs. Just check out #TechPubCrawl on any of TUGG's channels to relive the fun.
Joshua Tree, Foundry, Saloon, RedBones Barbecue, Burren, Johnny D's, and the Painted Burro all generously opened their doors to us, and donated proceeds from every team's liquor & food sales to Youth CITIES, which made every beer and burger taste that much better. From the nifty souvenir wristbands and drink tickets, down to the cheese, crackers, and pint glasses, we couldn't have pulled it all off without the amazing support of our faithful sponsors: Atlas Venture, Ernst & Young, Goodwin Procter, Polachi Executive Search, Silicon Valley Bank, and Wilmer Hale.
These are just a few great snapshots from last night's shenanigans, but you can click here to see the whole album.