TUGG This: November Newsletter

Hey there!

How are you? We hope you're getting your fill of pumpkin flavored everything and leaf-peeping like a boss. And, high fives all around for surviving daylight savings. Nothing says "fun" like wanting to hibernate. 

It's a proven fact that TUGGers are the best.

You knew that, but let's review a few more reasons why:


Your ping pong skills are mind blowing

Boston's startup community warmed up it's backswing, grabbed it's ping pong balls, and hit the tables to raise money for Build Boston, Career Village, Generation Citizen, and Resilient Coders. Big congratulations to Team Autodesk for winning the prestigious title of "King Pong"! This amazing events also wouldn't have been possible without our awesome sponsors: Goodwin Proctor LLP, Flybridge Capital Partners, KPMG, and WeWork. Check out all the pictures here


You got up early on the Saturday after Halloween for this

On November 1st, Boston's tech community rallied together at the Microsoft NERD Center for an epic action civics hackathon. Teams worked hard all day to devise tech solutions geared to help out the inspiring students of Generation Citizen. At the end of the day, we all celebrated the Civic Tech Challenge with evening reception complete with food, drink, engaging conversation, and a keynote speech by none other than Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital Partners. Relive all the action: check out the photo album


You schooled everyone on the dance floor, and did it in style. 

On Thursday night October 23rd, we busted out our 90's outfits and hit the dance floor at The Estate for evening of dancing. DJs David Gallant & Daniel David spun some awesome tunes, the bartenders kept the drinks flowing, and folks over at Tablelist made sure our fancy VIPs had a swanky spot to chill. All ticket proceeds and donations went to support three of our fantastic nonprofits: Build, Catie's Closet, and Dream Big! Check out all the sweet photo evidence here. 

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might even learn something. 

Episode 3 of #TechItFwd is all about stories that spread. Jon Feinman of InnerCity Weightlifting tells the moving stories behind the nonprofit (seriously, have tissues handy - this one's a tear-jerker) and how they wound up on ESPN's SportCenter. After that, Chris Savage, co-founder and CEO of Wistia, talks about his unconventional approach to marketing and how his company can turn a seemingly boring product into something that customers are actually excited about. Just click play:

Technology for Autism Now has been really busy

  • TAN presented at UMASS Medical Center's first ever Assistive Technology EXPO
  • They're getting ready to launch a new mobile & iPad app called AutiKnow
  • TAN's Marie Duggan was invited by Lesley University to participate in the graduate student class of Severe Special Education. She's been working with grad students to implement  AutiKnow across their recreational and vocational programs involving autistic children and young adults in the community.   
  • Boston University has accepted TAN as one of 5 nonprofits represented in their PRoBono event happening on Friday & Saturday November 21st & 22nd. Click here to learn more. 
  • TAN is preparing for their first International Pilot that'll be conducted in Mexico City, have begun translating their new app into Spanish, and also appeared on CNN in Mexico.


Folks who rock shirts from Rightside walk in 

like they own the place. 

  • Rightside Shirts officially got their 501(c)3 tax exempt status and they're super excited. They're also working on building a new website which is expected to launch by 2015. Stay tuned for more! 


CareerVillage is killing it

  • They took 1st Place in the Social Impact category at the 2014 MassChallenge Awards
  • They are in the running for an award of $25,000 from JPMorgan Chase
  • They're hiring! Congratulations to Lindsey Manning, who just joined the team as their new Product Manager!
  • CareerVillage is looking for volunteers to answer student questions about careers in technology.


Catie's Closet hit it out of the park this month

  • They took home $100K as a Diamond Award Winner at the 2014 MassChallenge Awards
  • They were mentioned in Forbes and won a grant from the John Henry Foundation
  • They received the Nonprofit of the Year Award at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence Awards
  • Catie's Closet set up shop in one new school this month, and has three more in the works. They've now grown to 23 closets, serving 12,000 students across Massachusetts, thanks to the generosity of volunteers, area businesses, generous donors, local organizations, and of course TUGGers like you!

InnerCity Weightlifting officially signed a new lease in Kendall Square, and their new personal training gym should be up and running by February 1st. Go get a killer workout for just $20, AND do fantastic things for your community, all at the same time. 

Also coming up:

  • City Awake Expo
    • Saturday December 6th: You're invited to District Hall for an expo that shines a light on Boston's social impact community. Get to know the meaningful work happening in the city, meet changemakers, mingle with organizations, and enjoy a keynote speaker, music, food, beer & wine. More info here
  • Somerville 2014 "Hour of Code"
    • Monday December 8th - Friday December 12th: 2500+ students from Somerville with join over 100 million kids around the world for the largest learning event in history! The "Hour of Code" events provides students the opportunity to learn the basics of computer science. To learn more, click here. Sign up to volunteer here
  • Eat Your Heart Out
  • Holiday Charity Cocktail Party
    • Wednesday, December 10th 6-8:30pm: Join Youth Housing Initiative and WeWork (745 Atlantic Ave. Boston) for a good old fashioned holiday charity cocktail soiree.