Checking the Scene: What BostInno's 2016 BostonFest Was All About

Checking the Scene: What BostInno's 2016 BostonFest Was All About

The fifth annual BostInno BostonFest went down last Thursday, 8/12/16, celebrating both Boston’s innovative tech and startup community plus just the simple pleasure of working and living in the city. There were over 2,000 in attendance on the toasty Thursday night, but luckily cold drinks and good eats were both on hand at the Seaport World Trade Center.

Coming just off the heals of SnapApp being featured in BostInno’s "Office Envy" series, the event really put an exclamation mark on what it’s like to be apart of the Boston tech community.

As our CEO of SnapApp, Seth Leiberman, said in the publication, “we’re trying to build a pillar technology company in Boston.” Leaving the laptops at the office and getting out to mix and mingle with our community peers at events like BostonFest, it’s easy to see understand that goal.

30 local sponsors were in attendance, bringing with them a lot energy and all sorts of free swag. To get a feel for the evening and spark some ideas for your future events, keep scrolling!

The scene:

Right on the Boston harbor, The Seaport World Trade center provided an awesome outdoor venue.



Booths lined the main stretch where attendees stopped in with sponsors to play lawn games like Cornhole (AKA Baggo, Bean Bag Toss), Giant Jenga and Connect 4, and to enter in evening contests and giveaways.




The stage area had a designated dance floor, a live band playing pop covers throughout the night, and held the announcement for 10 Coolest Companies winners.




So many food trucks! Most amazing was that the venue was an elevated outdoor space – on the third floor. How did these trucks get there?




Just a fellow SnapApp team member rocking a neon gorilla costume, fielding questions on interactive content. For the record, the custume wearing was voluntarily requested by the wearer himself. Sounds strange. 100% true. 


Swag patrol:

As I mentioned – a whole lot of free swag being (literally) thrown around. I, myself, was on the lookout for laptop sleeves. Sadly, no luck, but there’s always next year.



A popular booth staple was the spinning wheel giveaway prize. I counted at least six, and they all had lines.




One of BostonFest’s sponsor’s, Vice Cream, a brand new artisanal ice cream that was recently written about in the Boston Globe, was passing out free pints. Their specialty? Indulgence.




Brightcove hit the fest passing out free trucker hats. Unlike typical free swag, they didn’t plaster the hat with their logo. I took one home.




Neon, glow in the dark footballs were another huge hit. Two of my fellow colleagues had the thoughtful idea of writing my phone number on them and throwing them into the crowd. Just full of laughs, those two. I got a few texts. (Phone number blocked here, sorry).


Swag and Booth takeaways:

Booth games were definitely a big hit. Connect 4 and Jenga had a big crowd around them continuously, as did most Cornhole boards. However, the Cornhole did seem to be a bit over represented here, so bringing a variety of yard games to your next event might be a good idea.

The wheels. Equally present, were the spinning giveaway wheels. While it seemed like there were too many, they didn’t seem to lack action, so keep the wheels coming, I guess.

In terms of swag, things you can throw and catch and that glow in the dark seem to be safe bets. SnapApp was also passing out drink coozies, which were quite popular on a 90+ degree day.


Until next year BostonFest. We all had a blast!


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