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Boston Beta :: Open Source Edition


Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Boston Beta :: Open Source Edition

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General Admission Ended $20.00 $0.00
Bring a Friend! 2 tickets for $30
Discount rate for orders of 2 or more.
Ended $15.00 $0.00
Service Provider & Sales
Per-person fee for service providers, recruiters, lawyers, account executives, etc. We ask companies and attendees fitting these categories to use this ticket type or join as sponsors.
Ended $74.50 $0.00
Additional Donation to Free Software Foundation   more info Ended

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online ticket sales end at 3 PM; door tickets will be available for $20 general admission, $75 service providers — cash only 

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 Boston Beta :: Open Source Edition 

The last Boston Beta of 2012 is a benefit for the Free Software Foundation and a celebration of Boston's leading role in the free software and open source movements.

Boston Beta is part cocktail party, part demo night. Join us for an evening featuring the latest and greatest in free culture and open source:

  • Interactive demos from open source & free culture projects 
  • Free-as-in-beer open bar from 7:30 - 8:30 PM (free wine too!)
  • Delicious gourmet appetizers from Whole Foods Catering
  • Casual, open socializing with hundreds of founders, hackers, open source geeks, students, bloggers, investors, and more
  • Beautiful views overlooking the Charles River and Boston's city skyline as hundreds gather in Microsoft NERD's 11th-story event space
Boston Beta is an interactive demo night with open socializing, ongoing demoing, and a brief pause for pitches and announcements: 

6:00 Doors open
7:00 42-word pitches (each demo pitches their project in exactly 42 words)
7:30 Open bar begins (Yay!)
8:00 Voting ends
8:30 People's Choice Winner announced
Boston Beta will donate $5 from the purchase of each paid ticket to the Boston-based Free Software Foundation, one of the world's preeminent advocates of free, open software. The FSF publishes the GNU General Public License and supports the GNU operating system. Read more about the FSF here.
If this is a Free Culture event, why isn't the event free?
Many tech events in Boston are free. Boston Beta is different; we produce events of the highest quality, rather than the lowest cost.

It's not just a matter of profit, it's a matter of principle. For three reasons, we believe paid tech events in general (and ours in particular) are worth paying for:
  1. Better attendees. Boston Beta events attract a passionate, engaged, tech-obsessed crowd. Thanks to our tiered pricing structure, fewer than 3% of Beta attendees are salespeople or service vendors; more than 70% are founders, developers, and investors. You won't find these ratios anywhere else. 
  2. Top-shelf amenities. For less than the cost of a nosebleed seat at Fenway, you'll enjoy an immersive evening experience complete with complimentary drinks, delicious food, and an unmatched attention to detail.
  3. A brighter Bostonian future. Boston Beta is part of the Beta event series, stretching from New York (NY Beta) to San Francisco (SF Beta) to Dublin (Dublin Beta), and beyond. Your purchase provides us with the resources to continue producing our world-class event in Boston, and provides you with a chance to join the startup event experience that's sweeping the globe.

 About Boston Beta 

Boston Beta is New England's premier demo night, bringing together founders, hackers, students, investors, designers, visionaries, enthusiasts, media professionals, and more.

Join us for evenings of conversation, talks, and demos, focused around greater Boston's early-stage startup and technology community. 

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 Our Demos 

Appsembler CartoDB
Business Model Project Test Eldarion
Gotham Bike Defense Personal Genome Project

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When & Where

Microsoft New England Research and Development Center
1 Memorial Dr # 1
Mid-Cambridge, MA 02142-1346

Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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