The Tom Tom Founders Festival returns this fall with a focus on connecting town and gown in Charlottesville. The festival's director and University of Virginia partner announced plans for Tomtoberfest Tuesday morning.
The three-day festival will include a block party, like last spring's Tom Tom Festival. UVA will host more Tomtoberfest events to encourage students and faculty to get involved in the community-wide discussion of innovation.
"We just have amazing things happening here, and we need signature events that expose people to everything that's happening. Because a lot goes under the radar," said Paul Beyer, Tom Rom Founders Festival director.
A forum on the politics of innovation will feature candidates campaigning for Charlottesville City Council and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. That kicks off Tomtoberfest Wednesday, September 25.
Charlottesville, VA – Sept 10, 2013 – The Fall Tom Tom Founders Festival, Tomtoberfest, returns to Charlottesville this September with three days of talks, concerts, parties, and events. The free events aim to spark new ideas about community and commerce, with a particular emphasis on bringing U.Va.'s students and faculty into the conversation. The events will be held on U.Va. Grounds and on Charlottesville's historic Downtown Mall.
The event is hosted by:
● The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia,
● The Batten Institute at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business
● The Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
Summary of Events
Wednesday, September 25
Candidate Forum The Politics of Innovation: Twelve candidates in Charlottesville and Albemarle hear prominent local entrepreneurs present what it takes to build a startup hub. 7pm to 9pm, Old Metropolitan Hall, 101 East Main St. Free.
Friday, September 27
McGuffey Block Party: Thousands of locals and students shut down the streets in front of the historic Art Center for live music, public art, and food trucks. This year will feature a New Belgium / Wild Wolf beer garden, plus a mural workshop with Colectivo Tomate, a group of young Mexican artists. Hosted in part by 106.1 The Corner and the McGuffey Artists. 5pm to 10pm, McGuffey Art Center, 201 2nd St NW. Free. Saturday, September 28
Apps That Matter: This WillowTree sponsored competition hosted by U.Va. OpenGrounds challenges developers, students, and nonprofits to solve realworld problems through mobile technology. 3pm to 5pm, U.Va. OpenGrounds, 1400 University Avenue. Free.
Founders Fair: An unprecedented showcase of all that's cutting edge on Grounds and off, with pitch competitions, presentations, and tabling by Cville's most innovative companies and student groups, alongside acapella concerts, a local food fair, and more. 4pm to 8pm, U.Va. Amphitheater, 262 McCormick Road. Free.
Jefferson Rounds: Reviving a Jeffersonian tradition, Lawnies lead flash seminars on contemporary topics from their historic rooms. "Lawnies" are UVA undergraduates chosen to live in Jefferson's original residence halls for their outstanding academic and civic contributions. 4pm to 7pm, the Lawn, 114 McCormick Road. Free.
Acapella in the Amphitheater: Seven of U.Va.'s awardwinning acapella groups give a free concert alongside the Founders Fair, Jefferson Rounds, and Pitch. 4:30pm to 5:30pm, U.Va. Amphitheater, 262 McCormick Road. Free.
Pitch: An afternoon of entrepreneurial panels, performances, and competitions. 4:30pm to 7:30pm, U.Va. Amphitheater, 262 McCormick Road. Free.
About Tom Tom
The Tom Tom Foundation is a nonprofit which hosts two free, public festivals in Charlottesville, VA each year. In the spring of 2013, Tom Tom Fest brought over 13,500 people to the historic Downtown Mall for 5 block parties, 50 speakers, and over 60 concerts. The Foundation fosters local awareness about entrepreneurship and innovation. All proceeds fund the creation of public art.
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