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Tom Tom Founders Festival
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Wednesday, April 9th 2014
12:00 am

Tom Tom Founders Festival in historic downtown Charlottesville takes place on Founders weekend (April 9-13) with back-to-back talks, competitions workshops, panels, installations, concerts and parties. It’s like an innovation mardi gras, with hundreds of worldclass innovators, public artists, and 60+ concerts.

The goal is to converge the disciplines of music, art, design, business, science and technology connect people and new ideas to the future. Founders Day is a Charlottesville tradition to celebrate Jefferson’s birthday. Like the founding polymath, Tom Tom explores the field to folk movement, craft beer & local wine, new discoveries, technology, public art, architecture, beautiful landscapes, and creative expositions.

There’s also eclcetic music, buzz bands, electronic dance music and block parties on Charlottesville’s historic Downtown Mall. We think Jefferson would approve.

Wednesday, April 9th.
Tom Tom Founders Festival
Downtown Mall Charlottesville, VA
The Haven, 7-9pm
$10

Tom Tom Founders Festival kicks off five days of music, art, and innovation in Charlottesville, VA with this Crowdfunded Pitch Night, hosted in The Haven, Downtown by the i.Lab at U.Va. Chip in $10 at the door to cast a vote toward your favorite business idea: Ten local artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs will have 3 minutes each to pitch their concept for the chance to win $5,000 and a place in the i.Lab.

Thursday, April 10th.
Tom Tom Founders Festival
Downtown Mall Charlottesville, VA
Various, 2pm
FREE

Tom Tom Founders Festival begins a weekend of music, art, and innovation with a gala concert, an art workshop, a panel on inspiration, an agribusiness roundtable, and insights from one of Facebook’s key entrepreneurs, Sam Odio. Follow the links to RSVP.

Ever since he put himself through U.Va. by running his own computer repair service, Sam Odio has been founding successful ventures. Before starting his current company, the Y Combinator backed Freshplum, he created the app which is now known as Facebook Photos. On Thursday night he will be talking about Cultures of Founding at The Haven, Downtown. RSVP to reserve a seat – all events are free and will fill fast.

Friday, April 11th.
Tom Tom Founders Festival
Downtown Mall Charlottesville, VA
FREE

Tom Tom Founders Festival in historic downtown Charlottesville continues on Friday with back-to-back talks, competitions workshops, panels, installations, concerts and parties. The innovation programming deals with themes of entrepreneurship, technology, energy and health. Public art and design take over public spaces. At night dozens of multi-genre concerts fill multiple venues, with the highlight being a massive, family friendly block party at the central civic McGuffey Art Center.

Highlights include a keynote by Ryan Jacoby, founder of MACHINE and former director of IDEO New York, speaking on “Agile Giants”, a Design Marathon pairing creatives and nonprofits, and a keynote by IBM’s Cloud Evangelist and all time leading patent holder Rick Hamilton. Follow links to RSVP and save your seat – they’re free and going fast!

Saturday, April 12th.
Tom Tom Founders Festival
Downtown Mall Charlottesville, VA
FREE

Tom Tom’s focus on music, arts, entertainment and innovation continues on Saturday, April 12th in another day of free back-to-back events, expos, and concerts. The historic open-air farmers market will pair with talks, expos, and workshops highlighting the farm-to-table movement, while the Picnic Day in Lee Park will offer families a chance to hang out and enjoy the best of central Virginia’s food trucks.

Panels on technology, education, and social entrepreneurship will look at new developments in these fields, while local innovators will share the global impacts of their efforts through punchy Tom Talks.

To please the ears, dozens of bands will play at multiple venues, culminating in a New Orleans flavored Jazz Fest at Fellini’s #9; and to please the eyes, a Juried Multi-State Arts and Crafts Fair will be held, in addition to free workshops in screenprinting. Other artistic highlights will include a Pop Up Parking Space competition, where teams of designers will compete to repurpose downtown parking spaces in imaginative ways.

Sunday, April 13th.
Tom Tom Founders Festival
Downtown Mall Charlottesville, VA
FREE

Tom Tom Founders Festival continues on Sunday, April 13th with yet another round of concerts, block parties, panels, and competitions. Over a dozen multi-genre bands will perform throughout the afternoon, culminating in an Indie-Rock Block Party at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative. The Innovation track continues as well, with panels that examine technological breakthroughs in forensics and DNA analysis and their impact on exoneration in the criminal justice system. In the evening, a $250,000 pitch competition offers the best student entrepreneurs from UVA a chance to interact with real angel investors.

Check out tomtomfest.com for more events and the latest news on lineup.

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