Highlights for Tonight's TechCrunch MeetUp in Boston

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So tonight’s the big night for our first MeetUp in Boston, with co-host IDG Ventures Boston. Doors open at The Estate, 1 Bolyston Place at 6 pm. Party ends at 11 pm (see info below about the drinking-focused after party). Please bring your IDs for ticket verification.

Here are a few highlights of what to expect:
We are working with Brightcove to host a variety of video interviews with meetup attendees. I will be doing a series of interviews with technology founders/CEOs. Thanks to Chris Brogan for producing the video segments. We’ll be adding the video posts using the Brightcove player on the dedicated Boston MeetUp page.

SnapYap will be live videoblogging the meetup. They will also be opening up invitations to their new Video Calling feature for the first 1,000 users that sign up through this link. Try it out!

Attendees will also be enjoying an array of interactive games and contests with cash and prize giveaways: ZoomInfo is raffling off a Nintendo Wii, Moola is giving away $5,000 cash to the winner of an online game and Poker Creations is hosting an interactive poker tournament with cool prizes all night long.

After Hours with TechCrunch: We’ve also decided to continue our social networking at a nearby pub when we’re done at The Estate at 11 pm. Please join us at MJ O’Connor’s, 27 Columbus Avenue at Park Plaza. We’ll keep a tab open until the TechCrunch credit card gives out. Drink your Red Bull today so you can stay up with us!

Thank You Sponsors
We’re incredibly grateful to our nineteen event sponsors who are making tonight’s Boston MeetUp possible.

Please take a few minutes to learn about the services of our hosts on our dedicated Boston MeetUp page and here.

Event Co-Host:
IDG Ventures Boston: early-stage venture capital firm with $280 million under management. The firm is focused on investing in consumer, information and life sciences technology companies. IDGVB portfolio companies that will be represented at TechCrunch MeetUp Boston include Acinion, BzzAgent, go2 Media, GuildCafe, Infobright, Mall Networks, MOBIVOX, SimpleTuition, Transpera and VidSys.

Partner and Product Launch Sponsors:

Brightcove: the market-leading Internet TV platform, used by media businesses around the world to distribute and monetize direct-to-consumer, broadband video programming.

Moola: has created a “Massively Multi-player Rewards Game” (MMRG) that is half loyalty program and half super-jackpot game show with 175,000+ member community.

Mzinga: provides workplace and customer community solutions that transform business processes to produce a more energized workforce, greater customer loyalty, and positive bottom line impact.

OurStage: is the only purely democratic online competition where the fans decide who’s the best in emerging music, film and video.

TripAdvisor: is used 25 million people each month to start their travel plans and who are pioneering the next generation of online travel guides.

ZoomInfo: a business information search engine used to quickly find information about 3.5 million companies and 40 million business people.

Communications Sponsor
PerkettPR, Inc.: provides results-based communications solutions for emerging Web 2.0 companies and established technology leaders.

Product Sponsors
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment: is intelligently connecting gamers on a massive scale with its innovative Social Networks at Play™ (SNAP) games.

CoreBlox: is all about enabling people to easily locate and exchange information.

NowHound: is the Internet’s first live-media search, and is launching out of stealth mode tonight during the TechCrunch Boston Meetup.

Power Play Development Corporation is the parent company of Poker Creations, a gaming software development company and National League of Poker, the Internet’s leading poker-centric social media portal.

MyPunchbowl: is a new website for event and party planning with unique features such as: “Pick a Date”, “Save the Date”, “Party Checklist” and more.

SnapYap: is an exciting new suite of live video communications tools, the first of which is launching during the TechCrunch Boston Meetup.

Event Sponsors
Prism VentureWorks: is a Westwood, MA and Santa Monica, CA based venture capital firm built by experienced entrepreneurs in technology and life sciences with approximately $1.25 billion in capital under management across five funds.

You Be the VC: equal parts incubator and American Idol, is a competition to find the best new entrepreneurs in the U.S.

We’d like to also thank Memo Media for making us and our sponsors shine in the digital signage displayed at the meetup; Gary Vaynerchuk at Wine Library TV for supplying our delicious wine for the evening; and EventBrite for seamless ticket managment for MeetUp attendees.

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