On Student Participation

by Darius Kazemi on November 4, 2008

in Uncategorized

Scott Kirsner, tech reporter for the Boston Globe, makes some good points on his blog about opening up local tech events to students. His reasoning is as follows: if we want to prevent mass exodus of our considerable local young tech talent upon graduation, we should endeavor to engage them in the tech community here.

He couldn’t be more right. This is why I stuck around Boston: at graduation time, I had job prospects in Seattle and in San Francisco, but a major factor in my staying was because I had been attending Boston Post Mortem for three years up to graduation and felt like I had enough contacts in Boston to really make a name for myself here. As Doug Church said at the Powering Up conference back in April 2007, we need to figure out what we have that makes us different from other cities, so we become a unique development powerhouse instead of “the next Montreal” or whatever.

Boston Post Mortem has always welcomed student attendees, and is open to anyone over 18 (and we’ve had folks younger than 18 show up with a guardian). We’re also putting together some special student-related events in the Spring. More about that to come…

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