Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG) has never taken its Boston tech events into an arts space before, but that will all change on Wednesday night.
The organization, which has already provided more than $1 million to Boston-area nonprofits, will host a scavenger hunt on Aug. 10 as it opens the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s doors for Tech Night at the Museum. Participants will fan out across the museum to compete for prizes, as well as bragging rights.
“We use technology to bring art to a wide audience, so we’re so excited to celebrate art with all the tech companies that build the tools we use,” said Natalie Lemle, the director of corporate partnerships at ArtLifting, one of Tech Night’s sponsors. “It’s great to collaborate with other Boston tech companies to support TUGG and its incredible partner organizations.”
TUGG has successfully connected New England tech entrepreneurs with some of the city’s riskiest social enterprises serving local under-resourced youth. This week, it will do so again, thanks to Tech Night’s headlining sponsors, which include underwriters at EY, as well as ArtLifting and two other early-stage art tech companies, Cuseum and TurningArt.
“At a lot of traditional networking events, people tend to talk to people they already know, so we are putting a lot of effort into making sure people are collaborating and engaging with people that they wouldn’t typically connect with,” said Elizabeth Dobrska, TUGG’s program director.
Dobrska believes that Wednesday’s scavenger hunt – and events like it – are perfect opportunities for people from a variety of industries to come together and discuss collaboration.
“TUGG prides themselves on clever ideas for how to get people from different communities talking and connecting,” she explained. “In this case, the teams of the scavenger hunt were planned so that new relationships could be formed through team competition. The 10-person teams each have one to two people from a TUGG portfolio nonprofit. The other members will be people from the tech world and other attendees at the event.”
So far, TUGG’s portfolio includes 36 nonprofits that active in the Boston metro area. The scavenger hunt will bring those nonprofits together with potential partners, but also with a museum that Dobrska believes will provide an ideal venue, since its namesake took great interest in local philanthropic causes.
“While TUGG is hosting the event to help support the local nonprofits and encourage community engagement, they also hope to give people a closer look at the beautiful artwork and history of the Gardner Museum,” she said. “Isabella Stewart Gardner was an great innovator and philanthropist of her time, even outlining stipulations for the support of the museum in her will. Her philanthropic nature lived on as she left sizable donations for organizations such as the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Industrial School for Crippled and Deformed Children.”
BostInno is proud to be an annual partner with TUGG, supporting their nonprofits and overall mission. The VC firm .406 Ventures is an annual partner as well. Sponsors involved in handing out prizes to Tech Night’s winning teams include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Blackbird Doughnuts, Startup Institute and Wine Riot.
For more information on Tech Night and TUGG, head to TUGG.org.