Boston TechJam kicks off Thursday in City Hall Plaza

TripAdvisor's owl mascot, Ollie, rides the mechanical bull.
TripAdvisor's owl mascot, Ollie, rides the mechanical bull.

It’s part block party, part technology showcase, and part festival. The third annual Boston TechJam will return on Thursday to City Hall Plaza to showcase Boston-area startups and accelerators, each of whom will have two minutes to pitch their concepts to a crowd vote.

The pitch contest is styled in the traditional way, along with a little twist: the companies will showcase along with their accelerators, which will have one minute to introduce their chosen startup to the crowd. Here’s a list of the accelerators and their chosen startups.

The event will also feature live music, Harpoon beer, and exhibitions from more than 75 companies. “Each year we add new elements that showcase the best and brightest that Boston has to offer,” TechJam co-founder Christine Nolan said. (BetaBoston is listed as one of the media sponsors for the event.)

TechJam is reserved for people age 21 and over (it does have an official beer sponsor, after all) and costs $10, with all of the admissions money going towards the MassTLC Education Foundation. Last year, the event drew more than 3,000 people and raised $18,000, organizers said.