Roombas and Rock Bands and Zunes, Oh My! Queue Up for Fabulous Door Prizes at Xconomy’s Battle of the Tech Bands 2

Here at 10 Rogers Street we’re bending considerable energy toward final preparations for the Battle of the Tech Bands 2, a week from today (January 22) at the Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub in Central Square, Cambridge. Reserve tickets now for $20 apiece and you’ll be benefiting the two local non-profits, Science Club for Girls and the Community Music Center of Boston, to whom we’re donating half of the ticket proceeds. (More about these fine organizations below.)

Attending the show also gives you a chance to win one of six great door prizes being provided by area technology firms:

• Two Roomba 560 robot vacuum cleaners, donated by iRobot of Bedford, MA

• Two Zune music players, donated by Microsoft, which has a major R&D facility in Cambridge, MA

• Two Rock Band bundles, donated by Harmonix Music Systems of Cambridge.

Be sure to bring your business cards to the event, as we’ll choose door prize winners by fishing cards out of a bucket. (For the card-free among you, never fear—we’ll have blanks available as well.)

This year we’re also making tickets available in blocks of 25 for organizations who’d like to make the Battle into a company outing, or for individuals who are—or want to become—really popular. If you or your company buys a block of tickets, we’ll acknowledge you as an Event Supporter. Local firms American Well, EnerNOC, Ideo, and Nano-C have already taken that plunge (thanks guys!)–to follow suit, you can purchase your block of tickets at the Battle of the Tech Bands 2 registration site here. (Contact Xconomy business manager Richard Freierman at [email protected] if you have any questions or difficulties.)

And while you’re gearing up to shake your booty and cheer on your favorite band, rest assured that you’ll also be helping a good cause—or actually two good causes.

Science Club for Girls, based in Cambridge, was founded in 1994 to encourage K-12 girls to consider careers in science and technology. Through free after-school science clubs for K-7 girls and a “junior assistant” mentorship program for girls in 7th through 12th grade, the group provides hands-on experience with science concepts and skills and exposure to successful women role models from science and engineering. Currently, the organization is running clubs in Boston, Cambridge, Framingham, Lawrence, and Newton.

The Community Music Center of Boston, now in its 99th year, is a music school for students of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities, based at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. The product of a 1968 merger between two historic settlement schools for immigrant children, CMCB serves more than 5,000 students weekly, offering low-cost individual and ensemble instruction in voice, performance, music theory, and 23 different musical instruments—including, for all you rock fans, percussion and electric guitar.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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