A look back at the 5th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival in numbers. Concerts, performances, workshops, summits, talks, competitions, and public art, with something for everyone.
Craig Dubitsky, founder of eos and Hello Products, swallowed his edible toothpaste on stage at the Founders Summit.
Underdog chef Otis Sims, Jr. of UVA Healthcare was crowned Charlottesville’s Iron Chef at an emotionally charged competition.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed House Bill 1230 to protect student intellectual property and encourage entrepreneurship at the inaugural Youth Summit.
This year’s Tom Tom Art Bus, designed by Swank of ICU Art, brightens the city with whimsical artistry on multiple Transit lines in Charlottesville and Albemarle.
Our open-air, free concerts featured 49 bands & performers and brought out more than 21,000 attendees.
From Silicon Valley executives to music industry titans, from polar explorers to fashion designers, this year defined entrepreneurship with a wide range of themes.
Mixologists competed to create Tom Tom Cocktails highlighting (at least) one local ingredient. Congrats to Christian Johnson of Tavola and his winning masterpiece, Floreale.
The incredible partnership with the University of Virginia continues to grow, highlighting discovery, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation on Grounds and in the community.
A cohort of UVA students helped take charge of art, innovation, food, marketing, and outreach throughout the year.
From tacos to sliders, our block parties had the best local food trucks to please every palate.
Our third annual Farm-to-Table week featured Cville’s celebrated chefs highlighting local farms and artisans.
Founders Summit keynote speaker Sukhinder Singh Cassidy led an 18-country expansion at Google before founding Joyus and theBoardlist.
Founders Summit keynote speaker Jason Flom signed Katy Perry, Lorde, Jessie J, and Kid Rock. He gets a pass.
Founders Summit keynote speaker Rodney Mullen shared how he reinvented skateboarding.
Tom Tom spread throughout Downtown Cville for a week—we couldn’t be more thankful for the community engagement.
Touching on everything from exoneration to public art, from food security to building a startup, this year’s speakers were the most impressive and inspiring yet.
The largest FleaVILLE ever highlighted crafts and vintage goods from across Virginia, and creative high jinks ensued at Art Attack, Creative Collisions, and Synesthesia.
The latest trend in the club scene was the talk of the town. Stay tuned for a redux.
Representing peace, this enormous art installation by Resident Artist Aaron Fein invoked a poignant message at Lee Park.
The people who made it all possible: setting up, breaking down, pouring beer and smiling the whole while. A huge thank you!
The most community involvement in Tom Tom’s 5 year history. We couldn’t be more proud of Cville’s dedication.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds capped an epic Saturday block party with a blistering set.
New Belgium and some of our best local brewers, Champion, Wild Wolf, and Potters Cider kept things rolling at our block parties.
Our brochure went out in every C-Ville Weekly right before the Festival. Didn’t get one? Come by our office, we saved a few.
We’ll drop that number again! What a week. Thank you Charlottesville!
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