TOM TOM

2017 Recap

A look back at the 6th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival in numbers: concerts, performances, workshops, summits, talks, competitions, and public art, with something for everyone.

 

  • 67 bands, 155 exhibitors and 334 speakers.
  • 418 participating organizations at 110+ events
  • 44,925 Program Attendees


1 HALFPIPE

The Metal Showcase at Champion Brewing Company featured eight professional skaters on a custom-built halfpipe.


2 GLASS CEILINGS SHATTERED

Charlottesville Native, Anne-Marie Slaughter, emphasized the importance of innovation in small cities. She was the first female Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs AND the first female Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department.


2 CITY BLOCKS

ELBY BRASS and one lone buffalo led the way on Saturday night with a parade stretching past two city blocks.


3 HEADSET CHANNELS

Rap, Electronic, and Pop: We played them simulataneously at the Silent Disco inside the historic Old Metropolitan Hall.


4 TH LARGEST CRAFT BREWERY

Kim Jordan, cofounder, New Belgium Brewing Company, shared her founding story of this employee owned, BCorps company (and the nation’s 4th largest craft brewer!).


5 SOLS CUT

Governor Terry McAuliffe returned to the Youth Summit for the second time to help prepare entrepreneurial Virginia students for the innovation economy (hint: fewer standardized tests!).


6 POUNDS OF CHOCOLATE

Chris Jack of Wild Wolf Brewing Company was crowned 2017 Iron Chef with a dish that included this year’s secret ingredient, Gearharts’ signature dark chocolate.


$6.54 BILLION RENEWABLES

Charlottesville’s Renewable Energy Alliance launched at Tom Tom. This eight company coalition has collectively produced 2,700 megawatts nationwide. More than $6 billion of renewable energy in North America has emerged from Charlottesville.


8 VISIONARY LEADERS

Charlottesville’s Mayor joined by the city’s leaders in healthcare, hospitality, arts, entrepreneurship, education and urban planning shared their insight for the future of Cville.


10 FRONT PORCHES

Tom Tom’s closing night tradition, Porchella, featured local musicians taking centerstage on front porches in the Belmont neighorhood.


13 CRAFT COCKTAILS

Local ingredients shone in the craft cocktail competition. Congrats to Judges’ Choice Patrick McClure of Lost Saint and the Crowd Favorite winner, Brendan Cartin of Oakhart Social.


14 LIFE-SIZE DINOSAURS

Roam the city on the Charlottesville Area Transit’s 2017 Art Bus. Artist Paul Hostetler’s design won the art bus competition by popular vote.


30 COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

Expert-led sessions ranging from web design to podcasting to printmaking continued the Jeffersonian tradition of life-long learning.


34 GALLONS OF PAINT

Tom Tom’s City as Canvas initiative produced three murals (1 more coming this summer!), including a three story composition at the Charlottesville Day School by Emily Herr.


$40 Provides a lifetime of clean water

Justin Ahrens not only founded Chicago’s top creative firm, Rule29, but he aso founded Wheels4Water.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water in Uganda. A $40 donation offers one individual a lifetime of clean water.


65 VENUES

From galleries to theaters to public spaces, Tom Tom spilled into the City with Art, Music, Innovation and Food events.


67 BANDS

Local and regional bands performed in multiple genres for 8 straight days and nights.


70 CITIES

Innovators from across the nation convened in Charlottesville to discuss entrepreneurship, small cities, education, media, energy, and artificial intelligence.

Thank you: Akron, Alexandria, Ann Arbor, Arlington, Asheville, Austin, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Bethesda, Boones Mill, Boston, Boulder, Bristol, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Charleston, Charleston, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Durham, Earlysville, Emory, Erie, Fisherville, Fort Wayne, Grand Forks, Greensboro, Hampton Roads, Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Harristown, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Lancaster, Lexington, Lynchburg, Madison, Marlborough, Martinsville, Milwaukee, Nairobi Kenya, Nashville, New Haven, New York, Norfolk, Oakland, Orange, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Roanoke, San Francisco, Shippensburg, Staunton, Syracuse, Toronto, Virginia Beach, Washington, West Linn, Wilmington, Wise


76% FREE

Tom Tom attendees continued to experience the festival as a weeklong free community-building event. We gave more than 1200 free student scholarships to our ticketed events.


100 DAYS OF TRUMP

Senator Mark Warner along with the nation’s leading political experts and journalists discussed Innovations in Democracy at a sold out Paramount Theater.


155 EXHIBITORS AND VENDORS

From startup entrepreneurs looking for investment, to tech firms looking to recruit, to artisanal vendors showcasing handmade goods, we showcased the region’s finest.


$200 and a one-way ticket to Virginia

Ting Xu, cofounder, Evergreen Enterprises and CEO, Plow and Hearth, arrived in the U.S. with $200 dollars in her pocket. A true American Dream story, her global business now has annual revenues of $300M.


222 VOLUNTEERS

The success of Tom Tom is due to the energy and generosity of the dedicated volunteers. Thank You!


334 SPEAKERS

300+ entrepreneurs, influencers, and civic leaders shared inspiration and advice during the 6th Annual Tom Tom Festival.


400 RUNNERS IN A RAINBOW OF COLOR

One of the city elementary schools, Burnley Moran’s PTO raised over $7,500 for playground improvements at the inaugural color run.


418 COMMUNITY PARTNERS

From food trucks to investment firms, startups, bakeries and bars, all of Charlottesville came together for Tom Tom.


#500 STRONG

Dave McClure, cofounder of 500 Startups, and one of the most outspoken Venture Capitalists shared insight into Angel Investing, seed funding and startup accelerators while promoting the importance of diversity and inclusion.


540 CROWDFUNDED VOTES

The audience chose the winner by vote during the Crowdfunded Pitch Night. Congratulations Sam Boochever and Maximilian Huc, the team behind 1Degree!


1,500 GALLONS OF ICE CREAM

Charlottesville’s staple, Chap’s Ice Cream, had a record weekend of sales. In its 38 years on the Downtown Mall, Tom Tom attendees kept them the busiest they’ve ever been!


2040 Preparing for the Future

Laura Weidman Powers, cofounder of Code2040, is creating access and opportunities for black and latinx tech talent to take the lead in the Innovation Economy. She spoke about closing the wealth, skills and education gap at the Founders Summit, Hometown Summit AND Youth Summit!


10,000 TUBES OF TOOTHPASTE

Friendliest CEO, Craig Dubitsky, shared both his eye for impeccable design and great business as well as his naturally friendly hello toothpaste. Charlottesville is smiling brighter.


44,925 ATTENDEES

Tom Tom welcomed tens of thousands to 6th annual celebration of innovation, entrepreneurship and the arts.


$58,386 RAISED AND AWARDED

Cville Gives awarded over $24,000 to local non-profits in one night, including a $10,000 grant to the City of Promise. Altogether pitch nights, grant nights and fundraisers contributed $58,386 to local entrepreneurs and nonprofits.


1 YEAR

Save the Date: April 9-15, 2018

We’ll meet you right back here in Charlottesville

#AmericasFoundingCity

 

Special thanks to Tom Daly Photography