Boston College TechTrek West is an award-winning course, combining classroom learning on the BC campus with a week-long field study to Silicon Valley. The course involves some 20 master-class sessions with senior executives, entrepreneurs, and venture partners (nearly all sessions are led by successful BC alumni at firms from Apple to Zynga). Students study tech industry strategy and competition, entrepreneurship, and venture finance, examining how firms go from startup to blue chip.
Undergraduate TechTrek West (ISYS3205) is competitively admitted, and is open to all BC undergraduates in all schools, sophomores to seniors. Any undergraduate who has completed a full year (two semesters) of courses at Boston College is eligible to apply for Undergraduate TechTrek West. Applications are posted mid-September 2014, selection takes place the beginning of October 2014. Classroom study is in the first half of spring semester, the field study is held over spring break.
Graduate TechTrek West (ISYS8005) is open to all Carroll School graduate students (and occasionally grad students outside the Carroll School, pending available space). Admission is through a lottery conducted by the Carroll Graduate Dean’s office. The ISYS8005 field study also includes sessions in Seattle. Applications are posted mid-September 2014, with selection taking place the beginning of October 2014. Classroom study is held the second half of the fall semester, with field study travel during the second week in January. Additionally, this course will include a mandatory pre-travel preparatory class on October 15, 2014 located in Fulton 130; and a final exam on Friday, December 5, 2014. This year’s Graduate TechTrek will have hybrid online/offline pre-travel learning, with students conducting research and preparing online presentations to be shared with classmates.
Photos of recent TechTrek West field studies
For application information, questions about the program, and questions regarding the process, please contact the Information Systems Dept. Admin in Fulton 460: Cate Jones
The lead faculty for TechTrek is: Prof. John Gallaugher
TechTrek 2015 Information
Travel dates for 2015 Field Studies are:
Graduate: January 3-11, 2015
Undergraduate: March 1-8, 2015
For more detailed information please see below for access to applications, FAQs, and more.
Access TechTrek 2015:
Please use the following link to access Graduate and Undergraduate applications for TechTrek 2015. Users will need their BC username and password to access this site: TechTrek 2015.
A finalist for the MITX “Best Contribution to Innovation by a University” Award, TechTrek East provides additional non-credit outlets for high-impact field learning in tech, entrepreneurship, and venture finance.
TechTrek Boston sessions are held nearly every Friday afternoon during the academic year and are organized by the BC IS Academy in conjunction with the BC IS Department (signup for notifications via: email@example.com). The City of Boston is regularly rated the “Most Innovative City in America", and through this program, students leverage BC’s geographic advantage to engage area firms and executives for master-class learning sessions. Visits are open to all BC undergrads and grad students. Visit participants are expected to research firms to maximize opportunities to engage in on-site Q&A with host firm executives, entrepreneurs, and venture partners.
Photos from recent TechTrek Boston field visits
TechTrek NYC is held every Spring semester on and is organized by the BC IS Academy and the BC IS Department. Students depart campus at roughly 4:00am via bus to New York and meet with executives at some five tech and startup firms, returning by midnight.
Photos from recent TechTrek NYC field visits
TechTrek and Student Success
TechTrek participants have achieved significant entrepreneurial success, winning competitions at MIT, gaining slots in Y-Combinator, Summer@Highland, and MassChallenge, launching several successful products and services, raising millions in capital, and even being named one of BusinessWeek's Young Technology Entrepreneurs of the Year. Participants have also gone on to receive internships or job offers from many host firms, including Apple, Cisco, EMC, Fidelity, Google, Highland Capital, HubSpot, Intel, Microsoft, Nintendo, SCVNGR, WePay, and Zynga.
If you have any questions regarding TechTrek, please e-mail Cate.Jones@bc.edu.