Co-Founder of The Boston Calendar

Sean O’Connor, curator of events that don’t suck

I find most of the Boston activities I feature on Never Have I Ever from The Boston Calendar- Events That Don’t Suck. It’s a great compilation of unique, fun, low-cost events geared towards young adults. On Saturday, I got to meet one of the masterminds behind this goldmine.

Sean O’Connor was browsing Reddit Boston in Spring 2013 when he saw a post by a Redditor, asking someone to create a website where people could post cool and unique events in Boston.

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Sean O’Connor says that meaningful connections with people of different background has been the greatest reward from The Boston Calendar. Photo by Cat Trudell.

O’Connor answered the call. He and co-founder Saurav Bhattacharyya started working on the website in March and in July 2013 they launched The Boston Calendar.

“Reviews were through the roof, people loved it,” said O’Connor. “At the time, there wasn’t a good place to find out about things to do in Boston. There was nothing really geared towards cost-conscious Millennials.”

At first O’Connor and Bhattacharyya posted all the events themselves, but now most of the content is user generated.

“We call it crowd curation in that we are relying on the users to curate the event discovery process from a content end on the website,” said O’Connor. “It’s really a representation of everyone who lives in Boston and what’s happening around the city.”

In the future, The Boston Calendar hopes to open in more cities. They just launched The Philly Calendar this year.

The Boston Calendar isn’t just a full-time job to O’Connor, he says it’s been an amazingly rewarding experience to meet new people with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and share stories.

“The most important thing in life is to meet new people and to understand different cultures and humanity a little bit better,” said O’Connor. “And this has offered me the opportunity to do so.”

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O’Connor, the creator of the offbeat, under-publicized events calendar, commented that sometimes events help millennials put down the devices they’re so attached to and make real human connections.

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