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.
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.”
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.”