The concept is pretty simple: instead of sitting with your co-workers and griping about office politics, you spend an hour dancing to a DJ set. Sandwiches are available to eat during a break from the dancefloor, or take back to your desk.
The Lunch Beat Manifesto decrees that everyone must dance. "At Lunch Beat, everyone present is your dance partner." And also, "You don't talk about your job at Lunch Beat."
The first Lunch Beat happens March 6th at the Hack/Reduce shared space in East Cambridge. It sounds like the event will be held every month, and that it'll also take place at a Boston venue on occasion. (Likely at the Boston Innovation Center on Northern Ave., once construction is finished.) The organizers include startup advisor Dmitri Gunn, Rebecca Corliss of HubSpot, and Fred Destin of Atlas Venture, well known for his enthusiastic rug-cutting. No website yet with info about the first event, but you can either watch this page on the Lunch Beat site, or follow @DmitriGunn to stay in the loop. (I should note that I heard about the launch of Lunch Beat from three different women last week, so clearly the organizers are trying to get the male-female ratio right.)
Here's a video that gives you a taste of what Lunch Beat is about:
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