RECAP: Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s 2017 State of the City Address


Last night, our Technology & Civic Engagement team in New England had the wonderful honor of being invited to  Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s 2017 State of the City Address at Symphony Hall in Boston. Together with city leaders, fellow constituents, and the Mayor himself, we celebrated Boston’s successes and growth in the past year, and looked forward to successes in 2017.

A look at the night, in tweets:

Read Mayor Walsh’s full State of the City Address here.

Microsoft New England Picks: Not-To-Miss Events, January 2017


Welcome to 2017! Our New Year’s Resolution? Attend all the great civic tech events the Boston area has to offer.

Here are our top picks for January 2017:

January 4

Social Venture Partners: Creating One Million Jobs by 2020

Can a group of local leaders come together to trigger transformational change? Join Social Venture Partners Boston and our special guests on January 4th in discussing the power of venture philanthropy to drive critical social change, both locally and globally. Doug Miller, an SVP Boston Partner and Founding Chairman of both the European Venture Philanthropy Association and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, will talk about trends in the space before introducing the former chairman of Microsoft India and founding chairman of Social Venture Partners India, Ravi Venkatesan, to share SVP India’s audacious new goal, the Million Jobs Mission, of training and empowering one million people for sustainable livelihoods by 2020.

January 9


Children will engage in programs that explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math through activities, experiments and play. Ages 5+

January 10, 17, 24, 31

Code for Boston Weekly Hack Night

These Hack Nights are our time to meet in person to work on and discuss civic tech projects. Come by to say hi and hack with us!

January 10

Boston Python User Group January Project Night

An evening of collegial cooperation!

Bring a laptop. Bring ideas. Bring questions. Bring enthusiasm. Bring friends. The Boston Python Project Night is a time to find others with compatible interests, and work away. Code, hack, teach, learn, meet, laugh, talk: it all happens at Project Night.

All skill levels are welcome. There will be at least two tables of beginning learners, and helpers for them. Other table-topics in the past have been Django, Data, Web Scraping, Hardware, Puzzle, Science, Art. Anything goes!

Boston New Technology January 2017 Startup Showcase #BNT73

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!

January 11

Mass Innovation Nights 94

Start the year off right and join us for this cool technology focused event with Draper’s startup-focused Sembler Office hosting and sponsoring. We will have it all — robotics, a pressure sensor tool for prosthetic and protective gear, a device to disable smartphones while driving and so much more! We will have ten products in all to showcase along with two products from Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Accelerate.

How to become a Data Scientist

This event will feature data scientists in the Boston area who have recently started their careers and will share stories of their journey from post-doc to full-time careers with great companies. These stories will focus on the projects that each speaker completed during their time as fellows for Insight Data Science.

Insight Data Science is an intensive seven (7) week post-doctoral training fellowship bridging the gap between academia & data science.

January 14

Winter in Boston: Fun Activities during Colder Winter Months

New England weather in Boston can make it easy to stay at home to hibernate, but fear not. This class will cover ways to find fun activities and how to explore Boston during the cold winter months.

January 19

Boston WITI Meetup (Women in Technology) — Coaching Circles: Be Your Best

Join WITI Boston as we host a group of outstanding coaches as they share their views on what can make the coaching experience a game-changer for you. You’ll choose two different coaches to learn from and attend their coaching circles. During the 40-minute sessions, coaches will provide insight into their fields of expertise and answer your questions. See the coaches’ bios on the registration website to get started on choosing your two coaching circles!

January 26

Association for Women in Science + Society of Women Engineers: The Proper Etiquette of Job Hunting

During the recruiting process, job candidates often find themselves confused about what’s appropriate when it comes to professional etiquette: how to increase your professional network, what makes an application successful, or how important your online brand is. Whether you are a student or a professional, join ASWIC + SWE for a lively panel discussion moderated by Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Career.

January 28

Boston FIG Talks

We proud to announce FIG Talks, which will take place on January 16th, 2016, at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center. This event is aimed at designers and developers, and for people who are interested in getting started creating games of their own. The talks will feature three main tracks, Game Design, Game Development and Game Business.

Year in Review: 2016 in Civic Tech


New England, we love you. This year, we explored civic tech head on with our local communities, driving change one person at a time and expanding our team beyond belief. As we approach our tenth year in our Cambridge offices at the New England R&D Center (NERD), we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us make an impact over the past year.

A look back at an amazing year on the Microsoft New England Blog:


Milton IrvingVoices Of Change — Bringing Everyone Into the Conversation
Milton Irving, Executive Director, Timothy Smith Network

Diversity and inclusion are critical underpinnings to our evolving culture at Microsoft and powerful bridges to the marketplace. The Timothy Smith Network provides that opportunity — and not only through the deployment of technology, but through the deployment of the services and the programs to leverage technology within the community.


LourdesVoices of Change — Transforming Communities Through Innovation
Lourdes German

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we were honored to celebrate women in our community who are carrying out the mission of civic engagement, leadership and empowering other women. One of those leaders in Lourdes German, the founder and director of the Civic Innovation Project, which began with a simple vision that endeavored to raise awareness of civic innovations that were transforming communities by presenting stories from leaders, citizens, academic and private sector stakeholders using creativity and civic technology to solve the most vexing problems facing communities.

Bringing Massachusetts History to the Digital Sphere

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is a staple to our city’s relationship with its strong history. We partnered with MHS for its 225th Anniversary exhibit, “The Private Jefferson,” showcasing the largest collection of personal paper and drawing by Thomas Jefferson. MHS wanted to make this story accessible to everyone — and we were honored to use Microsoft technology to make that happen.


Opti_OnAzure_illustrationStormwater Made Sustainable – Opti Prepares Us for Tomorrow’s Storms

Opti products address stormwater management in a completely modern way. By combining lightweight IoT hardware with a platform natively built on Microsoft Azure, Opti is able to predictively, autonomously, and securely control stormwater facilities based on the forecasted rainfall.


Lawrence-Brown (2)Enabling Youth Employment: A Conversation with Lawrence Brown
Lawrence Brown, computer technician and web developer at Resilient Coders

There’s great importance in delivering employable skills (management, leadership, and coding, for example) to our local youth to drive the economy and uplift our communities. And we know that our youth know the struggle of employment best. We showcased stories of those who’ve landed in tech fields. Meet Lawrence Brown, a 26-year-old Boston resident who attended Newton schools through the Metco program and is now a computer technician and web developer at Resilient Coders.


Girls Who Code Visit Microsoft NERD Center for Mentoring Event
Charis Loveland, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

For the second year in a row, Microsoft hosted 20 girls last summer at the Microsoft Cambridge campus to teach coding in partnership with the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Through the mentoring program, Girls Who Code aims to provide girls with the invaluable opportunity to interact with strong, powerful and exemplary female role models.

Using Power BI to Track Gentrification
Aaron Myran, Microsoft New England Civic Tech Fellow

Aaron Myran, a Microsoft Civic Technology fellow, is interested in how public data and APIs can be unlocked, visualized and shared to facilitate civic engagement and policy decisions. He created a dashboard using Microsoft’s Power BI that visualizes the change in price per square foot for the rental market in Boston over time to address gentrification — a difficult public policy challenge.

WP_20160715_13_01_59_Pro“Now, How Can You Make It Better?” — Girls Who Code Empowering #WomenInTech
Jasmine Hyppolite

To Jasmine Hyppolite, a senior in high school from Providence, Rhode Island, #GirlsCan means there is nothing girls can’t do. She told us about her sophomore year of high school, when the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani herself, came to her school and introduced her to the program.


City to City: Igniting Best Practices from Boston to Austin
Cathy Wissink

Microsoft’s Cathy Wissink flew to Austin, where she had the chance to join the Boston Chamber’s “City to City” trip. She recapped her experience, and took away, among other things, that public-private partnerships matter now more than ever.

Students at AMSA Charter School Delve Into Complex Cybersecurity Issues
Michael Impink, Senior Manager at Microsoft Corporation

The Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA) Charter School in Marlborough, Mass. exemplifies the value of learning computer science from a young age. Michael Impink, Senior Manager at Microsoft Corporation, had the opportunity to lead a discussion with juniors and seniors regarding current topics in cybersecurity. These high school students discussed topics that are complex even for most graduate students.


wfin_371__dsc9929Coding Outside the Classroom — Resilient Coders’ David Delmar on Making Change

Resilient Coders — a nonprofit based out of the CIC in Boston that teaches underserved, at-risk, and super smart young people to code — is a program that is actually making change. The program takes kids from diverse backgrounds, teaches them to code, and gives them opportunities to work in tech — opportunities that they may not have otherwise.

Thank you to all who joined us in sharing the important stories that shape our community. Let’s work together for an incredible 2017.

Looking Back at Computer Science Education Week 2016


Last week, we joined a revolution as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) launched worldwide, inspiring students to incorporate CS education into their daily lives. We celebrated by sharing stories like David Delmar’s Resilient Coders, uplifting others through the power of education, and by participating in Hour of Code events throughout the New England area.

Meanwhile, our community engaged on the same level, hosting Hour of Code events at Boston Public Schools and beyond. We’re thrilled to see our neighbors committed to the future of education, honoring the importance of computer science for all.

A look at local celebrations of CSEdWeek:

Find out more about #hourofcode here:

Microsoft New England Picks: Not-To-Miss Events This December


We smell snow… and lots of tech events in and around Boston! Join us this December to come together and celebrate the past, present, and future of civic tech — no ghosts of civic tech past, though…

December 3 

The Future of the People conference

Envisioning how science & technology impact the human body, mind, and society at MIT Media Lab.

December 5

Boston Public Schools Hour of Code Kick Off at Roxbury Innovation Center

Boston Public Schools and Roxbury Innovation Center in collaboration with Microsoft New England and the Timothy Smith Network are kicking off Hour of Code for BPS students in grades 6 thru 12.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries.

Code Girl screening at HubSpot

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week we invite you to join us on December 5th for a movie screening of CodeGirl, a documentary that follows high-school girls from around the globe as they break into technology and programming. Groups of young women build innovations to improve their communities in a competition, Technovation Challenge, designed to empower and propel girls into STEM fields.

December 5-11

MassTLC Education Foundation: Visit a Boston Public School for Computer Science Education Week

Inspire Boston Middle and High School students to try coding and learn more about computer science. During Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, the MassTLC Education Foundation is partnering with and the Boston Public Schools to bring technology companies into classrooms.


  • Help teachers with coding lessons.
  • Share your enthusiasm with students.
  • Volunteer just one hour.

December 6

TechGen + GA Present: Intro to the Boston Innovation Economy

Intro to the Boston Innovation Economy is your chance as a student or newcomer to kickstart your career at an innovative tech company. We’re introducing you to the Boston’s top recruiters to give you the skinny on being a star candidate. We are also inviting young professionals from some of the top companies in Boston to join us after the talk to mingle and share their journey into their current roles.

Boston TechBreakfast: Unigma, Cookin, Shuflix, Kaminario

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup at Microsoft New England. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations. And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them 🙂

Codess Boston — Think Big

Codess is coming to Boston! You’re invited to network and hear from an inspiring panel of senior technical women at Towne Stove & Spirits at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. One lucky attendee will also win a Surface Book by sharing their experience using #CodessEvent. The event will be a great chance to meet new people, learn from one another, and empower each other to think big every day!

December 6-7

Smart Cities Summit

The only 2-day Smart Cities event, where you’ll meet stakeholders from the public & private-sector ecosystems to help tomorrow’s cities face the challenges of growing urban populations with the latest IoT technology.

December 7

BostInno’s 50 on Fire

Join BostInno at our year-end awards celebration recognizing the city’s inventors, disruptors, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries. It’s the hottest event of the year, and it’s back!

Social Innovation Forum’s 13th Annual Winter Reception

We invite our community of investors, supporters, and portfolio organizations to join us for the formal announcement of the 2017 Social Innovators and a celebration of the achievements of our portfolio organizations! The evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and celebration. We look forward to raising a glass to each of you – our incredible community of leaders, friends, volunteers and supporters.

December 8

TechInMotion’s End of the Year Celebration

This December, join Tech in Motion for an unforgettable celebration of the people and organizations driving innovation in Boston and beyond. Tech in Motion’s End of Year Celebration is a can’t-miss opportunity to network with 3,000+ tech professionals and enthusiasts across our 11 chapters. We’re celebrating everything we love about this community!

Join us December 8th for an evening of cocktails and keynotes. We’ll toast to the year we’ve had and share in our excitement over what’s to come in 2017.

The StartUp Institute: Find a Job You Love

Join Program Director Rich Di Tieri at our Boston campus to learn how Startup Institute can help you land a job you’ll be passionate about. Hear about how our program will catapult you into the growing innovation economy in the areas of web development, web design, digital marketing, or sales and account management. We’ll give you insight into our unique methodology and answer your questions about coursework, partnerships, instructors, alumni engagements, and success rates of our graduates.

December 10

Build a Bot Hackathon @ PLUG

We are thrilled to host our first Hackathon @ PLUG! Join us for a 24-hour adventure of coding and having some fun. We’re providing food and drinks and you’re providing your awesome selves. The event is completely free for all participants and $20 for any audience members.

MassTLC Education Foundation: Technovation 2017: Kickoff & Orientation

Interested in taking part in the Technovation Challenge? Come to the Kickoff for the 2017 Technovation Season! Get the info, find a team, and start working on ideas! You don’t need to have a team, an idea, or any experience at all! Just bring your interest & energy and discover more about Technovation.

December 10-11

Museum of Science Computer Science Education weekend

Join the Museum in celebrating Computer Science Education Week, observed each year in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992).

We are marking the occasion with our own roster of fun and educational hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Participate in a variety of do-it-yourself projects at Tech Studio carts during the week and engage in a wide range of computer science activities throughout the Museum during the celebration’s culmination — Computer Science Education Weekend.

City to City: Igniting Best Practices from Boston to Austin

One of the youngest populations in the country. Concerns about affordable housing pushing out the creative class and old-timers. Exciting repurposing of older industrial neighborhoods to support innovation and placemaking.

Reading those sentences, you might think I was talking about Boston. Those descriptions also fit the city of Austin, where I had the chance to join the Boston Chamber’s “City to City” trip last week. Designed as a trip to learn and share best practices between cities, this event included sixty Bostonians from government, private sector and community organizations. We explored several locations, met key city leaders and discussed a number of civic topics important to both cities. We also got a chance to eat some delicious Texas barbecue and listen to some of the best music the country has to offer!

Some takeaways I had from our delegation:

  • Now more than ever, public-private partnerships matter. You may think of this as private sector funding public projects, but it’s much more than that. It could be the ability to convene a diverse set of stakeholders, or making connections beyond the public sphere. It could be finding a way to apply a private sector approach to a community problem. It’s really about broadening the inputs into a challenge.
  • It’s important to be able to creatively look at what a space is to what it could be. The new Austin Community College campus at Highland is a fantastic example of this. Transformed from a 1970’s era retail mall, the new campus has the space to accommodate over 6,000 students and includes a state-of-the-art center for innovative learning. It took vision and collaboration to look beyond the original space and re-imagine it into today’s thriving campus.
  • Finding a way to support a thriving creative class is very hard, but necessary to keep an authentic city culture. We heard many diverse perspectives on how Austin’s musicians needed support, as well as differing opinions on how that support could be provided. The support artists need is also more than just venues and performance opportunities—issues like health insurance and affordable housing were raised. There are no easy answers but all agreed it was a challenge to address.
  • In this political climate, it will be necessary for cities to work together to thrive. Cities handle many of the same challenges that may not be addressed at the federal or state level, and frequently, there already are connections between mayors, or innovation offices, or economic development offices that permit a free flow of ideas. Now more than ever, the good ideas will need to be shared frequently and proactively.

I should also mention that it was a true honor and pleasure to spend three days with some of Boston’s most thoughtful and committed leaders to hear their perspectives what we were learning in Austin and how it might apply to our city.

Innovation Reigns at the 2016 MassChallenge Awards


Photo: MassChallenge

Each year, we’re thrilled to support MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, as it gathers its 128-startup cohort and cultivates support and collaboration throughout the startup ecosystem. This year, we supported five Civic Innovation Scholars, and watched with excitement as these startups — and their peers — worked to create great things in the startup community.

Last Wednesday, leaders, supporters, and fans of the startup community joined MassChallenge for its final awards ceremony of 2016, where over $1 million were awarded to the top startups in this year’s cohort. This year’s winners can be found here.

We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to MassChallenge for including us in such a wonderful venture — we can’t wait to work with the 2017 cohort!

Some of the top tweets from this year’s MassChallenge Awards (#MCAwards16):

Boston as the Model of Innovation – Again!

Photo: AOB Photo

Panelists: Daniel Castro, Vice President at ITIF, Azer Bestavros, Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, Elizabeth Grossman, Microsoft Tech & Civic Engagement Group, and Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer for the City of Boston. Photo: AOB Photo

Last Thursday, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and Boston University hosted an event in Washington DC on “The Cities of Tomorrow” which highlighted Boston’s innovation in strategic approaches to and execution of smart cities activities. The panel discussion featured Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer for the City of Boston, Azer Bestavros, Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, and Daniel Castro, Vice President at ITIF, and was moderated by me.

It was a robust discussion on topics like implementation processes for new smart city technologies, how to scale solutions within and among cities, approaches to inclusive design, policies around security and privacy, and models for public private partnerships.

Panelists: Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer for the City of Boston, Azer Bestavros, Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, Daniel Castro, Vice President at ITIF, and Elizabeth Grossman, Microsoft Tech & Civic Engagement Group. Photo: AOB Photo

Panelists: Elizabeth Grossman, Microsoft Tech & Civic Engagement Group, Lauren Lockwood, Chief Digital Officer for the City of Boston, Azer Bestavros, Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, Daniel Castro, Vice President at ITIF. Photo: AOB Photo

The audience, including representatives from Congress, agencies, think tanks, universities, and companies, heard about individual smart cities projects underway in Boston and elsewhere. At a broader level, the panel also discussed how cities like Boston are developing new programs and capacities to efficiently and inclusively identify how emerging digital capabilities can serve citizens, strengthen communities, and enable economic development. Lauren described the approach to the recent redesign of the website, including how the process built in accessibility and how it is being open sourced to enable others to examine and build on the Boston team’s learnings. The panel highlighted the range of new data sources being created about cities by public and private organizations, and Azer described BU’s Data Mechanics course where students are learning and sharing how to work with and gather insights from such data.

These are just a few examples from the conversation; you can see the video recording of the full discussion here.

Microsoft New England Picks: Not-To-Miss Events This November


This November, we’re thankful for Civic Tech! Keep up-to-date as the holiday season kicks off with our top picks for events in civic tech, STEM, and more this month:

November 1-3 

Code for America Summit

The Code for America Summit is a roll-up-your-sleeves conference that brings together government innovators, civic-minded technologists, and entrepreneurs. It’ll be you and 1,200 of the most talented civic tech leaders taking over downtown Oakland, CA. Come with your passion for building a 21st-century government. Leave with the skills you need to do it.

We’ve put together a lineup of more than 200 speakers from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. They’re excited to share what’s working, what’s not, and what they’re learning along the way.

November 1

Future of Nature: Conservation’s Next Generation

With profound environmental challenges on the horizon, where will the leaders of conservation’s next generation come from, and what will they do?

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion exploring these questions and more. The panel will include:

  • Victor Medina, park ranger, National Park Service
    Charles Orgbon III, founder and CEO, Greening Forward
  • Brigitte Griswold, director of youth engagement programs, The Nature Conservancy
  • WBUR reporter Shannon Dooling will moderate.

We’ll kick off the event with a reception featuring sustainable, local refreshments.

November 1

Cambridge Chamber November Networking Breakfast

Join us for structured speed networking and continental breakfast. Connect one-on-one with representatives of businesses in Cambridge and beyond, and switch every 5 minutes to meet prospective customers or clients in a fun structured environment.

Come prepared to talk about what you do and bring plenty of business cards. Please note that in order to ensure optimal networking for all attendees, no more than two individuals from the same company may attend.

November 1

Boston TechBreakfast

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.

November 2

MassChallenge Boston Awards 2016

The MassChallenge Awards is the grand finale of the Boston startup accelerator program, shining a spotlight on the world’s most promising entrepreneurs.

Join top influencers in the innovation community to celebrate entrepreneurship & startup innovation! Entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, politicians, and philanthropists will witness the unveiling of MassChallenge winners and over $1 million in cash awards.

November 2

Lean Startup Week

If you can’t make it to this year’s Lean Startup Week in San Francisco, don’t miss out on hearing from the entrepreneurs and thought leaders powering today’s innovation. As their official live stream partner, General Assembly brings the action to your local campus with a community viewing event.

November 4

More Disruption Please Healthcare Hackathon

athenahealth is thrilled to announce our 7th MDP Hackathon as part of our More Disruption Please (MDP) program!

Join us Friday, November 4th at Meadhall to kick-off our weekend hackathon–drinks and snacks on us!

Not hacking? No problem! You’re still welcome to join us for a lively evening of discussion and networking.

November 5

Generation Citizen Civic Tech Challenge

At Generation Citizen’s third annual Greater Boston Civic Tech Challenge, we’re bringing together top Greater Boston tech innovators with passionate middle school students for a day-long hackathon that will create solutions for Greater Boston’s toughest problems. Young people from the Generation Citizen action civics program connect with developers, digital marketers, graphic designers and data analysts to build civic tech innovations that accelerate their ability to advance change on local issues.

Our awards reception will highlight each team’s work, as they present their ideas to 250+ local innovators, event honoree Diane Hessan, and a judging panel of Greater Boston’s top civic leaders.

November 5

Black Girls CODE Boston Chapter Presents: Game Jam!

This workshop will be geared toward introducing participants to animation, gaming, and interactive stories. The workshop is designed to encourage student-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play and code in real-time.

All Black Girls CODE events are geared towards introducing participants to the technological universe and encouraging them to pursue careers as Tech Creators and Entrepreneurs.

November 7

Tech Tackles Cancer

Join us and St. Baldrick’s in the fight against childhood cancer and to prove, once and for all, that Boston has the greatest tech community in the country.

November 9

TUGG Tech Trivia Night

Join TUGG, KPMG, Goodwin and our friends from across Boston tech for a fun night of trivia!
All proceeds benefit Generation Citizen, a TUGG portfolio nonprofit whose mission is to empower youth through civic engagement – highly appropriate given that this event is being held the day after election day!

November 10

Greater Boston Civic Tech Challenge Hackathon Reception

As part of the Generation Citizen action civics program, students across Greater Boston middle and high schools will launch action projects to advocate for change on our community’s most significant problems. By November 5th, GC students will have identified a significant community issue, analyzed the issue to identify its systemic root causes, and be just about ready to reach out to local decision-makers and constituents to advocate for change on their issue. By partnering with Civic Tech Challenge hack teams at this key point in the GC process, students will have innovative add-ons that can bolster their case and accelerate their ability to be changemakers.

November 11-13

MIT Energy Hackathon

The MIT Energy Hackathon is a helpful platform for students to learn real-world challenges, generate ideas, find startup partners, and win cash awards. For companies, it acts as a powerful crowdsourcing platform that generates a breadth of potential solutions for their challenge.

November 16

Conversation in Civic Innovation: Broadband Equity

Please join us for a discussion on Broadband Equity. Panelists will include:

  • Keynote: Susan Crawford, Berkman Center
  • Anne Schwieger, City of Boston
  • Damon Cox, The Boston Foundation
  • Sharon Gillett, Microsoft
  • Chris Mitchell, Institute for Local Self Reliance
  • Theo Hanna, Tech Goes Home

Cathy Wissink is moderating this event

November 16

State of Innovation Meetup Series: Data-Driven Transformation

State of Innovation Meetup Series: Data-Driven Transformation presented by Janeiro Digital.

Join us at Janeiro Digital’s office to explore how organizations can succeed with the right mix of talent and technology. We’ll be discussing this in the form of a panel with industry professionals followed by a night of networking.

November 18

MassTLC Transform

TRANSFORM is a who’s who get together exposing industry leaders, policy makers, and academia to the broadest, biggest ideas happening in the world around us today and its impact – both good and bad – on us as individuals, our companies, and our workforce.

November 19

Big Data Automation Summit

In the world of Big Data, human insufficiency and restricted budget may prove a hindrance in leveraging data for different purposes. Some of the reasons why we need Big Data include countering competition, improving decision-making, devising better workflow of operations, and boosting profitability. Big Data automation will transform the way in which virtual and cloud environments are managed. On bringing virtualization and the cloud into the automation platform, assigning resources to workload processing as per the requirement and then returning those resources when the workload is complete will be easier.

Join us at Big Data Automation Summit and meet leading industry experts to discuss opportunities in the future of Big Data & Automation.

November 19-20

Lady Problems Hackathon – Boston

We talk a lot about the lack of women in technology. What’s keeping them out? The Lady Problem Global Hackathon Series, presented by AngelHack, is launching in a city near you!
The Lady Problems Global Hackathon Series is setting out to answer that question. We’re challenging our community of 100,000+ women and men, developers, designers, entrepreneurs to create technology that will address the problems that prevent female entrepreneurship.


Celebrate the Winners of MassChallenge on 11/2!


Every year, we are thrilled to support MassChallenge in shining a spotlight on the world’s most promising entrepreneurs. In Boston, we directly support MassChallenge participants through our Scholarship for Civic Innovation, guiding startups in the MassChallenge program who are providing civic innovation solutions. To put this in simpler terms, these startups are helping elected officials deliver improved services to citizens, increasing communication with residents and enhancing government effectiveness.

This upcoming Wednesday, we’re excited to see the work of all of MassChallenge’s 128 finalists — including our Civic Innovation Scholars Donii, apprendis, Fetch Park, Suspect Technologies, and Polis — and celebrate the winners of this round of startups at the 2016 MassChallenge Boston Awards.

At #MCAwards16, you’ll:

  • Engage with all 128 startups showcasing.
  • Hear inspiring pitches from the Top 26 startups.
  • Witness the winning startups revealed and cash awarded! 

Join us at the #MCAwards16!