3 Not-to-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

| MSNE Staff

This week promises to be gorgeous! With our desperate Winter tweets behind us, Spring is in full bloom – and it’s also @MSNewEngland‘s busiest season for events! So we will break it down for you weekly.

Here are three events not to miss this week:

technovation1) Technovation Challenge 2014 – MA Showcase & Pitch Night
Tuesday, May 13, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Twitter: @MassTLC | @technovation

Come out to the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge and celebrate the locally-made apps submitted for the Technovation Challenge!

Up to 7 teams will be presenting their pitches, vying for for the local Technovation crown!



SBA2) National Small Business Week
Thursday, May 15, 8:00am – 4:30pm
Twitter: @SBAgov | #SBW2014

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S territories as well as offer educational events on starting and growing a business. In partnership with Microsoft, the SBA will host the National Small Business Week Boston event at the NERD center.

The event includes workshops on developing high-tech companies, business matchmaking and tips on finding capital to start or grow a successful business.

Microsoft Business Development Manager Allison Saltzer will lead a discussion on hi-tech and innovative business ideas with business leaders that include Rail-Pod founder Brendan English, Terrafugia CEO/CTO Carl Dietrich, MassChallenge CEO/Founder John Harthorne, and Donna Levin from Care.com.

The day’s afternoon breakout sessions will focus on ways to steer clear of mistakes while establishing your small business, how to get access to capital, and best practices to inspire and energize your colleagues.

Registration and a networking breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.  The event will conclude at 4:30 p.m.



meetup3) Kids Learn2Code – Build a Phone App (11-15 Years of Age)
Saturday, May 17, 12:00pm – 5:30pm

This 4 hour workshop teaches children how to become digital creators by working together, use technology and write their first lines of code to build a phone app.

Initially, children will learn how computer programs work and understand the fundamental building blocks of everyday computer programs (eg. arguments, methods, logic, if/else, loops, etc.).

After understanding the coding fundamentals through smaller projects, children will move on to building and coding their own phone app.

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