October 2014

Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith to Talk Online Privacy, Surveillance with Harvard Law’s Jonathan Zittrain at the Berkman Center

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The Berkman Center and the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) are hosting Microsoft’s General Counsel, Brad Smith, in conversation with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain this Tuesday, November 4th. The afternoon luncheon discussion may fall right after Halloween weekend, but it tackles a scary notion to many: that governments are watching us online, and the threat of overreaching government surveillance. From the other side, governments want to have a certain level of access to our online info to enforce their laws.

This discussion will explore the role of law in protecting our rights in the physical world online, as well as the complementary roles that law and technology play to protect us, and the need for governments to come together so that companies (and customers) don’t face conflicting legal obligations—another scary thought.

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company’s Legal and Corporate Affairs Group, which has approximately 1,100 employees located in 55 countries, and is responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business, and its government affairs, public policy and corporate citizenship and philanthropic work. Read more about Brad Smith here.

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education. Read more about Jonathan Zittrain here.

RSVP is required for those attending the event in person. You can RSVP here. There will also be a livestream of the discussion for anyone interested, beginning at 12:00pm ET on Tuesday, November 4th on this page.

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

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Fall is officially here! And with the changing leaves and cool temps comes our biggest season for events here at Microsoft New England.

Here are three not to miss this week:

logo1) Women in Tech: A Story Slam
Monday, October 27, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Twitter: @cynthiabreazeal @JessIandiorio 

Join a group of the top women in Boston’s tech community for an evening of storytelling to inspire the next generation of leaders. In a similar format to The Moth Radio Hour’s “Story Slams,” female engineers, product managers, researchers, investors and company leaders will share 15-minute, personal stories about the transformative people, places and moments that led them to pursue their careers in technology. On the other side of the negative headlines around female engagement in STEM careers, there’s plenty of positive female role models in Boston changing the equation. Let’s shine a spotlight on them!

Current speakers include:

  • Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, founder of “family robot” Jibo, and director of Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab
  • Jessica Iandiorio, VP of product at Acquia, one of the fastest-growing private tech companies in the U.S.

And more!

All proceeds from this event will go to Science Club for Girls, a Cambridge-based organization that pairs students with female science mentors.

2) Code for America Summit Recap + Mixer
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm
Twitter: @CodeForBoston @MSNewEngland #cfasummit

Please join Code for Boston and Microsoft for a special evening of discussion as we recap the 2014 annual Code for America Summit.

In case you missed it, Code for America’s Annual Summit was held in San Francisco on September 23-25th and – as you might imagine – the Boston area was well-represented by a number of local civic technologists, including representatives from the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, MassIT, and more.

In order to share what we all learned at Summit with the larger community and to build on the great momentum from that event, we invite you to join us for an informal evening at NERD featuring a “flash panel” and Q&A with Summit attendees, breakout sessions with members of the Boston civic technology community including representatives from the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, 2015 Code for America Fellowship City Somerville, Government Innovation Fellows, the City of Cambridge, Microsoft New England, the City of Boston, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and of course, your Code for Boston core team.

MC-awards3) MassChallenge Awards 2014
Wednesday, October 29
Finalist Showcase: 
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Awards Ceremony: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Twitter: @MassChallenge #MCAwards14

Join us as one of the 1,000+ world class entrepreneurs, lead investors, corporate executives, philanthropists, media, and startup enthusiasts that attend this phenomenal evening. Over $1.75 million in cash and over $10 million in in-kind deals awarded with no strings attached!

  • Engage with all 128 startups showcasing.
  • Hear inspiring pitches from the Top 26 startups.
  • Be the first to know who will win!

Microsoft New England will be presenting our $50k Civic Tech Sidecar Prize at the MassChallenge Awards! Here are the startups in the running to win. Find out the big winner this Wednesday!

Hacking Pediatrics 2.0 @ Microsoft New England

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Last weekend’s Hacking Pediatrics 2.0, the 2nd annual hackathon from Boston Children’s Hospital held at Microsoft New England, was a billowing ray of hope for a revolution in healthcare that will transform our current system.

After inspiring the over 200 attendees with a panel discussion on Friday night and three very personal healthcare stories early Saturday morning, 37 people rose to pitch their ideas in one minute or less.  These pitches included:

  • ReadySetGoAccurate, rapid fabrication of custom tracheostomy tubes for children
  • Making it easier to find the right therapist,
  • Better ways to manage asthma and monitor use of inhalers,
  • Non-invasive early detection of infection for patients with in-dwelling catheters,
  • Free over-the-counter sample medications delivered directly to the home,
  • Improving time and adherence to home physical therapy,
  • Reducing adverse drug reactions with genomic information,
  • Promoting healthy behaviors,
  • Preventing child abuse,
  • Finding health resources in the community for children with special needs,
  • Improving communication, collaboration and accountability across the care continuum to reduce readmissions,
  • End-to-end childhood vaccine management

As the weekend unfolded, we watched many of these ideas evolve to solutions, we saw solutions being enabled with innovative technologies, we heard amazing product names emerge from thin air and we witnessed fledgling businesses at their point of creation.  By 2pm on Sunday, 21 business plans were filed to a shared drive.  Each team gave of their best in a three minute presentation to a panel of four judges.

3D printing-2I am a firm believer that in this day and age technology is arguably the most important enabler for a transformative healthcare solution.  We saw the full gamut of enabling technologies embedded in the solutions @Hacking Pediatrics.  These technologies hold enormous hope for transforming healthcare:

  • cloud computing and intelligent machine learning
  • sensors
  • 3D printing
  • big data
  • gamification of health
  • genomics
  • social media

“Today’s $3.8 trillion dollar healthcare industry is in the deceptive phase of its march towards dematerialization, demonetization and democratization,” — Peter Diamandis, Forbes.  Sensors and AI democratize and demonetize accurate early diagnosis, large-scale genomic sequencing and machine learning allow us to understand the root cause of adverse drug interactions, 3D printing makes custom tracheostomy tubes cost-effective for all, and social media brings together patients, families and caregivers in one large care community like has never happened before.

There were winners and prizes for the hackathon, but really we were all winners, the entire world, because out of this event and many others like it will emerge a new form of healthcare that meets the needs of the 21st century.  Hacking Pediatrics was a window into this new world.

Q&A with Gillian Pressman of Generation Citizen, Host of the Civic Tech Challenge on November 1st

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Generation Citizen (www.generationcitizen.org) is an innovative education nonprofit that is hosting the first annual Civic Tech Challenge, Saturday November 1st at Microsoft New England. Gillian Pressman, the Greater Boston Site Director of Generation Citizen, explains more about the organization and this unique event.

What is Generation Citizen?  How long have you been in Boston and what has the impact been / results?

Generation Citizen (GC) is a nonprofit that is introducing a new concept to education: “action civics.” We provide action civics programming in partnership with 35 Greater Boston middle and high schools (and over 120 nationally) while also building demand for the concept of action civics nationwide.

In contrast to traditional civics, which attempts to teach the democratic process through rote memorization of the three branches and how a bill becomes a law, action civics calls on students to engage in the democratic process hands-on and in real time. In our in-school course, students identify a relevant, pressing local problem (i.e. gang violence, public transit, youth unemployment), analyze the problem to identify its root causes, and then take real action, reaching out to local elected officials and other decision-makers to effect change. The students begin to understand their community and local power structures by immersing themselves in experiential learning, and more importantly, develop a sense that they have a voice in the community and a real role in effecting change.

We have had some exciting successes in Boston since we launched here in 2009. Our first year, we served 300 students per year, and now we serve 3,000 students per year. We have also made some significant investments in evaluation which have allowed us to prove our impact – we are increasingly collecting hard evidence that our students improve in the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that predict both long-term college and career success and long-term democratic engagement.

Why is it important to teach students civics?

America’s democracy is failing. Out of 179 democracies worldwide, the participation of our voters puts us at 139th – this is the bottom 20th percentile. We have a less active democracy than countries like Iran and the Congo. America actually gives out foreign aid using democratic health indicators as criteria, and we would fail our own standards of foreign aid!

This is problematic because if decision-makers attempt to tackle society’s biggest problems, especially those related to inequity and justice, they need a fully engaged citizenry. Indeed, coverage of the Ferguson, MO riots focused on the importance of a robust democracy in preventing a repeat of this tension and violence.

Quality civics education can rebuild our democracy by inspiring and equipping our young people to become active citizens.

Further, civics education is one of the most effective ways to build students’ 21st century skills such as collaborative decision-making, persuasive communication, and critical analysis. Indeed, evidence suggests that effective civics education can both prevent school dropout and positively impact a young person’s ability to attain college and career success.This means that civics is important to the skill development of every individual student, as well as critical to the health of our society as a whole.

What role does technology play in civics?

Solving civic problems is tough! (We see a lot of development in our students in measures of grit, for example, because students realize that persistence is necessary to make change happen.) If we are attempting to identify solutions to our community’s biggest challenges, we need the most innovative minds and the most advanced tools. Fortunately, this is exactly what you can find in the tech sector and at revolutionary companies like Microsoft.

For this reason, there has been an exciting recent movement to engage tech talent in civic problem-solving. Code for America, for example, has “brigades” in urban centers in which hackers come together to create open-source technology that improves government services. The nationally-recognized Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics (which will actually kick-off our Civic Tech Challenge) is an agency out of the Boston Mayor’s office that actively recruits members of Boston’s innovation community to design city improvement projects.

Technologists have always been about improving society, and in our day and age the ambitions of technology companies are not at all slight; you are in business because you want to—and you regularly do—change the world. But technologists haven’t necessarily focused on government in the past. This is changing—increasingly, innovators are realizing the potential of bringing technological innovation to government, and the necessity of doing so if they want to create real systemic change.

It is this spirit of applying technological innovation to civic problems that we are hoping to capture in the Civic Tech Challenge.

How can people interested in civic engagement get involved?

As our most immediate opportunity, we would love to invite the community to join us on Saturday, November 1st for the Civic Tech Challenge. The event will include a hackathon during the day, in which developers, designers, digital marketers, and innovation enthusiasts will work alongside high school students from GC’s program to hack solutions Boston’s biggest community problems! You can sign up for the Hackathon HERE. Participation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and will culminate in an evening reception with more great food and drinks.

The evening reception will be keynoted by event Honoree Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital, and include 100+ guests from Boston’s tech companies and service providers, and a Judging Panel of leading civic innovators, including Microsoft’s Civic Engagement Manager, Aimee Sprung.

I look forward to seeing you there and continuing the conversation!

PSSST: Microsoft New England is giving away 5 pairs of tickets ($100 value!) to the Generation Citizen evening reception on Saturday, November 1! Follow us on Twitter @MSNewEngland and keep a look out from 3-5pm daily for giveaway tweets to enter.

7 Civic Tech Startups That Are Forging an Engaged Future

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2014 was a fantastic year for Civic Tech entrepreneurship. Every year, more and more startups seek innovative ways to enhance the experience of citizens in cities for a digital age. This year, several MassChallenge startups sought to impact their communities through Civic Tech.

This year, 7 of these 128 startups applied to Microsoft’s $50k Civic Technology Prize through MassChallenge. Here are some awesome startups that are in the running to win $50k on October 29th!

D-Orbit

98d3c95828cfe0fdb27977d71f6f6bd3What do they do?
D-Orbit sells smart propulsive end-of-life devices for satellites: more revenues for operators, no more debris.

How will they help citizens?
As we move closer to a space-age renaissance, we have to make sure the skies are clear from the attempts of the past. D-Orbit has developed a system to remove space junk that is currently in orbit, decreasing the chance of collision and keeping everyone on the ground safe from debris. This is especially beneficial for Governments seeking space-aged solutions to ground-based problems.

Hablando Con Julis

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Hablando con Julis is the solution for people with special needs. Speaking with Julis allows communication for the disabled and enhances learning skills.

How will they help citizens ?
Millions of people are excluded from engaging with public activity due to communication or learning deficiencies. Hablando Con Julis is developing innovative software that will allow these people to help everyone in a society be understood and to contribute to the civil conversation.

Kinems Learning Games

kinemsWhat do they do?
Kinems offers engaging and effective learning experiences for children with learning disabilities like autism via personalized Kinect games.

How will they help citizens ?
School dropouts can potentially cost the United States billions of dollars in lost in productivity. Kinems seeks to ease the frustration that children with learning disabilities have with traditional schooling methods by making learning fun while promoting their cognitive development development using Microsoft Kinect.

EdTrips

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EdTrips helps field trip venues manage their visitors and reach more teachers.

How will they help citizens?
It’s incredibly important for the government engage with American citizens in their youth in order to create the future’s engaged public actors. This can easily be done via school field trips to government facilities, museums, and departments. EdTrips makes field trips easy and drives more visitors to educational destinations by consolidating the booking and payment of trips among multiple locations and services.

Using their technology, EdTrips can partner with public organizations and make field trips drastically more efficient, creating more curious and engaged students.

Lengio

lengioWhat do they do?
Lengio revolutionizes English learning with software that offers personalized English courses built from users’ content: docs, movies, etc.

How will they help citizens ?
One incredibly daunting barrier to entry to immigrants in American society is the language barrier. Poor English speaking skills for many immigrants means that many of these citizens don’t get properly represented in government. This leads to an unfortunate chain reaction of policy created by those that don’t represent their interests that makes it even more difficult for them to engage in the future.

Lengio’s language-learning platform that user’s can customize helps facilitate long-term understanding and better equips these disadvantaged immigrants with a voice to effect change in their communities.

OpportunitySpace

OpportunitySpaceWhat do they do?
OpportunitySpace is an online marketplace & community for real estate development and investment opportunities. We streamline access to knowledge and people to accelerate urban

How will they help citizens?
Land is finite, and increased development has has limited the opportunities for real estate. There are so many unused spaces that could be better used, but the data is incredibly hard to find.

OpportunitySpace translates hard to understand data into action for citizens and investors to democratize urban development and spur reinvestment.

Twiage

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Twiage connects ambulances to ERs w/ real-time data, EKGs, GPS, to save precious time, cut waste from $350K/yr, and improve patient outcomes.

How will they help citizens?
Twiage will make sure no time or lives are wasted thanks to communication failures between paramedics and emergency care. Twiage ensures that doctors have the most updated and relevant data on incoming patients so they can prepare optimized care for those whose lives are in danger, saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars in the process.

At MassChallenge, we’re incredibly excited to partner with Microsoft to see these unique ideas to create a better and more connected society grow through the $50k Civic Tech Prize. See them all at the MassChallenge Awards Ceremony on October 29th!

Jibran Malek is MassChallenge’s Social Media Coordinator. Jibran runs MassChallenge’s social media and content campaigns to ensure the entire world knows about what’s going on in the startup accelerator and to amplify the amazing stories MassChallenge startups experience on a daily basis.

Fellow Profile: Zach Fogelson

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Where are you from?
Chicago

School/grade/major: Harvard, Senior, Computer Science

Last Thing You Binged: Caffeine 🙂

Why did you choose to intern with Microsoft?
I chose to work for Microsoft for many reasons. First, I like working at Microsoft because Microsoft builds the platforms and tools that allow developers to be creative everywhere. In addition, Microsoft is an amazingly collaborative and innovative environment. All of the people I work with here are kind, passionate about technology, and helpful.

What projects are you working on for your position as tech fellow for MSNE?
In conjunction with a team at Code for Boston, I am working on converting the Boston City laws to USLM (United States Legislative Markup) format. This project is part of an effort going on all around the country to standardize legal formatting and thereby improve access to legal documents for citizens.

What excites you about civic tech?
I am excited about working in civic tech because I know that there are numerous policies and government initiatives that should be having a bigger impact on people’s lives than they are now. When I make technological contributions to my community I feel like I am helping to break down the barriers that prevents people from accessing the government services they need.

What’s one problem you hope civic tech will solve for cities?
One issue that I hope civic tech can solve for cities is access to high quality education. As more world-class lectures, notes, and exercises are available online, I hope that people will be empowered to take control of their education wherever they are and regardless of socioeconomic status.

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month. What is one thing you do personally to stay safe online?
One quick thing I do to stay safe is that when I get an email, and I am not sure of whether or not it originated from a safe source, I put my cursor over the links in the email before clicking on it and I check the URL embedded in the hyperlink. If I don’t recognize the URL I throw out the message.

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

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Fall is officially here! And with the changing leaves and cool temps comes our biggest season for events here at Microsoft New England.

Here are three not to miss this week:

14115844291) BREW Boston/ENET 5th Annual Incubators’ and Accelerators’ Expo
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Twitter: @BREWBoston @BostonENET

New England has many incubators, each with its own focus, programs, services… and even personality.  The Incubators and Accelerators’ Expo brings together a curated group of the top programs in Boston, including MassChallenge, Future Boston, Greentown Labs, and others to present to the community of entrepreneurs. Small businesses and tech startups have the opportunity to learn about the programs available to kickstart their businesses, as well as learn about admission to these programs and how to succeed using accelerators.  This event is part of BREW 2014, the Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Weeks.

meetup-thumbnauk2) Introduction to Lego Mindstorms
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Lego Mindstorms is one way to get into robotics – you’ve got sensors and motors and a controller and all the possibilities of the lego system for the mechanics. Like with anything though lego robots have their good points and their bad, and my intent here is to walk through what you can expect from the current lego mindstorms set, what it can do and how you work with it.

Rough outline:

• Demos

– demo of R3PTAR, one of the standard robots for the EV3 Mindstorms set, which have build instructions, pre-built behaviors, and can be controlled from the mindstorms iOS app

– demo of the arduino drawbot, which uses an arduino as a controller and lego motors and sensors

• Quick overview and history of lego robotics

• EV3 Mindstorms set, price, what can you do with it, what it contains

• EV3 Programming, demo of a read-a-sensor move-a-motor program

• Beyond the basics

– EV3 and arduino

– EV3 and ROS (Robot Operation System)

– mechanical engineering with lego

bostonstartupjobfair3) Boston Startup Job Fair
Friday, October 24, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Twitter: @StartupJF

The Boston Startup Job Fair connects top talent job seekers with exciting Boston area startups. The fair has drawn 110+ startups and 2500+ job seekers resulting in over 90 hires. Startups have hired for both technical and non-technical positions and are looking to fill full-time and intern positions. Past attendees include HubsSpot, Audible.com, MediaMath, ZocDoc, Gazelle, Bookbub, Acquia and many more!

Improving Outcomes for Students – The Mass EduData Challenge

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On Wednesday, October 1, the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center – New England had the pleasure of hosting an esteemed panel for our Education & Data event, the third in our series of Conversations on Civic Tech. One of the panelists, Christopher Scranton, presented some awesome findings on innovative ways of working with student data, and we are pleased to have him continue the topic below. –Aimee Sprung, Director of Civic Engagement

As the Senior Manager for Big Data and Technology Initiatives for the Innovation Institute at MassTech, I recently had the privilege of supporting the collaborative effort among industry, government, and the region’s expert data community to explore how new approaches to organizing and visualizing data can deliver unique insights and improved services for the Commonwealth’s teachers, administrators, and the students whom they support.

I was especially inspired by the innovative approaches to working with data that were created by participants during our April 2014 Mass EduData Challenge. Built upon open, anonymous data provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), the winning projects highlighted improvements to how data is organized and analyzed, which could enhance outcomes for students and our understanding of the Commonwealth’s education system as a whole.

Below are three ways in which the winning submissions from the Mass EduData Challenge demonstrated innovative approaches to working with data:

  • Analysis of Girls STEM Achievement (Winner: Best Use of Data)
    A team of data professionals from the national headquarters of Boston-based City Year combined Mass EduData Challenge data with other available academic information. The result was a website which features integrated visualization tools that enables policymakers and the public to explore and compare varying levels of STEM education achievement by female students across the state. The team’s goals were to improve access to the basic information, to highlight best cases and opportunities for improvement, and encourage comparisons and sharing of best practices among regions, districts, and schools.
  • Data Aggregation (Winner: Collaborative Data Contribution)
    A team comprised of two local data analysts aggregated all of the educational data available via the data challenge into a single, easy-to-use online database. The team also created an API (application programming interface) to make it easier for other participants and developers to create useful applications and analyses with the DESE-supplied data.

As the organization tasked with overseeing the Commonwealth’s Mass Big Data Initiative, we are impressed with the exciting outcomes from Mass EduData Challenge and other recent civic tech challenges. Across Massachusetts, we see more and more government data sets opened to the public, providing new opportunities for residents to use their analytics and technical skills to further public good in education, transportation, and energy use. Thanks to Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center – New England for hosting this amazing conversation and for highlighting the Mass EduData Challenge!

You can view the photo album from the event here

Our Takeaways from Innovation and the City

Our own Cathy Wissink (second from the left) spoke at Innovation and the City.

Our own Cathy Wissink (second from the left) spoke on a panel about anchor organizations at Innovation and the City.

There’s a lot of talk today about “innovative cities”. But what exactly are they? What are the qualities of an innovative city? How can those qualities be reproduced in other cities? And how does a city ensure that everyone in the community benefits from that innovation and economic benefit?

These questions drove the Venture Café Foundation to host the Second Innovation and the City Conference last week at District Hall. The event convened scholars, policy makers, and practitioners to discuss the strategies, opportunities and drawbacks associated with innovation-based urban economic development, and included participants from numerous cities, including Boston, Detroit, St. Louis and Milwaukee, among others. I was honored to participate in the event for a second time, and also had the pleasure of participating in the panel on anchor organizations.

Given the diversity of participants and opinions, as well as the common goal of understanding innovative cities, there was energetic discussion during the panels, from the audience, and during the breaks. There’s no definitive path to creating an innovative city, since so much depends on the community make up, history, civic participation and finances of a given city, but there were overarching themes that emerged over the day and a half:

  1. Innovation in a city requires openness. This can be translated a number of ways, but as I noted during my panel, it boils down to ensuring the system—whether that’s a city or another institution—has the ability to take in new ideas and integrate them into their innovation model.
  2. Innovation also requires diversity. This means inclusiveness across the community as well as diversity of approach, organizations, policies and community engagement.
  3. Organizations who want to be part of the innovation conversation need to be an engaged element of the community. It’s not enough to do this work remotely, or halfway.
  4. Education is the foundation to an innovative city. Time and again, panelists and audience members noted that without an educational system equipped to foster critical thinking and skills development necessary for an innovative economy, other tactics would only bring a city so far along the innovation spectrum.
  5. Sharing best practices is key. While each city will vary in how it tackles the innovation question due to its unique makeup, there is much to be learned from the range of civic stakeholders who drive this in their respective cities.

I came away energized by the thoughtful and passionate discussions I had individually, as well as within the panels. Congratulations to the Venture Café Foundation for convening and catalyzing such a crucial discussion.

Kendall Square EatUp Celebrates Eating Local

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The Microsoft New England team can’t wait to attend the Kendall Square Association’s Kendall Square EatUp tonight! Featuring bites from more than 25 of our favorite restaurants and neighbors in Kendall Square, tonight promises to bring together all kinds of good food and good people in celebration of eating local.

And beyond that, ticket sales are going directly to the Kendall Square Association, to help support their mission of improving, protecting, and promoting Kendall Square. Now that’s a cause we will always get behind!

Tickets include:

  • Unlimited food and beverage samplings from Cambridge’s best kitchens.
  • Live cooking demos from Chef William Kovel (Catalyst) and Chef Michael Leviton (Area Four) and the chefs at West Bridge.
  • “The Science of Food” with interactive demos and exhibits, including a cheese making demo from Fiore di Nonno, edible cocktails and a demo on spherification from Gelology, a pepper eating contest with MexiCali Burrito Co., bee culture with Follow the Honey, and app-controlled mini-farm pods with Grove Labs.

Some of the participating Kendall Square restaurants include:

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A big thank you to the Kendall Square Association for organizing such a special event, and for all that you do for our neighborhood. We’ll see you there tonight!

Tickets are available for tonight’s event here: http://www.kendallsq.org/event/kendall-square-eatup/