Microsoft New England Picks: 6 Not-To-Miss Events This Week

| MSNE Staff


The weather is heating up in Boston and so are the events in the area! Here our our top picks for events this week:

Technology Day and Energy Hearing1) Technology Day and Energy Hearing
Tuesday, May 12, 10am – 1pm
@ Massachusetts State House | 24 Beacon Street | Boston
Twitter: @BlueMassGroup

The Tech Hub Caucus, co-chaired by Senator Spilka and Representative Ferrante, will host the 3rd Technology State House Day on the subject of “Internet of Things in Massachusetts”. Meet leaders from the local tech and startup community and learn about Massachusetts-based companies leading the Internet of Things (IoT) technology revolution.
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to technology that enables devices and applications (“things”) to communicate seamlessly with one another to become part of a connected whole that transfers data through the cloud and transforms it into useful information for people, business and institutions. Examples of IoT in Massachusetts are biometric wearables for healthcare, smart traffic lights for cities, and connected thermostats for energy.

The event will feature live technology demonstrations running throughout from local tech firms and home-grown startups showcasing innovative IoT technologies and devices changing the way we live and work. During the second half of the event, “Table Talk”breakouts will be led by tech companies and key legislators to focus on specific IoT applications relevant in MA today.

Homeless Empowerment Project Annual Gala and Fundraiser

2) Homeless Empowerment Project Annual Gala and Fundraiser

Tuesday, May 12, 6pm – 9pm
@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @sparechangenews

The Homeless Empowerment Project Annual Gala and Fundraiser is an annual event that celebrates and raises funds for the Homeless Empowerment Project, a 501(c)(3) not for profit that publishes Spare Change News. The Homeless Empowerment Project empowers homeless and low-income individuals by employing them as vendors to sell Spare Change News, a newspaper that focuses on issues facing homeless and low-income individuals and social justice issues in general.

The event features musical entertainment, a live and silent auction and prominent speakers. Food and alcoholic beverages will be served.

Tickets are $60 per person and $35 for Students and Seniors(65+). You can also buy a ticket for $60 to sponsor the attendance of a vendor. All tickets purchased at the door are an additional $5.

To buy tickets, send a check payable to The Homeless Empowerment Project: The Homeless Empowerment Project, 1151 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, or through our website,

Understanding ISO 27018 and Preparing for the Modern Era of Cloud Security3) Understanding ISO 27018 and Preparing for the Modern Era of Cloud Security
Thursday, May 14, 8am – 10am

@ Foley Hoag LLP| 155 Seaport Boulevard | Boston
Twitter: @FoleyHoag

We’re joining a seminar on May 14 presented by Foley Hoag LLP and a panel of industry experts on ISO 27018, the new international standard governing the processing and protection of personal information by public Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). Even though this new standard is voluntary, it is widely expected to become the benchmark for CSPs going forward.

As the first and only international privacy standard for the cloud, ISO 27018 addresses the means of keeping customer information confidential and secure, as well as preventing personal information from being used for advertising or data analytics without customer approval. More importantly, adherence to ISO 27018 demonstrates that a CSP’s cloud privacy policies and practices are consistent with the industry’s best practices, both in the United States and the EU.

4) Inspire!Boston – Kelly Brush FoundationInspire!Boston - Kelly Brush Foundation
Thursday, May 14, 6pm – 9pm

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @kellybrushfdn

Inspiration fuels the Kelly Brush Foundation. Be a part of the inspiration by joining the Foundation for an uplifting evening of cocktails, heavy hors d’oeurves and a celebration of the stories made possible by their supporters’ generosity.

5) Agile Games 2015
Saturday, May 16-17, 8am – 8pm

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @AgileNewEngland #AgileGames

Agile Games 2015

The Agile Games Conference is an annual event hosted by Agile New England that provides an immersive exploration of some of the more interesting, playful, and fun concepts behind Agile Software Development. We all acknowledge that work is important, but shouldn’t we be able to have fun while doing it?

Agile games are activities focused on teaching, demonstrating, and improving Agile and organizational effectiveness using game theory. Using games, we can model complex or time-consuming processes and systems, examine why they work (or don’t work), look for improvements, and teach others how to benefit from them. Games can model just the core of a process or model, leaving out unimportant factors.  They can involve collaboration, brainstorming, comparing variants, and of course retrospectives.

Cambridge Youth Leaders Luncheon6) Cambridge Youth Leaders Luncheon
Saturday, May 16, 11:30am – 3:30pm

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @CambMAYouth

Cambridge teens in 8th-12th grade are invited to attend the 2015 Cambridge Youth Leaders Luncheon featuring a keynote speech by Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz and a special performance by The Hip Hop Transformation. Have your voice be heard and network with other youth leaders in Cambridge. Your ideas will be heard by city leadership and will directly inform the creation of a new Youth Summit later this year.

Register now at

Please bring a student or government issued ID.

Connect with CambMA Youth Leaders: @CambMAYouth | #CambMAYouth | [email protected]

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