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

 |   MSNE Staff

Happy Spring!

Long nights at Fenway Park… long runs by the Charles River… and long days in civic tech!

Here’s the best of what April has to offer in the Boston Metro area:

April 4

Learn Lab Workshop: Troubleshoot Windows 10

In this workshop, we’ll discuss how Windows 10 integrates with your various devices and how
Windows 10 can help make them better. Then we’ll get our hands on Windows 10, so you can
learn how to explore and modify features that will help you get more done and have fun on your device.

April 5

Accelerate Your Business

Business owners from across the Boston area are invited to attend Microsofts’ Accelerate Your Business event on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel located in the center of downtown Boston.

This complimentary event is a networking, education and best practice sharing experience designed for small and medium sized business owners.

NewCo Boston: Innovation as a Public Resource: The Importance of Placemaking and Community Building

Join us at District Hall, the world’s first free-standing public innovation center, as we discuss the importance of expanding access to entrepreneurial resources, building local innovation communities, and the role of physical spaces and networks in supporting a collaborative innovation ecosystem.

April 6

Talk Data to Me

Talk Data to Me is a monthly event series where we host thought-leaders from the Boston data community to discuss the possibilities that data brings to life.

In April we are partnering with the City of Boston as they launch Analyze Boston, a new open data hub where you can find facts, figures, and maps related to our lives within the city.

April 11

Demo Day Spring 2017: A Celebration of Student Innovation at Northeastern

Demo Day is the presentation of over 20 student ventures that have completed a 6-week program called the Husky Startup Challenge. These ventures have participated in five four-hour bootcamps, attended office hours with coaches, and worked with other Northeastern resources to develop their business plans. The Husky Startup Challenge serves to provide an exciting atmosphere where student-run ventures can engage with real world entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and create something extremely unique.

Envisioning Holographic Experiences – Mike Pell

Designing for HoloLens is a new frontier for everyone, and definitely requires some experimentation to get right. In this interactive talk, Mike will cover how you can quickly conceptualize and rapidly prototype your holographic experience without using expensive software or needing a Designer’s skillset. You’ll learn some great shortcuts to create, test, and refine your overall holographic experience (with or without coding) to move your ideas forward. Mike Pell- Designer / Envisioneer, The Microsoft Garage

April 12

EdVestors Annual Showcase

EdVestors’ annual Showcase takes place in April and features innovative projects supported by the School Solutions Seed Fund. The event is an opportunity for frontline educators to share their work with a broader audience. Guests in attendance have an opportunity to take one-on-one with Seed Fund project leaders informally, and observe formal presentations from a smaller group of projects on what they’ve learned so far.

April 13

DigiGirlz Boston

DigiGirlz Burlington

This free, 2-hour DigiGirlz Workshop at your Microsoft Store is a fun way for girls in middle school and high school (ages 12-18) to understand why computer science is important, and to use computer science to enhance things they already love doing, both now and in the future. What’s more, they’ll get an inside peek at what it’s like to work in technology; learn how to pursue their passion; and see that a successful career in technology is within their reach. The Workshop includes an inspiring presentation from real, local women in the industry and a Q&A session.

During the second hour, the girls will also get hands-on with our Hour of Code session, which teaches coding fundamentals. At the end of the Workshop, they’ll see cool resources that can be used to learn how to make awesome stuff with computer science.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet new role models, get inspired by the pros, and get a hands-on introduction to the world of coding. To join us for our DigiGirlz Workshop, register today.

April 15

DigiGirlz Natick

This free, 2-hour DigiGirlz Workshop at your Microsoft Store is a fun way for girls in middle school and high school (ages 12-18) to understand why computer science is important, and to use computer science to enhance things they already love doing, both now and in the future. What’s more, they’ll get an inside peek at what it’s like to work in technology; learn how to pursue their passion; and see that a successful career in technology is within their reach. The Workshop includes an inspiring presentation from real, local women in the industry and a Q&A session.

During the second hour, the girls will also get hands-on with our Hour of Code session, which teaches coding fundamentals. At the end of the Workshop, they’ll see cool resources that can be used to learn how to make awesome stuff with computer science.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet new role models, get inspired by the pros, and get a hands-on introduction to the world of coding. To join us for our DigiGirlz Workshop, register today.

April 19

PULSECHECK: How HACKATHONS Create Companies

Hackathons are more than just a buzzword. These marathon events are the reason that many companies are out tackling the world’s greatest challenges right now.

Join us on April 19th in collaboration with MIT HACKING MEDICINE to hear firsthand how startups emerged from HACKATHONS with viable solutions that are forcing innovation in Healthcare. They’re here to talk about the good, the bad and the unexpected!

April 21-22

#Hack4Democracy

MIT GOV/LAB is organizing We the People/Hack for Democracy to demonstrate MIT’s deep commitment to core American (and human) values of fairness, equality, and openness. In this hackathon, creative and compassionate people from across MIT and the Boston area will come together to tackle the immediate challenges U.S. organizations are now facing to safeguard these values.

April 25

Roxbury Inno Cafe Night

The monthly Café Nights @ RIC are energetic and dynamic events where innovators and entrepreneurs can find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality.

These regular gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from different backgrounds and industries to connect, share ideas, and grow their ventures. The Café is open to all members of the innovation community.

April 28

MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference 2017

The 2017 MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference will feature more than 30 speakers and panelists. Program sessions will include two keynote speakers, social entrepreneur vision talks, a curated conversation, a showcase of MIT Social Ventures, and six afternoon breakout sessions.

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