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

May 1, 2017   |   MSNE Staff

We’ve gotten through our April showers β€” now it’s time for May flowers… and events!

Here are our top picks for events in the Boston area this month:

May 3

Design in Boston: Creating a More Connected City

In celebration of ArtWeek, General Assembly and the City of Boston are pairing up to bring together designers and policy makers who are helping to define and redesign what makes for a better urban lifestyle in Boston.

May 4

Catalyst Conversations: Charmed Science

Join us for an evening exploring magic and celebrating the community of innovators, artists and scientists that have come together to make Catalyst Conversations a vibrant demonstration of the possibility of ideas. Enjoy drinks, small bites, music, magic and good conversation! Your ticket purchase and donation will help us bring direct, free public access to cutting-edge innovations in art and science in 2017 and beyond. Hosted by MIT List Visual Arts Center.

May 6

City of Boston Analytics Team: Analyze Boston Open Data Challenge Final Showcase

The Analyze Boston Open Data Challenge will culminate in our Showcase Event on May 6th at District Hall (75 Northern Ave, in the Seaport). This is a free event where attendees will learn more about Analyze Boston and then see what challenge participants came up with. There will also be instructional sessions where attendees can learn more about tools and techniques they can use to do even more with open data.

The event will finish with the announcement of awards for Open Data Challenge winners. There will be three sets of awards given out:

  • Challenge Track Awards: Winners and runners-up will be chosen for each of the challenge tracks above by a panel of expert judges.
  • Special Prizes: Judges will also pick winners for best student project, best project from someone new to data, best project built on open source software, and best project using maps or geospatial analysis.
  • Grand Prizes: An overall Grand Prize winner and runner-up will be chosen by audience vote.

May 10

Explore | Create | Code

Ever curious about your tech? Learn how to program a micro:bit and create a circuit-based game with Microsoft Garage staff. Tour the Garage and check out the 3-D printers, laser cutter, and future realities room.

The micro:bit is a tiny, easy-to-program device that can be used for cool creations ranging from robots to musical instruments to games. It’s been featured on the television show Robot Wars, and it has programmable LED lights, buttons, a compass, accelerometer, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Sisters will use the micro:bit as part of their games, and then Little Sisters will be able to take it home and keep creating!

May 11

New England Machine Learning Hackathon: Hacking Bias in ML

Join us for hacking the biases, discrimination, and fairness in machine learning, algorithms, big data analytics! Our goal is to have each team develop websites to address these issues.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the day. The winning team will receive a Surface Pro 4 for the team leader and Xbox One S FIFA ’17 bundle for each team member.

May 13

Technovation 2017 Showcase & Pitch

Celebrate all the locally-made apps submitted for the Technovation Challenge!

This year Posterboard judges will be reviewing a team’s materials beforehand, and then submitting final scores at the Showcase after meeting the team and hearing their pitch. The Posterboard scores will determine which teams get to pitch for the Presentation Award, as well as which teams will move on to the semifinal round.

May 16

MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Awards

Please join us for an evening to celebrate the 2017 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators, hosted by PULSE@Masschallenge. This year we are teaming up with the PULSECHECK community to bring you the best in Boston Healthcare.

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