Do you have a great startup idea? Applications for Boston’s 2017 MassChallenge Accelerator, “the most friendly startup accelerator on the planet,” are open until March 28. MassChallenge is a not-for-profit committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with the resources they need. Since 2010, MassChallenge has had a proven-track record of taking startups to the next level. […]

On February 2, the Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) Center hosted and sponsored the “Hacking Bias & Discrimination Ideation Session,” a precursor to the Harvard-MIT chapter of the Women in Data Science Conference. This six-hour event was designed to tackle the presence of bias in data science models and algorithms through discussion and […]

What’s the importance of broadband equity? Last night, our latest Conversation in Civic Innovation (#CivicTechBos) explored new technologies in broadband, ways to make internet accessible, and the importance behind it all. Speakers included: Sharon Gillett, Microsoft Research (Moderator) Theo Hanna, Tech Goes Home Chris Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Anne Schwieger, Boston Department of Innovation […]

Have you heard? It’s our anniversary! This year, we’re celebrating 10 years in our New England R&D Center (NERD) in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Over the past 10 years, we’ve been lucky enough to engage with the local community, attending (and hosting) events from Hubweek to the Kendall Square Eatup to our own #CivicTechBos nights. We’ve […]

As technology progresses, our need for it becomes more and more apparent. The right to internet access is important in our advanced society, but access is still not guaranteed worldwide — or even in our city. While the City of Boston has made incredible advancements to making the internet accessible, the need for high-speed internet access […]

It’s February, and love is in the air… A love for civic tech, that is! We’ve got heart-eyes for the many civic tech events New England has to offer. Here are our top picks: February 4 Women Engineers Code (WECode) Conference 2017 It’s the fourth iteration of Women Engineers Code: the largest student-run Women in Computer Science conference, […]

2017 marks ten years that Microsoft has hosted one of its Global Development Centers in Cambridge. The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, fondly referred to as NERD, is celebrating its anniversary with stories and events year-round. Please join us in the celebration on the ground and online using #NERD10. Below, T.K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, […]

I always knew I wanted to grow up to be a part of the bigger picture. It is a privilege to be part of a community, and the power of the human connection is what makes a society strong. I never wanted to have just a job. Rather, I want to lead a career of […]

Last night, our Technology & Civic Engagement team in New England had the wonderful honor of being invited to  Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s 2017 State of the City Address at Symphony Hall in Boston. Together with city leaders, fellow constituents, and the Mayor himself, we celebrated Boston’s successes and growth in the past year, and […]

Name: Shannon Felton Spence Where are you from? I grew up in Denver, Colorado but have made Boston my home since college. Current education: I am in the last semester of my Master of Public Affairs from Brown University. I did my undergraduate in Political Communication from Emerson College. What is your experience in the […]