Civic Tech

NewCo Boston: A Day to See and Be Seen

There are some 300 colleges and universities within 90 miles of Boston, Massachusetts. Our region has the most educated population in the nation, and the state is regularly ranked as number one in innovation capacity.

Massachusetts is poised to lead the next major innovation wave–one characterized by smart, connected machines and devices. Yet, despite a critical mass of education and innovative organizations we are still, paradoxically, coming up short in one critical component: talent. We need to find new ways to get people together to experience what is happening here and to fill them with the kind of pride and enthusiasm that convinces them to keep their talents here upon graduation.

NewCo Boston, April 4-6, can help accomplish this goal. Founded by six-time media and tech entrepreneur John Battelle, NewCo sets out to identify, celebrate, and connect the engines of positive change in our society while fostering trust, storytelling, and true connection between the people driving a new kind of global capitalism. Through intimate sessions, NewCo festivals create lasting engagement and deep, critical connections.

NewCo Boston will feature 80+ innovative companies from across the region opening their doors and inviting the public in for a behind-the-scenes look at companies and conversations with the founders, CEOs and other drivers of innovation in their native habitats. With more than 750,000 possible combinations, each journey can be unique. Each day of this two-day festival concludes with hundreds of fellow NewCo attendees getting together at some of the best networking “meetups” in the region.

What makes NewCo so perfect for Massachusetts?

Tech in Massachusetts has an opportunity to welcome executives, investors, engineers, entrepreneurs, students, media, and generally curious people to come see what’s happening behinds the doors of tech. Whether looking for that new idea or new position, broadening your network and your view of what’s happening across the industry is a smart move.

NewCo is an opportunity to attract and retain more talent, and , as we showcase our amazing local companies on the global NewCo media platform, more people across the 16+ other NewCo cities – from Istanbul to Barcelona to San Francisco – will learn about the great inventors and inventions here, thereby elevating our innovation brand and drawing additional attention and talent to the region.

Finally, NewCo gives us a glimpse into the future. What is being developed today will be the products and services of tomorrow. If you’re looking to network, to find a better job, or to just get a few new ideas, it’s a day worth checking out. Learn more, and join 1,000+ others for the inaugural NewCo Boston festival, by visiting bos.newco.co.

Tom Hopcroft is President & CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council, organizer of NewCo Boston. He can be reached at tom@Masstlc.org. 

Tom Hopcroft is President & CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the region’s leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers. A Massachusetts attorney and former adjunct professor at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration, Mr. Hopcroft founded and led the New England Business and Technology Association which merged with the Mass Software Council in 2005 and later the Mass Network Communications Council in 2009 to form what is today the largest technology organization in the New England with member companies ranging from early stage start-up to global enterprise across the entire tech ecosystem. Hopcroft serves as Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs and Administrative Policy Committee on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. He is also on the boards of the MassTLC Education Foundation, MassRobotics, and the Technology Councils of North America. Mr. Hopcroft lives in Winchester, MA, with his wife and two boys.

Make Data Matter — 2017 Hubway Data Challenge

Happy Spring!

How are you celebrating the new season? Spring cleaning? Planning your garden? Getting ready to bike in the warm weather?

How about creating new projects with data?

We’re jumping into spring with Hubway to help launch their 2017 Hubway Data Challenge. First held in 2012, the Hubway Data Challenge is a call for local data enthusiasts to bring Hubway’s trip data to life. Entrants can use trip data from across the Hubway system in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline to create unique, analytical, and creative visualizations or other projects that reveal new user patterns about commuting via Hubway.

Where do Hubway users ride? When do they ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? On what days of the week are most rides taken? How do user patterns differ between members and casual riders? How does weather affect usage? These and many other questions can be answered by the ride data.

Entries will be considered for six different categories. Each category will have one winner selected.

Over $7,500 worth of prizes will be awarded. The winning entry in each category will receive this package worth over $1,200, including prizes from Microsoft, General Assembly, b.good restaurant, Cleverhood, Passim, and $250 cash!

How to Enter

Enter your name, email address, phone number, project title, description (up to 600 characters), screenshot, and a self-hosted URL of your visualization or other data-based creation into our online entry form.

And the fun doesn’t stop there — we’ve partnered with Hubway beyond the data challenge for some exciting surprises. Stay posted to our blog and our Twitter to find out more!

Entries must be completed by April 10, 2017, 11:59 PM EST. View the official rules of the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.

Introducing the Public Engagement Roadmap: Creative Resources for Meaningful Civic Participation

Originally published on Medium by the Engagement Lab @ Emerson College.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Public Engagement Roadmap, a new suite of creative resources aimed at supporting all stages of planning public engagement for non-profits and governments on local, state, and national levels.

Designed and created by the Engagement Lab in partnership with Living Cities and with support from the Citi Foundation, the Roadmap provides an actionable, step-by-step breakdown for creative and effective public engagement. Emphasizing the model of co-production, where citizens collaborate at all stages of decision-making on public issues, the Roadmap balances digital and in-person strategies to help practitioners navigate the ever-shifting landscape of engagement in the 21st Century.

The Roadmap is based on practical findings summarized in Accelerating Public Engagement, a report written by Eric Gordon, Executive Director of the Engagement Lab and Associate Professor at Emerson College, about real-life examples from public engagement during the second cohort of Living Cities’ City Accelerator program. Over the course of 18-months, Gordon and the Engagement Lab team provided technical assistance and guidance to city officials in the program from Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Seattle as they implemented projects to engage lower income residents on issues ranging from post-incarceration re-entry services to public health campaigns.

“The roadmap is a story of what it takes for organizations to actually partner with communities, well beyond checking the box,” said Eric Gordon. “Its focus is on creative methods, where relationships are put before efficiencies. Understanding how to use media and technology to enhance the human part of public engagement is more important now than ever before. That’s the focus of the report, and indeed, that’s the focus of all the Engagement Lab’s work.”

In all, the Roadmap comprises four resources grounded in design-thinking to help organizations map meaningful public engagement:

  • The Toolkit, a dynamic, online assessment that helps gauge where you are with your plan, what your plan’s strengths are, and where you might benefit from some additional guidance, and then gets you started with a series of strategic exercises and practical activities to improve your engagement plan.
  • The Guide, a comprehensive report called, Accelerating Public Engagement, which provides background on public engagement and offers practical, detailed approaches to use when planning on- and offline processes.
  • The Case Studies, a closer look at the stories from participant cities in the City Accelerator program and how they embraced the model of co-production to discover new ways to engage more deeply with the communities they serve.
  • The Game, a tabletop game called, “Chart the Course” that guides players through an entire public engagement planning process and gives teams an opportunity to explore different engagement tactics, role-play possible outcomes with stakeholders, and reflect on the implications of their actions.

“This Roadmap is intended for cities around the country who recognize that the solutions for today’s toughest problems aren’t found in some hidden corner of city hall,” wrote Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities, “but rather are co-developed through partnerships with residents, community colleges and universities, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, and the business community.”

Explore the Public Engagement Roadmap here, and learn more about the work of the City Accelerator program here. If you would like to schedule a consultation about the Roadmap, please email info@elab.emerson.edu.

#NERD10: Celebrating Women’s History Month and the Next 10 Years of Microsoft R&D

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.

Happy Women’s History Month! What I appreciate most about Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center (NERD) is our spirit of inclusion and commitment to diversity. I have been working in software for well over 20 years now, and I have never been more optimistic about our ability to change the face of this industry than I am today, in part  because of the energy and work I see happening here at NERD.

Creating a truly inclusive culture is not easy. Diversity by its very nature brings varied perspectives and debate. At NERD, we believe that those are the moments when we learn the most and where the creative spark of innovation lies. A few examples: This month we are partnering with our Kendall Square neighbor Akamai to discuss “Being Bold for Change” in celebration of International Women’s Day. On March 23, our Blacks & Africans at Microsoft (BAM) community is hosting a Minority Students Day of mentoring and discussion.

I started my Microsoft career at headquarters in Redmond, WA and spent many years there. In 2012, I relocated to New England to lead the Microsoft Intune PM team. I love working in Kendall Square and appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit here. We are surrounded by the best in academia, research, innovation, and technology. I can pop next door to enjoy a leadership class on applied neuroscience at MIT Sloan School of Management or head downstairs to our NERD conference center to join a Codess event with women coders. Not to mention, so many more places to eat and grab a cocktail have opened in the last few years. (My favorite is Rosemary’s Baby at Za/EVOO. Yum!)

This month also marks my one year anniversary as the General Manager of NERD—a title that always makes me laugh a little. I have bold aspirations for Microsoft in our area. In December, we started demolition to completely renovate and revitalize our offices at 1 Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Our goal is to create an environment that inspires our engineers—and makes Microsoft the best place to work and build their careers. We will have a Microsoft Garage space in our conference center, which will include collaborative, creative spaces as well as Maker and Advanced Maker labs where people can build, tinker, and prototype to bring their ideas to life. Our space at 1 Memorial will be open, bright, and highlight the amazing technology Microsoft has to offer.

Feb 2nd Women in Data Science “Hacking Bias” Ideation session @ NERD

At Microsoft NERD, we are home to an incredible group of researchers, engineers, and professionals. Microsoft NERD engineers and data scientists work on Azure Machine Learning, Office 365 security, Office collaboration, Skype, Xamarin, my own Microsoft Intune, and much more.  Under the leadership of Jennifer Chayes, we host Microsoft Research Lab-New England which is known for its interdisciplinary approach to research by our researchers, as well as a large group of postdocs, interns, and distinguished visiting faculty members.

Take a look at the predictions from the women of Microsoft Research on what to expect in 2017—hmm, I think some predictions already came true. I encourage you to explore our job openings, and to the students out there, we offer a number of internship opportunities right here in Cambridge.  I hope you’ll review the opportunities that exist here and consider joining us as we build our secret sauce, a spirit of inclusion and a commitment to diversity that makes me proud to be a leader here.  

Impact of New Media on Civic Initiatives — #CivicTechBos, April 3, 2017

Social media and new approaches to journalism have had broad impact on how civic initiatives are organized and executed. Community and political movements have new tools to attract interested parties and launch campaigns. The last federal election cycle is just one of several examples where various parties worked with and around the traditional journalism channels to get their message out using these new media options. These approaches certainly impact how governments connect with their constituencies, nonprofits engage with their communities, neighborhood movements organize, and civic/political leaders communicate.

We’re hosting a conversation to discuss how new media impacts civic initiatives as part of our Conversations on Civic Innovation series, or #CivicTechBos. Join us for a conversation reviewing the fast-changing world of journalism and social media and how it impacts civic initiatives.

Speakers include:

Schedule:

5:30-6:00 PM – Registration and networking
6:00-7:oo PM – Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 PM – Q&A
7:30 – 8:30 PM – Post-event networking

Join us Monday, April 3, from 5:30pm-8:30pm at District Hall. RSVP here. To join us online, follow @MSNewEngland, @VentureCafe and the hashtag #CivicTechBos.

MassChallenge Startup Bootcamp Series: Application Due March 1, 2017

Last year, MassChallenge brought its mission to help all entrepreneurs win to South Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan with an intensive mini-accelerator. Thirteen companies participated in an immersive startup bootcamp with curriculum catered to their individual needs, industry mentors, and access to 24/7 office space. The bootcamp cumulated with a pitch competition where Minus the Moo and BeautyLynk ultimately received two fast-track spots into Round 2 of judging for the 2016 MassChallenge Boston accelerator program.

This year, MassChallenge has partnered with the E.M. Kauffman Foundation to expand the startup bootcamp and provide entrepreneurs and innovators from the Greater Boston Region. This mini-accelerator will once again be dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

The startup bootcamp will run over the months of March and April and is open to early-stage, high-impact and high-potential underrepresented entrepreneurs and innovators (Women, minorities, veterans, immigrants, etc…) from the Greater Boston region.

Applications are due on March 1 — Apply here to take part in this opportunity!

Calling All Early-Stage Startups — Apply to 2017 MassChallenge Today!

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. More than 1,200 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8 billion in funding, generated over $700 million in revenue, and created more than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Any early-stage startups across all industries are encouraged to apply. Selected startups will receive support form top mentors and experts, free co-working space, access to MassChallenge’s network of corporate partners, tailored workshops, and the opportunity to win a portion of more than $2 million in zero-equity funding globally.

2017 Timeline

February 8 — Applications open
March 28 — Applications close
March 30 – April 20 — Round 1 Judging (Online)
May 10 – May 17 — Round 2 Judging (In-Person)
May 24 — Finalist Notification
June 21 – November 1 — Boston Accelerator Program

Microsoft is a proud MassChallenge partner committed to supporting Boston’s entrepreneurial spirit. MassChallenge finalists seeking solutions for the world’s most critical problems, especially in civic innovation, are encouraged to apply for scholarship money from Microsoft. Last year’s winners of The Microsoft Civic Technology Scholarship were committed to helping public officials deliver improved services to private citizens.

Create your startup profile and apply to MassChallenge today to join the next class of startups solving the world’s biggest challenges! 

RECAP: #CivicTechBos — Broadband Equity

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:

Miss out on our event? Catch up with us on Twitter Moments (below):

Bringing Broadband Equity to the Forefront — #CivicTechBos, February 8, 2017

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 has never been so obvious. That’s why our upcoming Conversations in Civic Innovation event, held this Wednesday, is centered around broadband equity — a necessity that helps our students learn, to build small businesses and to enable residents to engage as citizens.

Anne Schwieger, Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate for the Boston Department of Innovation and Technology, will be speaking on this week’s panel, and sat down with us to explore broadband equity within the city — and the world.

What does equity mean to you?

To me, equity looks like the institutions of our civil society and government acting in a way that protects all of our rights and actively affirms and enables the ability of all among us to derive benefit from the educational, economic, and civic spheres of our world.

Digital equity will be achieved when all people have the digital skills, digital tools, and Internet connectivity that they need to engage with and continually evolve these civil society and government institutions so that they respect and affirm our rights to thrive as individuals and as communities in the 21st century.

In the context of our work on broadband and digital equity, our thought here is equity across the board as well as equity within specific areas such as equitable access to education opportunities, access to great jobs, access to healthcare — increasingly, that type of access depends upon great access to digital skills, connectivity and tools.

Our thought is that digital equity is (not the only), but one of the key foundational pieces to enabling equity in all other areas.

Why specifically broadband?

In the most basic sense, ‘broadband’ is a term ascribed to Internet service that meets or exceeds a given data transmission speed. It becomes super interesting when we begin to look at it from a human angle.

People need broadband Internet in the places where they live, work, learn, and engage in civic pursuits, etc to pursue the things that are important to them, their families, and communities.

Infrastructural elements of broadband, various types of broadband services providers, and the institutions that we work with and for to create the future are also part of this broadband ecosystem.  

What are some ways that we’re making technology accessible in the city of Boston? What are some steps that we can take?

Boston has had a commitment to digital equity for a long time. For over a decade, we’ve provided support to local organizations such as Technology Goes Home, we have worked hard to connect public buildings like schools and libraries to fiber. It’s something that the City is working to expand to all public schools as we speak.

Home broadband adoption is not at a level that we believe it should be — we need it to be at a higher level in order for people’s goals, family goals, community goals, and city goals to be actualized.

Home broadband adoption is not at a level that we believe it should be. Over 1 in 5 people in Boston do not have broadband in the home, primarily for reasons of cost. That’s approximately 140,000 people in a city of just under 670,00 people. We are working with a number of partners to facilitate people who do not presently have broadband in the home in accessing low-cost offerings.

Ultimately though, the reason that 1 in 5 people are not connected to broadband in the home stems in large part from the reality of the broadband market in Boston. For a long time there has not been the type competition to drive down prices. We are hopeful that recent and prospective changes to the Boston broadband market will create the array of high quality, affordable service offerings that will serve the needs of all Bostonians.

The broadband market in Boston is shifting from 90% of households having a single choice of broadband service provider to an increasing number having 2 or more options. Our goal is for every household and business in Boston to have 2 or more options of wireline or fixed wireless service. The ‘or more’ is key there. It’s a pretty exciting time for broadband in Boston, and we’re really pleased that there is a community of providers that seem to be committed to offering services that households and businesses need, increasingly at a price point that is affordable for more people. A recent article in the Boston Globe took at look at recent changes in the Boston broadband market.

While not itself a regulator of broadband services, the City believes it has a role to play in enabling a broadband marketplace that works for all Bostonians. One thing we are very focused on is looking at ways to streamline processes and permitting where possible and making city owned assets such as shadow conduit more available to broadband service providers. This can decrease their cost of expanding service and conceivably bring greater broadband choice to all Bostonians more quickly. Here is a publicly available map of city owned shadow conduit.

I think that there is an ethos of shared ownership running through a lot of our broadband and digital equity work citywide, and this allows our priorities to be reflected in the day-to-day work that we do with one another across many departments. Here’s an article with info about the ways that colleagues across the City of Boston have collaborated on broadband and digital equity initiatives.

What should we discuss on February 8?

I would love to hear what the audience and panelists think the city can do and what they think they can do that perhaps they aren’t already doing to contribute to and enable outcomes we’re all committed to. The City of Cambridge has a broadband task force; we have a metro area that more or less is all facing similar challenges. What can we do to learn from each other? We basically have a shared metro-wide workforce, where someone lives in Cambridge and work in Boston or vice versa. We depend upon great connectivity metro-wide to reach our own goals. This is an area that is good for everyone. It would be interesting to see how people think municipalities ought to work together on some of these goals. Theo Hanna would be a great person to talk about that, because Tech Goes Home is starting to work with community organizations in Cambridge.

Join us Wednesday, February 8, from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Roxbury Innovation Center. RSVP here and join the conversation online by following @MSNewEngland and @VentureCafe and using the hashtag #CivicTechBos.

Anne Schwieger works for the City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology as Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate. In this role she supports the City in creating a comprehensive broadband policy framework that addresses existing and new broadband  infrastructure and the ease with which Bostonians can use this infrastructure to harness the full power of internet connectivity to pursue educational, professional, health and wellness, and civic endeavors. Anne also serves on the City of Cambridge Broadband Task Force and is the producer of Cambridge Broadband Matters on Cambridge Community Television. She holds a Master in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

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

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, held at Harvard University each February. Join in the effort to cultivate the next generation of technical leaders, foster a network and community among collegiate engineers, and promote more female representation in the technical industry.

February 7

Making Open Data Open for All

Join one of NYC’s leading open data advocates and learn how they disassemble an open data set! For this workshop, you will learn how to bite into the big apple and digest one of the world’s most valuable skills — navigating and arguing with open data.

Due to high demand, preference will be given to HKS Students.

February 7, 14, 21, 28

Code for Boston Weekly Hack Night

Code for Boston’s weekly Hack Nights are a time to meet in person to work on and discuss civic tech projects. Come by to say hi and hack!

February 8

Conversation in Civic Innovation: Broadband Equity

As we type, click, and swipe, it is easy to forget about the underlying infrastructure that supports our online activities. This critical infrastructure is complex and in order to provide equitable access to broadband, physical considerations like fiber infrastructure and broadband readiness of buildings are critical to how we expand access. Please join us for a discussion on Broadband Equity. Panelists will include:

Anne Schwieger, City of Boston
Damon Cox, The Boston Foundation
Chris Mitchell, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Theo Hanna, Tech Goes Home
Moderator: Sharon Gillett, Microsoft

CODE Documentary: Debugging the Gender Gap

Featuring the documentary movie CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap at the Boston CSS meetup. CODE examines the reasons why more girls and people of color are not seeking opportunities in computer science and explores how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles and sexism all play roles in this national crisis.

February 13

Patient Stories: The Reason We Care About Health

Digital Health is at the forefront of innovation and through all the fast-paced changes it is critical to remember why we do what we do: to help entrepreneurs win and to help patients win! Join PULSE@MassChallenge for the 2017 inaugural #PULSECHECK and circle back to the heart of the healthcare ecosystem featuring a panel of experts.

February 16

Code & Coffee

Code & Coffee is a monthly opportunity for you to practice your skills, meet new friends, and get help if you need it. Bring your laptop, your recent projects, and your programming problems! All are welcome regardless of gender or skill level, whether or not you’ve attended past Girl Develop It events.

Christi Kaes: Introduction to Hololens (BostonAR partner event)

Last year Microsoft released the Hololens developer editions. Some of the unique features of the Hololens are the spatial mapping and the spatial sound that it has. Christina, Senior Software Engineer at Vistaprint, will introduce the Hololens and show how to build a simple real world application with it that uses both the spatial mapping and sound features.

The Future of Transportation, a Boston View

Boston is growing! In the last four years it has added as many residents as it did in the previous 20. This growth has brought many opportunities but also highlights some challenges. None are more evident than in the area of transportation. Presentations and discussions will include a global view of mobility in cities, Boston’s challenges and next steps, North/South connected rail, shared modes of transportation and public/private partnerships, new transportation technology, and automated vehicles.  Come hear about the vision and future of transportation in and around the city.

February 18

2017 MIT Tech Conference

The MIT Tech Conference is an annual event hosted by the MIT Sloan Tech Club at the MIT Media Lab. Open to the general public, this conference features interactive expert panels, keynote speakers from the biggest names in tech and a showcase of the world’s most innovative technologies. This year’s conference will focus on the world’s most innovative Exponential technologies like Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Synthetic Biology.

February 21

Boston Imaging & Vision Presents: Driverless Cars

Agenda:
6 – 6:30: Networking and pizza
6:30 – 7:30: Three speakers:

(1) Nutonomy

(2) Lex Fridman, MIT: Driveless cars and safety

(3) Ro Gupta, Carmera: 4D/HD Mapping

7:25 – 7:35: 1 min pitches from audience
7:35 on: More networking

February 22

Cybersecurity & Industry Vulnerabilities Tech Talk

Join Tech in Motion Boston for a tech talk on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity has been making headlines for quite some time. For this discussion, our expert panelists will provide an in depth look into this industry and its increasing importance.

February 24 – 25

2017 MassDiGI Game Challenge 

The MassDiGI Game Challenge is a one-of-a-kind pitch competition that helps aspiring game developers launch new games. The 2017 MassDIGI Game Challenge will be held at Microsoft New England. The MassDiGI Game Challenge features industry mentors, veteran judges panels and keynotes and great prizes – you don’t want to miss it!

February 28

Café Night at Roxbury Innovation Center

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.