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5th Anniversary at MIN61

The 5th anniversary of Mass Innovation nights was a blast! Our 61st event launched 10 great products with the help of an energetic crowd in Lowell, Mass. The Merrimack Valley Sandbox graciously offered their space to us as we munched on delicious egg rolls and created buzz around the new ideas happening there. We also found out that @BobbieC cuts a mean celebratory cake! 

The four presenters were:

5 Reasons to Come to #MIN61 Tomorrow

Learn about what’s happening in Lowell

Lowell, Mass. is a vibrant and growing community, with a GREAT innovation scene! It’s worth a trip just to connect with the Merrimack Valley Sandbox - but that’s definitely not all that’s happening in this up-and-coming city.  It’s got arts, food, tech, and plenty of entrepreneurs and early adopters to spice up our monthly MIN event.

Meet new people in the community

MIN 60 Roundup

The Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center hosted our 60th event and a terrific group of our community came out to help lanch 10 great new products! In spite of rain, and a threat of overnight snow and freezing weather, we had a packed house.  We collected our tweets here and the videos here.  Can you find yourself?  Share your posts about the event and we'll link to you!

Our presenters for evening, voted on by you were:

Mass Innovation Nights Foodie at Le Cordon Bleu

Sponsored by our friends from the North, the Canadian Consulate General, and hosted at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, our sixth special Foodie event was a smashing success -- more elegant than a Mass Innovation Nights had any right to be. With expectations high (yes, we did have to shut down RSVPs early after we exceeded our space limitations), we knew it was going to be a winner of a night. Words can not describe...

The four presenters were:

QR Codes at Innovation Nights

You've seen them everywhere.  Those little (usually) black and white squares are popping up all over town.  On business cards and brochures, in restaurant windows or on real estate signs, even on billboards and the sides of trucks.  The QR or Quick Response code has become the darling of the social media marketing set.  How do they work?  Why do you care?

Follow up to our February 2012 event

Another great Mass Innovation NIghts event!  We'll be collecting the blog posts, top tweets, pictures, video and more here.  Remember, when you promote the new products you saw last night, we all win!  (And, we link to you!)
Thanks to everyone who helped make it another great night!  Watch this space!  You can also check out the monthly presenter videos on our Innovation Nights YouTube Channel.

Massachusetts Manufacturing Rocks

At first people thought we were going to be like Web Innovators group, then they came to our first event and saw the Practical Solar heliostats and the Wiblocks.  Our roster of “NOT just Web, software and high tech” products came to include such “real products” as Popkin ice pop drip catchers, gourmet dog food (and people food), books, a back stretcher, lampshade levelers, mouse cushions and even post vasectomy testing kits.  (Cue the giggles.) Yes, we showcase an abundance of technology innovation but we’re the only Innovation Showcase in the area that regularly mixes industries and welcom

Startup Summer - Got Interns?

If there's one thing all innovators instinctively know, it is how to make use of any offered aid and assistance.  Sometimes, that aid comes in the form of young, energetic types.  Students are looking for experience to round out their resumes and entrepreneurs could certainly use an extra pair of hands around the office -- even if it is a virtual office.  The most precious commodity for most people these days is time and if a young person can buy you some time, why wouldn't you take advantage of that offer?

MassChallenge 2012

Over the last few years, we've been a major supporter and proponent of MassChallenge, the global startup accelerator and competition based in Boston's Innovation District -- it attracts startups and entrepreneurs from all over the world.  The MassChallenge team has set up shop at several of our events to help spread the word. We spend our summer mentoring.  We've held events at their waterfront location (oh, the views of the harbor from the 14th floor) and we see dozens of "Friends o' MIN"  (some of whom have done very well!) among the participants.

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