Last night's Civic Tech event was a huge hit! The goal of the night was to bring exposure to up-and-coming startups aiming to solve an issue in the civic space. Not only were we trending on twitter, but we had an excellent turnout and lots of enthusiam for the products. The event brought together all facets of the civic tech ecosystem, from the big players like our sponsor Microsoft New England, to the grassroots participants like our featured startups, to the Massachusetts government.
Located on the top floor of the beautiful Landmark Center, our host Hatch Fenway was the perfect space for a MIN Foodie event. With a great view of Fenway Park and downtown Boston, our presenters enjoyed the spacious event room and the chance to use Hatch's indoor swing set. Even with all the event space, it was packed! We had 11 food and food-tech startups showcasing, as well as four experts sharing their knowledge with our many attendees.
Despite some rainy weather, the innovation community still showed up in force to help Mass Innovation Nights launch some awesome new products at MIN80. Our 80th event saw us returning to Autodesk offices in Waltham, a beautiful space that really showcases the company's awesome abilities. If you made it to the event, we're sure you took a stroll through their museum-like lobby and took in all the impressive minature models, small-scale building replicas and displays. Autodesk was very generous to our guests - providing plenty of pizza, salad, and refreshments and access to their coffee bar.
We had an incredible time at MITRE for Mass Innovation Nights #76! The atrium inside one of the mid-century modern style buildings provided a perfect backdrop that beautifully juxtaposed the new technologies featured at the event. Barry Costa, Rob McCready, Robert A. Martin, Steve Foote, and Dan Hoag from MITRE were our experts for the event, shared their insight about Health IT and Cybersecurity, our theme for the night.
Thanks again to MITRE for hosting the event and for working with us to make it all happen!
Mass Innovation Nights #75 couldn’t have gone better! Our sponsor and host, Google, offered an amazing set up at their Cambridge location – from the modern furniture in the lobby, the hardwood floors sourced from an old mill in Seattle, to the beautifully manicured rooftop garden. Product launchers and guests alike were in awe of the space throughout the night (as were we!). Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash made a special appearance to talk about the importance of civic technology, the theme of the event.
How do you spend a beautiful Saturday in Boston's Innovation District? If you are like 100 participants and 40 advisors/mentors, you are participating in CityStart Boston today (Saturday May 30), (or as my iPhone has been correcting it for months during the planning process - City Stars). And anyone who would get up ridiculously early and devote their Saturday to helping their city deserves a big gold star. You can follow along over today and the next three weeks via #citystartboston.
Mass Innovation Nights 74 was a huge success! We were sponsored and hosted by Mercedes-Benz of Burlington at their luxurious new dealership. Our event took place on the showroom floor, surrounded by sleek cars. Catering from Chopp's American Grill in the Burlington Marriott provided delectable cheeses, charcuterie plates and tuna tartare. It was quite a night, and we look forward to returning to the dealership for our Foodie event in August. Thanks again to the whole Mercedes-Benz team who are totally awesome!
If there is one thing Mass Innovation Nights is good at, it's diversity. Diversity of product (organic whoopie pies, underwater dog treadmills, iPhone apps, enterprise software, etc.); diversity of location (everywhere from Quincy to Westborough, Beverly to Boston, Cambridge to Newton); and diversity of people (all different ages, roles and more.) So "theme" events are a little different for us -- not the norm. MIN67 was just such a departure. Working with the Babson Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, we lined up products from women-founded companies. (Sadly, we had a full