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