Mass Innovation Nights #106 brought 10 companies to the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub in Haverhill, MA -- a big thank you to them for hosting us in their great new space! Despite having to postpone the event by a day because of the snow, both turnout and spirits were high. The event was sponsored by the The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.
Last night's event, our 97th, was bustling with attendees, startups and robots! Hosted at the spectacular Innovation and Design Building in Boston's Seaport District and sponsored by MassTLC, MassRobotics and Amazon Robotics, #MIN97 featured products from 10 startups. We had robots specializing in factory inventory management, housecleaning, and yard work!
The 17th floor of 100 Summer Street was jammin' last night. When we were not looking out the windows admiring the gorgeous views (#envious), we were busy networking with the many attendees who came out for MIN #87. Thank you Bullhorn for a great night of innovation! We were honored to be one of Bullhorn's first "public" events to showcase their cool, new headquarters. We had several experts on hand from Bullhorn, ready to share their knowledge on topics ranging from business development to product management to sales engineering.
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.