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3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

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Snow may be coming, but there are still some great civic tech events this week. Here are three not to miss this week at Microsoft New England:


1) Social Venture Partners Boston Think Tankathon
POSTPONED DUE TO BLIZZARD // NEW DATE TBA
Twitter: @SVPBoston

2) Microsoft Ventures Info SessionMSFT Ventures
POSTPONED DUE TO BLIZZARD // NEW DATE TBA
Twitter: @MSFTVentures

We are currently accepting applications for our next Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Seattle dedicated to Digital Work. This cohort will focus on startups building scalable productivity applications, cloud-centric software platforms and enterprise-grade solutions to help people get more done. Startups can apply now for the Digital Work Accelerator.

Come learn about the new Seattle class, meet local startups in the space, speak to folks from Microsoft Ventures and get all of your important questions answered. Food and beverages will be served.


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hil Terry on Getting Inside the Customer’s Mind
POSTPONED DUE TO BLIZZARD // NEW DATE TBA
Twitter: @philterry

Whether you’re a profitable business, a startup, or a leader in a community organization, you need to deliver something that your customers embrace. You may listen to what people say, but how do you derive success from what you hear?

Join Phil Terry, the co-author of Customers Included and an expert on customer experiences, on Tuesday, Jan. 27 as he shares insights on including customers at the heart of your business to build true success. Phil will discuss how to understand customers at every stage of your business, especially when setting initial strategy and running product development.

To enhance the experience for you, Scott Kirsner of The Boston Globe will lead an interactive Q&A following the talk. So bring your product, market fit and customer challenges to discuss with Phil, Scott and the audience.

This is a free community event sponsored by Nara Logics, an AI company based in Kendall Square. Nara believes that truly understanding how your customers think leads to success, and we’re excited to help share and spread the Customers Included principles within the Kendall Square community.

Boston Startups! — Learn About Our Next Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Seattle Dedicated to Digital Work on January 27

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Last December, ten startups pitched from all over the US and shared the stage to a packed audience in Seattle!

As of today,

  • 7 of the 10 companies have raised funding, with an average of $725K.
  • 3 of them have distribution partnerships underway signed with large retailers to stock and sell their product.
  • All of them have been featured in TechCrunch, VentureBeat and other media sources.
  • 6 of the 10 leveraged designers from Microsoft to do packaging design, interaction design and website design

These are just a few highlights of the Microsoft Ventures accelerator program that had it’s first class graduate in late 2014!

For 2015, the program is back with a focus on Digital Work! It’s what Microsoft does best with flagship products such as Office 365, Windows and a customer base of the top Fortune 500 companies! The team from Microsoft Ventures will be in Boston, on Tuesday, Jan 27th and we’d love to meet with folks working in the space!!

This info session is perfect for you if you are:

  • An Early / Seed-stage Startup
  • Have enough funding to sustain through program and 3-4 months afterwards
  • Enterprise focused
  • Have a product in private beta, trial or generating revenue.
  • Open to relocating core team to Seattle or AT LEAST 1 technical and 1 non technical resource for the duration of the program (4 months)

What and where?

Be part of the conversation! Learn more about the latest trends in Digital Work and where Microsoft is heading in this space. Hear about the lessons learned for startups from across the globe!

Meet the team from Microsoft Ventures and join other startups in the community to talk about Enterprise solutions, IoT and Digital Work.

Learn more about how your startup can access customers and partners that work with Microsoft and technology leaders from the startup communities across US.

Register now

Microsoft Technology Center – Boston, MA
255 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Register here

Food and beverages will be served.

3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

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With winter here and temps dropping, get inside for some awesome events! Here are three not to miss this week Microsoft New England:

global_2657148321) UX Boston Conference #3
Wednesday, January 21, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Twitter: @uxboston #UXBCon

User Experience is an overwhelmingly massive profession. It is one which lives in overlapping areas of psychology, design, and technology. That is why #UXBCon features 10 brilliant local designers from all corners of the trade with talks ranging from UI Animation to The Experience Grid. We’re extremely excited to be able to take part in this event and hope to see you there!

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Venturewell2) Venturewell’s January E-Team Stage 2 Workshop
Friday, January 23, 8:00am – 6:00pm
Twitter: @venturewell

The E-Team Program provides early-stage support and funding of up to $75,000 for collegiate entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. Teams must be affiliated with a NCIIA Member Institution to apply.

Since 1995, our E-Team grants have been funding collegiate student and student/faculty teams to move ideas out of the lab and classroom and into the marketplace. The program enhances this opportunity by providing expert entrepreneurial and venture coaching, experiential workshops, and a potential investment opportunity to help realize the commercial success of the technology inventions and innovations that come through our organization.

Stage 2 provides additional funding of up to $20,000. A required, intensive workshop helps teams further develop their business model. Six monthly sessions of coaching follow the workshop, guiding the team from confirmation to execution of their business model.

AJFX8wox3) Kids learn to code (CoderDojo): Open Scratch session – Good for first timers
Saturday, January 24, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Twitter: @CoderDojoCRiver

Parents bring your kids (7-17) and come learn to code. For Free. This is an open Scratch session for first timers with no prior experience and any kids who just like playing with Scratch. There is no set curriculum or lesson – it will be based on the needs of those who show up.

It will be in a smaller room with at most 20 people (~10 kids) and 2 mentors Please be sure to bring a laptop. If you need a laptop please let us know in advance: somerville.us@coderdojo.com.

There are two other workshops going on simultaneously this Saturday for more experience coders: a Python Session and  Minecraft Mods with with Javascript.

What if you could help shape a teen’s career path? — Participate in Job Shadow Day!

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We’re excited to announce that for the second year running, Microsoft is joining Boston’s local business community to participate in the Boston Private Industry Council’s 20th Annual Job Shadow Day for Boston Public Schools on February 6, 2015! Students are looking to experience a variety of different jobs, so we are looking for volunteers from other industries to host students for 3 to 4 hours that day.

Participating hosts will be shadowed by local high school students. Job shadowing helps students gain awareness of the variety of skills needed for certain jobs, identify possible career interests, understand the connection between school and work, interact with adults, and learn how to behave in a professional setting. Hosts will give a brief tour of the offices, talk about their position and role in the company, and give an overview of their career path. Being shadowed is also inspiring for hosts—it’s a reminder for why you do what you do. It’s seeing your job from a new perspective, and seeing how exciting it seems to a student who’s only just started thinking about his or her career.

Read our collection of student takeaways from last year’s Job Shadow Day at Microsoft New England here.

Sound like something you’d be interested in?

VOLUNTEER TODAY! For this all to work, we need hosts! If you are interested in hosting a student, please email Ashley Gousset v-asgous@microsoft.com ASAP.

3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

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via @tamraconteur: Award winners of @ODDChallenge @MSNewEngland. Congrats to all! #ODDevents #graphicscribe

With winter here and temps dropping, get inside for some awesome events! Here are three not to miss this week Microsoft New England:

Boston-PHP1) Boston PHP — 200 Days of Code: First 30 Days
Wednesday, January 12, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Twitter: @bostonphp

During the first six months of 2015 we will be getting back to basics and focusing on PHP code development. Each Meetup will offer not one, but two presentations on specific PHP topics. One presentation will be for beginners and a simultaneous talk will focus on more advanced topics. You chose which presentation to attend.

For those members who choose not to participate in either of the presentations, we’ll provide a hack space for you to work on your own projects by yourself or in collaboration with other members.
To help provide structure to this enhanced focus on education, the topics will be selected from two books as follows:

~ PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites

~ PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming

Our plan is to cover topics from two chapters per book at each month’s Meetup.

Read more about Boston PHP’s first 200 Days of Code event here.

MBAE2) Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education — Educating Your Future Workforce: A Forum for Employers
Thursday, January 15, 8:00am – 10:00am
Twitter: @MBAENews

The results are in and the evidence is clear: Massachusetts faces serious shortages of college graduates and skilled workers to fill open and future positions in key industries that sustain our economy and drive future growth. Even applicants who meet job description requirements often lack the real world skills required in today’s workplace. Importing talent from other states and nations won’t get us where we need to be. How can we fill the Massachusetts workforce pipeline with qualified candidates? This business forum will explore the challenges we face, the action that is needed, and the roles that our K-12 system, public colleges and universities, and the business community must play.

AIGA3) AIGA Boston — Experiencing the New: The unique power of experiences to accelerate understanding and build conviction
Thursday, January 15, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Twitter: @aigaboston

How can you engage diverse stakeholders at each stage of an innovation process—from earliest stages of exploration through iterative discovery to launch and adoption?

Join us and Kim Erwin—Assistant Professor at the IIT Institute of Design and author of Communicating The New—to discuss the power we have as designers to not only convey ideas, but also to shape and improve them. Kim will introduce the Make-Model-Show-Share framework, a communication infrastructure for the innovation process.

Who should attend:
Designers
Thought leaders
Executives
Innovators

See more at: http://boston.aiga.org/event/experiencing-the-new/

3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

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Photo from Bruce Wooden’s virtual reality demo @AltspaceVR | via @MaureenManALM

With winter here and temps dropping, get inside for some awesome events! Here are three not to miss this week Microsoft New England:

14139998271) Boston TechBreakfast with Golfswell, Connections, Wyngspan, LiveTherapy
Tuesday, January 26, 8:00am – 10:00am
Twitter: @TechBreakfast @Golfswell @Connections_vc @Wyngspan

Based on the popular TechBreakfast format, the Boston TechBreakfast is a “show and tell” format event where up to five different technologists will demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech. The event is “triple agnostic”. We don’t care if the technology is from a start up, a large company, a university, a government agency, or someone’s hobby. We are also agnostic as to the industry of the tech – it could be IT, biotech, robotics, aerospace, materials sciences, anything tech and innovative is cool. And we’re also region agnostic – even if you’re not from where we’re hosting, we want to see you and your technology!

Check out the January lineup here.

 

14184261702) Animator Meetup
Thursday, January 8, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Twitter: @NaoRobot @Aldebaran_news

Join other local animation talent, for an evening of networking and animation industry focused conversation.

All animators are welcome, whether they work in pencil and paper, stop motion, 3D or 2D computer animators.
To kick off the first meeting, we’ll also have a presentation! John Catlin presents a primer to animating real robots and the challenges that this particular medium presents. He will give a live demonstration of animating on an Aldebaran’s NAO humanoid robot.

John Catlin is a local free-lance animator who worked for Aldebaran-Robotics to help them create robot applications for local and international markets. NAO is a small humanoid robot available in more than 70 countries, he is used in computer and science classes, from primary school through to university. Thanks to NAO, students can learn programming in a fun and practical way. They can program him to walk, catch small objects and even dance!

You can find out more about NAO at http://www.aldebaran.com/en/humanoid-robot/nao-robot. You can find out more about John at http://johncatlin.weebly.com/.

Come out to Microsoft New England R&D Center at 7:00PM to talk animation and robots!

 

14190042123) Open Data Discourse: Street Safety Challenge
Friday, January 9, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Twitter: @ODDChallenge

ODD – a group founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is helping cities leverage public data to inform decision-making and improve communities. In its first of hopefully many projects, ODD has been collaborating with the City of Cambridge, MA, to host a month-long ‘Street Safety Challenge’ inviting citizens to engage with public data about traffic accidents and respond with projects that aim to improve public safety.

With ODDs involvement, Challenge resources became the most viewed content on the City’s Open Data Portal in 2014, by a factor of two. By engaging citizens, from artists and storytellers to data scientists, ODD has innovated on the more typical hackathon model and broadened avenues for civic participation.

On January 9th, ODD will host a facilitated workshop with challenge participants and stakeholders at the Microsoft NERD Center, with support from labs at MIT including Senseable Cities and Center for Civic Media. This ODD workshop will enable face-to-face discussions about submissions to the Challenge and their impact on public policies in Cambridge.

3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

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Photo from “Kids Learn to Code” with CoderDojo this past weekend!

With winter here and temps dropping, get inside for some awesome events! Here are three not to miss this week Microsoft New England:

tech-in-motion1) Fireside Chat with HubSpot
Monday, December 15, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Twitter: @HubSpot @Tech_in_Motion

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? So what better way to celebrate the holidays than by joining Tech in Motion: Boston. We are hosting our first “Fireside Chat” featuring HubSpot! Get out of that chilly winter weather and join us to warm up by the “fire” for great conversation and networking! Vice Presidents, Eric Richard and Brad Coffey, will be discussing the company’s success story, life on the product team, and how they recruit top talent. Stephanie Viccari of MeYou Health, voted the “Best Startup To Work For in 2014″ by the Boston Globe, will be moderating the discussion.

 

altvr2) Boston VR Meetup featuring AltspaceVR
Tuesday, December 16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Twitter: @AltspaceVR

Come and experience the future of social virtual reality and collaborative development! Bruce Wooden from AltspaceVR will present and demonstrate their new social platform currently under development. You can find AltspaceVR at http://altvr.com/.

 

coderdojo3) Kids Learn to Code (CoderDojo)
Saturday, December 20, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Twitter: @CoderDojoCRiver

Parents bring your kids (7-17) and come learn to code. For Free.

We’ll be covering:
Stream 1 Introduction: HTML/CSS and Javascript
Stream 2 Games with Python:  We’ll be diving into Python

For Stream 1 most sessions require no prior experience  (for either kids or parents).

Stream 2 is for kids who have completed Stream 1 or have experience coding in Scratch or some other language (Javascript, C++, Java, Ruby, Python etc.)

Please be sure to bring a laptop. If you need a laptop please let us know in advance: somerville.us@coderdojo.com.

 

Calling All Students, Teachers, Parents, and Engineers — Local #CSEdWeek Events!

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(L-R) Congressman Joe Kennedy completes the first #HourOfCode in Massachusetts at Microsoft New England; CSSparks, students teach kids coding at the Natick Mall; Microsoft Store is offering free #YouthSpark Hour of Code Workshops for kids.

In partnership with Code.org, Microsoft is challenging 100 million youth to participate in the Hour of Code. That means just one hour of learning the basics of computer science. Last year, the Hour of Code reached 44 million students worldwide. This year’s campaign aims to reach a cumulative 100 million students, worldwide. Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, you can help us reach this goal.

There are 50,000 #HourOfCode Events planned worldwide for #CSEdWeek (December 8-14), and 965 events registered in Massachusetts alone!! That’s 300 more than last year.

Microsoft is supporting a number of activities in Cambridge and Boston during CS Ed Week – we’ve listed some of our picks below.

Need further convincing to take part? Check out these stats and resources via Code.org!

1. Hour of Code Workshops at Microsoft Store – Smart Game Coding (Young Developers ages 8-10 & 11-13)
Monday, December 8 – Friday, December 12, daily at 4pm (+ 6pm on Friday)

Create. Code. Play. Go behind the scenes and learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. Campers will explore technologies like TouchDevelop and Windows App Studio, and become familiar with the coding environment, as they explore what’s possible when building an app. Register today as camps fill up quickly. This is a two-day camp.

Register at our Boston store at the Prudential Center HERE.
Register at our Natick store at Natick Mall HERE.
Register at our Burlington store HERE.

2. MassCAN CSSparks at Microsoft Store, Natick
Wednesday, December 10 + Saturday, December 13, 6pm-8pm

CSSparks is a student-run organization, where students teach students how to code. Learn more about CSSparks by reading our past interview with them here!

3. Mini-WOW at Microsoft New England
Thursday, December 11, 2:30pm-3:30pm

Showcase of Citizen Schools student work completed during the semester at Microsoft under the guidance of Microsoft volunteer teachers.

4. Museum of Science Hour of Code
Saturday 12/13 – Sunday 12/14, 10am – 4pm

Create your own art robots! Program your way through the Fruit Loops Maze! Play a piano with potatoes or create a game controller! The Museum of Science is presenting its characteristically imaginative take on #CSEdWeek with fun, educational hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Participate in a variety of DIY projects and engage in a wide range of computer science activities throughout the Museum during the celebration.

For additional events and information, head to masstlcef.org.

To learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to youth and education, visit our YouthSpark Hub or follow us on twitter at @msftcitizenship.

3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

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The holiday season is all about giving and celebrating the things you love. For us, that’s our local technological ecosystem. Which is why we’re proud to host so many of your awesome events here at Microsoft New England.

Here are three not to miss this week:

1O-zK7wx1) Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, December 2, all day
Twitter: @GivingTues #GivingTuesday

Microsoft is one of the founding companies of #GivingTuesday. After giving thanks on Thanksgiving, then spending money on yourself on #BlackFriday, #GivingTuesday is a global day devoted to giving back to our community. Via givingtuesday.org: On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

#GivingTuesday at Your Local Microsoft Store: On #GivingTuesday, when you make a purchase at a Microsoft store, you’ll receive a $10 Giving Card that can be donated to a YouthSpark project of your choice at www.globlalgiving.org/youthspark.*

Find your local store: http://msft.it/JxtHpB

CivicTechBOS2) A Conversation on Civic Tech: Urban Infrastructures for Public Health
Wednesday, December 3, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Twitter: @MSNewEngland @VentureCafe @DistrictHall #CivicTechBOS

How can we apply the creativity, collaboration and innovation that all come together at a hackathon to public health? While data and technology play a key role in tracking the flu and assisting collaboration among researchers and physicians, technology can also be a useful tool in driving wellness and even economic growth in Boston. Hosted by Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center – New England and the Venture Café Foundation at District Hall on December 3 (5:30PM – 7:30PM), this conversation on civic technology aims to explore how a city can take an innovative look at public health.

We are bringing together people from various parts of the public and private communities to spark the conversation and then invite the attendees to engage in the discussion. Panelists include:

Register today!

Layout 13) Music on the Brain | Benefit Party Featuring Stan Strickland & Robert Pinsky
Saturday, December 6, 7:00pm – 11:30pm
Twitter: @CatalystConvos

Celebrate our two-year anniversary on Saturday December 6, 2014 from 7 –11:30pm at Microsoft New England in the heart of Kendall Square. Enjoy PoemJazz with two of Boston’s music/brain luminaries – Stan Strickland and Robert Pinsky. Followed by Dancing to DJ Fabulous. Drinks, Sweet and Savory Hors D’oeuvres

7:30 – 8:30 PoemJazz
8:30 – 9:00 Catalyze Yourself! Make your own art/science take-away
9:00 – 11:30 Dance to DJ Fabulous

Catalyst Conversations is devoted to the dialogue between art and science. It’s been two years since we launched Catalyst Conversations and we need to raise some funds to keep it going and make it even better!!

We are thankful for many things – to our host Microsoft New England, our Advisory Board, all the wonderful volunteers who help make our events possible, and to our audience who joins us for amazing conversations between art and science.

A Conversation on Civic Tech: Urban Infrastructures for Public Health

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In October, Microsoft was honored to host the second annual Hacking Pediatrics event. The range of innovative ideas that came out of the event was inspiring: from end-to-end childhood vaccine management to accurate, rapid fabrication of custom tracheostomy tubes for children to better ways to manage asthma and monitor use of inhalers. How can we apply the creativity, collaboration and innovation that all come together at a hackathon to public health?

While data and technology play a key role in tracking the flu and assisting collaboration among researchers and physicians, technology can also be a useful tool in driving wellness and even economic growth in Boston. Hosted by Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center – New England and the Venture Café Foundation at District Hall on December 3 (5:30PM – 7:30PM), this conversation on civic technology aims to explore how a city can take an innovative look at public health.

At the fourth in the series of conversations on civic tech, we plan to address the following issues:

  • What role does public health play in the innovation economy in Boston through job creation and industry innovation?
  • How can collection and analysis of data improve services for citizens and patients?
  • What technology exists today to collect, analyze or visualize public health data? And what other technologies do we need?
  • How does city infrastructure – signage and bike paths – enable public health and wellness?

We are bringing together people from various parts of the public and private communities to spark the conversation and then invite the attendees to engage in the discussion. Panelists include:

  • Maia Majumder, Engineering Systems PhD Student – MIT & Computational Epidemiology Research Fellow – HealthMap.org
  • Dr. Snehal Shah, Director of Research and Evaluation – Boston Public Health Commission & Pediatrician – Boston Medical Center
  • Ann Polaneczky, Project Engineer & Project Manager, Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais, Haiti – Partners in Health
  • Dr. Anne Lusk, Research Scientist – Harvard School of Public Health
  • Nicole Fichera, General Manager – District Hall (moderator)

Register today!