Are you registered to vote? In 2008, 6 million Americans missed their chance to vote — either because they missed a registration deadline, or didn’t know how to register. National Voter Registration Day, a new annual initiative, brings this information to the forefront to make sure every American has all the necessary information to register to vote.
The National Association of Secretaries of State has established the fourth Tuesday of September as National Voter Registration Day annually, making today (September 27, 2016) the day to act!
This presidential election, we want to make sure every American has a chance to vote. That’s why we’re excited to partner in Rock the Vote’s Corporate Civic Responsibility Program, working to make voter registration readily available to employees and consumers alike. And, with Microsoft Pulse, we’re helping the public become more informed voters through initiatives like WatchTheDebates.org.
Looking for an easy way to find voter registration information? Just Bing search “how to register to vote” and Bing will display local information for you, including deadlines, requirements, and an online voter registration platform.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For innovators, artists, scientists, citizens, and more — those who love Boston — HUBweek is here from Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1 to celebrate the best of the best our city has to offer. HUBweek is an annual celebration focused on the future that is being built in and around Boston, spotlighting innovation at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Over 130 organizations have teamed together for behind-the-scenes views, live talks, demonstrations, and parties that encourage HUBweek-goers to explore, imagine, and exchange ideas.
We’re honored to not only be in the middle of the celebration at our Kendall Square offices but by sponsoring HUBweek and hosting/co-hosting events of our own throughout the week. We’ve gathered some of these events (and some bonus events) to give you, our beloved reader, an insider’s guide to HUBweek 2016:
The impact of innovation in Greater Boston spans from art and food to technology and community.
At the HUBweek Roxbury Innovation Showcase, now’s your chance to taste innovation in Roxbury. Hear from leaders making an impact by promoting inclusive innovation in our city. Meet tomorrow’s innovators who are shaping the future of business, technology, design and fashion. Learn, mingle and share experiences to help each other take new ideas and ventures to the next level.
What does it take to make a building extroverted? How do parks, plazas, and streetscapes foster collaboration and innovation?
The future is always under construction in Kendall Square: world-shaping ideas, breakthrough discoveries, and a built environment that constantly responds to the ever-changing needs of Kendall’s vibrant community.
Join us for a walking tour of Kendall Square. Visit the places that make work work and learn how developers and planners are mixing living and working in this emerging neighborhood. You’ll get an insider’s view on the development strategies that artfully blend high tech labs, eateries, walkable outdoor civic spaces, co-working incubators and corporate campuses.
The tour culminates with an insightful panel discussion where you’ll hear from urban planners, architects, and designers on how they collaborate to create an environment that’s as exciting as the inventions it helps to spawn.
This event is sold out, but the waitlist is still open.
Join us for an evening of storytelling with some of Boston’s top female leaders in the innovation economy as they share their biggest “Aha Moments.” Storytellers will share a 10 minute story about a realization, discovery or instrumental conversation that changed the course of her career. There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A, so bring your pressing questions and let’s tip the scales toward more women in leadership positions in Boston and beyond!
This event is sold out, but the waitlist is still open.
The overwhelming abundance of granular data is recasting and overturning public perceptions in a number of different fields, from criminal justice to health care. An interdisciplinary group of scholars, technologists, and media members will leverage administrative data, both historical and current, to explore pressing, emerging trends and deeper issues around fairness, community, safety, and privacy during HUBweek’s first annual hackathon: Data Science, Journalism and the Future of Justice.
Thursday, September 29
pARTy On the Greenway
Rings Fountain The Wharf District Parks of the Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston, MA 02109
Food, music, and art collide at the pARTy on The Greenway at the Wharf District Parks for a massive celebration of Greater Boston’s creative community and the kickoff of ArtWeek Boston. This block party-meets-nighttime-arts festival will feature a one-of-a-kind musical performance by The ECCE Ensemble who will premiere their performance of Allegorical Gardening: a music, dance, and visual arts event that combines Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, and the choreography of Creative Collaborator Colin Gee, around the The Greenway’s Rings Fountain.
Musicians Ernst Karel & Bhob Rainey (duo) and Caroline Park (solo) perform original multichannel works within the enormous mezzanine of Boston City Hall. Taking their cues from the unusual raw concrete forms and cavernous space of this icon of Brutalist architecture, the musicians will use the room’s fantastic, complex acoustics to shape and diffuse the sounds.
At this first-of-its-kind event, HUBweek, the Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Hospital, Hacking Pediatrics, and Microsoft invite children and their families to join us in reimagining the future of health. Using the beloved game of Minecraft, participants and patients from Boston Children’s Hospital will work together to build the hospital of the future in worlds created specially for this event. Children will be encouraged to think creatively and to build spaces that promote fun, health, and happiness.
Created to inspire youth to take interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science, Google Geek Street has partnered with local technology organizations for a free, fun-filled day of interactive demos like virtual games, robotics and electronic tinkering. Music, giveaways and tasty treats will be available!
While you’re celebrating HUBweek in Kendall Square, don’t forget to look up at our video wall at 522 Main Street — your #HUBweek tweets may be featured LIVE!
Join us on September 27th and 28th for the Innovation and the City Conference. Innovation and the City is hosted by the Microsoft Technology & Civic Engagement Team, the Venture Café Foundation, and Mass Economics. The conference convenes practitioners, policy makers, and scholars to discuss the strategies, opportunities, and drawbacks associated with the innovation economy and urban economic development. Our goal is to provide a forum for experts and practitioners to discuss building vibrant and inclusive innovation economies in U.S. cities. The conference will be held at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. Last year’s conference attracted about 200 people for two great days of discussion and networking.
This year’s presentations and panels include:
Cities in the Innovation Economy
How City Governments Can Support Innovation
Building Coalitions for an Innovation Agenda
Innovating Across Borders
Innovation in the Just City
Panel moderators include Jennifer Bradley, co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution and founding director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute; Toni Griffin, Professor in Practice at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and founder of Urban Planning for the American City; and Patrick Larkin, Interim Executive Director at Mass Technology Collaborative (MTC) and Director of the Innovation Institute at MTC. Dr. Maarten Hajer, Professor of Urban Futures at University of Utrecht and Chief Curator of International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016, will give the keynote address, “The City as Public Domain: Strategies for Cities in the Next Economy.”
Please visit the conference website, www.innovationandthecity.org, for a detailed agenda, videos of past conference sessions, registration, and additional information. You may also register on Eventbrite here.
Teresa M. Lynch is the Principal of Mass Economics. In this role, Teresa works with national philanthropic and policy leaders to create programmatic and investment frameworks to address economic and social inequality across the U.S, as well as with local organizations and governments to develop neighborhood and city strategies that generate economic vitality and broad-based opportunity for residents. Her most recent work has focused on developing economic cluster strategies that align with cities land and workforce assets; evaluating urban innovation assets and potential innovation districts; and working to develop frameworks and strategies for inclusive core city economic growth and neighborhood entrepreneurship.
After highlighting the winners of 16 separate impact categories, from Emerging Executive of the Year to Best Use of Internet of Things to Innovative Technology, the awards shifted to more individual honors. The MassTLC Distinguished Leadership Award, honored to individuals growing, changing, and inspiring lives through developing and promoting technology in the region, was awarded to the following leaders:
Want to join these Distinguished Leaders in transforming your community?
Join New Urban Mechanics in igniting Boston’s public spaces at the Public Space Invitational (or create your own!). Follow Vicky Wu Davis’ footsteps and volunteer to support YouthCITIES’ March-to-May Bootcamp or recommend the program to a teen near you. Nominate a nonprofit for Resilient Coders’ Resilient Rebuild, which will (re)build a website for a non-profit organization for free. Consider how you’re promoting diversity in your company like Akamai does, and seek companies who want to take real action to drive diversity. Or… enact your own idea to make direct change.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Missed out on the gala? Catch up below with some of the top tweets from the night:
In Boston, we are rich with nonprofits doing amazing work. Many of these organizations extend their impact through the use of technology. And while technology can help nonprofits achieve their mission, deploying or implementing that technology is often challenging. We are also fortunate to reside in a thriving tech community, full of professionals who understand the tools that could help nonprofits scale and extend their reach. Connecting nonprofits to the tech community is the goal of the fantastic New England GiveCamp.
In its seventh year, New England GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals donate their time and unique talents to provide software solutions for local charities and other non-profit organizations. This event enables the tech community to utilize their skills to give back to the organizations and nonprofits in New England. Kudos to Jim O’Neil and the whole GiveCamp team – we can’t wait to see what you build this year.
— Aimee Sprung
The weekend of October 14-16th marks the Seventh Annual New England GiveCamp, a 48-hour hackathon that benefits non-profit organizations in the Boston and greater New England area.
Each year about 80 volunteers – including software developers, graphic designers, social media consultants, videographers, copywriters, and project managers – form teams to provide technical services to the 20 or so non-profit organizations that apply to the camp. Many of the projects are focused on creating or updating website properties, but past efforts have also included logo, letterhead, and brochure creation, social-media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) strategy, and integration with 3rd party systems like Salesforce and PayPal. Alumni of the program include Science Club for Girls, Catching Joy, Boston Volunteers, Children’s Charter Trauma Clinic, RESPOND, the Rock and Roll Library, and dozens of others from across New England.
We are actively searching for non-profit organizations to round out the “class of 2016,” as well as sponsors for financial and in-kind donations, and, of course, on-site volunteers to lend their expertise. We are grateful to have Microsoft as a sponsor since the beginning days of GiveCamp.
Additionally, follow us on Twitter @NEGiveCamp, friend us on Facebook, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check out the following TedX talk from co-founder Kelley Muir on how this event has impacted both the organizations and the volunteers. We look forward to seeing you October 14 – 16!
Developers and architects, this one’s for you! Please join us on Oct. 4 for an exciting (and free), one-day event that’s focused 100 percent on you: Beyond //build. We’ll be diving into some of the most talked-about topics from //build, discussing cool, new technology developments, and revealing what’s next for Microsoft and cloud developers.
You’ll have a chance to go deep into a range of topics, like how to build on Microsoft’s 20-plus years of AI development to create more intuitive and engaging user experiences with Microsoft Cognitive Services, Cortana and conversational bots. You can learn how DevOps can transform your development practices and help you deliver innovative applications faster.
John Montgomery, Partner Director of Program Management for Microsoft’s visual studio team will keynote the event. As an attendee, you will also have the opportunity to hear from some of Microsoft’s top technology architects and developer experience experts who will guide you through sessions in your choice of three tracks:
Next Generation Client Experiences
Timothy Baggs, technology architect from Microsoft’s Technology Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an expert in app development in speech, gesture, cognitive intelligence, cloud and the internet of things. He’ll share data, insights and advice around how to:
Create more personal experiences using conversational bots with the Microsoft Bot Framework and Bot Builder. Learn how to build a bot with your existing code, generate conversational dialogs from scratch and give your bot skills with natural language processing and deep learning technology. Walk away with tools to build a great bot that can connect with users, wherever they are.
Build universal apps that can run on XBOX, Windows and HoloLens. Dive into the Universal App Model and see examples of code running across various devices including laptop, phone and an IoT device. As a bonus, we’ll show how you can use the Microsoft Band to extend your application experience to your user’s wrist. And who knows what other toys might make an appearance?
Push the limits of Cortana to support a wide range of new user engagement models. Stretch the bonds of what’s possible with Cortana by looking at how Microsoft Cognitive Services and machine learning can expand Cortana’s understanding of the world. This session will be technology- and demo-heavy, so make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full and upright position!
The Power of Azure
Rich Ross, a solution architect and technical solutions professional with the Microsoft Philadelphia office, brings his expertise from more than two decades of experience leading cross-functional, global teams through the complete system development cycle to show how you can:
Develop HyperScale web and mobile applications with Azure App Service. Learn some key steps to make sure your app truly scales, from simply making sure your app is stateless, through fine-tuning App Service to optimize for scale and leveraging services across Azure to scale. Up your game with best practices guidance based on real projects deployed on App Service.
Create smarter and more engaging experiences using Microsoft Cognitive Services. Bring the knowledge of the web right into the experience, while interacting with users in a natural way and across multiple languages. Explore service-encompassing technologies like computer vision, face recognition, speech processing and how to integrate those services into your web, mobile and desktop applications.
Build and operate always-on, scalable, distributed applications using Azure Service Fabric. Learn how to build highly available, low-latency applications using a microservices approach that can be deployed into Service Fabric clusters running in different environments, including Microsoft Azure, on-premises with Windows Server or other clouds. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of how this microservices platform enables you to build and manage applications at scale, and you’ll be ready to get started using the built-in programming models.
Chris Bowen, senior developer technology specialist for Visual Studio and Azure in Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) group, is an architect and developer with more than 20 years of tech industry experience. He’ll draw from his extensive DevOps expertise to help you:
Discover the DevOps culture and how these tools and practices make development teams more productive. In a rapidly evolving world that is defined by the velocity of its deliveries, DevOps is now becoming a quintessential requirement for every organization. Learn about the benefits of a DevOps culture and how it breaks down the barriers and conflicting priorities that often exist between development and operations teams. Learn how, by working together, we can deliver systems into production more often, with increased quality and more effective management and support.
Learn how to use DevOps to get innovative applications into users’ hands faster. Get started along the path to a DevOpsNirvana. This demo-heavy session will use Team Services and Azure as a backdrop to show how DevOps can help your teams realize value faster than ever before.
See how DevOps enables you to deliver high-quality, modern applications again and again. Learn how PowerShell, PowerShell DSC, Azure ARM Templates and Team Services are used to dynamically create environments, deploy to those environments and test the solution. Once in production, see how to leverage Application Insights to complete the DevOps story and drive production feedback into the backlog. This will be a deep dive, so bring your scuba gear!
Register here for the Microsoft New England Beyond //build event.
September — the last bright moments of summer. With school back in session and everyone sinking back into the fall rhythm, we’ve gathered some of Boston’s best events you won’t want to miss this month:
Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.
Whether you have experience in programming or are looking to get started for the first time, getting involved in the Python community will put you on the fast track to honing your skills. In this class, you’ll learn all about Python – including how to get started, what advantages and disadvantages Python provides as a programming language, the essentials of programming in Python, and what tools are available to build applications in Python.
The fifth annual Big Data Innovation Summit will bring together over 80 industry speakers, 230+ world-leading organizations and 800+ data pioneers across a variety of US (and global) industries. This exclusive event will provide you with the opportunity to share and develop new strategies, tools and solutions to drive ROI for your data initiatives.
Women in Hardware helps connect female founders, engineers, investors, manufacturers, and marketers building the future of connected hardware. We are a community of 1000+ badass women helping other women be even more badass in SF, NYC, Boston and beyond. If you are building something great, please join us at Bolt!
This September (12-14th), the 10th Business of Software Conference will be at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston, MA for two and a half days of keynotes, workshops and networking with the world’s leading software entrepreneurs.
The focus of the conference is scaling and growth. The program is designed to address the challenges businesses face as they grow.
The DAA Symposiums are an educational program sponsored by the DAA nationally and delivered locally by each DAA Chapter, to enhance the professional development of digital analytics professionals. The DAA Symposiums bring digital analytics, web analytics, marketing and business professionals together for a day of learning, professional development and networking.
Innovation Nights – Boston is the home of the original Innovation Nights events. It all started in April 2009 as Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) with a website and a monthly event designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies.
Every month ten companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word.
Partnering with the Boston Private Industry Council, SkillWorks will launch the IT/Tech Employer Consortium, the first in a year-long series of forums. This forum will focus on workforce challenges, including lack of diversity in the sector across all occupations and lack of exposure between employers and two-year colleges as a talent pipeline.
Meet Tech in Motion Boston on September 29th for a night with the experts! Whether you’re really into technology, are looking to take the next step in your career or are just interested in meeting people with similar interests… We’ve got you covered!
HUBweek is a creative festival that celebrates innovation at the intersection of art, science, and technology.
Founded by The Boston Globe, Harvard University, MIT and Mass General Hospital, HUBweek is a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration that brings together the most creative and inventive minds making an impact in Boston and around the world.
“We’re in the midst of redefining the way we live, and tech is a big driver of that. You need to be a part of that.”
That’s what Terrell Cox, Partner GPM for Intune Device Experiences and General Manager for Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, told 40 bright young girls last week. Together with Twitter Boston, we were honored to celebrate yet another graduating class of Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program. Every year at Microsoft New England, we join tech companies around the world in hosting girls aged 15-17 for two months, sponsored by Microsoft Philanthropies. Over the course of the program, Girls Who Code students learn multiple coding languages, are exposed to professionals in the field, and encouraged to #MakeWhatsNext.
Last night was a celebration of what all of these events over the past seven weeks brought to the table. Each guest speaker — including student keynotes Marlika Marceau (Microsoft) and Shreya Chowdhary (Twitter) — explained why the opportunities each girl accessed this summer are steps to changing the world, and showed why programs like Girls Who Code are so important to encourage women in tech.
Microsoft keynote speaker Terrell Cox explained that the most effective solutions come from diverse, equal teams, expressing her hopes that the girls want more than “just a taste” of coding. She left us all with parting advice: “Learn more. Seek out new challenges. Be that engineer. Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
And Twitter Boston’s guest speaker, Rich Paret, Senior Director, Software Engineering, continued Cox’s call to action. After calling for a group retrospective, asking the girls if they had fun, made things, collaborated, solved a problem, and overcame a challenge, he instructed the girls to “Make stuff. Tell people about it. Share your experiences. Repeat forever.”
The students then took the stage themselves, proving exactly why Paret and Cox are so confident that these girls will change the world. Twelve different groups presented their summer projects, which consisted of websites and apps geared toward a variety of social problems, from campus sexual assault to gender stereotypes to water conservation and even preventing “spoilers” in pop culture. It’s clear that these girls know what needs are important, and their drive to solve these problems reminds us why STEM education is a priority.
After their pitches, we celebrated our Girls Who Code with certificates of achievement, wrapping up the night with one last surprise as Microsoft program manager Anissa Battaglino and Twitter program manager Tali Sason announced to all a donation of the Surface devices they have been using these past weeks to each student and each of the three teachers to help to continue their coding work.
A big thank you to all who helped make this Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program possible, including our mentors, guest speakers, and MTC employees. We can’t wait to celebrate again next summer!
The evolution of technology has radically disrupted citizen engagement – elevating and expanding the way government officials can innovate to engage citizens at critical junctures of the electoral process and engage citizen voices in day-to-day governance. Operating from the belief that an informed and engaged citizen is critically important to a well-functioning democracy, this event will convene public, private, and non-profit sector leaders to discuss what’s working, examine challenges, and surface emerging innovations that stand to shape the landscape of citizen engagement in the future.
How Technology is Transforming Citizen Engagement Event Date: August 22, 2016 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Program: Keynote Address, Leaders Roundtable & Networking Reception Location: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA RSVP: http://bit.ly/2asecyJ
This event is a joint effort by The Civic Innovation Project and The Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center, New England. The Civic Innovation Project is a national thought leadership platform focused on emerging government innovation, founded by Lourdes German, and recognized with a 2015 State of Boston Innovation Award. To learn more, follow Twitter @civinnovation and visit: www.civicinnovationproject.com.
The Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center aims for Microsoft to be “of” the community, not just exist within it. Through the Innovation and Policy Center, we are extending beyond the tech community to: Connect stakeholders from tech to the broader business, academic and government community; Catalyze important technology and public policy discussions; and contribute more directly with the health and vitality of greater New England.