Events

Microsoft New England Picks: 5 Not-To-Miss Events This Week

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May is finally here! In a month filled with conferences, seminars, graduations and more, we’ve gathered some of the best events this week to kickstart your spring.

1) Boston Tech Breakfast
Tuesday, May 5, 8am – 10am

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @techbreakfast

Boston Tech BreakfastBased 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!

2) Root Cause Social Innovator Showcase
Tuesday, May 5, 5:30pm – 9pmSocial Innovator Showcase

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @rootcause @SIFBoston

Root Cause’s 12th annual Social Innovator Showcase, modeled after venture capital forums, is focused on highlighting the six 2015 Social Innovators for potential investors, as well as sparking conversations on the best approaches to developing and spreading innovation. More than 300 business, government, and philanthropic leaders from Greater Boston attend the event, in addition to the six nonprofit leaders presenting their work.

3) SEI@10 – Celebrating Our Friends
Thursday, May 7, 6:30pm – 9pm

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @SEIdotorg

SEI@10 - Celebrating Our FriendsFounded in 2005 as a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) has pioneered research, education, and outreach to advance resilient institutional responses to the climate crisis. SEI@10 will be a celebration of all those collaborating with us since 2005 to bring innovative insights and solutions to higher education, healthcare and other nonprofits institutions.

The program will feature a keynote by David Brancaccio, host of NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report along with stories from allies, supporters and past student research fellows. This will be a networking event for attendees from the academic, philanthropic, sustainability, tech, and investment communities.

4) Generation Citizen Civics Day
Friday, May 8, 10am – 1:30pm

@ Massachusetts Statehouse | 24 Beacon Street | Boston

Twitter: @gencitizen

Generation Citizen Civics DayCivics Day is the culminating event in a semester-long action civics experience students who participate in Generation Citizen. Student teams descend on a central location in their city to present their action civic projects to local decision-makers and influencers who can support these projects. It looks like a science fair for civic action. Generation Citizen hosts city mayors, state governors, state representatives, state bureaucrats, and leaders in business and education as judges to support student projects.

5) Youth CITIES March to May Bootcamp Finals
Saturday, May 9, 9am – 1pm

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @vickyWD

Youth CITIES March to May Bootcamp FinalsYouth CITIES offers a platform for cultivating youth entrepreneurship through  award-winning programs, tools, and direct immersion within its entrepreneurial ecosystem. Youth CITIES inspires and prepares middle/high school students to become leaders (whether as founder or part of an innovative team) to identify, launch, and execute solutions for socio-and-economic benefit.

The March-to-May Bootcamp is Youth CITIES’ flagship program, and has been commended by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the cities of Cambridge and Boston.  Designed for middle school and high school students, from any school or town, participants work with a variety of entrepreneurs to start a venture, figure out how it impacts our local community, and determine how its going to make money while driving change.

RECAP: MIT Hacking Medicine’s Grand Hack

What can you create to make medicine better? Can you combine existing technologies to track your insulin? Can your wearable check your vitals and remind you to take your prescription?

RECAP: Mit Hacking Medicine's Grand Hack

This weekend, MIT Hacking Medicine‘s Grand Hack, one of the largest health hackathons in the world, sought to answer those questions. Microsoft was pleased to sponsor the Grand Hack, hosting the “Wearables” track — inspiring participants to create wearable technology for the sake of health using the Microsoft Band, the Myo EMG Band, and the Jawbone UP.

Some of the highlights of the weekend:

Learn more about MIT Hacking Medicine and the Grand Hack here.

Microsoft New England Picks: 6 Not-To-Miss Events This Week

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What did we tell you — the weather has finally improved and Spring is in full bloom! And so are our calendars! Here are our top picks for can’t-miss events this week.

StartupML1) Next.ML — Machine Learning Workshops & Case Studies
Monday, April 27, 10am – 9pm

@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @startupml #NextML

There are over 11 million professional software developers according to this IDC Study. They write complicated, brittle code using a declarative approach that often fails to recognize the complexity of user behavior. Next.ML is an all day event that brings together leading machine learning engineers from industry and academia to kick off the transition from the declarative era of software development to the probabilistic era of software development. Be sure to catch talks by Microsoft Research’s Alekh Agarwal, our own principal Development Lead for modules in the Microsoft Azure ML Studio team here in Cambridge, Sudarshan Raghunathan, and Principal Software Dev Manager, Machine Learning, Sachin Chouksey!

TEALS2) TEALS Volunteer Information Session
Tuesday, April 28, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge | 1st Floor – “Deborah Sampson and Thomas Paul” room
Twitter: @MSNewEngland #TEALS #YouthSpark

Are you an engineer, software developer or programmer and interested in providing opportunities for young people to learn computer science? Local schools need your expertise to help them jump start and build sustainable computer science programs by volunteering as part of TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), a volunteer movement supported by Microsoft to bring computer science education to every high school in the U.S.

Learn about how to help a high school start teaching computer science. Presentation starts a 7:00pm with Q&A to follow. Light dinner provided. (Free) Registration through EventBrite required.

14280807783) Talent Hackers Boston – Tech Recruitment
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge

Twitter: @TalentHackers

Whether you’re a founder, work in a startup or an in-house recruiter you have one thing in common. You all know that hiring tech talent is tough. Really tough.

So at this Talent Hackers event, we’ll talk about:
– Where you can find tech talent
– How you can attract the best talent
– How to hire the best tech talent
– How to retain your talent

The panel will share tips and tricks so you can learn from people who have done it before and, importantly, are still doing it now.
We encourage you to ask questions, and share your own answers and experiences too. We know there is great insight and advice waiting to be tapped in the audience and we want to squeeze all that knowledge out at this event.

Panelists:

Justin Souders, Sr. Tech Recruiter @ Constant Contact
Vikki Hyer, Director of Talent @ Nanigans
Jason Azocar, Sr. Tech Recruiter @ HubSpot
Chris Smedile, Sr. Global Talent Acquisition Consulant

KSA4) Kendall Non-Profit Volunteer Fair
Wednesday, April 29, 11:00am – 2:00pm
@ The Atrium @ 100 Technology Square | During Winter Farmers Market
Twitter: @kendallnow

The Kendall Square Association and Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. host a Non-Profit Volunteer Fair for employees and residents in the Kendall Square area who are looking to give back. Meet and greet with non-profits from across Cambridge that have volunteer opportunities available right now! Find ways to match your skills and passions with their missions and connect with others in Kendall interested in meaningful volunteer work. Cambridge has a wide array of extremely active non-profits that are serving and supporting the community, including our young people, for the 21st century. Kendall Square is one of the most innovative places on the planet and it’s time to put our brightest minds to work improving the City we call home! RSVP below. (Walk-ins welcome!)

lWcBfi9e5) TiE Startup Con
Friday, May 1, 7:30am – 9:00pm
@ Cambridge Marriott | 50 Broadway | Cambridge
Twitter: @tieboston #TieStartupCon

TiE-Boston has a nearly two decades-long tradition of fostering entrepreneurship in Massachusetts. There’s no better demonstration of this mission than TiE-Boston’s annual conference. This year’s conference, puts “startups” at the core of the event, as the organization seeks to help early-stage entrepreneurs along their journey to launch and build their own companies. With upwards of 600 annual attendees, the conference boasts three tracks focusing on the “Entrepreneur’s Journey”, “Tales from the Startup Trenches”, along with traditional insight into “What’s Hot in Tech and Pharma in 2015″.

In addition, the TiE Sharks event provides several companies with the opportunity to negotiate with some of Boston’s top angel investors for access to valuable capital. All in all, the tradition of mentorship and advice from some of the industry’s most successful and influential entrepreneurs serves as a foundation for TiE StartupCon’s 2015 theme of “Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs.”

Technovation6) Technovation 2015: Regional Pitch Night & Showcase
Friday, May 1, 5:00pm – 12:00am
@ Microsoft New England | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @technovation

Come celebrate the locally-made MA apps submitted for the Technovation Challenge!Up to 7 teams will be presenting their pitches, vying for for the local Technovation crown! ALL registered teams are welcome to set up their posterboards and show off their apps prior to the pitch contest. The first hour of the event is devoted to all teams showing off their work in a gallery style presentation! Teachers/coaches can sign up their teams for the gallery when registering.

All teams who take part in the posterboard gallery will be considered in the pre-selection process. The pre-selection process determines which teams will pitch to the judges on the night of the event, but the selections will not be announced until the night of the event.

Microsoft New England Picks: 3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week

Events-FeatureWe hope you all enjoyed Marathon Monday! Here are our top picks for events this week.

1) CSF-logoCambridge Science Festival
All week  (April 17 – 26)
Various Locations
@CSFtweets | #CambSciFest 

This week is PACKED with awesome events as part of Cambridge Science Festival. Check out our blog post featuring picks from some KSA members. Explore the full schedule of events at cambridgesciencefestival.org.

 

2) Boston-Coding-CampBoston Coding Camp (Presented By The Young People’s Project and Resilient Coders)
Monday April 20 – Friday April 24, 8:30am – 3:30pm
@ Hack/Reduce, 275 Third St, Cambridge, MA
@resilientcoders | @YPeoplesProject |#boscodingcamp

Students will be taught by tech professionals, and coached along by their peers, as they spend a week building their own websites. During that time, they’ll learn HTML/CSS, pick up Agile/Lean practices. And they’ll meet local tech entrepreneurs and authors. On Friday, April 24, students will present their websites with plans for the “Next Steps”.  Registration for camp is now closed, but you can register for Demo Day.

 

3) MS-Open (1)Microsoft and DataStax present: Scaling Out Without Flipping Out
Thursday, April 23, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
@ District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA
@DataStax | @Azure

Attendees will get an in-depth introduction to Cassandra and how it’s different from other databases they have probably used, info on how to build an application with the DataStax tools and drivers, and how easy it can be to deploy it all in Azure. For more information or to register, visit: https://aka.ms/MSOpenBoston.

 

Museum of Science: The Science Behind – Featured Demos

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Whether you attended the A-MAZ-ING Science Behind event last night at the Museum of Science or not, here is some additional information about the demos we shared at the event:

Bring your data to life

Insights are hiding in your organization’s data – see the impact of bringing them into focus with Power BI (Business Intelligence).

Skype Translator Preview

Breaking the language barrier one conversation at a time.

Xbox One Experience

Challenge your friends to a dance party or virtual sporting event. With Kinect–YOU are the controller!

Roaming Robot Photographer

Powered by Kinect, the roaming robot was snapping photos of MOS guests all night!

Microsoft New England Picks: 4 Not-To-Miss Events This Week

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Here are our top picks for all the events you need to know about this week.

1) BigGameTheoryThe Big Game Theory: Gaming Beyond Gamers
Monday, April 13, 1:00 pm – 9:00pm
@ Microsoft New England
Twitter: @mitefcmb | #BigGameTheory

Billions of people around the world play games on their computers, consoles and smart phones. They play alone and they play with others scattered around the planet. It is one of the most ubiquitous and compelling activities enabled by modern technology.

How do we begin to tap into the power of games to project and engage those forces to optimize communication, learning, health care and a myriad of other applications beyond games?

On April 13, 2015, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge will host a half-day conference that will explore how we can use games to rewire our mind, ultimately motivating ourselves to engage, learn, change bad habits and more…all while we play.

2) CIC (1) CIC Microsoft Partnership – Free Software and Cloud Services
Wednesday, April 15, 12:00 pm – 2:00pm
@ CIC | 1 Broadway | Cambridge
Twitter: @cicnow@ITProGuru 

Come to get access codes for all your free Microsoft products and services. While there learn about the exciting partnership between CIC and Microsoft. Microsoft has put a program together for CIC, where CIC can extend to you, a free BizSpark, MSDN and Azure Account. All of which can be used for your production environment. In this workshop Microsoft will lead us through activating benefits including downloading your software and license keys as well as opening your Azure Account that contains $150 worth of services every month for the next three year. If that is not enough, there are other opportunities to increase the value very significantly. Bring a laptop so they can help you activate your services. The session will also cover materials available through BuildYourBiz.org where you can get step-by-step instructions on how to build your business leveraging Azure services. These services and software are designed and licensed for you to use in your production environment. Microsoft wants to find out what else they can do to help the startup community. If you have ideas on other things you would like to see Microsoft do for you, bring them with you. They will have technical experts on the ready if you have technical issues, you may be able to get those answered as well.

3)  Talent ExpoStartup Institute Boston Talent Expo Spring 2015
Thursday, April 16, 8:30am – 12:00pm
@ Harvard Innovation Lab | 125 Western Avenue | Boston
Twitter: @startupinstbos | #SITalentExpo

Students with diverse backgrounds and skill sets will be given 60 seconds to pitch their interest and passions to a crowd of Boston-based organizations.

Agenda for Talent Expo Spring 2015:

  • 8:30am – 9:00am: Coffee, breakfast and arrival
  • 9:00am: Introductory remarks and keynote from Daniel Arrigg Koh, Chief of Staff for the City of Boston
  • 9:30am: Student presentations begin
  • 10:30am: Pitches end
  • 10:30am – 11:30am: Networking

4) KSAKendall Square Association: Third Thursday, Cambridge Science Festival Kick-off Party
Thursday, April 16, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
@ Microsoft NERD Commons
Twitter: @CSFTweets | @kendallnow | #CambSciFest 

The Cambridge Science Festival is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math that makes science accessible, engaging, and fun for all ages. The event runs April 17-26 in and around Cambridge, MA. See the full agenda here!

To kick-off this year’s Festival, Microsoft, MassBio and MassBioEd are hosting a Kendall Square Association Third Thursday celebration event. Join us to meet some of innovators behind the Festival’s 150+ events, try out some experiments, network with the STEAM community, and celebrate the science of Kendall Square!

Conversations in Civic Innovation: Innovating Our Neighborhoods

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Photos via Nicole Fichera, District Hall

Civic - InnovationWe spend a lot of time talking about innovation in Boston today. But what does innovation mean when you step outside of Kendall Square, or the Innovation District? What will it mean when places like the new Roxbury Innovation Center opens? How can the city foster an inclusive and productive approach to innovation in all neighborhoods, such that the benefits of innovation are available to a broader swath of the community? What is the role of technology in neighborhood innovation, and how can it be meaningfully applied?

This topic—and those subsequent questions—will be examined by Microsoft New England and the Venture Café Foundation in our second year of the event series Conversations in Civic Innovation.

We kicked off this topic last Wednesday at District Hall, with a compelling set of speakers representing a range of neighborhood constituents, including: Damon Cox (Boston Foundation), Vicky Wu Davis (Youth Cities), Milton Irving (Timothy Smith Network), Malia Lazu (Future Boston), and Gillian Pressman (Generation Citizen). Kevin Wiant of the Venture Café Foundation moderated the event and kept the pace lively.

In a series of five-minute lighting talks, our speakers introduced the following topics:

  • How do we create a more inclusive environment for Civic Innovation, particularly for inner city communities.
  • Getting enough stakeholder engagement to sufficiently execute innovation
  • Importance of developing technical Infrastructure that supports business growth
  • Innovation that makes it easier to galvanize social movements and have them organize more effectively
  • Importance of getting youth more engaged in civic policies

Civic Inno 2Inspired by these topics, the audience then broke up into groups to discuss the above and come back to the group with their thoughts and potential actions.

It was a lively and thoughtful conversation, going long into the night, covering the above topics and inspiring new questions and ideas like: how can the innovation community plug into the community? How do we ensure the approach around innovation is conversational and not transactional? In this increasingly data-driven society, how do we ensure neighborhood data is handled with care and respect? I was inspired by the thoughtfulness of the conversation, as well as the participants’ desire to move beyond just talk, and do something useful.

At the end of the evening, people lingered with newly-made acquaintances, still discussing the night’s topic. It was clear that we had just scratched the surface of neighborhood innovation, and that there were many other conversations and engagements to be had. We look forward to digging deeper, continuing the conversation, and thoughtfully contributing to the city’s discourse on neighborhood innovation.

Introducing the launch of UMass Amherst’s Center for Data Science

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As we’re situated in the hub of innovation and technology, we are constantly surrounded and inspired by the newest ventures in data science and technology. Massachusetts is driving forward as a leader in technology, and we’re excited to have a front row seat on all of the progress in our community — through local business leaders, bright minds in technology, and forward-thinking universities.

Continuing this progress, the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science is launching the Center for Data Science today. We’re pleased to join the celebration by attending the Center for Data Science Launch Symposium. From 9am to 4:30pm, some of New England’s greatest minds come together to discuss the importance of data science and how we can use it to further innovate our communities. The day includes talks, panels, open discussion, and networking opportunities with leaders in academia, industry and government.

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Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research New England

Jennifer Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research in New England, will be joining Industry and Government panel, discussing the impact of data and innovation on government.

Joining Jennifer are:

  • Brian Ulicny, Director of Data Science, Thomson Reuters
  • Rohit Prasad, Director of Research, Echo & Speech, Amazon
  • Eric Brown, Director of Watson Technologies, IBM
  • Alex Cosmas, Chief Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Raj Subbu, Analytics Leader, Pratt & Whitney
  • C.A. Webb, Executive Director, NE Venture Capital Association
  • Mark Corner, CTO, Fiksu
  • Steve Strassmann, CTO, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Beyond the symposium, the Center for Data Science is a home for over 30 faculty members in computer science, encouraging and assisting UMass’s top students in data science research and events. We couldn’t be more excited to see what is created at the Center for Data Science!

For the full symposium schedule, click here.

Cambridge Science Fest 2015: 10 days of fun for everyone!

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The 9th annual Cambridge Science Festival kicks off next Friday, April 17 through April 25 with an exciting series of events sure to please everyone. The annual event is the first of its kind in the United States, showcasing a wide-range of STEAM-related activities—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and/or Math. The CSF partners with local educational institutions, including Harvard University, the Museum of Science, and the City of Cambridge to foster curiosity and creativity among students, the science community and the general public.

To gear up the festival, we asked some members of the Kendall Square Association which events they were most looking forward to. Here are their picks!

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Karen Kerr, Bright Horizons at One Kendall Square (@BrightHorizons) 

Science Magic with Bright Horizons at Davis Square 

Tuesday, April 21

An afternoon of “Science Magic” and a chance to create lava lamps! Visit to learn how ice cubes and how our fingers can easily perform magic tricks! Children will also experiment with mixing different materials and solutions found at home, predict outcomes and finish by creating a lava lamp to take home.

Become an Engineering with Bright Horizons at University Park

Wednesday, April 22

Join us for a morning filled with engineering fun! We will be constructing bridges and boats with various materials and testing how much weight each structure can hold. We’ll use photos of well-known boats and bridges here in the Boston area and other well-known structures to help inspire our creations!

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Sarah Gallop, Co-Director, Government and Community Relations at MIT (@SarahEGallop)

Tuesday, April 21
For over 40 years, Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center has helped the transportation community navigate its most challenging problems. Come and hear a series of short, live talks direct from Volpe team members working on emerging transportation issues such as maritime security, non-motorized transportation, planning for climate change, and advancing the flow of aviation traffic. The talks will conclude with a tour of the Volpe Simulators (how to drive a train, fly a plane, navigate an airfield) showcasing how Volpe is advancing transportation innovation for the public good. Limited to 40 participants; teens and adults only.

Pardis Saffari, Project Planner, City of Cambridge (@saffarip)
Saturday, April 18
If you think you know what the words “solid” and “liquid” mean, think again. The two states are often much closer than you think, and nowhere more so than in the kitchen. Come explore fluids that don’t like to flow, solids with serious surface tension, and other materials that sit precariously on the border between these two fundamental states of matter. A materials scientist and a chef are teaming up to bring you a range of tasty, edible demos that double as cooking lessons!

Broad Institute Auditorium (@broadinstitute)

Science Trivia Challenge

Wednesday, April 22

Please join us for a lively team trivia quiz that will test your knowledge of science from a variety of fields ranging from biology, chemistry, and physics to ecology and the history of science. Enter a team to compete on stage, or come and participate as an audience member and support your favorite team. Winning teams will enjoy a meal with one of MIT’s own Nobel Laureates! Contestants are restricted to Middle and High School students. Registration is required only for participating youth teams. To learn more or to register your team, please visit web.mit.edu/trivia/.

Exploring Neurobiology and Music

Friday, April 24

The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture present a special evening of music and science featuring Project LENS, a performance collaborative that seeks to reveal connections between music and a wide variety of topics as eclectic as evolution, 3D printing, humor, law, and birdsong. Join us as members of Project LENS, Ariel Mitnick, Rainer Crosett, and Alan Toda-Ambaras, explore the field of neurobiology with Dr. David Silbersweig, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals. Together they will present a TalkThread that reveals an idea, theory, or story; and a MusicThread spun of selections from the classical repertoire.

A Little Light Music: Songs of Electromagnetic Radiation

Saturday, April 25

A Little Light Music is a program of songs about light and the electromagnetic spectrum, sung by a multigenerational chorus, ages five to grandparent. It is accompanied by a slideshow of imaginative children’s artwork and the lyrics. The music is by several composers in a variety of styles. The program includes songs about wavelengths seen by various animals, bioluminescence, lasers, and much more. The songs are informative, poetic, and entertaining. This is a performance both kids and adults will enjoy!

 

Our Top Picks:

SoundScience Fun! Museum of Science, Science Live! Stage

Friday, April 17

SoundScience Fun! is an interactive sing along performance designed to explore the science of sound through the magic of music. Together we sing about strings, have a percussion discussion, ride a sound wave, and have fun! The performance invites audience participation in multiple ways: audience members are invited to sing along and “move-along” to learn more about how science is connected to our everyday lives.

Make to Move Workshop

Friday, April 24

Tour MIT Museum’s Gestural Engineering exhibition and find your inner engineer + artist. Participants will learn about elements of motion (gears, pulleys, linkages, and more) and combine them to produce a kinetic sculpture worthy of sharing with their peers.

Microsoft is very proud to be hosting the KSA Third Thursday as a Cambridge Science Festival Kick-off Party on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  Register here.

For more information, visit cambridgesciencefestival.org or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Hubhacks: Congrats to the winners!

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On Saturday, I attended the conclusion of Hubhacks 2 – Visualizing a Thriving, Healthy, and Innovative Boston.  As Jascha Franklin-Hodge pointed out, Faneuil Hall was a very appropriate location for the conclusion of this hackathon.  As a meeting house, historic Faneuil Hall provided a terrific backdrop for the intersection of old and new, all focused on providing the best possible services to citizens.

With 17 submissions, the judges had a difficult task but ultimately selected three solutions to win prizes:

Biking in Boston

Biking in Boston

“We were interested in exploring the variability of transit: can we put bounds on how long it takes to make a trip?”

Created by Herb Susmann, Full-stack Developer and Mobile Developer, and Melissa Teng, Front-end Developer and Designer, Biking in Boston factors in variability in travel, combining data from MBTA buses and 1.5 million Hubway rides, showing a distribution of travel times for those planning a travel route.

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take out the trashtake out the trash is an initiative created by David Lee, Ian Seiferling, Iva Bojic, Mohammad Vazifeh, and Youjin Shin. The visualization features all the Big Belly trash cans installed in Boston, and one year of alerts sent by those cans condensed into a one-minute animation. Additionally, take out the trash compares the visualization to a hexagonal grid map showing take-out restaurants in Boston, seeking a correlation between trash use and location.

Bike Safety in Boston

Bike Safety in Boston

A team of coders, data crunchers, and cyclists — Paul Wilson, Andrew Ross, Beth Tenorio and Chris Wand  — combined their love of data and cycling to identify areas of both high biking traffic and accidents. Their data visualization includes a sortable interactive map and bar charts to not only plan safer biking routes but to build new bike lanes.

Congrats to all who participated in Hubhacks.  We look forward to watching the impact of data visualization on the City of Boston.