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Mass Innovation Night Tonight at Waltham’s IBM Innovation Center at 6:30pm — FREE! February 17, 2010

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Massachusetts Innovation Night tonight at Waltham’s (MA) IBM Innovation Center, 404 Wyman Street. Companies launching include: Alphasoftware, Hubcast, Kaon Interactive, Onstate, Scallop Imaging and VisibleGains. Meet author Steve Garfield and experts from 406 Ventures, Brainshark and Jetty Marketing. Starts at 6:30pm. Park in North Garage. FREE!

Boston Post Mortem Video Game Developers meeting: December 8th at 7pm, The Skellig Pub in Waltham November 30, 2009

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The Skellig Pub - Waltham

The Skellig Pub - Waltham



The December Boston Post Mortem Video Game Developers meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm at The Skellig in Waltham. In addition to the usual year-in-review (or Post Mortem Post Mortem), it has been announced that IGDA (Independent Game Developers Association) Executive Director Joshua Caulfield will be the special guest speaker! He’ll be providing an update on the IGDA in general, what to expect for the coming year, and will be taking any IGDA-related questions attendees may have.

Logistics:
Tuesday, December 8th
7pm-10pm @ The Skellig, Waltham

So please show up with your best questions and comments about the IGDA or about the Boston Post Mortem. If you see me there, please come up and introduce yourself!

Mass Innovation Nights December 9th at Waltham’s Charles River Museum of Industry November 30, 2009

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The Massachusetts Innovation Nights Event at Waltham’s Charles River Museum of Industry on December 9th will have an emerging energy theme and half the companies attending will be focused on emerging energy in some fashion. The other five companies presenting will have varied focus and not necessarily the emerging energy theme. RSVP for the event here. You can find maps and directions to the venue and event here. Massachusetts Innovation Nights is a partnership comprised of Bobbie Carlton, Carlton PR & Marketing, and Dan Englander, High Rock Media.

Waltham's Charles River Museum of Industry

Waltham's Charles River Museum of Industry



I am really looking forward to this event; If you see me there, please come up and introduce yourself! I love meeting people at these events and discussing the presenters!

The presenters at the event on December 9th will include:

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Emergent Energy Group
G2 Technology Group Inc.
Holistic Technologies LLC
HEET: Home Energy Efficiency Team
Impact Energy Solutions
Izzitgreen.com
New Generation Energy
SmartSymbols
Socrato

MIT Venture Capital Conference: December 4th, 8am-6pm Copley Place Hotel, Boston November 27, 2009

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The MIT Venture Capital & Private Equity Club presents the 12th annual MIT Venture Capital Conference. From the conference website: “Against the background of a quickly changing economic environment, the 2009 conference will illuminate the critical trends and opportunities available in this ‘Brave New World.’ How have dramatic shifts in the political and financial worlds changed the venture capital and entrepreneurial landscape? If this is the time to start or fund a venture, where are the best opportunities in healthcare, energy, digital media, internet and mobile? How are venture capital funds adapting given the challenges in exit markets and LP relationships? Can the VC model work in emerging and social markets?” Keynote speakers include Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Greycroft managing director Alan Patricof. Full agenda and registration information here.

Gilbane Group Conference at Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, December 1st – 3rd November 27, 2009

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Gilbane Group, the Cambridge, MA-based analyst and consulting firm focused on enterprise content management challenges, will hold its sixth annual conference in Boston, December 1-3. The conference will cover everything from Microsoft Sharepoint to XBRL, and from mobile search to Google Wave.

Complete conference program and registration info is at www.gilbaneboston.com. It is possible to save $200 on the conference registration fee by using the discount code: Xconomy.

2009 Dice Technology & Engineering Career Fair in Boston Thursday, December 10: 11am-3pm Marriott Burlington November 24, 2009

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2009 Dice Technology & Engineering Career Fair Boston: Event at Marriott Burlington, Burlington, MA

Thursday, December 10

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marriott Boston Burlington • Rt 128 & 3A (One Mall Road) • Burlington, MA 01803

Admission is FREE

Meet recruiters and hiring managers from these companies: Cambridge Interactive Development Corp., e-Dialog, •Raytheon, Research In Motion, Tufts Health Plan.

Register for this event online by clicking here!

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley (MP3) November 20, 2009

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This is a Stereo MP3 audio transcription of the excellent presentation that was given this morning by Ronald Croen, Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Nuance Communications, who is now Tufts University’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence for 2009-2010. The talk was given at IBM’s Waltham Innovation Center, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Ronald Croen, a co-founder of Nuance, has served as Chairman of the Board of Nuance Communications. Croen held the positions of President and CEO of Nuance from July 1994 – March 2003. Previously, he served as a consultant to SRI International, an independent research, technology development and consulting organization, for the commercialization of its speech recognition capability. From 1987 to 1989, Croen served as Managing Director of European Operations, and from 1983 to 1987 as Vice President and General Counsel of The Ultimate Corp. Croen holds a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.

The topic of the presentation was:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley

091120_004 [mp3 raw file – click to listen on most computers]

091120_004 – Ronald A. Croen [Imeem Hosted Stream]

(This mp3 Stereo Audio Recording is a large file, and you may want to save it directly to your computer’s hard disk drive for listening – you can do so by right-clicking on the filename, above, and using the ‘save link as…’ option)

I had a wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Massachusetts Innovation Nights at the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, and I want to take the opportunity here to thank her for her efforts in arranging this new breakfast Massachusetts Innovation gathering. I think some thanks also go to the gracious corporate host, IBM, whose Waltham Innovation Center is truly an impressive facility; I enjoyed their tour of the facility after Mr. Croen’s presentation.

There was a terrific question-and-answer session with the attendees at the conclusion of the presentation which featured a lively debate and brought up some fascinating points; I recommend you listen to this towards the end of the mp3 audio transcription.

There are some great videos of Ron Croen’s presentation available here.

Massachusetts Innovation Breakfast Friday, 20 November at 8:30am at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham – Ronald Croen, CEO of Nuance, will be speaking November 19, 2009

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Massachusetts Innovation Breakfast kicks off this week with a Friday morning (8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.) casual get-together at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham.

There’s limited space so sign up now. (You must RSVP by the end of the business day Thursday to be part of the group.)

There will be a chance to look around the IBM Innovation Center, and there will be a special guest speaker, Ronald Croen, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Nuance Communications, who will be speaking on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley.

There is a Stereo mp3 audio transcription of this presentation, as well as the excellent question-and-answers session which followed, posted on this site below:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2009 and Beyond: Massachusetts vs. Silicon Valley – Ronald A. Croen

There are some great videos of Ron Croen’s presentation available here.

The Video Game Orchestra at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center, Saturday, December 5th, 2009 7:00pm November 19, 2009

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Video Game Orchestra Flyer

Video Game Orchestra Flyer

The Video Game Orchestra will perform their production “Awakening” at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center, Saturday, December 5th, 2009.

The doors will open at 7:00pm, and the performance will begin at 7:30pm.

136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

The Video Game Orchestra was Founded by Artistic Director and Arranger Shota Nakama, is Conducted by Musical Director Yohei Sato, and the performance on December 5th will feature Special Musical Guest Wataru Hokoyama, who created the music for video game titles “Afrika” and “Resident Evil 5”.

The Video Game Orchestra’s performance of “Awakening” on December 5th will feature music from smash hit video games Super Mario Brothers, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, Silent Hill 2, Afrika, Chrono Cross, and many more!

Students, 18 and Under: $10 ($15 The Day of the event)

General Public: $15 ($20 The Day of the event)

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

More information is available online at www.vgo-online.org and the Video Game Orchestra’s Founder and Artistic Director is Shota Nakama, shotanakama@gmail.com

Waltham’s Skellig Pub hosts the Boston Postmortem Video Game Developers Meeting on Video Game AI Programming November 19, 2009

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Wednesday night in Waltham was the November monthly Boston Postmortem networking event, held at the Skellig Pub on Waltham’s Moody Street, next to the Charles River.

As regular readers of The Hub Tech Insider will doubtless already know, I attend this event regularly and blog about it on these pages. It is a super event I highly recommend. In addition, Boston Postmortem is one of my favorite Boston tech networking groups because the crowd is unpretentious, the topics are interesting and the presenters and presentations are well prepared and excellent, and you can sit at the bar in the huge back room where the event is held at the Skellig Pub on Moody Street in Waltham, and order bangers and mash or fish and chips or a bacon cheeseburger while you drink beers and schmooze.

The Boston Postmortem Networking Group is for Video Game Developers, Animators, Designers, Digital Artists of all kinds, and people interested in Video Games and Video Game Development. Admission is Free.

The talk on Wednesday was about Artificial intelligence (AI) programming in video games.

There was an august panel of subject matter experts who fielded questions from the audience:

Christian Baekkelund (moderator)
Christian Baekkelund has worked games-related jobs in the areas of design, programming, and QA, at Electronic Arts, for the British school system, briefly at Harmonix, and most recently at 38 Studios. Between various jobs, he attended MIT, studying computer science and Comparative Media Studies, focusing on games and AI. Christian has also spoken at the Game Developers Conference and written in the AI Programming Wisdom series of books about AI, learning methods, and game design.

John Abercrombie (panelist)
John Abercrombie was the AI Lead on BIOSHOCK and SWAT 4 and is now the Lead Programmer on 2K Boston’s unannounced title. He graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Computer Science in 2000, and has worked at Irrational Games / 2K Boston ever since.

Damián Isla (panelist)
Damián Isla has been working on and writing about game technology for almost a decade. Recently, he helped found Moonshot Games, a studio dedicated to the creation of downloadable games with triple-A production values and technology. Before Moonshot, Damián was AI and Gameplay engineering lead at Bungie Studios, where he was responsible for the AI for the mega-hit first-person shooters Halo 2 and Halo 3.

An expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Games, Damián has spoken on games, AI and character technology at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), at the AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference (AIIDE), and at Siggraph, and is a frequent speaker at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

Before joining the industry, Damián earned a Masters Degree at the M.I.T. Media Lab, where he did research on learning and behavior for synthetic characters. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science, also from M.I.T.

Jeff Orkin (panelist)
Jeff Orkin is a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Machines Group at the MIT Media Lab. Jeff’s research focuses on Artificial Intelligence for characters that learn to communicate and collaborate by observing humans playing online multiplayer games.

Prior to enrolling at the Media Lab, Jeff developed several generations of AI systems in the game industry. As a Senior Engineer at Monolith Productions, Jeff focused on goal-oriented autonomous character behavior and planning, while developing AI systems for the award winning titles No One Lives Forever 2 and F.E.A.R.

Jeff is a Contributing Author and Section Editor of the AI Game Programming Wisdom book series, has presented at the Game Developer’s Conference, the AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment conference (AIIDE), and the Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Sytems (AAMAS) conference, and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Tufts University with a minor in Studio Art.

Mass Innovation Nights November event to be held tonight at the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA November 11, 2009

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Many of you know I support and regularly attend, among many other startup and technology networking groups in the area, Mass Innovation Nights in Waltham. I recommend you come out to the event tonight, and I look forward to seeing you there and at the after party at Biagio’s, one of my favorite Moody Street Waltham restaurants (and there are alot of them!)

Mass Innovation Nights is a FREE monthly product launch party and networking event held every month at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation:

154 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Wednesday, Nov 11 (TONIGHT)

— Doors open at 6:00
— Demos start at 6:30

After-party 8:30 pm
Biagio’s Plush Lounge
123 Moody St.

The following companies will be exhibiting this evening:

Conversion Associates
Implementation Factory
Lime Design
Magic Toob
Risk-wise Investor
Teenlife
Textaurant
Think Flood
Utest
V.i. Labs

Mass Innovation Nights at Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA April 13, 2009

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Massachusetts Innovation nights, a self-described “Science Fair for Adults”, will be held at the Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA. For those of you not familiar with Waltham, MA, it is located on the Charles River, and is the “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution”. Also known as the “Watch City” due to the longtime presence of the now-defunct Waltham Watch Company, which not many people know created the instrumentation for the Apollo lunar landers!

From the Mass Innovation website:

Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) is designed to provide Massachusetts-based innovators with ways (both online and in the real world) to connect with the media, the marketplace and each other.
Held once a month at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, in Waltham near Route 128, the Launch Parties are FREE to presenters and open to the public. The live events showcase great new products produced by local companies.  Attendees — you get in free too, all we ask is that you help spread the word about cool new products that you see at MIN events.  If you don’t blog, or Tweet (#MIN), or Facebook, tell a neighbor or a friend (yes, in person, you know, talking…)

MassInnovationNights.com allows companies large and small to showcase their new products to an audience of social media enthusiasts, mass media and potential customers.  MIN attendees will be blogging, Tweeting, Flickr’ing, Qik’ing and whatever’ing — helping you to get the word out about your new product — even if YOU don’t have a marketing team of your own.  MIN live events are an exciting and fun-filled opportunity for networking, talking with the product team, and perusing the latest technology and innovative products Massachusetts has to offer.

Product Managers, Product Developers, Marketing and PR

Submit your new product announcements and commit to presenting your products at the live events.  There is NO charge for presenting.  This is a first come-first served type situation for the first few events.  Eventually we’ll get a voting system on the site.

Attend Free Events

Visitors to the site RSVP for the FREE live events (second Wednesday of every month) held at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham (free wireless too!) and can peruse the list of already committed attendees in order to make plans for networking. MIN is great for connecting job seekers and recruiters.

All we ask is that you help spread the word about the event and any great product that catches your eye.  (Yes, it’s Karma-time!  We throw a fun party — and there will undoubtedly be after-parties up and down Moody Street — and all we ask in return is that you support Massachusetts-made products by helping to spread the word about them.)”

Sign up for our next event today.

Here is the upcoming schedule for the Mass Innovation Nights:

Schedule

* April 8, 2009
* May 13, 2009
* June 10, 2009
* July 8, 2009
* August 12, 2009
* September 9, 2009
* October 14, 2009
* November 11, 2009
* December 9, 2009

More information is available on the Mass Innovation website:

http://massinnovationnights.com/

Click here for an interesting Boston GLobe article on a recent Mass Innovation Night

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