Sunday, July 18, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - July 18, 2010

GreenPort Forum

Cambridge Urban Gardens Tour

Making the most of urban gardening with a look at container gardening, rainwater irrigation techniques and garage rooftop gardens


Tour Schedule (times approximate):

116 Henry Street 6:30-7:05pm: Container gardening, irrigation techniques and more.

32 Chalk Street 7:15 pm: A quick stop en route to look at a slow soak irrigation technique from rainbarrels.

8 Fairmont Av 7:25pm: Garage rooftop garden. Look at how this often overlooked resource can be developed.

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood

For more information, contact Steve Morr-Wineman at


Hacks/Hackers: "Timeless: Tools for helping reporters create a visual timeline"

July 20 Tue 6:00 PM

Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
Who's hosting?
Matthew S Carroll

$10.00 per person

Interested in learning more about the cutting-edge world of data visualization? Want to know how to turn lifeless data into game-changing charts, maps, and visuals?

Main speakers Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda ViƩgas are world-recognized leaders in data visualization. Their pioneering work has reinvented visualization as a mass medium. They will present new tools for helping reporters create timelines.

They led IBM's Visual Communication Lab and their landmark system,, was the first to put powerful visualization tools in the hands of a general audience. Their vision of democratizing visualization has empowered journalists, businesspeople, and scientists to tell stories with data.

Also speaking: Austin Gardner-Smith will talk about, a web application designed to make it easy to gather, customize, and share news and information from across the web

The meeting starts at 6 p.m., with munchies until 7, when talks start.

Note: A voluntary contribution of $10 is requested to cover the costs of munchies and drinks. Students are free, btw.
We plan to meet monthly (skipping Aug.) If you have a startup and are interested in presenting in the future, or could be or know a person who would make a good main speaker, send me a note.
Matt Carroll


Free Software and Web Applications
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
MIT Building E51, Room 325
Seung Chan Lim - slim alumni cmu edu

Seung Chan discusses the use of Free Software principles in web applications.Using currently existing technology, we can choose to make our web applications in such a way that they can be more readily broken apart and inspected by those who wish to, then repurposed in different ways.Seung Chan leads a discussion of the implications of the Free Software idea, and the hurdles, etc...


Drumbeat Boston — celebrating the open web
Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)

In collaboration with Center for Future Civic Media, The Awesome Foundation, and of course mozilla Drumbeat

What to bring: Yourself! Your ideas, things you're currently working on and curiosity.
What to expect: Come celebrate the open web! Join us for a gathering of open internet & technology advocates and local projects. Look forward to new friends as well as good conversation. The Awesome Foundation will be announcing their July fellow.

Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be available.

Media Lab Winter Garden (6th floor)
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA

Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area (

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