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Energy (and Other) Events - May 31, 2015

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Monday, June 1

11am  Houghton Lecture - Tropical tropopause layer
12pm  MASS [MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar ] - Jareth Holt (MIT)
12pm  MIT SDM Webinar: Creating a Technology Strategy and Roadmap for Global Manufacturing at Merck & Co.
12pm  Tiny-House Talk/Maker Workshop with Miranda Aisling Hynes
3pm  Open Meetings: Digital Futures Consortium

Tuesday, June 2

8am  Boston TechBreakfast Presented by Colliers: Open Data Discourse, and More!
12pm  Expanding the Definition of Membership in Public Media
12pm  Building the Backbone of Energy Efficiency
12:30pm  Solar Legislative Hearing
3pm  Cambridge City Council Hearing on Urban Agriculture
5:30pm  How to Cross the Street:  Lessons I've Learned from a Noisy Intersection
6pm  City of Boston open meeting for cultural planning
6pm  #TechHubTuesday Demo Night - June 2015
7pm  Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt with Chris Hedges
8pm  Profound Little Beasts

Wednesday, June 3

9:30am  Competitive Intelligence: "The Art of War"
1:30pm  Houghton Lecture - Tropical variability observed in GPS data
4pm  Batsuits, Bike Frames and Boogie Boards: New Materials built from the Atom Up
5:30pm  Boston App Festival III
6pm  WeWork Labs Demo Day
6pm  Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition & Awards Night

Thursday, June 4

10am  Regime Complexity in Nuclear Nonproliferation: From the Cold War to the Post-September 11 Era
1:30pm  Healthy Ageing Life Science Seminar Presented by The Dutch Economic Mission
5:30pm  EnergyBar!  Greentown Labs Celebrates 4 Years!
6pm  Sustainability Collaborative
6pm  Green Cambridge Annual Meeting
6:30pm  Cleantech in the Developing World
6:30pm  Kick-off: Urban Innovation Gallery
6:30pm  Branchfood Happy Hour at Ames St. Deli!
7pm  Notes from the Field: Conditions and Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay

Friday, June 5

11am  Brain-machine interfaces: from basic science to neurological rehabilitation
12pm  Pop-Up Performance with Ralph DeFlorio and Ellen Shapiro
5:30pm  National Day of Civic Hacking:  Boston 2015

Saturday, June 6

9am  National Day of Civic Hacking:  Boston 2015
9am  AngelHack Boston 2015
9am  5th Annual Tour de Hives
10am  Greenovate Community Summit
12pm  Cambridge River Festival
7pm  Playing for the Planet

Sunday, June 7

8am  Bikes Not Bombs' 28th Annual Bike-A-Thon
10am  National Day of Civic Hacking:  Boston 2015
2pm  Cultivating Faith and Hope in an Age of Climate Crisis

Monday, June 8

10am  The Novo Nordisk Strategy for Sustainability
4pm  Measuring and Understanding Personalization of Web Services
6pm  Boston Living with Water Final Awards Ceremony
6pm  Redefining the Customer Relationship via Hyper-local Marketing Solutions
6pm  Storified Science and Content Retelling
7pm  Science by the Pint:  How nanoparticle research is advancing human health

Tuesday, June 9

8am  Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
8am  Body Sensor Networks Conference 2015
3:30pm  Regionalization: The answer to gentrification without displacement?
4pm  Cambridge City Council Committee Hearing on the Net Zero Action Plan
5pm  Greater Media Boston Innovation Series
5:30pm  Research in the Mo(ve)ment: Civic Media, Political Unrest, and the Role of the University
6:30pm  Laziness in the Time of Responsive Design


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

Solutions for the Urban Heat Island Effect


Monday, June 1

Houghton Lecture - Tropical tropopause layer
Monday, June 1
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

UTLS circulation and transport derived from satellite observations
Speaker: Dr. William Randel
The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transition region of strong dynamical and chemical variability, with contrasts in circulation and chemical behavior between the troposphere and stratosphere. This region exhibits complex dynamical, radiative, and chemical characteristics that place stringent requirements on observing and modeling systems. These lectures will focus on a series of topics related to the observed behavior of UTLS circulation, transport and chemical variability, as derived from satellite measurements combined with meteorological data sets.

Houghton Lectures
Supported through the Houghton Fund, Houghton Lecturers are distinguished visitors from outside MIT who we invite to spend a period of time, ranging from a week to several months as scientists-in-residence within our Program. During their stay it is customary for each lecturer to offer a short-course or a series of lectures on some topic of wide interest. Houghton Lecturer recommendations are welcome throughout the year.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jen Fentress


MASS [MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar ] - Jareth Holt (MIT)
Monday, June 1
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)
Speaker: Jareth Holt

The MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar (MASS) is a student-run weekly seminar series within PAOC. Seminar topics include all research concerning the atmosphere and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars usually take place on Monday from 12-1pm followed by a lunch with graduate students. Besides the seminar, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged. The seminar series is run by graduate students and is intended mainly for students to interact with individuals outside the department, but faculty and post docs certainly participate.

MASS [MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar} Seminar
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jen Fentress


MIT SDM Webinar: Creating a Technology Strategy and Roadmap for Global Manufacturing at Merck & Co.
Monday, June 1
Webinar at

Speaker: Anando A. Chowdhury, director of product design: innovation to operation for Global Science, Technology, & Commercialization, Merck & Co., and SDM alumnus
In 2011, Merck & Co., Inc. began developing a technology strategy and roadmap for global manufacturing that would provide expanded access to pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and biologics for such ailments as diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases, and for neurological, cardiovascular, and reproductive health. This webinar will explore the tools and techniques drawn from the MIT System Design & Management (SDM) program that were used to create the leading-edge capability at Merck. It will also review major lessons derived from the successful implementation and execution of the roadmap over the past four years.

SDM alumnus Anando A. Chowdhury, director of product design: innovation to operation for Global Science, Technology, & Commercialization at Merck, will describe:
the development of a framework engineered to manage complexity and deliver clear guidance to the organization on where and how to focus effort;
the process of incorporating key lessons from across multiple industries with the depth of insight needed to transcend different technical disciplines; and
lessons learned through the successful implementation and execution of the roadmap over the past four years.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to all
Tickets: See url above
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design & Management
For more information, contact:  Lois Slavin


Tiny-House Talk/Maker Workshop with Miranda Aisling Hynes
Monday, June 1
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
CIC Cambridge, 1 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Bogota Room, Cambridge

In an age of unprecedented industrialization, globalization, and consumerism, the divide between creators and consumers has never been greater. This divide has made us stop asking important questions about the objects we use on a daily basis. Who made it? How was it made? Where was it made? Where did the materials come from? Taking the time to discover these stories makes us more active participants in the world and helps us value both the objects that we use and the people who make them.

As we explore these stories, we begin to see that unless weʼre standing in an untouched forest, everything around us was at some point made by someone and everyone around us has at some point made something. In this project, we ask people to share what they make not because we believe everyone is an artist, but because when people start to own and share their own stories, it makes them start to ask questions about the stories that theyʼve never heard.

This workshop will include: groups games, story-telling, free-writing, and one or two art projects which tailored to your organization/community. In addition to the workshop, Miranda is currently building her own Tiny House on the lawn of the Emerson Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord! She is an expert in this burgeoning art form and lifestyle. We can't wait to hear more about it ourselves and we hope you join us!

Open Meetings: Digital Futures Consortium
WHEN  Mon., June 1, 2015, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Lamont Library Forum Room, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
DETAILS  Regular general meetings for the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard University in the coming academic year will be held on the first Mondays in October, March and June. These are general meetings separate from any event planning or project working groups. They are open to anyone with interest in digital scholarship, its evolving tools, and tapping into potential working relationships.
Digital Futures is an informal network of faculty, researchers, technologists, and librarians engaged in the ongoing transformation of scholarship through innovative technology. We are dedicated to sharing expertise across the global academic community, facilitating new forms and methods of research, and fostering collaborative projects that bring about field-changing developments in scholarship.

Tuesday, June 2

Boston TechBreakfast Presented by Colliers: Open Data Discourse, and More!
Tuesday, June 2
8:00 AM
Microsoft NERD, Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

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.
And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :)

Agenda for Boston TechBreakfast:
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs!
Open Data Discourse - Carey Anne Nadeau
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words


Expanding the Definition of Membership in Public Media
Tuesday, June 2
12:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East C
RSVP required for those attending in person at
Event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm

with Melody Kramer
What does it mean to be a member of a public radio station in the United States? What could it mean? How could expanding the definition of membership instill a sense of ownership and identity among listeners, allowing them to feel more connected and invested in the work we do?

I am creating the framework for a new model of membership within public media that would offer membership to people who may not be able to donate financially, but would like to donate a skill or their time to their local stations. I suspect this will inculcate a sense of identity and ownership amongst listeners, allowing them to feel more invested in public radio’s content, work, and mission, while also transforming public media stations into public community spaces that continue to fulfill the original mission.

About Melody
Melody Kramer is currently serving a two-year term appointment with 18F and frequently works on side projects within the audio, public media, podcasting, and civic technology space. She is also a 2014-2015 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a weekly columnist for Poynter, where she covers people who live outside of SF/DC/NY who are doing amazing things in the news business.

She is a Peabody award-winning digital strategist and editor who spent the majority of her career at NPR, where she launched and then managed projects involving breaking news, analytics, archives, social media and long-term editorial strategies. She sat firmly at the intersection of NPR’s product and editorial teams, and frequently spoke at conferences and universities about building newsroom tools with, by and for the audience.

She previously launched and then led digital operations at WHYY’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where she increased unique visitors to Fresh Air’s website by over 60 percent in two years, at a rate twice as fast as NPR’s flagship shows. Before that, she directed, edited, ran social media and wrote jokes for NPR’s humor show, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and wrote for National Geographic Magazine. Mel is a recipient of NPR’s Kroc Fellowship, a full-year paid reporting fellowship given to three early-career journalists each year. She has attempted to go to medical school twice and dropped out both times.

Mel is also a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on topics related to social and digital strategy. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, iTunes, the Nieman Journalism Lab, Mashable, Poynter, the Shorty Awards, Knight-Mozilla Open News, USA Today, GigaOm, and the Village Voice Web Awards. She was recently the keynote speaker at the Social Learning Summit at American University and has lectured at the Columbia University School of Journalism, the University of Maryland, Drexel University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Ohio State, the University of Florida, Georgetown University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

She writes frequently about digital innovation for a variety of publications. At various points, she has had the #1 article on Medium, the #1 article on Hacker News and one of the top Storifies of 2014.

Outside of work, Mel volunteers as a teaching assistant at Python programming classes and frequently attends Code for DC, where she works on open-source web projects to benefit the District of Columbia. She also attends twice-weekly water aerobics classes at a public pool in DC, plays with her dog Sadie, reads quietly next to her partner A — who is not on any social media whatsoever — and tweets @mkramer.


Building the Backbone of Energy Efficiency
New England Economic Partnership
Tuesday, June 2
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $100.00 (Although the admission fee is $100, which includes lunch and dinner, there's a special discount of $25 off for our Roundtable listserv subscribers - use discount code "Roundtable".)L

This conference hosted by NEEP, Mass. Business Roundtable, and Brandeis International Business School/Perlmutter Institute will start with Kevin Lindemer of IHS/CERA providing an overview of the New England energy market, its challenges, cost comparisons to other regions, and infrastructure issues.  NEEP forecast managers will give a brief update on state forecasts and the particular energy issues/challenges/costs in each New England state...and the differences.

12:15 pm
New England Energy Challenges and Trends
Kevin Lindemer, Managing Director, IHS Global Insight/Cambridge Energy Research Associates
1:15 pm  Luncheon
2:00 pm
NEEP Forecast Managers: Growth, Energy Costs, Infrastructure Needs
2:45 pm
Infrastructure Needs and Our Electrical Grid for the 21st Century
Bill Zarakas, Principal, The Brattle Group
Bill Zarakas from the Brattle Group will describe the current challenges of the electrical grid in New England and evolution to a more flexible and reliable platforms, followed by a panel with four panelists from Eversource, Global Partners, Spectra Energy and Canada Hydro who will talk about the perspectives of different suppliers, distributors and utilities in meeting current/future demand.
James, Daly, Vice President, Eversource
Jane Michalek, Vice President, Global Partners
Greg Crisp, Business Development, Spectra Energy Inc.
4:15 pm
Technology, Innovation and Sustainability: Developing and Funding Our Energy Future
Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard’s JFK School of Government
Our next panel will focus on Technology, Innovation and Sustainability: Developing and Funding our Energy Future.  Prof. Matt Bunn from Harvard Kennedy school will lay out the challenges of Innovation, Technology and Sustainability given the apparent funding gaps.  We will have four panelists talking about various approaches to innovation and its successes/challenges in energy technology development.
Alison Taylor, Vice President, Siemens Corporation
Lucas Missong, Senior Vice President, Boston Energy Investors Fund
Kevin Ramsdell, Advanced Facilities Specialist, General Dynamics Mission Systems
5:15 pm
State and Regional Energy Policy: New England Energy Policy in the 21st Century
Henry Lee, Jasmin M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Harvard’s JFK School of Government
Our last panel will start with Prof. Henry Lee from Harvard Kennedy School who will lay out some of the energy policy challenges for New England and Massachusetts.  The panelists will discuss the policy issues around restructuring the electrical grid, coming up with a regional energy policy, and the regulatory challenges.
Jonathan Raab, Convener and Moderator, New England Restructuring Roundtable
Mark Kalpin, New England Council Energy and Environment, Partner, WilmerHale
Eric Wilkinson, Senior External Affairs Representative, ISO New England
Secretary Matthew A. Beaton, Exectuive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
6:15 pm  RECEPTION
7:00 pm
The dinner in honor of Eric Siegel, recipient of the Perlmutter Award for Global Business Leadership, is complimentary, courtesy of the host organizations, but we need a count. Please select the registration above that indicates whether or not you will be attending the dinner.

For questions, please contact Carol Hazerjian or 508-660-1968.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Your ticket is transferrable.  Please send an e-mail to Carol Hazerjian at to inform us who will be attending in your place.  The correct name needs to be on the Federal Reserve security list.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need your ticket.  You will need a photo ID, though, to enter through security at the Federal Reserve Bank.


Solar Legislative Hearing
Tuesday, June 2
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

Solar power is working for Massachusetts, but arbitrary caps threaten to halt up this critical industry. Utility companies are fighting tooth and nail to restrict clean energy - tell your legislators to lift caps on solar and ensure all communities have access to clean energy!

Come stand up for solar on June 2nd! The hearing begins at 1pm in Gardner Auditorium, but advocates will likely gather beforehand.

More at


Cambridge City Council Hearing on Urban Agriculture
Tuesday, June 2
3:00 PM
Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Health and Environment Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss Urban Agriculture initiatives in the City of Cambridge and the creation of a regulatory environment that can foster the safe expansion of Urban Agriculture within City limits.


How to Cross the Street:  Lessons I've Learned from a Noisy Intersection
Tuesday, June 2
5:30 pm presentation; 6:30 pm networking reception
Whitehead Institute, Nine Cambridge Center, Cambridge

Amy Schulman, Venture Partner, Polaris Partners
Ms. Schulman is a Venture Partner at Polaris Partners, serves as CEO of Arsia Therapeutics, an early stage biotech company, and is Executive Chair of SQZ Biotech.  Ms. Schulman is also a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.  Prior to these roles, Ms. Schulman was General Counsel, EVP, and the Business Unit Lead for Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare business.  Before joining Pfizer, she was a partner at DLA Piper, where she was a member of the Board and Executive Policy Committees. Ms. Schulman is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including Fortune‘s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business 2013, The American Lawyer’s Top 50 Innovators 2013, and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers Achievement Award from the American Bar Association in 2012.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989.
Ms. Schulman serves on the Board of Directors of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Arsanis Biosciences, BIND Therapeutics, Blue Buffalo, SQZ Biotech, Lyndra Inc., The Brookings Institution, and Wesleyan University.

About Whitehead Connects
Whitehead Connects is an initiative that brings renowned biology and biotech leaders to Whitehead Institute for an engaging presentation and dynamic networking opportunity for participants.  Following the free, public lecture, participants will have the opportunity to meet Whitehead postdoctoral fellows and learn about their latest discoveries. 


City of Boston open meeting for cultural planning
Tuesday, June 2
6:00 PM
English High School, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain
RSVP at­

The Boston Creates Town Hall is the first large public event in Boston’s cultural planning process, designed to create a blueprint for arts and culture in the City of Boston. The public is invited to attend this event and share their opinions and ideas about what the cultural priorities should be for the City.

Event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend. 


#TechHubTuesday Demo Night - June 2015
Tuesday, June 2
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
TechHub, 3rd Floor, 212 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville

Demo Night is a chance to see what the top startups are working on, these are the people that are changing the future of business & tech!

Join #TechHubTuesday at TechHub to experience great demos from the exciting tech entrepreneur community.   Follow the # all day to see other demos taking place in Bengaluru and then London.

Each startup has 5 minutes to demo their product in front of a live audience, it's not a pitch but an opportunity for each startup to explain (and show) what they have been working on. After each demo there is live Q&A with the audience.  The idea is to foster innovation and iteration.  It's not about slamming the presenter!

Afterwards, stick around for beer and wine, network, play ping pong or take a look round the space.


Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt with Chris Hedges
Tuesday, June 2
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Church JP, 6 Eliot Street,  Jamaica Plain

Popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

The Jamaica Plain Forum welcomes back Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, as he discusses what it takes to be a rebel in modern times.

From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion.

Chris Hedges is a columnist for Truthdig. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

More information at


Profound Little Beasts
Tuesday, June 2
MIT, Building E33-190

MY/Teeth/Profound Beasts is a surround-sensorial theatrical experience/ experiment, conceived and performed by Anna Kohler, directed and with video design by Caleb Hammond, projection and sound design by Bozkurt Karasu, and featuring Hapi Phace as Matisse, mother superior and others, and MIT alumnus Adam Strandberg.

Who are the women who posed - in this instance, for Henri Matisse? What does it mean to be a muse for many years and then to become old? Beasts reexamines our view of the relationship between artist and model, shedding a completely new light on the beauty that is aging. This time the lens of the model is central, and through her lens the audience is immersed in an actual, unique sensory experience. The image and role of the aging woman are for the first time ever exploding traditional ideas in our society, and the show's gentle but powerful view of such a transformation of one woman points the way.
There are two showings, @8pm and 10pm, on Tuesday 6.2. 15

Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE or Donation
This event occurs daily at 8:00p - 9:00p through June 2, 2015, and also on June 2, 2015 at 10:00p - 11:00p.
Sponsor(s): Arts at MIT

For more information, contact:  Anna Kohler

Wednesday, June 3

Competitive Intelligence: "The Art of War"
Wednesday, June 3
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 5th Floor - Havana Training Room, Cambridge

Explore the methods and value of gaining knowledge of the “players in your space” and how you can turn that insight into profits, revenues and success for your business.
It can help you drive your strategy, give you confidence, make you bulletproof, and provide you with the competitive edge that will help you WIN.
As Founder and CEO of internet research firm, Mimi Evans grew and successfully negotiated an exit to a large international research firm in 2014.  Her prior experience includes leadership roles at technology companies like IBM, Netscape and Eastman Kodak.  Over her career she has held top positions in sales, marketing, channels, finance, and sales operations.
For the past three years she has been active as a mentor and judge for Mass Challenge, the Enterprise Center at Salem State, board member for Innovation Women, Harvard i-Lab, Venture Café, the Piranha Pond/128 Innovation Capital Group and ENET (Entrepreneurs Network).
She is currently an angel investor and financial strategist, dedicated to helping and leading young companies and small businesses to a place where they excel and build their financial fortitude.

Doors will open for networking at 9:30am.

This program is part of McCarter & English’s ongoing series on legal and business topics for entrepreneurs and emerging companies. Programs are held once or twice each month and are open to members of the CIC and their guests, as well as to the greater Boston entrepreneurial community. Contact: Benjamin Hron, 617-449-6584,, @HronEsq

About the McCarter & English Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group

McCarter’s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build and finance their businesses and assisting angel and venture capital investor invest in early stage and emerging companies. The group is composed of tech-savvy lawyers who have helped build, grow, finance, sell and take public companies across the full spectrum of businesses, including Internet, software, medical devices, new media, life sciences, cleantech, healthcare, consumer products, biotechnology, retail, e-commerce, entertainment, financial services, insurance and telecom.


Houghton Lecture - Tropical variability observed in GPS data
Wednesday, June 3
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

UTLS circulation and transport derived from satellite observations
Speaker: Dr. William Randel
The global upper troposphere - lower stratosphere (UTLS) is a transition region of strong dynamical and chemical variability, with contrasts in circulation and chemical behavior between the troposphere and stratosphere. This region exhibits complex dynamical, radiative, and chemical characteristics that place stringent requirements on observing and modeling systems. These lectures will focus on a series of topics related to the observed behavior of UTLS circulation, transport and chemical variability, as derived from satellite measurements combined with meteorological data sets.

Houghton Lectures
Supported through the Houghton Fund, Houghton Lecturers are distinguished visitors from outside MIT who we invite to spend a period of time, ranging from a week to several months as scientists-in-residence within our Program. During their stay it is customary for each lecturer to offer a short-course or a series of lectures on some topic of wide interest. Houghton Lecturer recommendations are welcome throughout the year.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Jen Fentress


Batsuits, Bike Frames and Boogie Boards: New Materials built from the Atom Up
Wednesday, June 3
4:00 p.m.
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston

Dr. Kate Ziemer, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering


Boston App Festival III
Wednesday, June 3
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Coalition, 101 Arch Street, Boston

The Boston App Festival seeks to bring to light the best of Apps that relate to Innovation, Health, Education, Travel, and Social Improvement; by providing a platform of support and community for App entrepreneurs, companies, and developers.

Boston App Festival proudly embraces the passion, vision, and ambition of mobile App creators for various platforms by showcasing a diverse collection of established, startup, and independent apps.
With the integration of social cause and human spirit, The Festival is committed to enlightening the public with a forum for cultural and technical understanding and enriching various opportunities.

Attendance:   At the festival, the audience will cast their vote and select one app that meet Festival's criteria.
Both attendance and presentations are free of charge.

Please be sure to bring a government issued photo ID for building's security.


WeWork Labs Demo Day
Wednesday, June 3
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
WeWork, 51 Melcher Street, Boston

Five of Boston's most exciting startups are showcasing their products at WeWork Labs Demo day!  Join us at WeWork Fort Point on June 3rd to connect with entrepreneurs and to learn more about WeWork's finest.  Each member has no more than four minutes to pitch followed by a three minute Q&A each attendee votes on the winner!  The winner receives a prize (Apple Watch), everyone goes home happy and better connected to the startup community.

Bookity: the only group reservation software designed specifically for museums, historic sites, and other attractions.
HigherMe: find a job that matches your personality.
TableUp: helping restaurants better understand their guests and market effectively.
MatchOn: creating the best way to play the Billions of tennis matches that occur each year. 
Flyp: get multiple numbers on your smartphone. 

James Geshwiler: Managing Director, Common Angels Venture
Julia Kemp: Director of Product Innovation, Idea Paint
Panos Bethanis: Founder & CEO,
Sarah Downey: Director of Community, Atlas Venture


Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition & Awards Night
Wednesday, June 3
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
MassChallenge, 21 Dry Dock Avenue, Boston

Join MassCEC for the Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator Pitch Competition and Awards Night!
Meet our competing startup teams and see the future of energy and resource efficiency, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Cleanweb Haccelerator is an eight-week mini accelerator program that immediately follows the conclusion of the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon. The goal of the Haccelerator is to provide training, resources and mentorship for teams that want to continue working on their projects after the Hackathon.

Thursday, June 4

Regime Complexity in Nuclear Nonproliferation: From the Cold War to the Post-September 11 Era
WHEN  Thu., June 4, 2015, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Kennedy School, Littauer, Fainsod Room (L-324), 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Information Technology, Law, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Project on Managing the Atom
SPEAKER(S)  Grégoire Mallard, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development at the Graduate Institute of Internationaland Development Studies (Geneva)
DETAILS  In recent years, international relations and law scholars have increasingly debated the normative consequences of the ‘fragmentation’ of international law. More rarely have they studied empirically how tensions between overlapping systems of rules emerge, how conflicts are harmonized, and with what effects. In this presentation, Mallard will explain how his recent book, 'Fallout: Nuclear Diplomacy in an Age of Global Fracture' (University of Chicago Press, 2014) explores such dynamics in the case of the nuclear non-proliferation regime (NPR) complex.
Based on original archival fieldwork conducted in the private papers of American and European diplomats in the Cold War, 'Fallout' shows how Western states solved the tensions that existed between contradictory commitments contracted in the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) Treaty and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty in 1968 (NPT). 'Fallout' also explores how Western diplomats have tried to lessen the tensions between regional and global orders in the case of other NPT outliers (e.g., Israel, India and Pakistan), and which effects derived from their efforts. In addition, Mallard will bring in the discussion new research on how recent attempts to fight proliferation financing efforts under UNSCR 1540 have articulated themselves with the NPT regime, and whether we can say that they have complemented or, on the contrary, threatened prior regimes.


Healthy Ageing Life Science Seminar Presented by The Dutch Economic Mission
Thursday, June 4
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge

This seminar on healthy ageing will bring together the life sciences, academia and investor communities from the Netherlands as well as the Boston area to share their knowledge, experience and ideas for the future. It will also include a keynote speech from the Dutch Minister of Health, Ms. Edith Schippers. Participants will include life sciences and high-tech companies and start-ups, representatives of incubator and investor communities as well as academia, and other interested industry professionals and/or policy makers from The Netherlands and the United States.
This seminar looks to answer the questions: What can we learn from the evolving needs of patient populations and how public-private partnerships are addressing those needs? What does this mean for introducing new healthcare solutions in the U.S. and in the Netherlands?
This seminar will aim to:
Highlight some of the latest Dutch and U.S. innovations and best practices in PPP’s that have shown to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs
Discuss key success factors and lessons learned from PPP projects that have successfully been able to address patient needs and other related healthcare challenges
Create an opportunity for companies to find potential partners and/or investors


EnergyBar!  Greentown Labs Celebrates 4 Years!
Thursday, June 4
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Greentown Labs - 28 Dane Street, Somerville

Join us for beer, wine and light appetizers at Greentown Labs - 28 Dane Street, Somerville, MA 02143
About EnergyBar: EnergyBar is a monthly event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community.
Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual.


Sustainability Collaborative
Thursday, June 4
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venture Cafe – Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th floor, Cambridge

The Venture Café Foundation has partnered with EcoMotion to bring the Sustainability Collaborative to monthly Venture Café gatherings.
Stay tuned for more information about this month’s Sustainability Collaborative.

Questions? Contact Sierra at


Green Cambridge Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 4
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Join us as we celebrate last year's accomplishments and look forward to the next! The theme of this year's meeting will be Cambridge 2030: planning for environmental sustainability in our city.
We will have plenty of food and conversation, and the socializing will be only briefly interrupted by a short presentation by our President starting at 6:30! Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


Cleantech in the Developing World
Thursday, June 4
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Venture Cafe – Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th floor, Cambridge

In 2015 the developing world is the new frontier of Cleantech markets. During this panel, hear from 4 entrepreneurs who are taking their products abroad and learn how these pioneers are facing the unique dynamics, new challenges, and diverse customer segments of the developing world and changing the face of resource use globally.


Kick-off: Urban Innovation Gallery
Thursday, June 4
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Troy Boston Luxury Apartments, 55 Traveler Street, Boston

Design Museum Boston is pleased to announce an upcoming project, the Urban Innovation Gallery, an exciting event and education program to explore placemaking strategies under the I-93 overpass between the South End and South Boston. Please join us on Thursday, June 4th at 6:30pm at Troy Boston in the mid-rise lobby for a kick-off event to learn about this project from our Executive Director, Sam Aquillano. Sam will outline our initiative and goals for the project as well as opportunities to support and engage in this project to activate and improve this neighborhood border zone.

Through the Urban Innovation Gallery, educational events focused on placemaking, and urban installations shaped by the community’s needs, our goal is to bring new life to this part of Boston. We are thrilled to be working with Troy Boston/ Gerding Edlen, GTI Properties, MassDot, and neighborhood partners on this project. Join us on the evening of June 4th at Troy Boston at 55 Traveler St, Boston from 6:30pm – 8:30pm for light refreshments, drinks, and conversation! Free event, open to all!


Branchfood Happy Hour at Ames St. Deli!
Thursday, June 4
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ames Street Deli, 73 Ames Street, Cambridge
We'll be in a private space upstairs.
Greetings Branchfoodies,  
It's meetup time! Join Branchfood for our upcoming meetup at Ames St. Deli - not actually a meat counter - but an awesome bar/restaurant in Kendall Sq. Connect and mingle with foodies, entrepreneurs, developers and tech enthusiasts working on a wide range of food-related projects.  

Ames St. Deli is a short walk from the Kendall/MIT T stop and all Branchfood meetup members, friends of the group, and supporters are welcome!  


Notes from the Field: Conditions and Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay
Thursday, June 4
Simons IMAX Theatre New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston

Samantha Woods, Executive Director, North and South Rivers Watershed Association and
Pam DiBona, Executive Director, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program
Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay are bordered by 50 communities, home to 1.7 million people, all of whom impact the Bays in one way or another. The MassBays National Estuary Program, one of 28 NEPs established under the Clean Water Act, is charged with assessing those impact, and reporting on trends over time—addressing questions like “Is water quality in the Bays improving?” and “Are herring coming back to our rivers?” and even, “Can our salt marshes survive sea level rise?”.

Join MassBays Director Pam DiBona for a report on the State of the Bays based on a recent scientific symposium, and Samantha Woods, Director of the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, who brings hundreds of volunteers to the task of finding answers to these questions.

Friday, June 5

Brain-machine interfaces: from basic science to neurological rehabilitation
Friday, June 5
11:00am to 12:00pm
Harvard University, Northwest Building, Room B101, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD, Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University


Pop-Up Performance with Ralph DeFlorio and Ellen Shapiro
WHEN  Fri., June 5, 2015, 12 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, The Plaza stage at the Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Common Spaces Program
COST Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Come see Ralph DeFlorio and Ellen Shapiro perform original and traditional based acoustic Americana music.


National Day of Civic Hacking:  Boston 2015
Friday, June 5, 5:30-8PM
Saturday, June 6, 9AM-10PM
Sunday, June 7, 10AM-5PM
Microsoft Offices, 255 Main Street, Cambridge

Saturday, June 6

National Day of Civic Hacking:  Boston 2015
Saturday, June 6, 9AM-10PM
Sunday, June 7, 10AM-5PM
Microsoft Offices, 255 Main Street, Cambridge

5th Annual Tour de Hives
Saturday, June 7
9AM (All groups depart promptly at 9:15.)
Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain
Preregistration is required.

The Tour de Hives will engage, educate and enchant you with a first-hand look at honeybees in hives across the city, guided by the humans who tend them. On Sunday, June 7th, join us for a bicycle tour of apiaries in Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and Chestnut Hill, followed by a festival and picnic lunch at the beautiful Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain. Come celebrate the bees with us!

Want to share the sweet world of honeybees with your kids? Read on to learn about the family-friendly tour route, with shorter biking distances and special bee activities for your family!

Site A: Jamaica Plain Home
Learn about backyard beekeeping
Site B: Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary
Visit a teaching apiary with a diverse group of beekeepers and hive designs
Site C: Leland Community Garden
Bee-ducation with researchers from Tufts: crafts, kids activities, and microscopes
Site D: Allandale Farm
Learn from farmers about increasing your apiary through raising locally adapted queens
Site E: Agricultural Hall Honey Extraction Demo
Check out the urban agricultural supply store of JP and help extract honey using a centrifuge!
Each general registration group will visit 3 of the above sites.

After a full morning of cycling and bees, all groups will reconvene at the Loring-Greenough House grounds for a picnic lunch and festival. Taco Party will join us to sell their delicious tacos! We will also have a spread of food donations from Iggy's Bread, Boston Organics, Whole Foods, and various local beekeepers.
There will be a small market featuring local bee and bike-themed vendors:
Ferris Wheels Bike Shop with a "helmet fit check", and cargo and folding bikes available to test ride
Urban AdvenTours with "I Bike Boston" stickers and tees
Follow the Honey with a free honey tasting and honeys from around the world for sale
Best Bees Beekeeping Services with copies of their new book, The Bee: A Natural History, for sale
And finally, your very own Tour de Hives Organizing Committee with vintage Tour de Hives teeshirts, and bee-on-bike onesies and kids shirts

Please bring a bag lunch (or plan to buy some delicious vegan tacos), bicycle, helmet, and water bottle! The total cycling distance is ~10 miles. Don't have a bike? No problem! Rent one from Urban AdvenTours at a discounted rate of $34 for 24 hours when you mention the Tour de Hives. Rentals must be picked up and returned at their store downtown unless we reach a minimum of 20 rentals for delivery.

We have designed a special family tour this year! The "foragers" group will begin their day with live bees at a JP apiary, followed by interactive bee-ducation and kids activities at Leland Community Garden. The "foragers" group will join up with everyone else at the end of the morning for lunch and a festival at the Loring-Greenough House. Total cycling distance is less than 4 miles. To register, buy one "Family Tour" ticket for each adult in this group, and don't forget to register any kids 12&under riding their own bicycle through the site as well (free!). Kids in trailers or bike seats do not need to be registered.

While no one will bee denied TdH access for lack of funds, once we reach capacity we will regrettably have to close registration. Please contact us if the suggested registration fee of $20 is prohibitive for you. Any proceeds raised will bee reinvested in education & outreach initiatives by the Boston Area Beekeepers Association (formerly Boston Beekeepers Club).


AngelHack Boston 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Idea Paint, 40 Broad Street, #2, Between Central Street and Water Street, Boston
Cost:  $0 - $10.00

“Thoughts Become Things”
Take a second to think about what distinguishes you, as a hacker. Is it your impressive ability to stay (semi) functional for 24 hours on end? Maybe your unmatched ability to maintain a sense of humor, even when the Gods of Code decide to pick on you that day? Or is it your ability to easily process immense amounts of Red Bull?

While all of these things are impressive (seriously, props for the no sleep thing), what really distinguishes you hackers from others, is your unparalleled PASSION for what you do. A passion that is derived from a single feeling, and is guided by your need to see that feeling turn into a thought, the thought turn into an idea, and the idea come to life!

Welcome to the Eighth season of AngelHack, where Thoughts Become Things!
What makes AngelHack the best hackathon series on the planet, nay, the universe?

Well, if you’ve been to any of our events before, then you already know the answer to this. But if you haven’t, here’s a glimpse of why:
Hundreds of the world’s most talented hackers for you to mingle & work with
$100,000’s in sponsor prizes
The opportunity to gain an exclusive invite to our HACKcelerator program for the winners of each hackathon
Mandatory Demos, code reviews, and banning of slide decks to ensure fairness and equal opportunity
Games, games, and more games to keep you PUMPED! (Nerf war anyone?)
Awesome food, and LOTS of it.
Coding through the night (because you never know when inspiration might strike, right?)
Sponsor awards, breakout sessions, and post-event parties!
Swag on swag on swag!

At AngelHack, we believe in generous rewards to those who prove themselves worthy. So each year we team up with our sponsors to bring you the best prizes ever. Drumroll please:
First Prize: An exclusive invite to our HACKcelerator Program
Sponsor Prizes:
Amazon Web Services
Prize: $100 AWS Credits + AWS Technical Training ($600) + $80 credit for self-places labs + 1 month AWS support ($100) for all participants.

Challenge: Build any web or mobile applications, which uses Clusterpoint Cloud as back-end database solution.
Prize: Clusterpoint Global Competition - $10,000 will be awarded to the best team that utilizes the Clusterpoint Cloud as a backend database in their project built during an AngelHack hackathon. Winners will be announced within 1 week after the series end. Additionally, any participant who signs up for Clusterpoint will receive $2500 in Clusterpoint Cloud credits.

Challenge: Best use of Linode Services
Prize: Each member of the winning team will receive One (1) iPad Mini 16GB with a case.
So gear up, hold that thought, and get ready to bring your ‘A’ game hackers! Your hardwork and dedication will not go unrecognized!

Day 1 - Saturday  
09:00 AM : Doors Open to Attendees / Breakfast of Champions
10:30 AM : Sponsor Talks and Team Pitches
12:00 PM : Hackathon begins
01:00 PM : Lunch is served
02:00 PM : Sponsor breakout sessions
07:00 PM : Dinner is served..
Hack through the night!

Day 2 - Sunday
08:00 AM : Breakfast
12:00 PM : Lunch
01:00 PM : Hackathon Ends / Submission due on
02:00 PM : Demos Begin / Demos only / No Slide Decks
(If your demo doesn’t work, take us through the code of
what you did and where you got stuck. It’s about showing what you’ve learned and not about pitching an idea)
6:00PM: Winners are announced / Prizathon!
Congrats and Hell Yeah!

Just one more thing before we let you go; we will be filming and shooting photos at the event to share the good times & innovation with the rest of our community. So by entering the venue, you’re giving us the OK to snap photos of that pretty face of yours and post it on our social media!

For more info, please don’t hesitate visit our website or contact the AngelHack team.

We look forward to seeing you there!
The AngelHack Team


Greenovate Community Summit
Saturday, June 6
10am - 4pm
Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 340 Huntington Avenue


Cambridge River Festival
Saturday June 6
12 Noon - 6 PM
Central Square Cultural District, Massachusetts Avenue between Prospect Street and Sidney Street


Playing for the Planet
Saturday, June 6
The Community Church Of Boston, 565 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston
Cost:  $20; $15 students & seniors

On Saturday, June 6, the eleventh “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three different musical traditions in a rare evening of pan-cultural improvisation, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group The performers include the brilliant jazz of Charlie Kohlhase's "Explorers' Club", Esthema's contemporary take on Balkan and Middle-Eastern traditions, and the awe-inspiring Indian rhythm duet of Pravin Sitaram and Amit Kavthekar. The music begins at 7:00 pm, at The Community Church Of Boston, 565 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston. Admission is $20; $15 students & seniors. For information, please call 781-396-0734, or visit the event website at

Sunday, June 7

Bikes Not Bombs' 28th Annual Bike-A-Thon
Sunday, June 7
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Stony Brook Park, 100 Boylston Street, Jamaica Plain

On June 7th, join with hundreds of cyclists on a bike ride for social justice! We have four scenic routes through greater Boston (80, 50, 30 and 10 miles) that are fun for riders of all ages and abilities. Our online fundraising system makes it easy to raise $150! After the ride enjoy free food and music at the rider after-party.  Join with your friends to create a team and you could win a prize for teams that go above and beyond! The rider after-party will be at the Stony Brook Park from noon – 5:30pm.
The event is June 7th (rain date is June 21st). Registration opens on March 1st and there will be half price registration until March 31st. After registering, riders fundraise at least $150 ($75 for riders 17 and under) to support Bikes Not Bombs' Youth and International Programs.
We're also looking for over 100 volunteers to help put on the event. Learn more and sign up online!
To register to ride, or for information on volunteering, please visit  Riders must register and receive confirmation of their registration from Bikes Not Bombs.

National Day of Civic Hacking:  Boston 2015
Sunday, June 7
Microsoft Offices, 255 Main Street, Cambridge

Cultivating Faith and Hope in an Age of Climate Crisis
Sunday, June 7
2:00-5:30 pm
Church of the Holy Spirit, 169 Rice Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Donation of $10 to $30. More if you can, less if you can't.

In the face of ecological crisis, how do we maintain faith and hope? What spiritual practices and perspectives sustain us as we struggle to protect the web of life?

We will explore a framework and some tools to help us maintain ourselves as healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope. The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, group sharing, a little singing, and space for solitary reflection and prayer.

Rabbi Katy Allen is affiliated with Ma'yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope, the One Earth Collaborative of Open Spirit Center, and the Jewish Climate Action Network.

The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, author, and climate activist. She serves the Diocese of Western Massachusetts as Missioner for Creation Care.

This interfaith retreat is open to people of all spiritual traditions or none.
All are welcome.

For more information contact Vince Maraventano at or 617.244.0755

For directions to the Church of the Holy Spirit, please click here.

Pre-registration is recommended.  Register online at
You may register at the door.

Monday, June 8

The Novo Nordisk Strategy for Sustainability
Monday, June 8
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)
Crosstown Building, CT460/460A, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Novo Nordisk is the largest producer of insulin in the world. On Monday, June 8th BUSPH will host Susanne Stormer, their Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer to discuss the Novo Nordisk Sustainability Strategy.


Measuring and Understanding Personalization of Web Services
Monday, June 8
4:00 p.m.
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston

Dr. Christo Wilson, Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science


Boston Living with Water Final Awards Ceremony
Monday, June 8
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Please join Mayor Martin J. Walsh in recognizing the awardees, finalists, and all of the Boston Living with Water participants.

A panel of jurors will discuss the selection of winners and lessons learned from the competition.

Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you plan to join us.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Boston Living with Water is an International Design Competition envisioning a more sustainable, more resilient, and more beautiful Boston adapted for sea level rise and climate change in the year 2100.  Boston Living with Water is an offering of the Boston Redevelopment Authority in collaboration and partnership of The Boston Harbor Association, Boston Society of Architects, and the City of Boston.


Redefining the Customer Relationship via Hyper-local Marketing Solutions
Monday, June 8
6:00pm - 8:00pm
MIT, Stata Center, Room 32-141, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $0 - $30

Today’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to the shopping experience is being disrupted by highly granular location solutions offering context, simplicity, speed, engagement, personalization and great deals. On Monday June 8thwe’re gathering experts to discuss the latest in proximity based marketing, payment and loyalty solutions which leverage iBeacons, NFC and QR codes to enhance the customer experience.


Storified Science and Content Retelling
Monday, June 8
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
MIT Building 4, Room 231, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

On June 8th, MIT Open Documentary Lab and StoryCode Bostonpresent Papero, a new content sharing platform and finalist of the Harvard Innovation Lab Dean's Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge.  We will also discuss the emergence of YouTube science/history channels (CrashCourse, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, etc.) as powerful new forms of enlightenment storytelling.

Originally from France, Germany, the UK and the US and studying statistics, history, philosophy and economics – what brought the Papero team together was the realization that the current system of content sharing is broken. At the beginning of February this year they set out to design Papero: a new way of sharing, engaging with and keeping track of digital content – articles, blog posts, podcasts, video clips – any and all content worth sharing.

The act of simply reposting a link has become mechanical - literally, with millions of automated social shares happening daily. With Papero, any URL can become a canvas for you to express your point of view and your thoughts about a subject, organize and curate a collection of information and assets, collaborate and annotate in real-time. You're not just sharing the content, you are empowered to fashion your own retelling.

With the accessibility of YouTube and media production tools to a vast majority, we have seen a redefinition of the educational film genre.  I used to groan at just saying the phrase "educational film", as it recalled corporate-produced churnings of stock footage and social engineering.  But now it is easier than ever to make what we've always wanted to see and tell the stories of history and share our passion for science with the world.

The format for these series (CGP Grey, ViHart, HardCore History, Vsauce…) varies in character as much as their creators, but the motivation is ostensibly the same: to share knowledge in a new way… and perhaps revolutionize our education system? Eh, one thing at a time :) 


Science by the Pint:  How nanoparticle research is advancing human health
Monday, June 8
The Burren, Davis Square, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Dr. Kim Hamad-Schifferli
Nanotechnology has captured the imaginations of scientists, engineers, and physicians for its potential to revolutionize human health and biology. The fact that materials have different properties simply due to the fact that they are nanometer-sized has enabled new fields of study. However, nanotechnology has also generated a considerable amount of fear in the public because of its potential unintended consequences. We will discuss some of the exciting new ways that nanotechnology is advancing medicine. In addition, we will cover some of the challenges that this emerging field has faced. Why is it so hard to regulate nanotechnology? Should we be afraid of nanotechnology? And where are all the nanobots that everyone said they would build?

More information at

Tuesday, June 9

Boston TechBreakfast featuring awesome tech demos
Tuesday, June 9
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Microsoft- NERD, 1 Memorial Drive Horace Mann Room Cambridge

Organizer:  TechBreakfast


Body Sensor Networks Conference 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 8:00 AM to Friday, June 12, 2015, 5:00 PM
MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Wearables are all about sensors. Join this free event to learn more about Body Sensor Networks!

From the event description:
The availability of small, low-cost networked sensors combined with advanced signal processing and information extraction is driving a revolution in physiological monitoring and intervention. Body Sensor Networks (BSN) are enabling technologies for precision healthcare, enhanced sports and fitness training, novel life- style monitoring, and individualized security.The 12th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2015) will address BSN research and offer participants a unique forum to discuss the key issues and innovative solutions for sensors, communications, algorithms, systems, and applications. The conference features numerous invited lectures by leading academic researchers and industrial experts. On the days before and after the conference, tutorials will be presented, detailing and demonstrating BSN technologies from sensor networks to the algorithms that employ them


Regionalization: The answer to gentrification without displacement?
Tuesday, June 9
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
(Light Refreshments served at 3:00 PM)
ABCD Melnea Cass Room, 3rd Floor, 178 Tremont Street, Boston

Help ask the tough questions...
Neighborhood, municipality, or region - at what level is income inequality best addressed?
Can regional transportation planning increase access to quality jobs?
How can we make gentrification benefit people living in poverty?
Should services follow people where they move?
... and leave with answers that lead to action!


Cambridge City Council Committee Hearing on the Net Zero Action Plan
Tuesday, June 9
4:00PM to 6:30PM
City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The Health and Environment Committee, chaired by Councilor Leland Cheung, will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday, June 9th from 4:00PM to 6:30PM in Sullivan Chamber, City Hall. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss a proposed framework for the goal of setting Cambridge on the trajectory to becoming a “net zero community.” All are invited to attend this hearing.

For more information on the Net Zero Action Plan, check out our webpage at


Greater Media Boston Innovation Series
Tuesday, June 9
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

The Greater Media Boston Innovation Series, in conjunction with Bentley University, is a conversation for people in the Boston community who are seeking to understand the ever changing landscape of marketing.

We are looking to construct a dialogue of thought leaders and curious individuals to engage in a conversation and share ideas both in person and online.


Research in the Mo(ve)ment: Civic Media, Political Unrest, and the Role of the University
Tuesday, June 9
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge

The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Tony Robinson, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray have galvanized national protests, social media campaigns and calls for change. Police brutality and urban poverty have been pushed to the front of the news cycle as educators and researchers struggle to understand, communicate and participate.
Join a discussion on the role of research in unfolding movements like #BlackLivesMatter. How can educators provide context and reflection in a rapidly unfolding and politicized media climate? And what role can research and researchers play in the formation of public discourse? With these tensions as our starting point, we will have a discussion with a range of researchers from both academia and activism.
The panel will take place at 5:30, reception with drinks to follow.
Jabari Asim, Associate Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College, Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis magazine
Terry Marshall, Founder/Strategy Architect of Intelligent Mischief
Laura Amico, Founder of Homicide Watch, Editor at the Boston Globe
Ted Landsmark, Former President of Boston Architectural College


Laziness in the Time of Responsive Design
Tuesday, June 9
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
IBM Research Cambridge, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge
Cost:  $5.00 - $15

Abstract:  As screens and input types evolve, we’re managing more complexity in our designs than ever before: our layouts are becoming more flexible and responsive; our interfaces, more immersive. Maybe we can look for simpler approaches? In this session, Ethan—a singularly lazy person—will walk through some responsive designs, and show how we might do a lot more with a little bit less.

Bio:  Ethan Marcotte is an independent designer and author, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing Web. His popular book on the topic has been widely praised, as it demonstrates how designers and organizations can leverage the Web’s flexibility to design across mobile, tablet, and desktop—and whatever might come next.

Over the years, Ethan has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including An Event Apart, SXSW Interactive, and Webstock. His clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, The Boston Globe, and People Magazine. He also cofounded Editorially, a collaborative writing platform.

Evening Schedule
6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking!
Sponsors:  IBM Research is hosting us and providing food.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 10

1st Annual HEALTHY FOOD FUELS HUNGRY MINDS: Serving Change in Public Schools
Wednesday June 10
Harvard, Sever Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Cost:  $35

The distinguished panel of speakers appearing as part of this day-long conference on the importance of nutritious food served to public school students nationwide includes:

Chef Ann Cooper  (AKA "The Renegade Lunch Lady") Founder and Board President, Chef Ann Foundation, Boulder, CO
Kristen Saenz Tobey  Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Revolution Foods, Oakland, CA
Curt Ellis  Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FoodCorps, New York, NY
Simca Horowitz Eastern Massachusetts Program Director, Mass Farm to School Project, Cambridge, MA
John Turenne  President Sustainable Food Systems, LLC, Wallingford, CT
Bertrand  Weber  Director, Culinary and Nutrition Services, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN
Paul Reville Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education: Director, Education Redesign Lab                    
                          ...and more

Our first lady touts it; our federal legislation mandates it; our parents champion it; our foodservice professionals strive to deliver it: healthy, fresh food for students in public schools. How can it be so controversial if everyone agrees? Join this first annual conference to understand the current state of childhood nutrition, the nuances of the federal law, the economic, logistical and technical constraints faced by foodservice providers, and creative solutions for improving offerings. This one-day education session will help us forge a collective understanding on the role each of us plays as parents, providers and advocates to effect meaningful change!

Who Should Attend: School Nutrition Directors*, Parents, Policy & Wellness Advocates, Officials and Academics in the areas of Law, Nutrition, Public Health and Education (*Conference attendance earns continuing education credits)

Presented by: Let's Talk About Food, Massachusetts State Office of Nutrition and Health, Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic, Harvard University Dining Services' Food Literacy Project

Conference Agenda:


Exploiting Anaerobes for Biomass Breakdown and Sustainable Chemistry
Wednesday, June 10
MIT, Building 48-316, Parsons Lab, 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Michelle A. O'Malley, University of California, Santa Barbara

Microbial Systems Seminar

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
For more information, contact:  Kathryn Kauffman


How Data Helps the Neighborhoods
June 10
5:30PM – 7:45 PM 
Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Innovation is transforming City Hall….This year we are creating a City Wide Analytics Team to bring the power of data to everything we do. –From Mayor Marty Walsh’s, State of the City Address on January 15, 2015

Increasingly non-profits, community organizations, civic startups and cities are integrating data into their decision making process and this data is setting priorities, increasing transparency and identifying focus areas for innovation. Some recent examples of this include the city’s recent HubHacks event focused on data visualizations that the city will use in its decision-making, as well as the Boston Foundation’s Indicators Project.

As citizens begin to grapple with the information that is being collected, aggregated and used to generate new insights, questions are starting to emerge:How do we decide what data to use?
Is this the right data to answer our questions?
Is this data set complete?
How can we combine diverse data set to reveal newinsights?
Are the right people involved in the data aggregation or analysis?
How do we notify citizens of the use of their data?
Join us to discuss this emerging set of questions and consider the impact of data on our neighborhoods.

Holly St. Clair, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Elsa Sze, Agora
Chris Horne, Sasaki Associates
5:30 – 6 PM – Registration and networking
6:00 – 6:45 – Short Intro followed by short presentations by each of our speakers
6:45 – 7:30 – Breakout into small discussion groups
7:30 – 7:45 – Group readouts
7:45 – 9:30 – Post event networking


Mass Innovation Nights 75
Wednesday, June 10
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Google Cambridge, 355 Main Street, 5th Floor, Cambridge

MIN #75 finds us at Google in Cambridge. We are more than excited to have Google as our sponsor & host. You will be too, when you see the super cool space. Did we mention this is a themed event -- "Civic Tech"! Come see the Google office (we know you're curious) and the "12" new products (plus a surprise 13th product that will be revealed just a few days prior) showcasing at the event. June 10th at 6pm!


Chasing the Red Queen: The Evolutionary Race between Pests and Poisons
Wednesday, June 10
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building
Cost:  $5 - $10

Andy Dyer, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, University of South Carolina, Aiken
In Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice she must run as fast as she can just to stay in place. Modern agriculture, with its almost total dependence on chemical pesticides, is the Alice of today. Try as we might, our every attempt to control insects and weeds is met with an evolutionary response: they adapt and become resistant to the poisons. We fight back with new, improved chemicals—they respond by adapting again, and on it goes, over and over, as it has for the past sixty years. But Andy Dyer believes that if we use the principles of evolutionary biology, we stand a good chance of taking control of our food supply and weaning our agricultural system from chemical dependence. Join us for a biological perspective on securing foods of our future.

Thursday, June 11

Meet with... The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Thursday, June 11
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
JLABS @LabCentral, 700 Main Street, Cambridge
Cost:  Presentation & Lunch Only:  $27.37;  At the door - Presentation & Lunch Only:  $37.92

What does it take to save a life? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The Foundation works with partners to deliver proven tools - including vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics - as well as discover path-breaking new solutions that are affordable and reliable. Focus areas for investments center on infectious diseases including HIV, polio, TB, dengue and malaria, as well as diagnostics and health IT ideas that bring health interventions to those who need them most.

James Rosen, Gates Foundation Venture Capital Deputy Director for Program Related Investments, will be in attendance to provide an overview presentation on the Foundation's key areas of interest and best practices when applying for funding. The Gates Foundation has made $3.6 billion in grant payments in 2013 with a total of $31.6 billion in grant payments since its inception.

Jimmy will be on hand to meet with a handful of applicants one-on-one. To be considered for a one-on-one meeting complete the information required here.

10:30am | Registration and Networking
11:00am | Presentation and Q&A
11:45am | Networking Lunch
12:30-5:00pm | One-on-one Meetings*

*Companies must have applied for a one-on-one meeting ahead of time and be approved. The application period ends May 11, 2015.


Defining Solar’s Value: A Stakeholders’ Forum
Thursday, June 11
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Speakers will include
Dr. Richard Perez, Senior Researcher at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, SUNY Albany; and
Karl R. Rábago, Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, Pace University School of Law

Admission is free; donations of $20/person are welcomed to defray expenses.
The solar community has approached the Massachusetts legislature with an urgent request for policy reform to be addressed this session. One part of our proposal is for lawmakers to lift or suspend the current caps on solar installations so that the state can sustain the solar market.

Another part of our proposal is for public agencies to complete a detailed and transparent analysis of solar generation’s benefits and costs, and how those can best be shared among stakeholders: solar system owners, ratepayers, solar developers and installers, environmental groups, low-income communities, and others. This analysis will be critical to developing a sound, long-term solar policy.

It will not be simple or straightforward to design and complete this analysis. There are numerous technical issues and policy goals that need to be measured and evaluated in order to achieve a comprehensive and balanced result.

This forum will help participants understand these issues and engage them in clarifying the purpose, methods, and process for completing such a study. It will include time for open discussion and will run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

The host organizations are SEBANE, the Solar Energy Business Association of New England, and NESEMC, the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition. SEBANE is a non-profit trade association of solar businesses, and a founding member of the NESEMC, which is funding a portion of the costs of this forum from a DOE Sun Shot Initiative grant. The forum sponsors are Cotuit Solar, New England Clean Energy, PV Squared, South Mountain Company, and SunPower.

This forum is open to all, but preregistration is needed. 


Building Trust Between Police and Communities in the Wake of Ferguson
Thursday, June 11
4:00 p.m.,
Northeastern, Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston

Dr. Amy Farrell, Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice


BOSTON TECHJAM 2015:  Accelerating and Celebrating the World's Brightest Innovators
Thursday June 11
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
City Hall Plaza, Boston
Cost:  $10


Health & Wellness Demos and Drinks
Thursday, June 11
6:00 PM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston

Tech in Motion is organizing a Health & Wellness Demos & Drinks Event. Some wearable tech will be present. From the event description: "The health tech industry has really taken off over the past couple of years. From wearable fitness devices, to apps that help you track your daily calorie intakes, to even exercise routine apps, there is something out there for everyone. Tech in Motion Boston is excited to host this interactive and informative demo event at District Hall in the Seaport with local startups who are helping people live healthier and more fit lives. If you are someone who is just getting started, a fitness guru, or even a tech junkie, make sure to check out this event! Demo Companies: MeYou Health offers a well-being program that helps people eat better, walk more, quit smoking, and make small but meaningful changes.

Lose It! is the industry-leading digital health and fitness platform that is centered on the proven principles of calorie tracking and community support for healthy, sustainable weight loss. WOO Sports is an innovative wearable for action sports that measures things like airtime, jump height, g-force, slope conditions, among many other key metrics."


Growing Up X:  A Commemoration of the 90th Birthday of Malcolm X
Thursday, June 11
Museum of African American History, 6 Joy Street, Beacon Hill, Boston

Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's daughter and author of three books on his life.

Reflections | Readings | Audience Q&A | Reception | Book Signing
More information at 617.725.0022 x22


BASEA Forum: New MIT Study - "The Future of Solar Energy"ß
Thursday, June 11
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square
Thursday, June 11th is BASEA's monthly Forum. We are pleased to introduce Dr. Francis O'Sullivan, presenting MIT's new study "The Future of Solar Energy", released just this month. Following other "Future of..." studies, this MIT Energy Initiative analysis aimed to "assess solar energy's current and potential competitive position and to identify changes in US government policies that could more efficiently and effectively support its massive deployment over the long-term, which we view as necessary".

What innovations and insights does this work reveal? How does it inform the current discussion around solar policy in Massachusetts?  Dive into the details at our June Forum! 
Dr. Francis O'Sullivan is Director of Research and Analysis at the MIT Energy Initiative, and a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests span a range of topics related to energy technologies, policy and economics. His current research is focused on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, and solar energy. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. O'Sullivan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked extensively in the areas of economic, investment and risk analysis, strategic planning, and operations in the private equity, oil and gas, electric utility, and renewable energy sectors.

Dr. O'Sullivan received his Ph.D., E.E., and S.M. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.E. degree from the National University of Ireland, all in electrical engineering

Friday, June 12

Koch Institute Summer Symposium: CANCER COMPLEXITY: Heterogeneity in Tumor Progression and Drug Response
Friday, June 12
MIT, Building 34, Johnson Athletics Center, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge
MIT and Koch Institute Alumni - $110 ; $120 on-site
Non-MIT Postdocs, Graduate Students, Medical Students - $120; $125 on-site
Non-MIT Academic and Industry Professionals - $160; $170 on-site
Broad Institute Community - $35 (Broad Institute Email Required); $40 on-site
Undergraduate Students - Complimentary (must present valid undergraduate ID at check-in on site)

The Koch Institute's 14th annual Summer Symposium will explore the genetic and epigenetic heterogeneity within tumors that yields diverse cancer phenotypes, such as drug resistance. Speakers will highlight the latest breakthroughs in overcoming clinical challenges in cancer diagnostics and therapy. Come join us as we assemble cancer's complex puzzle.

Registration is required:
General registration (including industry/academic professionals, non-MIT students and postdocs, MIT and KI alumni) --

MIT registration (current MIT faculty, students, postdocs, and staff; MIT email address required) --

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
For more information, contact:

Saturday, June 13

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT
Saturday, June 13
MIT Museum, Building N-51, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

A multimedia excursion into the history of artificial intelligence at MIT; includes Kismet, the world's first sociable robot designed by MIT Professor Cynthia Breazeal.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 10$/5$/Free for MIT cardholders
This event occurs daily, except January 1, 2016, May 25, 2015, July 4, 2015, September 7, 2015, November 26, 2015, December 24, 2015 and December 25, 2015.
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  617-253-5927

Sunday, June 14

Boston Dragon Boat Festival, Race Day
Sunday, June 14
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Charles River by the Weeks Footbridge at Harvard
Storrow Drive, Boston

Monday, June 15

The Future of Fish:  Can We Bring Global Fisheries Back from the Brink?
Monday, June 15
Reception 5:30 pm; talk at 6:30 pm
Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberley Theatre, 527 Tremont Street, Boston
Cost:  $25-$40

Many fish populations globally are in decline, due to changing ecosystems and fishing pressure. Even New England’s famed cod is struggling, bringing this global challenge very close to home. How can fishermen and scientists work together to save our fisheries? Can innovative solutions change the paradigm?


Global Pitchfest
Monday, June 15
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Hult Business School, 1 Education Street, Cambridge

To apply as a pitching startup press here. Deadline is June 7th.
To attend the event in the audience register on this page.

Join swissnex Boston, venturelab, HULT Business School and MassChallenge to see impressive company presentations at the Global Pitchfest 2015! As part of the Venture Leaders Boston Bootcamp, 30 entrepreneurs from all over the world will be going head-to-head for the title of Global Pitchfest Champion. The event will end with a catered networking session.

By using our text-message-based polling system, you will choose your favorite pitcher of the night. Then, our jury will choose another winner!

Did you recently launch a startup in the Boston area and want to practice your pitch, while getting more visibility for your business? Pitches will be by one person for one minute using only one slide (Don’t worry - you don’t have to be Swiss or American... Every nationality is welcome!)
Apply to pitch at the Global Pitchfest here.

Running annually since 2000, the Venture Leaders program is a 10-day business development bootcamp in the US for Swiss entrepreneurs presented by venturelab and swissnex Boston. Every March, twenty Swiss-based entrepreneurs - out of hundreds of motivated candidates - are selected to attend the venture leaders program in Boston.

Check out the companies here and click here for video profiles of all 20 Venture Leaders.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

The event space is easily accessible by public transportation (5 minutes walk from Lechmere Station, Green Line). Parking at the location is available, but limited. If you already know that you will be coming with your car, please register here for free on-site parking (limited availability, first-come first-serve).
6:00 PM: Doors Open & Registration
6:30 PM: Opening Presentation
6:45 PM: Pitch Round 1: Groups 1 - 5
7:35 PM: Finalists Announced
7:50 PM: Pitch Round 2: Groups Finalists
8:00 PM: Global Pitchfest Champions
8:20 PM: Networking


Infested:  How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World
Monday, June 15
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Brooke Borel

Tuesday, May 16

German American Smart Buildings Symposium
Tuesday, June 16
9AM - 5PM
MIT Department of Architecture, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at[event_uid]=55993&tx_cpsevents[contact]=1927987&cHash=ab9c810a402b8066aa1f3b9c36af1a99

The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC) is pleased to announce the next event in our International Sustainability Series focusing on energy efficiency in buildings in Boston, MA.

Boston has been named most energy-efficient city in the US by ACEEE’s report ranking cities exclusively on energy efficiency efforts. As a leader in energy efficiency for the past years, it is not surprising that Massachusetts was also named the most energy efficient state in the US. Massachusetts’ “Green Communities Act” has galvanized significant investments in energy efficiency since 2008. 

Boston is not only the economic and political capital of Massachusetts, the city is also known for its world-famous research institutions such as Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE).

The Smart Buildings Symposium will build on Boston’s vision for the future, bringing experts from Germany and local US innovators together to discuss ways to cooperate. Germany has been known for decades as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The event will target professionals, researchers and opinion leaders in the fields of energy efficiency in buildings and green building technologies.

The program is sponsored by the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy which aims to:
Highlight efficient solutions from Germany that can be implemented in the US.
Share industry knowledge internationally to further develop the sustainable building and infrastructure market.
Raise awareness among political decision makers and opinion leaders concerning the importance of energy efficiency and the synergy between the two countries.
Support climate protection and resource conservation through smarter buildings and infrastructures.

Susanne Rehse, Consultant Consulting Services
(212) 974-8836
(646) 974-8867


From Gene Therapy to Germline Editing: Promises, Challenges, Ethics
WHEN  Tue., June 16, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Medical School, Walter Amphitheater, Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HMS Office of Communications and External Relations
SPEAKER(S)  George Q. Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology and pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Samuel E. Lux IV Professor of Hematology/Oncology & director, Stem Cell Transplantation Program, Boston Children's Hospital
COST  Free and open to the Harvard community
CONTACT INFO 617.432.3038
DETAILS  Light refreshments served.
Live stream will be added to website prior to event.


Big Data Gets Personal: Transforming Healthcare in the Age of Wearable Tech
Tuesday, June 16
6:00 PM
Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Avenue, Cambridge

From fitness bands to ingestible sensors, sensor tech has the potential to drastically change our daily lives. Well known consumer technology companies such as Fitbit and Jawbone help wearers keep track of their daily activity, sensors built into watches by Apple and Samsung can measure heart rate throughout the day, and pioneers in digestible sensors such as Proteus Digital Health are developing systems that can track health with metrics from within the body. Companies such as MC10 are pushing the limits of wearables by developing the Biostamp, a sensor that can measure temperature, movement, heart rate, and more within a device that is the size of two postage stamps. As these devices become more ubiquitous, the "connected human" will not only be able to monitor health metrics about him/herself in real-time, but also be able to share that data with healthcare professionals and other individuals. How will we adapt to this fast-approaching reality and what challenges remain to utilize this technology for improving human health?

We're thrilled to announce our all-star panelists: Dr. Michael Cima from MIT and co-founder of MicroCHIPS; Shahid Azim, CEO of Quanttus; Ben Schlatka, co-founder of MC10; Mandira Singh, Senior Business Development Manager at Athena Health; and Lesley Solomon, Executive Director of the Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women's! Following the panel discussion there will be a networking session with exhibitions from wearable tech companies. Registration is free!


Boston New Technology June 2015 Product Showcase #BNT54
Tuesday, June 16
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!  Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A.  Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT54 hashtag in social media posts

Foley Hoag is in the Seaport West building. Take an elevator to the 13th floor and look for signs. Please do not check in with security in the lobby.


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website ( that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.

The website contains:

A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily -
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations -

Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities

The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.

Please feel free to email our organization at if you have any questions!


Intern with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (BLC) is a nonprofit based in the Cambridge, MA area. Our mission is to mobilize the biosphere to restore ecosystems and reverse global warming.
Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.

Background: Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet. Restoring the complex ecology of soils is the only way to safely and quickly remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, where it’s desperately needed to regenerate the health of billions of acres of degraded lands. Restoring carbon to soils and regenerating ecosystems are how we can restore a healthy hydrologic cycle and cool local and planetary climates safely, naturally, and in time to ensure a livable climate now and in the future.

Our Work: immediate plans include
Organizing the First International Biodiversity, Soil Carbon and Climate Week, October 31-November 9, 2014, and a kick-off conference in the Boston area, “Mobilizing the Biosphere to Reverse Global Warming: A Biodiversity, Water, Soil Carbon and Climate Conference – and Call to Action” to expand the mainstream climate conversation to include the power of biology, and to help initiate intensive worldwide efforts to return atmospheric carbon to the soils.
Coordination of a global fund to directly assist local farmers and herders in learning and applying carbon farming approaches that not only benefit the climate, but improve the health and productivity of the land and the people who depend on it.
Collaboration with individuals and organizations on addressing eco-restoration and the regeneration of water and carbon cycles; such projects may include application of practices such as Holistic Management for restoration of billions of acres of degraded grasslands, reforestation of exploited forest areas, and restoring ocean food chains.

Please contact Helen D. Silver, for further information.


Climate Stories Project

What's your Climate Story?
Climate Stories Project is a forum that gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is having on our lives. Often, we only discuss climate change from the impersonal perspective of science or the contentious realm of politics. Today, more and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on an personal level. Climate Stories Project allows people from around the world to share their stories and to engage with climate change in a personal, direct way.


Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills. You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)


Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit:
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.


Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.
Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact

------------------------'s Guide to Boston


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