Sunday, June 07, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - June 7, 2015

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Monday, June 8

10am  The Novo Nordisk Strategy for Sustainability
1pm  Fracking Waste in New York: A Business Perspective
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
12pm  Data, data everywhere -- but how to manage and govern?
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
6pm  Automating a Generation of Urban Farming
6:30pm  Laziness in the Time of Responsive Design

Wednesday, June 10

8:30am  1st Annual HEALTHY FOOD FUELS HUNGRY MINDS: Serving Change in Public Schools
12:30pm  What3Words: 3 Words to Address the 4 Billion Unaddressed
1pm  Exploiting Anaerobes for Biomass Breakdown and Sustainable Chemistry
4pm  Complex Systems discussion series at NECSI Show and Tell
5pm  Special Event: CVPR Vision Open House at MIT Media Lab
5:30pm  How Data Helps the Neighborhoods
6pm  Mass Innovation Nights 75
7pm  Chasing the Red Queen: The Evolutionary Race between Pests and Poisons

Thursday, June 11

10:30am  Meet with... The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
1pm  Defining Solar’s Value: A Stakeholders’ Forum
4pm  Building Trust Between Police and Communities in the Wake of Ferguson
4pm  BOSTON TECHJAM 2015:  Accelerating and Celebrating the World's Brightest Innovators
6pm  Health & Wellness Demos and Drinks
6pm  Growing Up X:  A Commemoration of the 90th Birthday of Malcolm X
7pm  BASEA Forum: New MIT Study - "The Future of Solar Energy"

Friday, June 12

9am  Koch Institute Summer Symposium: CANCER COMPLEXITY: Heterogeneity in Tumor Progression and Drug Response

Saturday, June 13

10am  Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Sunday, June 14

7am - 5pm  Boston Dragon Boat Festival, Race Day
6pm  Biodiversity for a Livable Planet:  Microbes 'R' Us

Monday, June 15

5:30pm  The Future of Fish:  Can We Bring Global Fisheries Back from the Brink?
6pm  Global Pitchfest
7pm  Infested:  How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World

Tuesday, May 16

9am  German American Smart Buildings Symposium
12pm  From Gene Therapy to Germline Editing: Promises, Challenges, Ethics
12pm  The Quantified Self; Newsfeed: Created by you?; Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public; EVE Online and World of Darkness
6pm  Big Data Gets Personal: Transforming Healthcare in the Age of Wearable Tech
6pm  Boston New Technology June 2015 Product Showcase #BNT54


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

Two Republicans on Carbon Pricing


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.


Fracking Waste in New York: A Business Perspective 
Tuesday, June 8
1- 2pm ET 
Webinar at

Even though New York has a fracking ban in place, further action is needed to protect  the state’s sustainable economic drivers from the impacts of continuing disposal of oil and gas waste.  Did you know that New York has been allowing waste, including 500,000 tons from Pennsylvania, to be spread on roads for de-icing and dust control?  Learn more about the facts on gas and oil field waste disposal in NY, the implications for NY businesses, and what you can do to protect your community. Sponsored by NYS Sustainable Business Council and Riverkeeper.

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


Data, data everywhere -- but how to manage and govern?
Tuesday, June 9
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm

Christine Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Universities are drowning in data, not only data produced by their researchers and students, but also data they collect about their communities. Research data are subject to sharing and retention requirements by funding agencies and journals. Data from course management systems, faculty personnel records, security cameras, and social media are being used as indicators for decision making. This talk will identify some of the challenges faced by universities in managing and governing these complex categories of data. Material is drawn from Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (Borgman, 2015, MIT Press) and the UCLA Data Governance Task Force (work in progress).

About Christine
Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author of more than 200 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication.

Her new book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, was published by MIT Press in early 2015. Prior books, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), each won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the Association for Information Science and Technology.Professor Borgman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Co-chair of the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation and Attribution, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.


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


Automating a Generation of Urban Farming
June 9
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Doors Open: 6:00 P.M.
Presentation: 6:30 P.M.
Unhosted Dinner: 8:00 P.M.
Freight Farms, 840 Summer Street, Boston

Presented by
Brad McNamara, CEO of Freight Farms
Jon Friedman, President of Freight Farms
and Kyle Seaman, Director of Farm Technology of Freight Farms

A Technical Meeting of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, Boston Chapter

The growing trend towards sustainable local food production is rooted in the need to feed a growing global population without further depleting natural resources. Urban farming is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, but without the proper infrastructure and industry knowledge, it’s difficult to gain entry into the market. Seeking to eliminate major barriers, Freight Farms has developed a turn-key system, the Leafy Green Machine, that allows anyone to immediately begin growing fresh produce anywhere. These complete hydroponic systems are built inside shipping containers and produce a commercial volume of fresh produce with 95% less water than traditional agriculture. By utilizing automation technology, Freight Farms removes the numerous challenges of local food production and makes urban farming a viable business opportunity.

Brad McNamara
Brad McNamara is the CEO and co-founder of Freight Farms. Brad and his co-founder, Jon, developed their flagship product, the Leafy Green Machine, to allow any business to grow a high-volume of fresh produce in any environment regardless of the climate. He has big expectations for the future, envisioning Freight Farms scattered across the globe making a dramatic impact on how food is produced. Brad has an MBA and Masters in Environmental Science from Clark University.

Jon Friedman
Jon Friedman is the co-founder and President of Freight Farms. With a background in Industrial Design from MassArt, Jon is using design thinking to build a better food system and make fresh food locally accessible anywhere on the globe. Jon is eager to make it easier for the world population to live in balance with the planet. Freight Farms is a way to create immediate impact and a long-term solution to reduce human stress on nature’s limited resources.

Kyle Seaman
Kyle Seaman is Director of Farm Technology, focused on modernizing legacy agriculture systems to work with present day networks and applications. Having grown up on a farm in eastern Canada Kyle is well aware of the challenges facing the next generations of farmers, and focused on bringing these changes through sustainable technology advances.

Freight Farms was founded in 2010 by Brad McNamara and Jon Friedman, and grew out of the desire to eliminate the environmental costs of food production and distribution. The company mission is to create a more sustainable and connected food system by providing the tools that enable fresh food production in any environment.

Over the years, Freight Farms has grown into a team of motivated individuals with diverse backgrounds, unified by a collective desire to challenge the status quo while simultaneously inspiring positive change. Freight Farms vision is to build cloud-connected, sustainable, local agricultural systems on a global scale.

The flagship product, the Leafy Green Machine, is a ready to operate, hydroponic farm that is fully assembled inside of a shipping container. This complete farming system allows any business or individual to grow a high-volume of fresh produce in any environment regardless of the climate. The company has a passionate customer base ranging from small businesses, lifestyle farmers and entrepreneurs to hotels/restaurants, corporate campuses and universities. Leafy Green Machines are currently operating across the United States and Canada, creating year-round access to local, fresh produce.

The Freight Farms team continues to focus on creating a better food system through innovation and new technology.

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 W Broadway, Boston

Have more questions? Want to share a drink with the speaker? Want to network with fellow engineers and professionals? Just want to chat about the current goings-on in Robotics, or technology in general? Join us for dinner, where you can talk about Robotics in a more casual setting!

This and other RAS meetings are open to the general public. For more information about the RAS Boston Chapter, contact Chapter Chair Ryan Pettigrew at or visit

To assist us better plan this meeting, please pre-register at

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.

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:


What3Words: 3 Words to Address the 4 Billion Unaddressed
Wednesday, June 10
MIT, Building E14-140, Center for Advanced Urbanism, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Steven Ramage
The United Nations estimates that there are 4 billion people who don't have an address. Not only is this one of the first steps to legal recognition and the associated social and economic development, it also means people can???t get basic services, such as post.

People need a simple, accurate and unambiguous address system. They could use GPS co-ordinates, but with 14-16 digits and some letters, they are too difficult to use for most people except professionals. Coordinates are also impossible to remember, even in the short term, and errors in understanding, transcription and communication make the widespread use of geospatial information prohibitive. what3words is a global address system based on a grid of 3mx3m squares. It uses an algorithmic engine similar to that of a coordinate system and has given each of the 57 trillion squares, a pre-assigned and fixed address of 3 words. It is currently available in 12 languages and integrated in a number of applications worldwide.

Come and listen to Steven Ramage talk about how what3words are addressing the world on June 10th at CAU in the MIT Media Lab.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Civic Data Design Lab
For more information, contact:  Mike Foster


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


Complex Systems discussion series at NECSI Show and Tell
Wednesday, June 10
4:00-6:00 PM
NECSI, 210 Broadway, Cambridge

We often become so preoccupied with the minutiae of our work, that we forget how important outside feedback can be to nudge things in a surprising new direction. Whether you’d like to get some input on your work or simply make room for serendipity, we’d like to welcome you to our Complexity Salon focused on personal projects. Under the assumption of non-disclosure, we are creating a space where exploration of ideas, creative associations, (un)critical feedback and collaboration is possible. By joining this Salon you will mingle and chat with complex systems researchers, civic, healthcare and education innovators, distributed organizations activists, and science-driven trouble takers (meaning those who take the trouble to solve complex problems).

Pizza and drinks on our tab.

Future Complexity Salons will be focused on distributed networks of innovation and homelessness. Would you like to recommend a speaker? Tweet us your suggestions at

Special Event: CVPR Vision Open House at MIT Media Lab
Wednesday, June 10
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
MIT Media Lab 3rd Floor Conference Room, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Special Event: With CVPR in town, we are showcasing computer vision and imaging related work of MIT Media Lab and the Camera Culture Group. Plus short talks from visitors in town for CVPR conference. The participants from CVPR conference are welcome. CVPR attendees must wear the CVPR badge for the tour at 5pm.

Tour for CVPR attendees: 5pm
Imaging Cafe: 5:45pm

After the tour and meetup, we welcome you to join for dinner at MIT community's favorite bar Champions (paid on your own) where we have made reservations.

MERL drinks celebrations: 8pm

How Data Helps the Neighborhoods
Wednesday, 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"
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


Biodiversity for a Livable Planet:  Microbes 'R' Us
Sunday, June 14
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Helen Snively's House, Fayette Park, Cambridge

Come join us for a potluck/discussion with our restoration ecologist Jim Laurie about some of the revolutionary ideas developed by Lynn Margulis on the deep relationship among microbes, and all life including humans. Explore the importance of microbial activity to restoring ecosystems and reversing global warming. Potuck 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Helen Snively's place in Central Square. 

Lynn Margulis was a microbiologist who has given us a broader and more useful view of how life developed on our planet. She insisted that symbiosis was as important to understanding evolution as natural selection. Her descriptions of microbial communities in her many books gave me great insight when developing biodiverse living systems to treat chemical wastewater.

Having this microbial perspective has allowed Jim Laurie to understand why John Todd's "Living Machines" were successful and Allan Savory's "Holistic Planned Grazing" could restore grasslands to their former richness. She is credited with developing the theory of endosymbiosis, also known as symbiogenesis, which explains how complex eukaryotic cells evolved by a fusion of simpler prokaryotic (bacterial) cells. Creating good habitats for microbial communities is critical in all ecosystems as we are now seeing in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and even in our gut. A healthy microbiome in our intestines is a big part of our human immune system.

Margulis enrolled at the University of Chicago at 14 years of age. She was on the faculties of Boston University for two decades before she went to UMass - Amherst in 1988. Using her more holistic view of the evolution of life on earth, she saw much value in Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis and researched how the biodiversity of life can regulate components of earth's atmosphere, ocean salinity, and planetary temperature.

Learning what Lynn Margulis can teach us about symbiosis will give us great insight as we endeavor to create a future where humanity can thrive by restoring biodiverse ecosystems everywhere.  

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, author

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.


The Quantified Self; Newsfeed: Created by you?; Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public; EVE Online and World of Darkness
Tuesday, June 16
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
Event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm.

Join Microsoft Research PhD Interns Ifeoma Ajunwa, Stacy Blasiola, Nathan Matias, and Aleena Chia as they present their current research at the Berkman Center

The Quantified Self
Ifeoma Ajunwa
Ifeoma Ajunwa is a 5th year PhD candidate in Sociology at Columbia University. Recurring themes in her research include inequality, data discrimination and emerging bioethics debates arising from the exploitation of Big Data. Her most recent law review article on genetic data has been accepted for publication by the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and her opinion piece on the same topic was published in the NY Times Room for Debate.
Newsfeed: Created by you? Examining the Discursive Work of Facebook
Stacy Blasiola
Stacy Blasiola is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in Electronic Security and Privacy. Stacy's current research examines the mediating role of algorithms in the distribution of knowledge, the data collection that powers these algorithms, and the privacy considerations of online tracking.

Holding Crowds Accountable To The Public
Nathan Matias
Nathan Matias is a PhD Candidate at the MIT Center for Civic Media/MIT Media Lab, and a Berkman fellow. Nathan designs and researches civic technologies for cooperation and expression. Nathan researches technology for civic cooperation, activism, and expression through action research with communities, data analysis, software design, and field experiments. Most recently, Nathan has been conducting large-scale studies and interventions on the effects of gender bias, online harassment, gratitude, and peer thanks on social media and creative communities like Wikipedia
EVE Online and World of Darkness
Aleena Chia
Aleena Chia is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Culture at Indiana University currently interning at Microsoft Research. Her ethnographic research investigates the affective politics and moral economics of participatory culture, in the context of digital and live-action game worlds. She is a recipient of the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork grant and has published work in American Behavioral Scientist.

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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 17

Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 17
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain

The next meeting of the Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting will be held at Spontaneous Celebrations on June 17, 2015. This event is free to all and all are encouraged to attend. RSVP is requested by 6/16/2015.

Five monthly meetings have been held since January 2015 addressing the following:
Objectives and stakeholder expectations of the visioning process
Current urban ag activity in the city
Metrics and goals for measuring progress
Best practices here and elsewhere to consider for implementation or scaling
Alignment with other local, regional, state, and national urban ag initiatives
Design charrette to highlight opportunities and challenges of urban ag project development
In the remaining meetings, we will refine the emerging vision, define metrics and goals, and outline a path forward for strategic, collaborative, and sustainable development of urban ag in Boston.

In December 2013, the City of Boston passed Article 89, a new addition to the city’s zoning code that allows for urban agriculture. Since this time, the support for urban agriculture in the city has been tremendous, but there has been limited collaboration between the multitude of public, private, and non-profit sectors on how to create a vision for its future in Boston.

In support of a Boston Urban Ag Visioning process, the City of Boston has received a $25,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). The goal of this process will be to bring diverse organizations to the table to create a vision for Boston around food production and distribution, which will enable farmer livelihoods, provide multiple access points for food, and determine how to create food access for low-income constituents. Representatives from all aspects of urban growing in the city will be engaged, including community gardeners, traditional farmers, gleaners, edible forest developers, farmers’ market reps, traditional and rooftop farmers, as well as food production folks.


Public Forum: Is Obesity A Disease
WHEN  Wed., June 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE  Boston Marriott Long Wharf , 296 State Street, Commonwealth Ballroom, Boston
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Health Sciences, Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Massachusetts General Hospital
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Is obesity a disease? You are invited to join leading experts in the field of obesity medicine from around the country, including faculty from Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals, to discuss this question and it's implications for the medical treatment of obesity and related disorders.
Offered as part of the Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine, the 2015 Public Forum includes a Q&A session, during which you can pose your questions to the expert faculty.


On the Fringe: A Conversation with Mike Dacey of Repeat Press
Wednesday, June 17
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville

Join the Creative Somerville Series in one of our monthly 'fireside chats’ with Mike Dacey of Repeat Press.
With a background in graphic design, Mike Dacey was looking to get off the computer screen when he learned about letterpress printing in his no-rules liberal arts college in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. In 2003, Dacey founded Repeat Press, a full-scale contemporary letterpress studio, offering custom letterpress printing to designers, businesses, creative agencies and individuals, including local businesses and restaurants. While Repeat originally focused on traditional wood type posters for bands and events, the studio has expanded to work with photopolymer plates, and eventually found a niche in contemporary custom letterpress printing. Repeat Press is located at Fringe, a multidisciplinary coworking space in Union Square founded by Dacey, which hosts over 15 other small businesses and creative studios, and has established itself as a hub of talent and creativity on a local and national level.
If you attended last month's talk, you know the Canteen & Co. bowls of delicious, local food were a huge hit and we're excited to welcome them back in June. Come early to grab dinner (menu and pricing details to come) and mingle.
Check-in and grab a beer in Aeronaut's taproom at 7 p.m. for the talk at 7:15.

Thursday, June 18

Transit and Economic Imperatives for the Region
Thursday June 18
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
WilmerHale, 60 State Street, 26th Floor, Boston

Insights from economists, business leaders and legislators on the importance of public transportation to the region's economy. Join us for an active discussion on the critical investments that are necessary for a prosperous future.

Welcome Address
Michael Cantalupa, Boston Properties, Senior Vice President - Development

Facilitator Doug McGarrah, Foley Hoag, Partner
Rick Dimino, President and CEO, A Better City
Michael Goodman, Executive Director of the Public Policy Center, UMass Dartmouth
Toni Horst, Senior Consulting Manager, AECOM
Bryan Koop, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Boston Properties
Legislative Perspective
Senator Thomas McGee, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Transportation
Representative William Straus, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Transportation

2015 TEDxCambridge
Thursday, June 18
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston
Cost:  $70-$80

An opera singer. A shopfront educator. A distance athlete. A biostatistican. A microbial scientist. A neural nanotechnologiest. An urban futurist. What do these people have in common? Response. Each of them has an idea that can change the world we live in, on scales big and small.

What if our typical responses to...
the daily stressors of life were slowly killing us?
education models could be as free-flowing and responsive as the society we need to serve?
bad news opened up new opportunities rather than limited them?
wanting to make good decisions leads us to make bad decisions…or none at all?
curing disease was based on an outdated notion of who (and what) we really are?
previous failures in restoring lost connections were keeping us from making new ones?
 the space around us was transformed to consider flexibility, rather than structure?

Gina, Sep, Kayla, Sebastian, Bernat, Polina and Hasier have tremendously compelling ideas that are truly worth spreading. We hope that you'll learn more about them and follow along as we share more about their journey to the TEDxCambridge event stage. Tickets to the June 18th event will be on sale shortly!


Lessons learned from successful failures
Thursday, June 18
MIT, Building E51-315, Tang Center, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Dana Chisnell and Matt Weaver, US Digital Service
Government has seen its share of faulty rollouts and imperfect implementations. President Obama formed the Digital Service to prevent those mistakes from happening again. But the projects of government are often large and complicated. How does an understaffed, underappreciated team cope?

What if we thought of design as a tool for solving problems --does that change how we approach projects? When we look at the root causes of poor civic experiences for citizens, government workers, and all the other people served by government, what's the number 1 ingredient that is missing? If you could do just a few things to improve design in government, what would they be?

Dana Chisnell is an elections geek and a UX research nerd (her words) who has trained thousands of people to test their designs. What she really loves is giving design literacy to the world. She's the lead on a project to develop Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent, which are designed to be quick, easy, accessible help for American election officials to do the best possible design.

Matthew Weaver has spent his entire life taking things apart, understanding how they work, and fixing them. He's studied graphic design and holds a degree in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He's networked small communities in the Rocky Mountains, was a member and lead of the team responsible for operating Google web search for 9 years, and helped rescue

IEEE/ACM Joint Seminar Series
Exploring the edge of computing technology.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): ACM & IEEE/CS
For more information, contact:  Dorothy Curtis

Friday, June 19

The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable (146) Presents:  Next Wave of State Energy Efficiency Plans in New England; and
Sustainable Rate Design for a Modern Grid
Friday, June 19
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Cost:  $35 - $65
RSVP for live-streaming ($50) or on-demand streaming after the Roundtable ($40) at

Panel I:  Next Wave of State Energy Efficiency Plans in New England
New England states are in the process of rolling out their next generation of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. These plans will define the roadmaps for energy efficiency in New England for the foreseeable future. On April 30th, Massachusetts' energy efficiency program administrators released their 668 page first draft of the 2016-2018 Energy Efficiency Plan for the Commonwealth. New England states have seen substantial success in recent years with their energy efficiency programs - flattening electricity load growth while making great strides in gas and even some non-regulated fuel-related efficiency improvements. These successes have been nationally-recognized, with ACEEE ranking four New England states in the top six states nationwide, and all six NE states placing in the top twenty-two. But what will the next wave of state energy plans bring to the region?

We have assembled an excellent panel to discuss these issues. Newly-appointed Massachusetts DOER Commissioner Judith Judson is also the Chair of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council. She will discuss the process to finalize the three-year plans in Massachusetts as well as the Administration's initial observations about the draft plan. Eversource Chief Customer Officer & Senior VP, Penni McLean-Conner, and Director of Program Strategy at National Grid, Carol White, will present high-level details of the draft Massachusetts 2016-18 energy efficiency plan. They will also discuss their companies' energy efficiency plans in Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Executive Director, Sue Coakley will conclude the panel by discussing energy efficiency related trends across all the Northeast states (which NEEP follows closely) and teasing out some of the important challenges and opportunities going forward.

Panel II: Sustainable Rate Design for a Modern Grid
With the expected maturation of the distribution grid to enable two-way power flow that integrates a bevy of distributed energy resources and systems (including PV, storage, demand response, EE, EVs, smart thermostats/appliances, CHP, microgrids, etc.), how will rate designs evolve to be able to 1) fairly compensate distributed resources for the value they provide to the grid; 2) fairly compensate distribution companies for the value that grid services provide customers; and 3) fairly distribute the costs and benefits of a modern grid among all customers? The Net Metering Task Force in Massachusetts released its final report (also on April 30th), which calls for conducting a comprehensive and transparent solar benefit/cost study to determine the value and impact of solar in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, across the country, utilities, stakeholders, and regulators are exploring ways to significantly modify rate-making, including reallocating costs from variable to fixed charges, moving toward time variable rates, having minimum bills, and even introducing demand charges for residential customers. In a modern grid, likely chock-full of distributed energy resources, what will a sustainable rate design look like?

To lead off this panel, Richard Sedano, Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project will discuss RAP's forthcoming study on exactly this topic-customer rate-making for the grid of the future. Brattle Principal Dr. Ahmad Faruqui, well-known in New England for his advocacy of time variable rates, will discuss recent research and work that Brattle has been doing on increasing fixed charges and introducing demand charges for residential and other customers.  Shaun Chapman, VP for Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity will share his perspective on net metering and potential future rate-making paradigms that can fairly support an active PV industry. In addition to its role as the largest solar provider in the U.S., SolarCity is a close partner with Tesla, which just last week unveiled its new home battery "Powerwall," designed to support and integrate with PV systems. Rounding out the panel, John Howat, Senior Energy Analyst at the National Consumer Law Center, will provide a consumer perspective on the range of proposed rate design alternatives. In addition to advocating for low-income ratepayers for NCLC, John is also the national Coordinator of Consumer Advocates for the Fixed Charge Network.

Registration and Cancellation Policies
Registration policy:
The Roundtable registration policies introduced last fall will continue:
We are capping attendance and requiring pre-registration.
The general admission fee for this Roundtable is $65 (A discountedfee of $35 is available for government & non-profit employees, students, retirees, and low-income individuals).
Register HERE for live-streaming ($50) or on-demand streaming afterthe Roundtable ($40).
Both in-person attendance and live web-streaming will continue to be free for sponsors, but sponsors will have to pre-register like everyone else.

Cancellation policy:
Tickets are non-transferable. If you registered but won't be able to attend, please let us know ASAP so we can allow someone from the waiting list to take your place. Refunds will be accepted up to 48 hours before the start of the Roundtable (Wednesday June 17th at 9 AM). To cancel your registration or get a refund, please reply to your confirmation email or contact


Friday, June 19
MIT, Building 32, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join the Lemelson-MIT Program for our ninth annual EurekaFest event to celebrate the inventive spirit!

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Lemelson-MIT Program
For more information, contact:


Hull Wind Turbine Summer Cruise
Friday, June 19
1 - 5pm
Rowes Wharf, Boston
Cosst:  $11.49

Join us for one of our most popular events! The Hull Summer Cruise & Wind Turbine Tour is a relaxing afternoon of sailing from Boston to Pemberton Point to visit and tour Hull 1, the first community-scale wind turbine in Massachusetts. And for a limited time, members can save 50% on tickets.

The tour is open to the public, so invite your friends!
Get more infomation and tickets today - Come enjoy the summer on the Harbor and learn all about this local renewable energy source. Our members have been supporting this turbine since it was built in 2002!

If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Sean Hutton at .or 617-524-3950 x144.

Saturday, June 20

15th Annual Solar Picnic
Saturday, June 20
11:00 am - 2:30 pm (solar noon is 12:46pm)
Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville

Join Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA) and the Somerville Community Growing Center for this annual gathering of old and new friends interested in solar, renewable and energy efficient communities. For more details, check out and local sponsor Somerville Climate Action at


EurekaFest™ 2015: Duck 'n' Hover Competition III
Saturday, June 20
11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston

Come observe and cheer on high school students from around the country as they compete in randomly matched teams to design, build, and test a wind-powered device. The day culminates in a rubber duck themed finale which has to be seen to be believed! Join ongoing engineering and invention activities for families throughout the day, including those featured below.

Upon entering the Museum, you'll receive a special program including a list of the day's events and locations plus an activity passport. After completing each of the activities below, get your passport stamped. Turn your completed passport in at the EurekaFest table in the Museum lobby for a prize.

Design Challenges
Think like an engineer to design, build, and test a prototype solution to a given problem. Enjoy a fun, engaging experience with engineering and innovation processes.

Discovery Center: Experiment Station
Children up to age 8 can hone their basic engineering skills while designing, testing, and improving creations they build themselves. Assist your budding engineer in building a glider and sending it down our flight track, designing a bridge and testing it under the weight of model turtles, or creating a paper helicopter and trying out different blade designs.

Meet an Inventor
Inventors from Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, discuss the inspiration and process behind the development of some of their inventions, including the Reebok Pump and One Laptop Per Child.

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program and the Museum of Science, designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. Supported by Continuum.

For more information about EurekaFest events citywide (June 19 – 20) call 617-253-3352 or visit


Solar Open House
Saturday, June 20
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Home of Mary and Butch Pierce, 30 Dearborn Street, Medford

Celebrate Medford’s 385th year and the City’s commitment to a clean energy economy. We are celebrating Medford and showcasing a local solar-powered home complete with food, beverages, games, music, A NEGATIVE ELECTRIC BILL. Learn about residential solar panels from the experts. This is a free and public event.

Sunday, June 21

Summer Solstice Celebration 2015: Night at the Harvard Museums
WHEN  Sun., June 21, 2015, 5 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Art/Design, Exhibitions, Music, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration. Enjoy a fun evening of telescope viewings, music, dance, food, and hands-on activities for all ages, with free evening admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, and Harvard Museum of Natural History. You won't want to miss this special summer night!

Monday, June 22

Test MASS Event
Monday, June 22
MIT, Building 54-915 (the tallest building on campus)

MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series (MASS)
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.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Atmospheric Science Seminars (MASS)
For more information, contact:  MASS organizing committee


BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google
Monday, June 22
6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East
RSVP required for those attending in person at
Reception immediately following Book Talk

John Palfrey will discuss his new book, BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google.  He argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online.  Libraries play a crucial role in making these skills and information available — and yet are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online, while continuing to play the vital role as public spaces in our democracy that they have for hundreds of years.

About John
John is the Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover.  He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Knight Foundationand President of the Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America.  He also serves as a director of the Data + Society Research Institute.

John’s research and teaching focus on new media and learning.  He has written extensively on Internet law, intellectual property, and the potential of new technologies to strengthen democracies locally and around the world.  He is the author or co-author of several books, including BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (Basic Books, 2015); Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems (Basic Books, 2012) (with Urs Gasser); Intellectual Property Strategy (MIT Press, 2012); Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008) (with Urs Gasser); and Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Global Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 2008).

John served previously as the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School.  He is a director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he was executive director from 2002-2008. John came back to the Harvard Law School from the law firm Ropes & Gray, where he worked on intellectual property, Internet law, and private equity transactions. He also served as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration.  He previously served as a venture executive at Highland Capital Partners and on the Board of Directors of the Mass2020 Foundation, the Ames Foundation, and Open Knowledge Commons, among others.  John was a Visiting Professor of Information Law and Policy at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland for the 2007-2008 academic year.

John graduated from Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.  He was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Cambridge and the U.S. EPA Gold Medal (highest national award).

Tuesday, June 23

Topic TBA - Mitali Thakor
Tuesday, June 23
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm

Mitali Thakor is a PhD student in MIT's HASTS program. She studies sex work, sex trafficking, technology, and digital forensics. Mitali uses Feminist STS, queer theory, and critical race studies to explore the ways in which activists, computer scientists, lawyers, and law enforcement officials negotiate their relationships to anti-trafficking via emergent technologies and discourses of carceral control.


Municipal and Green Technology Collaboration
Tuesday, June 23
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
SmartBear Software, 450 Artisan Way, Somerville

Join the city of Somerville and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for the Municipal and Green Technology Collaboration, a networking event to connect commercial ready green technologies and municipalities.
Municipal adoption of new technology involves risk and uncertainty, while cleantech companies face obstacles in understanding municipalities’ procurement processes related to new technology. This event will feature a facilitated Q&A discussion followed by networking with the goal of discussing potential solutions to bridge the gap between municipality and clean tech company operations.
Municipal officials who interact with facilities and technology adoption looking for new ways to reduce energy and water use/costs
Companies with energy/water technologies that are ready for the market. Please fill out this application to participate.
Industry stakeholders

Registration 2:00 PM
Welcome Remarks 2:30 PM
Doug McNary, SmartBear CEO
Mayor Curtatone, City of Somerville
Alicia Barton, MassCEC CEO
Facilitated Q&A 2:45 PM
Networking 3:15 PM

Mayor Joe Curtatone launched the Somerville GreenTech program in May 2015.  The program’s mission is to engage the green technology industry in municipal partnerships that can help address climate change—today and in the future.  More information is available at


Boston's New Superintendent Tommy Chang Meets the Edtech Community
Tuesday, June 23
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
LearnLaunchm 31 St. James Avenue, Suite 920, Boston

Tommy Chang will formally become Superintendent of Boston Public Schools on July 1.  He  is conducting a listening tour and is eager to meet the edtech community.

LearnLaunch will be hosting this  “Getting to Know You”  event on June 23rd from 3:30-6pm  at LearnLaunch Campus. Join us to meet this new dynamic leader of Boston's schools and hear his vision regarding innovation.

3:30-4:00   Registration and networking
4:00-5:00   Tommy Chang introduces himself to the community; Q & A
5:00-6:00   Reception


Women in Energy & Environment Shaping the Agenda: Public Sector
Tuesday, June 23
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
MIT Sloan School of Management, 100 Main Street, Building E62, First Floor, Executive Education Suite, Cambridge
Cost:  $22.09 - $48.47

NEWIEE is thrilled to announce a yearly panel series “Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and Environment.”  The inaugural panel, “Women Shaping the Agenda in Energy and the Environment: Public Sector” will be held on June 23 at the MIT Sloan School of Management, 100 Main St. (Building E62, First Floor, Executive Education Suite). The panel will be moderated by Martha Broad, Executive Director, MIT Energy Initiative and the panelists (bios below)will include: Melissa Hoffer, Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts; Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources; and Jessie Stratton, Director of Policy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

We hope you will join us at 5:30pm for a welcome reception with drinks, heavy appetizers and networking. The lively discussion will kick-off at 6:30pm and will be followed by desserts and more networking at 8pm.

Melissa Hoffer, Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts
Melissa joined the Attorney General’s Office as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in November 2012, and was named Chief of Attorney General Healey’s newly formed Energy and Environment Bureau in February 2015.  Melissa oversees the work of the Bureau’s attorneys on a range of matters including prosecuting civil enforcement of environmental laws and cost recovery cases, proceedings before the DPU, energy policy, defensive cases, and undertaking affirmative advocacy, including litigation in support of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, and federal regulation of carbon pollution.
Judith Judson, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Judith was appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources in April 2015. Prior to joining the DOER, Judith worked at Customized Energy Solutions as Director of Emerging Technologies for the U.S. where she advised clients on the use of innovative technologies to cost-effectively modernize the US electric grid.  Judith joined Customized Energy Solutions from Massachusetts-based clean energy technology company, Beacon Power LLC, where she served as Vice President of Asset Management and Market Development. As a nationally recognized expert on energy storage, Judith has participated in numerous hearings and technical conferences at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Jessie Stratton, Director of Policy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Jessie was appointed Policy Director for the newly created Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in May 2011. In that capacity she is responsible for overall policy coordination for the three branches of the agency.  In particular she has helped develop a 21st century state energy policy and integrate it into the agenda of the Environmental Quality and Environmental Conservation branches of the agency.Jessie now serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the newly created CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, a collaborative effort between DEEP and the University of Connecticut.

Wednesday, June 24

Roundtable Discussion: Cybercrime in the Public Sector
Wednesday, June 24
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)
Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue De Lafayette, Quigley Room, Boston

The Ponemon Institute's Cost of Cyber Crime research study reported an average of $12.7 million in losses to cybercrime last year.  Among the organizations studied, the average cost of cybercrime climbed by more than 9% over the course of the year.  Yet with public sector budgets under increasing pressure, cybersecurity technologies and expert personnel are imperative to effectively prepare for a cyber attack.

Among other findings, the most costly cybercrimes are those caused by denial of services, malicious insiders, and malicious code. These threats account for more than 55 percent of all cybercrime cost.

For a detailed look at the study's results, please join Hewlett Packard’s Public Sector Security Chief Technology Officer, Robert Roy, in a roundtable discussion with executive colleagues from the state, local and education cybersecurity community. In this moderated discussion, we will explore the cost of cybercrime in the public sector, focusing on tactics and strategies to help shift the balance of power from the attacker to the defender.

A full copy of the report will be presented to attendees.
Complimentary Registration
Please register or call (202) 237-0300.


Solar Personal Rapid Transit Showcase at the John D. O'Bryant School
Wednesday, June 24
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, 55 Malcolm X Boulevard , Roland Hayes School of Music Auditorium - Building 6, Roxbury
RSVP at,

The Green Neighbors Education Committee has invited Bill James, Founder and CEO of JPods and his team to hold several workshops with students at Boston’s High School of Math and Science, the John D. O’Bryant.  On May 19th, under the auspices of Michael Sullivan, the O’Bryant Director of Science and Technology, Bill James guided the students through the use of his proprietary Solar Personal Rapid Transit network software. The students in Mr. Paul Muller’s ninth grade class learned to design SolarPRT networks and place them on Google Earth maps of their neighborhoods; placing stations where they think appropriate; creating time maps showing how long it will take to reach other parts of Boston from their neighborhoods and other techniques to make SolarPRT possible in Boston. Bill James and his team will return on June 23rd to teach the students how to assemble an 11’ x 12’ x 50’ ground-level and ride-able version of his JPods SolarPRT network including how to program and operate the device. On June 24th the project will be concluded at a school assembly where the students will display their handiworks.
 The John D. OBryant is a short walk from Dudley Station, a slightly longer walk from Roxbury Crossing Station on the Orange Line and is on the #23 and #28 bus routes.There is also street parking nearby.
This is the first in a series of green technology projects that Owen Toney will sponsor at the John D. O'Bryant school.


Brown Bag with Kim Dulin, Harvard Law Library: Taking on Link Rot: Harvard Library Innovation Lab's
Wednesday, June 24
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Kim Dulin ( is a web archiving platform and service developed by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (LIL) to help combat link rot. Link rot occurs when links to websites point to web pages whose content has changed or disappeared. allows authors and editors to create permanent links for citations to web sources that will not rot. Upon direction from an author, will retrieve and save the contents of a cited web page and assign it a permanent link. The link is then included in the author's references. When users later follow those references, they will have the option of proceeding to the website as it currently exists or viewing the cached version of the website as the creator of the link saw it. Regardless of what happens to the website in the future, the content will forever be accessible for scholarly and educational purposes via

Discussant: Kim Dulin is Associate Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization at the Harvard Law School Library, and directs the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.

Information Science Brown Bag talks, hosted by the Program on Information Science, consists of regular discussions and brainstorming sessions on all aspects of information science and uses of information science and technology to assess and solve institutional, social and research problems. These are informal talks.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Chen, Andrew


Ginkgo Bioworks: Building the Foundry
Wednesday, June 24
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Havana Room, One Broadway , Cambridge
Our first speaker is Dr. Barry Canton, Co-Founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, a local firm that utilizes synthetic biology technologies to design, build, and test new organisms. Ginkgo seeks to make organism engineering as easy as writing software code.

Nature's biodiversity holds answers to challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Leveraging the worlds first Organism Engineering Foundry, Organism Engineers at Ginkgo learn from Nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.

Refreshments provided by Helbling.

6:00-6:30 Refreshments (Swiss Bakers) and Networking
6:30-7:30 Dr. Barry Canton
7:30-8:00 Networking
Then join us for the afterparty at Firebrand Saints!

Thursday, June 25

#Screentime: Graduate Student Conference
Thursday, June 25
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
BU, Photonics Center, West End Lounge, 8 St Marys Street, Boston

Screentime: Integrated Communication, Digital Diffusion, and the Networked Era
Emerging media platforms permeate almost every aspect of our lives including work, learning, public engagement, governance, human development, and community interaction. The implications for how these advancing technologies will both augment and challenge our lives are enormous--yet the study of this field is still in its infancy.  This conference will explore the fascinating dimensions of the unique (and still evolving) phenomena of individual and collective experiences with emerging media platforms.

More information at

Friday, June 26

Innovation Breakfast at TechHub
Friday, June 26
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
TechHub Somerville, 212 Elm Street, 3rd Floor, Somerville

The roving Innovation Breakfast continues! Hosted by Bobbie Carlton, founder of Mass Innovation Nights, this Innovation Breakfast is returning to the area's newest coworking space, TechHub. Right in super hip Davis Square!
Come out for a chance to talk with other innovators over a cup of coffee, network and check out the new co-working space.


Central Square Dance Night
Friday, June 26
Massachusetts Avenue, in front of City Hall, Cambridge

Saturday, June 27

Water Chestnut Community Event
Saturday, June 27
9:00am - 1:00pm
Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, 32 Shore Drive, Somerville

Using canoes, kayaks, and small boats, volunteers will pull water chestnuts out of the water by hand and then deposit the harvested plants at a designated shore site. Please register for the June 27th event. Space is limited.


Biomimicry & Boston Harbor Boat Tour
Saturday, June 27
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
Cost:  $11.54  - $37.92

On this two-hour boat tour, learn how biomimicry can help address local climate change effects in Boston Harbor, including sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding. Anamarija (co-founder Biomimicry New England) and her students will share examples from the Green Harbors Project and Biomimicry LivingLabs: a classroom that empowers students to participate in the development and demonstration of solutions for local issues in harbors.

The tour will pause at several possible locations for future biomimicry LivingLabs as we explore the intersection of the Charles and Mystic Rivers. You will learn about the harbor's improved health as we pass by Deer Island, the second largest waste water treatment plant in the world. The tour will end at Savin Hill Cove, the site of the first Biomimicry LivingLabs and is funded by the Schmidt Family Foundation.
What do you think nature would do to improve conditions in urban harbors?


Exploring Boston's Urban Forest- South End
Saturday, June 27
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Boston South End Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston

Earthwatch is collaborating with the City of Cambridge Arborist, Chelsea Department of Public Works, the City of Somerville, and the City of Boston to collect data to study and protect the trees that make up the city's critically important urban forest.
As a participant on this one-day program, you'll be trained in techniques for identifying species, measuring and observing individual tree samples, and uploading data via mobile apps. During the course of the day you'll work in groups, exploring Boston's urban forest and collecting data on the health, growth patterns, and impact on buildings and streets of individual trees.
You'll help build a growing database of information needed to understand how trees positively impact urban areas and what trees need to survive and thrive in stressful environments.
To see our 2015 dates, and to sign up, please see the link to our website:
Use promotion code: TREES to field on this expedition for free!
If you are unable to personally join us, we would still love to have your colleagues, students, friends or family participate! Please spread the word!
If you have any questions or are interested in putting together your own group team, please contact

Monday, June 29

Bioinspired Robotics: Softer, Smarter, Safer
WHEN  Mon., June 29, 2015
WHERE  Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Education, Environmental Sciences, Ethics, Science, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Raffaello D'Andrea, ETH Zurich, Verity Studios
Ken Gabriel, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
Helen Greiner, CyPhy Works
Don Ingber, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University
Homayoon Kazerooni, University of California, Berkeley
Radhika Nagpal, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard SEAS
David Reinkensmeyer, University of California, Irvine
Koichi Suzumori, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Daniel Theobald, Vecna
Barry Trimmer, Tufts University
Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
Conor Walsh, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard SEAS
Robert Wood, Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard SEAS
The Wyss Institute's 6th annual international symposium will focus on the recent development and near-term impact of bioinspired robots that self-organize, respond and adapt to their environment, enhance movement, and interact in a seamless way with humans to improve health and society. Organized by Wyss Institute Core Faculty members Radhika Nagpal, Conor Walsh, Robert Wood and Don Ingber, the day will include a number of distinguished speakers and end with a panel discussion focused on the future of this innovative field, followed by a keynote presentation from Helen Greiner of CyPhy Works.

Visible Solutions: How Neuroimaging Helps Law Re-envision Pain
WHEN  Tue., June 30, 2015
WHERE  Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Conferences, Health Sciences, Law, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR This event is part of the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, and with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
COST  Free and open to the public; registration required
DETAILS  Can brain imaging be a “pain-o-meter” that tells courts when a person is in pain? Can fMRI help us discern whether intractable chronic pain is “all in your head” or all in the brain – or will it require us to reconsider that distinction? Leading neuroscientists, legal scholars, and bioethicists will debate standards and limits on how the law can use brain science to get smarter about a subject that touches everyone.
The full agenda will be announced on the website in the coming weeks.


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


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area:

MIT Events:

MIT Energy Club:

Harvard Events:

Harvard Environment:

Sustainability at Harvard:

Mass Climate Action:



Microsoft NERD Center:

Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:

Cambridge Civic Journal:

Cambridge Happenings:

Cambridge Community Calendar:

Arts and Cultural Events List:

Boston Events Insider:


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