Sunday, July 26, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - July 26, 2015

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Monday, July 27

5:30pm  Cambridge Citywide Planning: Presentations from Shortlisted Teams

Tuesday, July 28

9am  Exploring Boston's Urban Forest- Somerville
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - July Happy Hour
6pm  July 2015 Boston Startupalooza
7pm  ICT4D Meetup: Boston

Wednesday, July 29

12pm  Opioid Crisis: The Neuroscience and Treatment of Addiction
1pm  July IAP: Confidential Research Information Management: Security and Privacy Key Concepts
5:30pm  Breaking New Ground: Building a More Sustainable Boston
6pm  Finding gene mutations that protect against heart attack and developing medicines that mimic them
6pm  2015 Startup Showcase: An exhibition of the 2015 MassChallenge Finalists & celebration of innovation in Boston
7pm  Tech in the City:  How Tech Is Changing Urban Living

Thursday, July 30

8am  US Green Building Council Green Breakfast: Advocacy, Cooking up the Recent Advocacy Topics
8:30am  Healthovate! Boston
10:30am  Soak Up the Sun Rally
11am  Thesis Defense: Learnersourcing: Improving Learning with Collective Learner Activity
1pm  World Flower Market Conversation
1pm  SEBANE (Solar Energy Business Association of New England) Finance Forum
3pm  Manufacturing Process Developments for Bioprinting and Tissue Engineering
6pm  Boston Futures: 2024 and Beyond:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship
7:30pm  Helping Endangered Species in Our Backyard

Saturday, August 1

10am  Cultural Survival Bazaar

Tuesday, August 4

8am  Boston TechBreakfast
11am  Deep Learning
6pm  #TechHubTuesday Demo Night - August 2015


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


Monday, July 27

Cambridge Citywide Planning: Presentations from Shortlisted Teams
Monday, July 27
5:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The city of Cambridge is embarking on a citywide comprehensive planning process to create a shared vision for the city and its future. Through this inclusive, wide-reaching process, the City aims to develop policy and design goals and actionable recommendations to guide future change

Three consultant teams that responded to the Request for Qualifications have been selected to interview for the project. The teams are led by Perkins + Will, Sasaki, and Utile. As part of the interview process, each of the teams will give a public presentation on

Community members will have an opportunity to learn about each project team and their overall approach, as well as ask questions. The teams’ proposals are available for viewing on the citywide planning project page. Light refreshments will be available prior to the start of the session and at the first break. We are planning on streaming the presentations on 22-CityView or the City Webcast beginning at 5:30 P.M. on Monday, July 27.

For more information, please email, or contact Melissa Peters at or at 617/349-4605.

To receive email updates on the citywide planning process, please sign-up at

Tuesday, July 28

Exploring Boston's Urban Forest- Somerville
Tuesday, July 28
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Use promotion code: TREES to field on this expedition for free!

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 


Boston Green Drinks - July Happy Hour
Tuesday, July 28
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston

Find us on the balcony!
Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
Keep sending feedback to for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks on the last Tuesday of every month.  Also, if you RSVP and can't make it, e-mail us to let us know.

Boston Green Drinks  builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


July 2015 Boston Startupalooza
Tuesday, July 28
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
WeWork, 51 Melcher Street, Boston
Cost:  Attend Only $16.37 ($20 at Door)

Present to VCs
Open to all Entrepreneurs


Digital Media - High Tech - Healthcare

Every Start-Up gets to pitch before our team of Investors. The audience finds out what's coming up in the market and what VCs are really looking for!

After more than 10 years of helping selected Entrepreneurs raise capital - we've figured how to open it up to everyone!

This innovative event gives every Entrepreneur a shot at getting the attention of Angel Investors looking out for new deals. Tech & Digital Media VCs and execs get a unique opportunity to survey the marketplace at their own pace.

Just $25 and a guaranteed table if you sign up in advance.
Attendance is just $15.

Our Current & Previous Group of Investors Include:
Michael Chou, Harmony Venture Partners
Esther Dyson, EDventures
David Beatty, Goldenseeds
Mike Segal, Joshua Capital
Ryan Armbrust ff Ventures
John Ason, Angel Investor
Kamran Ansari, Greycroft Partners
Bill Reinisch, Paladin Ventures
Bruce Bachenheimer, Pace Entrepreneurship Lab
Sachin Jade, Klifer Capital
Jason Klein OnGrid Ventures
Mike Segal, Joshua Capital
Josh Bruno, Bain Capital Ventures
Gregg Young, NY Angels


ICT4D Meetup: Boston
Tuesday, July 28
John Harvard, 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge

Come join people from across the city for fun and drinks while we discuss the latest developments in Internet and Communications Technology for Development at John Harvard's in Cambridge.

Once there, if you can't find out group, call Anthony at 774-462-9064.

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, July 29

Opioid Crisis: The Neuroscience and Treatment of Addiction
WHEN  Wed., July 29, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Health Sciences, Law, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HMS Office of Communications and External Relations
SPEAKER(S) Elena Chartoff, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, HMS; director, Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory, Division of Neuroscience, McLean Hospital
Hilary Connery, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, HMS; clinical director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital
COST  Free and open to the Harvard community
CONTACT INFO 617.432.3038
DETAILS  Live stream will be added to website prior to event.


July IAP: Confidential Research Information Management: Security and Privacy Key Concepts
Wednesday, July 29
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Micah Altman
Researchers in the social, behavioral and health sciences perform research involving non-classified but confidential information. This course, provides core concepts in data privacy and information security and strategies for managing confidential information.

Registration Required.

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


Breaking New Ground: Building a More Sustainable Boston
Wednesday, July 29
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Perkins + Will, 225 Franklin Street, Boston

Check in at reception and they can direct you to the Perkins + Will floor
How can we create a more sustainable food system in Boston?

How will startups, innovation, and city architecture get us there?

Join Branchfood and Perkins + Will for an evening of lively discussion about building a more sustainable city that fosters food innovation.

This event hopes to inspire new collaborations and connections between startups, the City, urban planners, architects, and the food industry.

Jessie Banhazl, Green City Growers
Caleb Harper, MIT City Farm
Alberto Salvatore, Perkins + Will
Gabe Blanchet, Grove Labs
Moderated by Brian Cope, Next Street

Reception and networking to follow. 


Finding gene mutations that protect against heart attack and developing medicines that mimic them
WHEN  Wed., July 29, 2015, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  The Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Sekar Kathiresan
COST  Free and open to the public


2015 Startup Showcase: An exhibition of the 2015 MassChallenge Finalists & celebration of innovation in Boston
Wednesday, July 29
Plaza Ballroom (Third Floor), Seaport Hotel | 1 Seaport Lane, Boston

MassChallenge welcomes all startups, sponsors, partners, investors, entrepreneurs, community members and startup enthusiasts to the very first opportunity to browse the enormous value being created by the 2015 MassChallenge finalists!

The MassChallenge Startup Showcase features the 128 highest-impact startup companies participating in the MassChallenge accelerator. It is the first major opportunity for the startup community to meet the 2015 MassChallenge finalist startups and experience their new developments in an open-floor exposition.

Phone:  1.888.782.7820


Tech in the City:  How Tech Is Changing Urban Living
Wednesday, July 29
7 – 9 pm EDT
GA Boston, 51 Melcher Street, Boston

Yanina Wolfe, Chair, Acumen Boston | Co-Founder, City Awake
Brad McNamara, CEO & Co-Founder, Freight Farm
Ernesto Humpierres, Co-Founder & CEO, Trotter
Sandra Richter, CEO & Co-Founder, Soofa
Gilad Rosenzweig, Founder & Executive Director, Smarter in the City
Andi Dankert, New England Chapter Director, FWD.US
Rory Cuddyer, Startup Manager, City of Boston

Whether we are looking for a place to charge your phone, find cheaper housing, or get more civically involved in our community, technology is making it easier than ever to find resources and opportunities. Join General Assembly and along for a night of "Tech in the City" where you will meet with innovators changing our city for the better every day.

Yanina Wolfe, Chair, Acumen Boston | Co-Founder, City Awake
Russian-born, Brooklyn-made, Boston-redesigned. Yanina Wolfe is fired up for international development, social enterprise, and startup communities. Yanina has been serving as acting Chair of Acumen+Boston since 2012. When not promoting entrepreneurial approaches to address global poverty, she’s optimizing business operations at Root Cause.
She was also the founding Chapter Director of One Brick Boston and one of the co-founders of City Awake. She excels in building movements that galvanize people. Prior to joining at Root Cause, Yanina was the Budget and Policy Analyst for the MBTA Advisory Board, providing budgetary oversight to the public. In 2013 Yanina became a StartingBloc Fellow.
Yanina graduated magna cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a double major in Political Science and Critical Social Studies. After graduating, she bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok for a solo five-month trip to Southeast Asia. At home in Cambridge Yanina is a foodie who enjoys live music and yoga.

Brad McNamara, CEO & Co-Founder, Freight Farm
Brad McNamara is the CEO and co-founder of Freight Farms, an agriculture technology company that provides tools for a more sustainable and connected food system. Brad and his co-founder developed the company's 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. Follow him on twitter at @CarFreeBrad.

Ernesto Humpierres, Co-Founder & CEO, Trotter

Sandra Richte, CEO & Co-Founder, Soofa
Sandra is passionate about cities, loves team building and rapid productization. Sandra earned her MA from UdK joint with the MIT Media Lab. She worked on smart devices for city dwellers with recognition as 100 Most Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine. Sandra is the CEO at Soofa.

Gilad Rosenzweig, Founder & Executive Director, Smarter in the City
Gilad is an architect and urban planner, and the founder of Smarter in the City - a non-profit high tech startup accelerator in Dudley Square, Roxbury. After over a decade of design experience in the residential and commercial sectors, he transitioned to a career in urban planning, engaging primarily in projects that impact economically challenged neighborhoods.

Andi Dankert, New England Chapter Director, FWD.US
Andrea (Andi) Dankert is the New England Chapter Director with, a non-profit engaging the tech community in civic advocacy. As New England Chapter Director, Andi manages relationships with tech and business firms and creates opportunities for their voices to be heard by legislators. Ms. Dankert specializes in coalition building and community outreach throughout New England in an effort to promote local and national public policy, currently focused on immigration reform. Prior to, Andi worked for the Mother Teresa Society in Kosovo working on humanitarian and micro finance projects.
Andi received her Master's Degree from the New School for Public Engagement and holds a B.S. and B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science, respectively.

Rory Cuddye, Startup Manager, City of Boston
Rory Cuddyer is currently the Startup Manager for the City of Boston, a role in which he serves as Mayor Walsh’s liaison to the startup community. He previously served as advisor to Daniel Arrigg Koh, Chief of Staff to the City of Boston.
About Our Partners

FWD.US is an advocacy organization created to help organize the broader tech community to promote a bipartisan policy agenda – including comprehensive immigration reform, education reform, and support for scientific research – that will boost the knowledge economy to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment, now and in the future. You can learn more at

Thursday, July 30

US Green Building Council Green Breakfast: Advocacy, Cooking up the Recent Advocacy Topics
Thursday, July 30
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
50 Milk Street, 15th Floor, "Aristotle" Conference Room, Boston
Cost:  $0 - $10

Facilitators: Kate Bubriski, Craig Foley, and Advocacy Volunteers
1) Net Metering: Acadia for updates on their direction to push Bill S.1770; Have they proposed changes to the bill aligned to their framework? Another Call-to-Action to our members to send letters to legislators?
Acadia: Next Generation Solar Policy Framework for Massachusetts
2) Net Zero Buildings:  Looking to the Cambridge Net Zero Task Force success, contact them for ways to support and get the framework to TUE?
The Committee voted to approve the net zero action plan and also request language to change the LEED requirement in the zoning code by the Council’s summer meeting (August 10).
3) PACE:  Christina (National) is in process of getting us connected with consulting group to move forward on more aggressive efforts (letters, owner & developer outreach, previous letter templates from PACE Coalition). Jessica Bailey (C-PACE). Also, H.2889 Residential PACE support?
4) RGB: The hearing proved strong support and hope for passing bill S.1761, esp with Senator Downing's presence and comments that this bill is common sense for real estate documents. Also, H.2889 Residential PACE support?
5) Education Bill- H.2857 focused on Energy Efficient programs to educate commercial building managers and operators. Should we take action on proposing USGBC MA to be included in this bill?
6) Discussion on expanding our advocacy efforts beyond the 3 priorities, to include tax incentives, allied organizations, and target member districts.


Healthovate! Boston
Thursday, July 30
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Bruce C. Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, Boston

As the Chief Innovation Officer of one of the nation's leading universities specifically in the areas of nursing, interprofessional education, and health services administration, I would like to personally invite you, a leader in your profession, to the first of several national thought-leadership summits focused entirely on the future of healthcare--Healthovate!. Xavier Center for Innovation and cosponsor GE-Intel Care Innovations  are coming together with a variety of healthcare professionals to discuss what the future of healthcare will look like, specifically:
what innovations, technology, and systems will we need in place by 2025; 
who will lead these changes--start-ups, pharma, corporations, hospitals, universities and many more; 
who will be affected by these changes;
when we need to start implementing these changes; 
how we will go about preparing for this future, and 
why we need to work together to prepare for the fast-changing healthcare space

While you're here you will have the opportunity to:
Build valuable connections with other top leaders from a variety of healthcare fields and industries
Share your ideas, valuable insights, experiences and help others stay informed of developments in your field
Work through complex problems facing you or your organization
Learn about emerging technologies, systems, and innovations that are about to or already are transforming the healthcare business 
Affect positive change in the community you work and live
Connect with our Healthovate! Summit partners, specifically: MedaCheck, LLC,Trinity Guardion and IXL Center for Innovation.

Want to hear what attendees are saying? Click here to watch a brief video about Healthovate!

We have an exciting day planned. It will be fast-paced, energizing, and informational. Breakfast and lunch is included. You must register to RSVP. Space is limited and by invite only. If you feel someone should come, who hasn't been invited from your organization, please contact Shawn Nason at Are you interested in being a partner? Please contact me ASAP.
Also, please save the dates and be sure to pass the info along to colleagues in the following locations for future summits with area leaders in:
Chicago (Oct 5th)
Nashville (Oct 28th)
I hope to see you in Boston on July 30th! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any information.
Shawn Nason
Chief Innovation Officer
Xavier University


Soak Up the Sun Rally
Thursday, July 30
10:30 am 
MA Statehouse, Bullfinch Entrance, Boston

Join Environment Massachusetts ( at the Bullfinch entrance at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for the beach party at the State House.  Send a message to the Speaker and the Governor that Massachusetts wants solar net metering caps raised now!


Thesis Defense: Learnersourcing: Improving Learning with Collective Learner Activity
Thursday, July 30, 2015
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Refreshments: 10:45 AM
MIT, Building 32-G449 Patil/Kiva, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Juho Kim , MIT CSAIL
Millions of learners today are watching videos on online platforms, such as Khan Academy, YouTube, Coursera, and edX, to take courses and master new skills. But existing video interfaces are not designed to support learning, with limited interactivity and lack of information about learners' engagement and content. Making these improvements requires deep semantic information about video that even state-of-the-art AI techniques cannot fully extract. I take a data-driven approach to address this challenge, using large-scale learning interaction data to dynamically improve video content and interfaces. Specifically, this thesis introduces learnersourcing, a form of crowdsourcing in which learners collectively contribute novel content for future learners while engaging in a meaningful learning experience themselves. I present learnersourcing applications designed for massive open online course videos and how-to tutorial videos, where learners' collective activities 1) highlight points of confusion or importance in a video, 2) extract a solution structure from a tutorial, and 3) improve the navigation experience for future learners. This thesis demonstrates how learnersourcing can enable more interactive, collaborative, and data-driven learning.

Bio:  Juho Kim is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT CSAIL. His research interests lie in human-computer interaction, learning at scale, and crowdsourcing. He builds interactive systems powered by large-scale data from users, in which users’ natural and incentivized activities dynamically improve content, interaction, and experience. He earned his M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Seoul National University. During his graduate studies, he has worked at Microsoft Research, edX, Adobe’s Creative Technologies Lab, and IBM Research. He is a recipient of six paper awards from CHI and HCOMP, and the Samsung Fellowship.

Contact: Juho Kim,


World Flower Market Conversation
Thursday, July 30
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Ground Floor Community Room at the Thomas I. Atkins Apartments, Blue Hill Avenue & Edgewood Street, Roxbury

We are hosting a public forum to raise awareness around the project proposal for use of the Flower Market in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. We hope to gain input from a variety of perspectives on how to best use this space as a World Flower Market that celebrates the cultural diversity of Boston.
We invite any potential operators interested in developing the World Flower Market, as well as potential collaborators and the general public to to plan how to connect and celebrate the diverse cultures of the region within the World Flower Market.
We seek to keep our public assets in the public interest! Read more on the new facebook page:


SEBANE (Solar Energy Business Association of New England) Finance Forum
Thursday, July 30
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
MLS, One Financial Center, Boston
Cost:  $21.49 - $41.99

1:00 Welcoming Remarks & MA Solar Legislative Update: David O’Connor, MLS
1:30 Residential Solar Finance – Sara Ross, Sungage Financial
2:30 Break
2:45 Commercial PV Finance – Anna Noucas, Sol Systems, LLC
4:00 Cocktail Reception

Please send all inquiries to


Manufacturing Process Developments for Bioprinting and Tissue Engineering
WHEN  Thu., July 30, 2015, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE  Room 521, Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle, 5th floor, Boston
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Michael Super, senior staff scientist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Joel Segal, co-investigator, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture in Regenerative Medicine
DETAILS  This talk will focus on two main areas of manufacturing process development to support bioprinting activities and the electrospinning of cell scaffolds. His specific area of interest is in the application of design for manufacture principles to contribute to the clinical translation potential for these techniques.
Bio: Joel Segal's research interests are in micro and nano replication technologies, nanoscale fabrication and additive manufacture. His portfolio includes the generation of micro-structures for tissue engineering. He is currently supervising Ph.D. researchers in pharmaceutical device development, additive manufacturing, regenerative medicine, phosphate glass coatings for implants, bioresorbable implant development, porous spinal implant development and advanced metrology. He is a co-investigator in the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture in Regenerative Medicine and a co-investigator in the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture in Medical Devices (MeDeInnovation). He was previously successfully involved in the NanoCom (an EU FP7 Coordinated Action on commercialisation of Nanotechnology) and MINAM 2.0 (an EU FP7 Coordinated Action on micro and nano manufacturing) EU projects. He has held two Bridging the Gaps awards for collaborative research with colleagues in Physics, Microbiology & Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy. Segal has several peer-reviewed publications, has presented at international conferences worldwide, contributed to a book on Rapid Prototyping case studies and is a contributor to the annual state of the industry Additive Manufacturing report produced by Terry Wohlers. His expertise assisted the recent development of a novel hand hygiene training device for children.


Boston Futures: 2024 and Beyond:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Thursday, July 30
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge

Boston Futures is a community discussion series about the future of Boston and how Boston’s Olympic and Paralympic bid might help us achieve a shared vision for that future.  Free and open to the public, these conversations will explore how hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 could help catalyze progress on key initiatives and ideas that will define Boston in the year 2030, the city’s 400th anniversary, and beyond.  Intended to engage designers, planners, innovators, and more, this series provides attendees the opportunity to ask questions, gain additional insight from experts who have faced similar challenges, and consider the possibilities for Boston's future.

Planned topics for discussion include mobility, housing, open space, sustainability, health, and innovation.

The inaugural discussion “Pathways to Legacy” in May 2015 featured architects and urban planners who played key roles in planning for past Olympic and Paralympic Games and other urban transformation projects. The conversation touched on best practices and lessons learned for creating lasting benefits and how Boston might apply these learnings from other cities to its future development.  You can view highlights from the discussion on the Boston Futures Facebook page.

For more information, please email, follow us on Twitter @BOSFutures, and like our Facebook page – Boston Futures. To rsvp for particular events, see each listing.

Boston Futures is a program of the BSA and the BSA Foundation in partnership with Boston 2024, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Northeastern University School of Architecture, ULI Boston, and The Venture Café.


Helping Endangered Species in Our Backyard
Thursday, July 30
7:30 p.m.
Simons IMAX Theatre New England Aquarium, Aquarium Wharf, Boston

Bryan Windmiller, Executive Director, Grassroots Wildlife Conservation
We may not have wild pandas and snow leopards, but New England is full of regionally endangered and threatened plants and animals. To maintain and restore the diversity of our natural heritage, we need to intelligently and actively help many of our rare wild neighbors. Come and learn about hands-on projects, in which Massachusetts school children and adults are helping us protect rare species, with a focus on our threatened freshwater turtles. 

Saturday, August 1

Cultural Survival Bazaar
WHEN  Sat., Aug. 1, 2015, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  A festival of indigenous arts, music, and cultures from around the world. The Cultural Survival Bazaars are a fair trade international market celebrating the world’s diverse cultures. The Cultural Survival Bazaars feature guest artists, traditional and contemporary art, and world music.

Tuesday, August 4

Boston TechBreakfast
Tuesday, August 4
8:00am - 10:00am
Microsoft New England R&D Center, ! Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Twitter: @techbreakfast
Description:  Based on the popular TechBreakfast format, the Boston TechBreakfast is a "show and tell" format event where up to five different technologists will demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech. The event is "triple agnostic". We don't care if the technology is from a start up, a large company, a university, a government agency, or someone's hobby. We are also agnostic as to the industry of the tech - it could be IT, biotech, robotics, aerospace, materials sciences, anything tech and innovative is cool. And we're also region agnostic - even if you're not from where we're hosting, we want to see you and your technology!


Deep Learning
Tuesday, August 4
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Refreshments: 12:15 PM
MIT, Buiding 32, G449 (Patil/Kiva), 32 Vassar Street, CAmbridge

Speaker: Jurgen Schmidhuber , Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Lugano
Abstract: In recent years, deep artificial neural networks (including recurrent ones) have won numerous contests in pattern recognition and machine learning. They are now widely used in industry. I briefly review deep supervised / unsupervised / reinforcement learning, and discuss the latest state of the art results in numerous applications.

Speaker Bio: Since age 15 or so, the main scientific ambition of Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber (pronounce: You_again Shmidhoobuh) has been to build an optimal scientist through self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI), then retire. He has pioneered self-improving general problem solvers since 1987, and Deep Learning Neural Networks (NNs) since 1991. The recurrent NNs (RNNs) developed by his research groups at the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA & USI & SUPSI & TU Munich were the first RNNs to win official international contests. They have revolutionized connected handwriting recognition, speech recognition, machine translation, optical character recognition, image caption generation, and are now in use at Google, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu, and many other companies. The first 4 members of DeepMind (sold to Google for over 600M) include 2 former PhD students from his lab. IDSIA's Deep Learners were also the first to win object detection and image segmentation contests, and achieved the world's first superhuman visual classification results, winning nine international competitions in machine learning & pattern recognition (more than any other team). They also were the first to learn control policies directly from high-dimensional sensory input using reinforcement learning. His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and optimal universal problem solvers. His formal theory of creativity & curiosity & fun explains art, science, music, and humor. He also generalized algorithmic information theory and the many-worlds theory of physics, and introduced the concept of Low-Complexity Art, the information age's extreme form of minimal art. Since 2009 he has been member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has published 333 peer-reviewed papers, earned seven best paper/best video awards, and is recipient of the 2013 Helmholtz Award of the International Neural Networks Society.

Contact: Erez Karpas,


#TechHubTuesday Demo Night - August 2015
Tuesday, August 4
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
TechHub, 3rd Floor, 212 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville

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

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

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

Afterwards, stick around for refreshments, network, talk to members of the community, or take a look round the space.

Upcoming Events

Formal Theory of Fun
Wednesday, August 5
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Refreshments: 12:15 PM
MIT, Building 32-G449 (Patil/Kiva), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jurgen Schmidhuber , Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Lugano
Abstract: I will talk about the active, unsupervised, curious, creative systems we have developed since 1990. They not only learn to solve externally posed tasks, but also their own self-generated tasks, to improve their understanding of the world according to our Formal Theory of Fun and Creativity, which requires two interacting modules: (1) an adaptive predictor or compressor or model of the growing data history as the agent is interacting with its environment, and (2) a reinforcement learner. The learning progress of (1) is the FUN or intrinsic reward of (2). That is, (2) is motivated to invent skills leading to interesting or surprising novel patterns that (1) does not yet know but can easily learn (until they become boring). I will discuss how this simple principle explains science & art & music & humour.

Speaker Bio: Since age 15 or so, the main scientific ambition of Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber (pronounce: You_again Shmidhoobuh) has been to build an optimal scientist through self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI), then retire. He has pioneered self-improving general problem solvers since 1987, and Deep Learning Neural Networks (NNs) since 1991. The recurrent NNs (RNNs) developed by his research groups at the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA & USI & SUPSI & TU Munich were the first RNNs to win official international contests. They have revolutionized connected handwriting recognition, speech recognition, machine translation, optical character recognition, image caption generation, and are now in use at Google, Microsoft, IBM, Baidu, and many other companies. The first 4 members of DeepMind (sold to Google for over 600M) include 2 former PhD students from his lab. IDSIA's Deep Learners were also the first to win object detection and image segmentation contests, and achieved the world's first superhuman visual classification results, winning nine international competitions in machine learning & pattern recognition (more than any other team). They also were the first to learn control policies directly from high-dimensional sensory input using reinforcement learning. His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and optimal universal problem solvers. His formal theory of creativity & curiosity & fun explains art, science, music, and humor. He also generalized algorithmic information theory and the many-worlds theory of physics, and introduced the concept of Low-Complexity Art, the information age's extreme form of minimal art. Since 2009 he has been member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has published 333 peer-reviewed papers, earned seven best paper/best video awards, and is recipient of the 2013 Helmholtz Award of the International Neural Networks Society.

Contact: Erez Karpas,

Thursday, August 6

Thursday, August 6
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville
Suggested contribution - $10

About EnergyBar: EnergyBar is a monthly event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community.

Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual.


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

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

Questions? Contact Sierra at
Venture Cafe Foundation

Friday, August 7

Responsible Business Leadership in China and the US: Private Sector and Public Value
WHEN  Fri., Aug. 7, 2015, 12 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard, Taubman Building, Alison Dining Room and NYE ABC, 5th Floor, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Business, Conferences, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
SPEAKER(S) William C. Kirby, Harvard Business School professor, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies
John D. Donahue, Harvard Kennedy School Professor, Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Xiang Bing, CKGSB founding dean, professor of China Business and Globalization
Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
TICKET INFO  Complimentary tickets to this conference will be available through August 1, 2015, at 5PM.
CONTACT INFO, 617.495.4264

Saturday, August 8

Learn to Observe: Tree Spotters Citizen Science Launch
Saturday, August 8
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston

Presenters: Jehane Samaha and Suzanne Mrozak
Would you like to learn more about the Arnold Arboretum's trees? Would you enjoy connecting with the Arboretum ecologists and fellow citizen science volunteers? If so, we invite you to observe trees by participating in our new “Tree Spotters" program.

This citizen science program will open a window into the Arboretum's phenology - the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out of trees in the spring and the turning of colors in the fall. Attend a free training session. All experience levels welcome.

At the training session, you will learn about phenology, explore the tracking methods we will be using, and get hands-on experience with one of the ten species of trees we are tracking. Tree Spotters will participate in the program by visiting the Arboretum two or more times a month from May through mid-November for a 1 to 2 hour tree-spotting session. You can do this on your own, with friends or family, or with other volunteers. You will enter your observations into your Nature’s Notebook Observation Deck — allowing you to see patterns across the season! Registered participants will receive an e-mail before the training with further information.
Free, but registration requested

If you cannot make this training but are still interested in the program, please contact us at 


Organic Pest Management & ID for Gardeners
Saturday, August 8
Waltham Fields Community Farm, 240 Beaver Street, Waltham
Cost:  WFCF Members $15/Non-Members $20
Fee assistance available, contact for more information

Walk the fields with Sue Scheufele from the Extension Vegetable Team and Farmer Zannah to identify common vegetable pests and discuss organic controls. Perfect for a backyard farmer or beginner gardener.  Co-presented by UMass Extension. 

Monday, August 10

Science by the Pint
Monday, August 10
The Burren, Davis Square, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

More information at


new grant program offered by NEFA available to artists within Rt. 495:

The New England Foundation for the Arts announces a series of grant workshops to be held across the city of Boston. The workshops will focus on NEFA’s newest initiative, Creative City, a three-year pilot that will make grants to Boston area artists to create works that integrate public participation.

Artists who reside within route 495 in Massachusetts and community organizations in the city of Boston are invited to bring project ideas and questions about applying to Creative City. These workshops are designed to help artists prepare applications, and participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the program background and the grant guidelines in advance. The summer 2015 workshops are:

July 13, 3:00PM-4:00PM at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston
July 14, 2:00PM-3:30PM at Mattapan Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan
July 15, 10:30AM-12:00PM at East Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen St., East Boston
July 16, 5:30-7:00PM at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
July 17, 9:30AM-11AM, at NEFA, 145 Tremont St., 7th Floor, Boston

Creative City will support individual artists, artist collectives, and artistic collaborations in all disciplines and with roots in diverse cultures, forms, and aesthetics. Grants will range from $2,500-$10,000. An additional stipend of up to $2,500 will be available for community partners to help support presentation costs. Creative City is made possible with funding from the Barr Foundation.

Application deadlines for the first year are August 3, 2015, and February 1, 2016. For more information about funding priorities, eligibility, criteria, and to access the online application, visit

Contact: Summer Confuorto, Program Coordinator | Public Art and Creative City
617.951.0010 x533 |

See more at:


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


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!



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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