Session Title: Innovation as a Public Resource: The Importance of Placemaking and Community Building
Join us at District Hall, the world’s first free-standing public innovation center, as we discuss the importance of expanding access to entrepreneurial resources, building local innovation communities, and the role of physical spaces and networks in supporting a collaborative innovation ecosystem.
Run by the Venture Café Foundation, District Hall is not-for-profit civic innovation center dedicated to providing accessible spaces, programming, and resources for Boston’s innovation economy. We believe that anyone with an idea has the potential to be an innovator, and we’re here to ensure everyone has access to the resources and connections they need to make those ideas a reality.Take a tour of our space after the session and learn what makes District Hall tick.
Session TItle: What Large Organizations can Learn from Startups
In this session, we’ll discuss how large organizations can compete with disruptive business models to maintain and exceed their market share.
When a company feels the pressure to innovate, their reaction is often to hire new people and spend more money. However, your efforts will fall flat unless you make major changes to your cultural mindset, departmental structure, and operating procedures.
You’ll leave this action-oriented discussion with a clear roadmap of how to foster the fail fast, fail often mindset that will free your top-performers from fear and unlock their potential to drive your business forward.
BURNING QUESTIONS/THINGS WE’LL LEARN TOGETHER…
With innovation moving at lightning speed, how will can organizations remain relevant and ahead of the curve?
Free Parking. Ras Labs has free all day parking.
Ras Labs is located at 300 Congress Street, Quincy MA 02169. We are on the 4th floor in Suite 405. We are conveniently located near I-93 and Route 3, and we are a 10 minute walk to the Quincy Adams red-line MBTA station.
We provide the leading cloud platform for building, delivering, and optimizing digital experiences and in doing so deliver world-class customer experiences. With Acquia, organizations realize the vision of personalized, real-time engagement.
Our panel of Acquians will demonstrate through results how passion, commitment and culture come together to deliver a world class customer experience.
Learn more about Acquia's approach to innovation here.
Session Title: The Internet of Things in the Real World: IoT in Restaurants, Retail, and Convenience Stores
Interactive Workshops Led By:
There are lots of grand concepts out there for harnessing the Internet of Things, but is anyone actually using the IoT to their benefit in the real world, in day-to-day operations? Yes, in places you'd never expect! Visit with Powerhouse Dynamics CEO Martin Flusberg and senior members of our team for interactive demos of multiple aspects of our SiteSage platform, and check out our hardware and test facility (including our “test kitchen”, where you’ll see how embedded sensors are being used in cooking equipment). See examples of how non-tech companies like Arby's, Ann Taylor, and Five Below are actually leading the IoT revolution, driven by their bottom lines.
Session Title: Building Your Company Into a Global Leader in a New Category
Category creation and ownership requires dedication and focus across all facets of your company. Led by One Door CEO E.Y. Snowden, this NewCo discussion will illustrate the process by focusing on how One Door (formerly RBM Technologies) is establishing a strong presence in the retail world, building their company as a global leader in the newly established category of merchandising execution.
Attendees will get an overview of what is involved in a holistic category creation campaign, from messaging and internal awareness to marketing programs and media adoption. A case study profiling a cornerstone of the campaign, the first ever state of merchandising execution survey, will be presented as well as an interactive merchandising execution game on an 70” touchscreen.
NOTE: Due to security, registration for this session will close on Monday, April 3rd.
Session Title: Data-Driven Patient-Provider Matching: Creating a Win/Win Situation For Both Patients and Providers
What if we could enable a better and more cost-effective healthcare system by leveraging provider data in more meaningful ways? What if patient access--the experience of obtaining appointments and care--was a core focus throughout the healthcare system? Complete, reliable provider data forms the foundation of optimal patient access to healthcare. At Kyruus, we believe that by aggregating and leveraging robust data and creating applications that tap into that data, we can help health systems match each patient with the right provider at the right time. Attendees will join our co-founder in an exploration of how patients most commonly find care and associated challenges they often face during that process. Expect to come away with an understanding of the fundamental role data--and Kyruus’ ProviderMatch solutions--can play in facilitating better experiences for both patients and providers.
Suggested Audience: Product Management Professionals, Software Developers, Software Engineers, Hospital/Health System Marketers, Healthcare IT professionals
Specific Directions: Kyruus is located on the 7th Floor of the 222 Berkeley building, which is on the eastern half of the block bound by Berkeley, Boylston and Clarendon streets and St. James Avenue in Boston's Back Bay. 222 Berkeley is a 7 minute walk from Back Bay Station (Orange Line and Commuter Rail), and a 3 minute walk from the Arlington Street stop on the Green Line (take any Green Line train if coming from the Red Line).
Please enter the building from the main entrance on Berkeley Street. Proceed to the front desk, to the right side of the building as you enter, to check in - you will need government-issued identification. Once you have checked in, you will use the elevator bay facing the security desk to proceed to the 7th floor.
Parking is also available below the building in the Back Bay Garage. Entrances by car are located on St. James Ave and Clarendon Street. When parking, take the elevators on the Berkeley side of the building to street level. When you exit the elevators turn right, then turn left before reaching the entrance to Tico. Proceed to the second elevator bay, which also contains the security desk for 222 Berkeley.
Vecna's motto, "Better Technology, Better World" reflects the company's belief that technology can and should be used to empower others. Vecna remains a privately-funded, profitable, and global company that is dedicated to both advancing technology and helping others, both through its charitable arm, VecnaCares, and by encouraging employees to dedicate 10% of their time towards community service.
With over 20 years' experience in the robotics industry and expertise in autonomous navigation, human-robot interaction, and manipulation, Vecna is an industry veteran that continues to advance robotics for all sectors of society, including healthcare, education, and logistics. Come see Vecna's groundbreaking robotics work, world-class engineering facilities, and hear Daniel Theobald, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Vecna, discuss how the robotics landscape has evolved from science fiction to reality; how the industry can develop to increase the quality of life for not just the few, but everyone; and how Vecna's role and mission will continue to play a key role.
Suggested Audience: Developers, Engineers and Roboticists; Healthcare, Education and Logistics professionals; Technology Enthusiasts
Session Title: The Third Industrial Revolution is a Time of Digital Transformations
We have entered the Third Industrial Revolution, where competitive advantage depends on how we use digital infrastructure and the massive amounts of data flowing across it. It’s a creative time for businesses large and small. New firms can rely on pre-existing digital infrastructure to jumpstart their own business models. Established firms can remake themselves. What was once a tangible product is now delivered as a service with a new cost structure and no expiration date.
The possibility of Digital Transformations opens the world to new ideas, so join us for a morning to learn about how leading companies are taking advantage of this trend and to discuss possibilities for your own transformation in a perfect setting for such a discussion – a data center that is hosting some of the leading companies that are leading this new revolution.
To learn more about CenturyLink and Digital Transformation, click here.
CIC empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to fix the world: we are dedicated to providing infrastructure and community that nurtures and leverages the innovation ecosystem in Boston and abroad. CIC houses over 1400 companies across five international locations. For our session at CIC, we will feature CICers who are changing the world with their innovative products, services or ideas.
AOBiome is a Boston and San Francisco based biotech company focused on transforming human health through products that restore ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOBs) which current hygiene practices have stripped from the modern microbiome. Founded in 2013 by MIT Chemical Engineer David Whitlock and Patients Like Me founder Jamie Heywood along with co-founders Hilly Thompson and Lenny Barshack. The company is developing a novel class of therapeutics to improve skin health, hypertension, and other systemic conditions. AOBs convert ammonia to nitrite, an anti-microbial compound, and nitric oxide, a well-documented signaling molecule in the inflammatory process. AOBiome also owns the Mother Dirt branded line of consumer biome-friendly products targeted at restoring and maintaining the delicate balance of the skin biome.
Session Title: The “Five Forces” of IoT:
How the IoT Transforms Competition and Companies
PTC President and CEO, Jim Heppelmann, collaborated on a multi-year research project on the Internet of Things (IoT) with Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School. Their research findings were published in two Harvard Business Review articles, exploring the impact of the IoT on industry competition and on companies' organizational structure. Their ongoing research now explores the emerging trend of Augmented Reality (AR), creating new experiences and opportunities for competitive advantage in the IoT.
In this session you will:
PTC is located at 140 Kendrick Street, Needham, MA 02494.
Session Title: Scaling a Tech Company in a Hot Space
Join NetBrain and learn how our Founder and CEO, Lingping Gao, built a global tech company and created a market where none existed. In addition, you’ll meet our team, take a tour around the office, and perhaps even get in a game of ping-pong, if time permits.
Who we are
NetBrain is the market leader disrupting the network automation space. Our ground-breaking automation platform leverages the power of dynamic maps to provide CIOs and network teams with end-to-end network visibility while enabling adaptive automation across the organization’s physical, virtual and software-defined networks. Today, over 1,500 of the world’s largest enterprises and managed services providers leverage NetBrain’s platform to automate network documentation, troubleshooting, and change management.
“NetBrain’s success is due to our people, and over the years, we have been fortunate to attract top talent because of our unique culture and exciting mission to transform the network management industry.” - Lingping Gao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NetBrain
Park in the front of the building near the three large flag poles. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. If parking is unavailable in the front, there is additional parking on the side and around back. Walk to the front of the building and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.
Session Title: The Power Behind What Matters
A look at the technology and people fueling innovation within the tech, healthcare and financial services industries. Discuss specific vertical market advancements driven by InterSystems to "take the covers off" the critical importance of data management in our day-to-day lives. Highlighting real-world examples, InterSystems will showcase the need for organizations to have complete visibility into all of their data. For instance, InterSystems powers the world's most powerful applications, from mapping the stars to improving patient outcomes by providing access to structured and unstructured data.
Session Title: Enabling Healthcare to ACT
Healthcare organizations go through extraordinary means to put IT security systems in place in order to protect patient health information – which can create barriers such as complex passwords and security policies that impede workflow and affect quality patient care.
Imprivata will explain how it removes those barriers and provides healthcare organizations globally with a security and identity platform that enables providers to access, communicate, and transact patient health information, securely and conveniently.
Session Title: The Merging of Two Cultures
LogMeIn and GoTo have recently completed a partnership that brings together two of the best known, best trusted and most reliable teams in cloud connectivity. We believe in hiring to a high standard and creating an environment that both empowers and challenges people to do the best work of their lives. Dena Upton, VP of People and Talent will share how we plan to bridge the cultures of two companies while persevering the best elements from our respective previous companies.
Directions to LogMeIn:
Please note we have two buildings on Summer Street. This event is located at 333 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210.
MBTA: .4 miles from South Station (7-minute walk)
Parking: Meter parking on Summer Street or nearby lots in our neighborhood (Seaport District).
Every company is a software company…no really!
Marc Andreesen famously wrote that Software is Eating the World. Satya Nadella, and plenty of others, claim that every business will be a software business. It’s catchy, but what does it mean? Join SmartBear Software for a chat over lunch – food’s on us – we’ll give you our perspective on this truly global trend. We’ll share how we see companies of all shapes and sizes bringing this vision to life.
No Sales pitches. Just an exchange of ideas with SmartBear product leader, John Purcell.
Where is SmartBear?
We are located at 450 Artisan Way, Somerville, MA 02145 in Assembly Row. While there is ample parking throughout Assembly Row, the easiest, free parking is available in a garage on the opposite side of the street from the Nike outlet (300 Artisan Way). SmartBear is on the fourth floor of 450 Artisan Way.
Join us for lunch, an office tour and an interactive experience with our autonomous robots! Piaggio Fast Forward is a new company of the Piaggio Group (Owners of Vespa, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia, Gilera and Derbi) that was started in 2015 to re-think how to better move people and goods in urban settings. We just launched our first product, Gita, a cargo carrying robot that can follow a human operator (like a personal pack mule) carrying up to 40 pounds or move autonomously by itself in a mapped environment. We've been featured in the WSJ, Time Magazine, The Economist, CNN, Techcrunch and more and Forrester research said we are "going to change the way people work."
During our session, we'll give you a quick background of how we came to be, talk about what we think is happening in the world of personal mobility and transportation, show you around our office (which includes a prototyping shop with a Kuka robot, multiple 3D printers and other machines) and give you a chance to interact 1-on-1 with Gita. Our company is all about enabling humans to move faster, more efficiently and more enjoyably. Join us for an afternoon to learn about why we think this sector is so interesting and what our bet of the future of transportation will look like.
Suggested audience: We are hiring mechanical, electrical, and software engineers, marketers, business development managers and more and encourage people looking for full time or internship opportunities to join us.
PFF is located at 56 Roland Street, Suite 104, Boston, MA 02129. We're a 3 minute walk from the Sullivan Square T stop on the orange line. We offer free visitor parking outside our office. Our actual entrance door is located at the corner of Roland and Crescent streets. Walk up the ramp on the side of the loading dock
Session Title: A Look Inside the Sales Enablement Technology Revolution
Brainshark was founded in 1999 with a vision to transform the way companies create and share content. The goal was to empower organizations to create dynamic, video-based eLearning content within minutes... at a fraction of the previous cost. From that point, we’ve continued to evolve, developing a comprehensive product portfolio for content authoring, formal training and sales coaching that now form the core of the Brainshark sales enablement and readiness platform.
Today, that evolution continues as Brainshark is undergoing a technology revolution to deliver on an aggressive vision for the future of sales enablement technology – with a specific focus on virtual sales coaching and skills validation. Our engineers in the Brainshark Labs are innovating and explore technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, that will take sales enablement to the next level. During this session you will hear from our founders and experts in the field of sales enablement Joe Gustafson and Greg Flynn. You'll also see a demonstration of Brainshark’s Augmented Reality Sales Coaching Simulator based on Microsoft’s HoloLens, as well as some of our latest technology for scoring and rating of virtual coaching sessions.
From the Mass. Turnpike (I-90) Eastbound
Take exit 14 for I-95/Rt 128. After the toll, keep left for 95/128 North. While on ramp, exit immediately onto exit 24 for Route 30. Bear left onto Route 30. Turn right at first traffic light onto River Road. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Proceed for another quarter of a mile, then take a left onto Turner Street, right before the train tracks. Brainshark is located in the first building in the office park at the end of the street.
From the Mass. Turnpike (I-90) Westbound
Take exit 15 for I-95/Rt 128 and Route 30. After the toll proceed straight for Route 30. Turn right at end of the ramp, and then right again at first traffic light onto Route 30. Turn left at next traffic light onto River Road. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Proceed for another quarter of a mile, then take a left onto Turner Street, right before the train tracks. Brainshark is located in the first building in the office park at the end of the street.
From I-95/Route 128 Southbound
Take exit 24 for Route 30. At end of ramp, proceed through traffic light (across Route 30) onto River Road. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Proceed for another quarter of a mile, then take a left onto Turner Street, right before the train tracks. Brainshark is located in the first building in the office park at the end of the street.
From I-95/Route 128 Northbound
Take exit 24 for Route 30. Route 30 is one of several options at this exit, so follow signs carefully. Turn left at the top of the ramp onto Route 30. Turn right at the traffic lights onto River Street. Follow this for 1.5 miles, where it turns into South Street. Proceed for another quarter of a mile, then take a left onto Turner Street, right before the train tracks. Brainshark is located in the first building in the office park at the end of the street.
By commuter rail
Commuter train service is available from Boston's North Station (Fitchburg/South Acton line) to the Brandeis/Roberts Station. Turner street is across South Street from the station. Brainshark is located in the first building in the office park at the end of the street.
SERIOUS PLAY: Innovation Beyond Hackathons
Veracode makes a serious investment in our culture of innovation, from our legendary and riotously playful Hackathons, to our Learning Lunches, and our broader continuous innovation programs. Join us for lunch and some serious playtime while we discuss how to foster innovation in a focused, fast-moving organization. Lunch and toys will be provided.
“Hackathon” has become one of the trendiest terms in business today. While a Hackathon typically connotes a 24x7 event that challenges developers to create the next cool app, the process is not just for start-ups.
In this interactive presentation, Andy Youniss, CEO of Rocket Software will discuss how “Rocket Build” events have helped Rocket instill a more innovation-driven culture. Andy will define what a hackathon is, how they work and best practices and tips for utilizing them in your own environment. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how even big organizations can leverage the “hacking” process to deliver breakthrough innovation at start-up speed.
Learn more about Rocket Software here.
Suggested audience: CTOs, Investors, Heads of development, design, and/or anyone interested in looking for new ways to spur innovation
77 4th Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM INTERSTATE -128 / 95 NORTH BOUND:
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM INTERSTATE – 128 / 95 SOUTH BOUND:
Session Title: The Four C's of a Positive Impact Program
In this session we will explore the evolution of employee engagement and the impact that positive impact programs have on the employee experience and the bottom line. This session will introduce, The 4C's (commit, communicate, connect, and change) of Positive Impact Programming, a framework WeSpire constructed based on our own experience and research. This framework will provide attendees with actionable information around the fundamental building blocks of a positive impact program, allowing attendees to discuss their own organization's programs and walk away with an actionable go-forward plan.
Directions on how to get to WeSpire:
WeSpire's office is located next to the gates of China Town. Our office is on the sixth floor of 125 Kingston St. Upon entering the building attendees can either head straight up the stairs to the sixth floor, or head to the right where an elevator attendant will meet them to take them up to our office.
Did you know there are over 300 early stage education technology companies in Boston? Come find out why edtech is booming in Boston and beyond and how so many entrepreneurs are making education better, faster, cheaper, or more efficient. Hear directly from more than a dozen Boston-based edtech startups working on cutting edge products and services. Session will be led by Jean Hammond, LearnLaunch partner and one of the most prominent angel investors in America.
Session Title: Transformative Change: Innovation in the Health Insurance Market via Agile Software Development
The healthcare industry is undergoing a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, driven by a number of key factors including regulatory pressures, the rise in consumerism and lagging technology adoption, among others. Technology is the lynchpin to innovation in this space and, unlike many other major industries -- including travel, finance and retail -- healthcare, and more specifically, the health insurance industry, has been slow to adopt modern technology to innovate and transform the way it does business.
Attendees at this NewCo Boston session will explore the various market dynamics that are driving change in healthcare and healthcare IT in a small group discussion with HealthEdge EVP and CMO Ray Desrochers. Participants will also learn how HealthEdge enables its customers to radically innovate, drastically reduce costs and efficiently address the business imperatives of the evolving healthcare economy. Attendees will then join Sanjeev Sawai, HealthEdge’s Senior Vice President of Products, on a tour to see Agile software development methodology in action, and will meet the engineers building next-generation, business-transforming and award-winning technology products that are solving key business challenges in the health insurance market.
NewCo attendees interested in learning more about Agile software development, healthcare technology and the health insurance market should not miss this informative, interactive session.
Directions from the South:
Directions from the North:
Directions from Boston:
Once you enter The Center at Corporate Drive, drive 0.4 miles, following road to the circular drive in front of the buildings. HealthEdge is in the second building in the complex on the right (number 30) in Suite 150 on the first floor.
Free parking is available anywhere in the complex, including the sides and rear of the building. There are a limited number of 1-hour visitor parking spaces available directly in front of 30 Corporate Drive.
Entering building #30 from the front entrance, HealthEdge is located on the lobby level on the left. Visitors who park and enter the building from the back entrance will enter on the ground level. Take the elevator or stairs one floor to the lobby and HealthEdge will be next to the front entrance on the right.All visitors to HealthEdge must sign in to the building and wear visitor badges at all times.
Session Title: BikeBus Indoor Cycling City Tours
What other NewCo session gives you a fun, adrenaline-pumping workout that also doubles as a scenic tour of Boston?! Join us on a healthy journey like no other!
BikeBus will take 16 lucky participants indoor cycling around the streets of Boston, and you'll even be able to "Bike The Pike!" A patent-pending safety system now makes it possible to complete a workout while traveling. Come experience it firsthand.
Session 1 - 8 participants from 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Session 2 - 8 participants from 3:15 - 3:45 pm
Find us outside the Sheraton Boston Hotel. You may change into athletic wear inside. Athletic wear is required for this session.
Water bottle and towel service will be provided.
Pickup & Drop Off Location:
Tour Bus Parking, Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
Session Title: Using athena’s healthcare directory microservice and machine learning to determine Doctor appointment “no shows”.
Join athenahealth Chief Technology Office Prakash Khot in a discussion about Athena’s healthcare directory microservice, which is a centralized, de-duplicated repository of all healthcare entities and various relationships between them. And how athena uses this information and machine learning to predict Doctor appointment “no shows”.
athena has access to millions of scheduling records, including all of the features we need to determine the likelihood that a patient won’t show up. We also have the infrastructure in place to automatically reach out to these patients to remind them to come in. As our network grows, the algorithm gets smarter!
Join us to learn more about how athenahealth is using advanced analytics to solve problems in the healthcare space!
Session Title: Where data meets compassion: improving the patient experience
Patients’ unmet social needs greatly impact hospital economics including patient satisfaction, staff productivity and clinical outcomes. What happens when patients can't get a ride to the hospital for treatments every day? What if they need low sodium meals delivered at home? What if they’re traveling from out of town and need affordable lodging? We know that health care delivery and outcomes are improved when a patients has the support services they need. Today, however, providers don’t have the talent, training or tools to identify and address the full breadth of these social needs.
When Breather first launched, we had a focus on the entrepreneur and freelancer who needed a small space for a couple of hours. Breather is now the leader in the on-demand workspace category and the #1 provider for team offsite space. This session will cover how Breather leveraged data and customer feedback to change course.
Success and horror stories for tech firms as they build out their first sales teams
In this session, we will talk about common mistakes that tech firms make when hiring, enabling, deploying and scaling their sales teams. You will gain insights into how to beat the odds and make your first sales hires count and their first sales plans more effective. We will use humorous anecdotes and real-world case studies to make you more prepared as you contemplate the challenges of hiring and managing a sales team built for the long-term success of the company.
** The conference center is located on the ground floor of Building 200.
** Mansfield is located in building 100 on the 2nd floor.
Session Title: Tech Careers for Non- Engineers
Join General Assembly for a discussion on non- technical career paths within the Boston innovation economy. As a company dedicated to empowering people to pursue careers that they love, GA is working hard to break down barriers and show that there is space for everyone within the tech ecosystem.
In this session you will hear from industry experts working in design, product management, marketing, and sales at Boston's top companies. You will learn about their journeys into tech, the skills you need to get started, and the importance of having a growth mindset and willingness to learn throughout your career.
General Assembly is now located at 125 Summer Street Boston, MA 02110. We are a 3 minute walk to South Station, right across from Dewey Square. Once you arrive, the campus is located on the 13th floor of the building.
Session Title: Feeling the future - With Emotional Virtual Reality
Come learn about the future of eVR (Emotional Virtual Reality). This is an interactive session where attendees will have an opportunity to discuss and even try how eVR will change the way human communicate in the digital world.
We are located at the CIC on 50 Milk Street which is at the intersection of Devonshire Street and Milk Street. The entrance to the building is on Devonshire Street. Please sign into security in the lobby and proceed to the 5th floor. We will be meeting in the Meridian Conference Room. View the location here.
Tom Ryden, MassRobotics Executive Director, will speak about the growing robotics cluster in Massachusetts and some of the exciting initiatives in the field around automated vehicles, drones and manufacturing robots. He will also discuss the needs of robotics entrepreneurs and how MassRobotics is helping address those needs. This session will include a tour of the facility and demonstrations from the robotics companies in the space.
HBX Live is a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of Harvard Business School’s famed case study method in a digital environment. Leveraging unified communication, broadcast technologies and audio video solutions, HBX Live was designed to deliver an immersive experience remotely. Participants from across the globe can log in concurrently and engage in a real time case discussion while they are at work, on campus, or at home. In the custom-designed studio, a high-resolution video wall mimics the amphitheater-style seating of an HBS classroom, where up to 60 participants are displayed on individual screens simultaneously. Sessions are expertly produced using still and roaming cameras—creating the perspective for participants of being in a real classroom, seeing both the faculty member and other students.
Come visit the HBX Live studio located at WGBH to see firsthand how we turned 60 LED panels, 120 speakers, 70 cameras, and more than 20 miles of cable into a one-of-a-kind educational experience that has reached learners across 6 continents in 100 different countries.
Suggested Audience: Education, Education Technology, Talent Development, Digital Communications
Please note that HBX Live is located at WGBH, 1 Guest Street, Boston, MA. It is not on the Harvard Business School campus. Participants should park in the parking garage on the side of the building. The front desk at WGBH will validate tickets for the parking garage.
Session Title: Disruptive approach to Hiring Great Talent
If you are hungry to fill your open spots in sales, customer support, IT, project management, accounting, QA, and data analytics with top-quality, diverse talent who will deliver results for your organization and increase your retention, visit Year Up and experience the program through conversations with our talented students. Learn how companies like GE, LogMeIn, Fidelity, Trip Advisor, HubSpot, CarGurus, and Toast are disrupting traditional recruiting practices by taking advantage of our unique talent pipeline. Having trouble filling your data analytics jobs? Talk to us and give us ideas for how we might adapt our upcoming data analysis courses to fit the specific needs of your company.
Come see laser cutters, prototyping, and popup paper art design in action - plus have the opportunity to suggest the next card we make.Meet the Lovepop co-founders and creative team responsible for the 3D pop-up ships, birthday cakes, and unicorns you just saw on Shark Tank. Witness the design process unfold from idea to sketch to prototype to consumer testing, and get a behind-the-scenes look at our technology during a live demo on in-house laser cutters. Learn about how we crowdsource ideas to generate the most innovative designs possible, our new marketing approach for rolling out new designs. And best of all: you'll have the opportunity to suggest our next awesome pop-up design!
Join us as we take a journey into the inner workings of SmarterTravel’s portfolio of travel businesses. Learn how we got to where we are today and where we aim to be in the future.
Session Title: Hands-on Rapid Prototyping Workshop
Great designs don’t just happen: they are the results of iteration, revision and the application of perspective. Creating prototypes and models is a core activity of the design process. Using prototypes to explore variations and test your design help you learn about what makes your product great — and what needs refinement.
Join us for an engaging hands-on session to design a prototype! At Cantina, we use prototyping methodology to validate ideas with users, and create a feedback loop where you can keep learning.
In this workshop, you’ll learn new tools, techniques, and even design your own low fidelity prototype with a team guided by our staff. This session will cover:
This session is relevant to not just designers but makers of all kinds, social entrepreneurs, and people who are curious about learning different ways of working.
Session Title: A Look to What’s Next: Emerging Tech-Driven Trends and their Impact on Brand Experiences
Through the lens of Cramer, a global brand experience agency, we will uncover the emerging trends, technologies, and strategies that will be impacting the experiences that brands deliver for their audiences. We will start with an exploration of our newly renovated studios and showcase how our exploration of the “future of work” strategies were brought to life with technology and design. This will be followed by a fast moving, trend spotting presentation that will inspire both big transformations and small experiments. Finally, we will wrap with hands-on demos of the new-to-market technologies that marketers need to experience.
Workbar and Staples would like to invite the New Co Mass TLC community to a breakfast conversation at Workbar at Staples Brighton on workplace innovation, workplace design, technology, and the future of work.
As more large companies move to flexible work arrangements, start ups continue to be formed, and the Gig Economy of solo-preneurs and free lancers grows at a rapid pace, a compelling place for productive and efficient work is more pressing than ever. The Workbar at Staples collaboration offers a beautifully designed, state of the art escape from the isolation of the home office and the bustle of the local coffee shop. Hear about the unique partnership between local co-working company Workbar and national retailer Staples in the original, first ever Staples store… in a space designed by leading architectural firm Bergmeyer.
Join ownerIQ CEO, Jay Habegger, for an engaging discussion about the company’s journey, its unique position adding value to retailers and brand partners and the tremendous growth opportunity ahead as second-party data becomes an increasing part of every marketer's strategy. According to Forrester Research, 85% of retailers and brands will have a second-party strategy in place within 12 months.
Come learn about the latest in digital marketing and take a tour of ownerIQ's expanding brick and beam office in the heart of the Fort Point neighborhood. ownerIQ was recently named in the Ad Age BtoB Best Awards, as CIOReview Magazine’s Top 50 Retail Solutions, Digiday Signal Awards, Boston Business Journal's Hottest Tech Companies to Watch, and Editor's Choice Award from Shopper Marketing Magazine.
Commerce is now a tech-dominated activity; as people shop on their own terms with their phones, the walls between online and offline are disappearing as well as the rules on how, when and with whom people shop. Rue has the mobile platform, the data skills, and the rapidly growing loyal customer base to lead this revolution. Join Rue La La’s CTO, Anthony Accardi, to hear about how we are revolutionizing online ecommerce through driving a “Mobile First” philosophy and working on key personalization initiatives.
Suggested Audience: Developers, Product Managers, Engagement & Acquisition Marketing
Directions to our office:
We’re located at 20 Channel Center in South Boston. You need to bring a photo ID and check in at security, and then you can come up to the 3rd floor.
We are a short walk from both South Station (Red Line/Commuter Rail) and Broadway Station (Red Line). If you are coming from South Station, there is a shuttle that will bring you to our building. For more information on shuttle times, please see the attachment “Transportation Information with Map.
If you’re driving, we recommend entering “229 A Street”, (the address of the back door) as there is another Channel Street in Boston. There is a parking garage located behind the State Street building next door that offers daily rates. You will turn onto Iron St. off of A St. and follow to the end where you’ll see the Channel Center Parking Garage. When walking from the garage, we are in the brick building between Iron Street and Barlow’s Restaurant. There is a big “20” plaque right outside our entrance on A street.
Marketers and consumers today agree that personalization is a critical component to great brand experiences and continued loyalty. Get an insider’s view and a behind-the-scenes look at how Evergage – the leader in real-time personalization – empowers businesses to understand and interact with each person that visits a site or uses an app – one at a time, “in the moment” and at scale – to deliver a maximally relevant, individualized experience.Andy Zimmerman, Evergage CMO, will demonstrate real-world examples of personalization in action and facilitate an interactive customer case study with Boston-based Evergage client Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles
Session Title: Voice powered: how voice interfaces are shaping the homes, cars, and cities of the future
From Amazon Echo and Google Home to voice assistants like Siri, it's starting to feel like voice controls are everywhere. But it's only the beginning of a major shift in interaction. At Vesper, we're at the heart of the voice interaction future: our microphones are extremely low-power and enable connected devices to wake up when they hear sound. We'll give you an overview of the voice-controlled landscape and show you our high-tech microphone lab, plus demos you need to see (and hear) to believe.
Session Title: Race Towards Impact: Accelerating Entrepreneurship for Zero-Equity
Entrepreneurs are the value creators for society, working to solve some of the biggest issues our communities face across industries like healthcare, clean energy, high tech, and more.
As the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, MassChallenge has helped more than 1,000 promising companies launch, grow, and create impact around the world -- all for zero equity. Since 2010, alumni have raised more than $1.8 billion in funding, generated more than $700 million in revenue, and created more than 60,000 jobs.
In this session, attendees will learn more about MassChallenge's unique model and have the opportunity to hear from a panel of entrepreneurs who are solving new problems and creating more opportunities, optimism, and passion along the way.
Session Title: Death by open office floor plan … long live office walls (for computing)!
The open office floor plan hinders individual productivity while simultaneously enhancing group collaboration. Huddles rooms have emerged as the accepted compromise. Is there a better alternative for the office layout of the future?
Join us for a dynamic discussion where we use Scalable’s Huddlewall, a wall computing solution, to conduct a live brainstorming session about group collaboration. Your visit to Scalable will transform theoretical concepts about group collaboration to practical reality through the brainstorming process in which you participate.
Scalable Display Technologies produces groundbreaking software that transforms ordinary office walls into large (18’ wide) wall computers for group collaboration. This is a transformative technology that must be seen in person to fully comprehend the impact that Scalable brings to the meeting space.
Scalable Display, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. and a network of partners who sell and install our software world-wide.
Session Title: ezCulture: A Recipe for Success
Tech companies are completely people-enabled. People are a necessity and excellent people are a big differentiator. With decades of experience building companies and leading teams, ezCater's Co-Founder and CEO, Stefania Mallett, will take the floor to talk about ezCater's award-winning company culture. From the company’s strict “no jerk” policy to empowering employees to try new things and make mistakes -- but always track results -- Stefania will speak to the key people “ingredients” that have enabled ezCater to nearly double its staff in the last year, attract and retain top talent, and grow as a business.
We are located right in Downtown Crossing at 101 Arch Street. Once you enter the building, go up the escalators to the security desk. Give them your name and they will direct you to ezCater's office on the 15th floor.
Session Title: Early-Stage Growth Strategies: What you may not be thinking about, but probably should.
Last year, CloudHealth Technologies CTO and Founder Joe Kinsella spoke about how to convert an initial concept into a viable technology, and the process of ideating along the way. This year, you’ll get the CEO take on how a business leader lays the groundwork for successful growth.
In this session, CloudHealth Technologies CEO and Co-founder Dan Phillips will unpack the misleadingly simple concept of “growth,” drawing upon learnings gleaned from decades of entrepreneurship and real-world business experience. Attendees will learn what works, what doesn’t, and what you may not be thinking about in the early stages…but probably should be. Dan will dig into the thought process underlying a multitude of critical decisions, including the following:
● How do you attract top talent and build out a team early on? What selection method goes into making these crucial early hires?
● How do you encourage the iterative, creative process while still imposing an established framework for building product, marketing to customers, and closing a sale?
● What technology, processes and systems must be put in place to maintain efficiency and productivity?
● How do you effectively scale during periods of hyper growth?
● Where do intangibles -- like culture -- fall with respect to measurable results, such as sales numbers?
● What unforeseen challenges arise during periods of peak transformation?
CloudHealth Technologies is a workplace that emphasizes creativity and innovation. We aren’t looking to improve a market…we want to fundamentally disrupt it. In working to eliminate the complexity of cloud management for the world’s largest cloud customers, we’ve become one of the fastest growing tech companies in Boston and have begun expansion on a global level.
Join this session if you want to receive candid advice from a serial entrepreneur, learn what it takes to set the stage for future success early on, and hear strategies for undergoing rapid growth (and transformation).
Lunch will be provided!
Suggested Audience: Startup founders, product managers, tech-focused entrepreneurs and college graduates who are interested in learning what it is like to build a business from the ground up.
Session Title: Ransomware: The ‘Uber-ization’ of the Bad Guy
Data is everywhere, and the more data we have, the more vulnerable we become. Hackers recognize this vulnerability and are developing ransomware viruses to hold personal and business data hostage that will require payment (or “ransom”) for its safe return. These attacks have become so successful that the hacking industry has created ~$1B in revenue this year.
The scariest part? These attacks don’t entail sophisticated technology. With Uber, you only need a car and a smartphone to enter the ride sharing service. Similarly, a ransomware virus only requires a mailing list of potential targets to get off the ground. “Ransomware-as-a-Service” offerings are also being created to serve as a one-stop-shop for hacking resources.
Join us in this session at Carbonite to better understand what a ransomware attack is, the importance of proactively protecting your data, and most importantly, how to get your data back after an attack.
The Carbonite office is on the 6th floor in the Lafayette City Center building (right next to the Hyatt Regency Boston), located at 2 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111, on the corner of Avenue de Lafayette and Washington Street. We’re easily accessible via the Green Line (Boylston and Park Street T stops) and Orange Line (Downtown Crossing and Chinatown T stops). If you choose to drive, there is also a parking garage located at 1 Ave de Lafayette – the cost ranges as follows (full details can be found here).
Introducing Vertica - Big Data Analytics for the Greater Good
Conceived by legendary database guru Michael Stonebraker, the HPE Vertica Analytics Platform was purpose built from the very first line of code for high-performance Big Data Analytics at extreme scale. Data-driven organizations from Bank of New York Mellon to Guess to Uber to Zynga meet their most demanding analytic use cases with Vertica. And early-stage startups and even non-profits rely on Vertica to derive analytical insight from growing volumes of data for the greater good -- preserving the rain forest to finding a cure. Come meet the Vertica team to hear all about these customer stories and learn how you organization can derive more value from your analytics initiative.
The first half of our session will be about CIC's Design Town, one of our special communities at CIC Boston, and highlighting the upcoming launch of FabCafe Boston, a maker space created in partnership with Render at 121 and the Fab Foundation. This will be followed by a presentation by Branchfood, a second special community at CIC Boston, and finishing up with a mystery CIC presentation.
CIC empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to fix the world: we are dedicated to providing infrastructure and community that nurtures and leverages the innovation ecosystem in Boston and abroad. CIC houses over 1400 companies across five international locations. For our session at CIC, we will feature CICers who are changing the world with their innovative products, services or ideas.
Participants will get the chance to experience ongoing innovation at our North America Labs, especially on topics related to smart cities and to the role of light in productivity and workplace wellbeing. First, the Atlas of Lighting, a joint collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provides a data-based scientific view of social and economic dynamics of metropolitan areas around the world.
Second, there will be a lighting simulation based on the MIT CityScope project, which is an interactive decision support system for urban development. Third, we will demo a Department of Energy that contributes to personal and organizational goals for workplace wellbeing. It is based on an aggressive energy saving, capable of variable modulation of intensity, distribution, and spectrum of lighting in order to support diverse visual and non-visual needs.
Our focus on cities stems from the global trend for urbanization, the ubiquitous presence of lighting – with approximately 500 million street lights installed in public spaces globally, and the massive opportunity that connected lighting can bring to our cities. Currently less than 1% of all our global street lights are connected or intelligent. With the emergence of big data, the Internet of Things and connected, digital lighting, we’re bringing much more intelligent functionality into our lighting systems – lighting will go beyond illumination.
Session Title: Pragmatic IOT at it’s best
Attendees will get a sneak peak into a world unbeknownst to many - truck delivered energy. This $100B+ logistics market still relies on paper tickets and educated guesses, resulting in billions of dollars wasted every year. In our presentation, we will show just how advances in the IOT have enabled us to change that and give a tour of our prototyping space, provided by Bolt.io.
Session Title: Student-Centered Product Design to Drive Success
At Cengage, we believe every student is propelled by the power of education. We create learning experiences that build confidence and momentum through digital tools that help students learn on-the-go.
Join our Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of Talent Management and others for an interactive conversation around the intersection of education and technology. We will cover the culture at Cengage and the transformation of a traditional publishing company into a leading education and technology company. As the proud winner of BostInno’s 2016 Tech Madness Competition, we are on the lookout for sharp minds to come on board. We would love to meet you and look forward to sharing Cengage’s story! Refreshments will be served.
Session Title: The Revolution won’t be televised: How the FinTech movement is empowering the consumer and changing the way we bank.
Digital disruptions in FinTech are ubiquitous. From payment platforms to wealth and asset management, from peer to peer lending to crowd-funding, a new generation of start-ups is taking aim at the financial industry – carving away territory traditionally served by banks and overhauling the customer experience from the ground up.
Unencumbered by legacy technologies and structures of traditional banks, new FinTech disruptors are developing digital financial experiences that provide consumers with greater transparency. At the backbone of this disruption is consumer empowerment: enhanced access and compelling digital experiences for the individual consumer.
Doni co-founder, Ronald Verbrugge, will engage the audience with a provocative analysis of the social and economic forces shaping the evolution of industry based on his more than 25 years of hands-on FinTech expertise and innovation. Verbrugge will discuss:
Suggested audience: Entrepreneurs, developers, FinTech enthusiasts, investors.
Doni, Inc. is a goal achievement platform where users articulate their goals, save together, give to others and take back control of their personal data. Headquartered in Boston, Doni is an international company with offices in Holland and Romania and is a member of the latest class of FinTech start-ups featured at The DCU FinTech Innovation Center.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the history and operation of one of the oldest and largest innovation labs around. See firsthand how we run our innovation process, how we attack big societal issues like the student debt crisis, and how we’re applying emerging technologies like voice, gesture, and virtual reality to real-world challenges.
Session Title: Tour of Wayfair Next – VR/AR for home shopping
Get a glimpse into how Wayfair is harnessing virtual and augmented reality technologies to pave the way for a new era in online shopping. Learn about the evolution of Wayfair’s R&D team, beginning with an internal hackathon in 2015 and spanning multiple application launches, and get a chance to virtually design a living space with an app demo. Following the session, connect with the team behind the technology.
Directions to Wayfair
From the atrium inside the Copley Place mall in Back Bay, take the escalator/elevator up two floors to the Sky Lobby. After checking in at the security desk, take the Tower 4 elevator up to the 7th floor and go to the reception desk to check in.
Session Title: The Sonus Transition and How It’s Benefiting Your Company’s Security Strategy
Evolve, enhance, repeat or become obsolete. That’s the way technology advances in the ever-changing world we live in. Today’s companies need to provide constant innovation to ensure they stay top of mind with customers. For Sonus, a company celebrating its twentieth birthday this year, its answer came in the form of securing Unified Communications (UC).
Unified Communications (UC), often the forgotten application among CISOs, are more vulnerable and open to attacks than most organizations realize. UC isn’t just the voice call anymore. It’s video, file sharing, messaging and more. And now that it has moved over the Internet, it provides a much richer set of capabilities and is inherently more vulnerable to being exploited. But UC isn’t the only application your business should focus on. With Denial of Service and Cloud platform API-based attacks flooding the news cycle, companies must have a comprehensive security strategy that spans all applications and elements of their networks.
During this engaging session, Sonus’ Mykola Konrad will explain how Sonus has shifted from a “has been” telco to a “NewCo” security-focused company. Mykola will also discuss the culture shift Sonus needed to make that transition and how the company’s new focus will help organizations secure their networks better than ever before.
fama PR is located at 250 Northern Avenue, Suite 300 in Boston’s Seaport District. They are right on the waterfront, on the third floor.
Take the Silver Line S1/Logan Airport Line to the World Trade Center Station. Exit the station and walk on World Trade Center Avenue toward the waterfront. At the World Trade Center, take a right onto Seaport Blvd. which becomes Northern Avenue. fama PR will be on your left.
From Points, South
Heading northbound on Interstate 93 towards Boston, take Exit 20, which will be immediately after Exit 18. Follow the signs towards “I-90 East”. Take the first tunnel exit to “South Boston”. At the first set of lights at the top of the ramp, proceed straight onto East Service Road. At the next set of lights, take a right onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. fama PR will be approximately 1/4 mile ahead on the left.
From Points, North
Heading southbound on Interstate 93 Boston, take Exit 23 “Purchase Street/South Station”. At the top of the ramp, take a left onto Seaport Boulevard and proceed over the Moakley Bridge, Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. fama PR will be approximately 3/4 mile ahead on the left.
From Logan Airport
Follow the signs towards I-90 West – Ted Williams Tunnel/Worcester. Take the Ted Williams Tunnel/I-90 West to Exit 25 “South Boston”. At the top of the ramp proceed straight onto B Street. At the end of B Street, take a right onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. fama PR will be approximately 1/4 mile ahead on the left.
From the Mass Pike
Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike /Interstate 90 East to Exit 25 “South Boston”. At the top of the ramp, bear left towards “Seaport Boulevard” and at the first set of lights proceed straight onto East Service Road. At the next set of lights, take a right onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. fama PR will be approximately 1/4 mile ahead on the left.
Session Title: Hiring is the New Online Dating
From ghosting to the dreaded question "So, how much do you make?" there are a lot of parallels between online dating and finding a new job. In this fun interactive discussion, we will explore all the subtle nuances that make job seekers and companies attractive to each other. And who knows, we might even make some matches in the process. The session will wrap with a Q&A - feel free to ask our CTO and CEO any burning questions you may have about the hiring ecosystem in Boston!
Directions to our office:
The closest subway stations are Copley and Hynes (MBTA green line - approximately a 5-minute walk); Back Bay station (orange line - approximately a 13-minute walk). Once guests arrive in the lobby, they can ring the ReferralMob doorbell to the left of the elevator and someone will come down to take them to the 2nd floor.
Run With the Bulls: the Sea of Boston Startups and the Future of the Global Workforce
The Boston technology landscape is rapidly changing by the minute – new companies are emerging and new technologies are being developed at breakneck pace. Not to mention more technology companies are flocking to an area called “Innovation Crossing” – the neighborhood between Downtown Crossing and the Innovation District that's still very early in its renaissance from a tired financial center to a burgeoning tech hub. How is the local innovation ecosystem bleeding into the global workforce – especially as robotics and automation are all the rage? Come join Art Papas, Bullhorn’s founder and CEO, Gordon Burnes, Bullhorn’s CMO, and Vinda Souza, Bullhorn’s vice president, marketing communications, for an informative conversation about working for a high-growth, founder-backed, established private company, Bullhorn's unique company culture that's deeply rooted in transparency, and how advancements in robotics and automation will create more job opportunities – not thwart them. Suggested audience: Founders, executives, technologists, developers.
Our address is 100 Summer St., 17th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.
Session Title: Mission + Work + People = Career Experience of your Lifetime.
A panel discussion with representation from our products, sales and other teams with candid insights about our work, our mission, and why Rapid7 is the best place for them to build their career.
Moderator: Rajeev Jaswal, CIO
Katie Ledoux Security Analyst, Cambridge office
David Bosquet Manager, Sales Engineering, Boston office
Danielle Ain, Sr. Account Executive, Boston office
Roy Hodgman Lead Data Scientist, Cambridge office
Gio Thermot Manager, Business Operations, Boston office