BostInno Approved: April’s Top Tech & Startup Events in Boston

April 3, 2018

Although it’s spring, winter hasn’t seemed to get the hint to leave us alone yet. So while you hold off on buying Red Sox tickets till the temperature rises, here are some great indoor tech and startup events to check out.


Week 1

Monday April 2

The What & Whys of APIs: General Assembly hosts this event focused on Application Programming Interfaces: how they work and why they are important. This free event will feature a talk by Shayna Cummings, a software engineer at Pluralsight, and a Director for Women who Code. This event is at 6:30 p.m. and is at General Assembly, which is located at 125 Summer St. on the 13th floor.

Tuesday April 3

Alexa Accelerator Voice Meetup in Boston: Come meet the teams from the Alexa Fund and Alexa Accelerator as they tour around the country. This free event, hosted by Techstars, will feature a panel of CEOs who are all from leading startups in the field. It will also provide information on the Alexa Accelerator program. This event is at 6 p.m., and takes place at Vesper Technologies, which is located at 77 Summer St. on the ninth floor.

Wednesday April 4

What Investors Look For In A Startup And In Their Pitch: This event hosted by the Startup Coalition will educate guests on how to pitch their startup to investors. This free event includes a panel discussion with some big names including the CEO of Compt, Amy Spurling, and the VP of Breakaway Ventures, Scott Caras, among others. This event starts at 6 p.m. and is located at the WeWork space at 745 Atlantic Ave.

Women In Executive Leadership: This event features a panel discussion about women in executive roles in STEM industries and the progression of their careers. This panel is moderated by Geraldine A. Hamilton, the President and CSO at Emulate. This event is hosted by MASS AWIS and Boston Biomedical inc. Tickets are $5 for AWIS members and $10 for non-members. This event takes place at Boston Biomedical which is located at 640 Memorial Dr. in Cambridge. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Thursday April 5

Finding Partners, Co-Founders, Employees: South Shore Innovation hosts an Innovation roundtable at the Gelato Cafe in Quincy, which is located at 17 Chestnut St. in Quincy. The event is for anyone in the startup community at any stage who wants to talk about an idea over coffee or join in the discussion about others. This event is free and runs from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

The Importance of Early Stage Market Research in the Innovation Process: InnerOvation presents an event on how to utilize market research in your early stage startup and in pitching your idea. This event features a talk by Dr. Kendra Taylor who runs a market research and consulting startup. This event is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. It is located at CIC – One Broadway in the Charles Conference room on the 14th floor.

Rise 2018: This event, hosted by Northeastern, will feature displays and posters by Northeastern students covering research they have performed in regards to innovation. This free affair will also include awards, speakers and networking opportunities. This event runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check the event page for location details.

Connected Things 2018 Conference: The MIT Media Lab presents this all day conference focused around the future of the Internet of things. This event will features panels, networking and keynotes by the likes of Dirk Didascalou, the VP of AWS IoT, Steve Martin, the CDO of GE and Noora Sweird a partner at Global Ventures. This conference begins at 9 a.m. at the MIT Media Lab, which is located at 75 Amherst St., building E14 in Cambridge. Tickets and registration information can be found on the event’s website

Saturday April 7 – Sunday April 8

Need for Speed Hackathon: The Computer Measurement Group hosts this two-day affair focused on Health technology and internet of things hacking. It was take place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Cambridge Innovation Center, which is located at 1 Broadway on the 14th floor in Cambridge. It will run through Sunday. Tickets for the event are $10.


Week 2

Monday April 9

Boston New Technology Augmented and Virtual Reality Startup Showcase: Boston New Technology and Wayfair present this showcase on virtual and augmented reality companies. Seven companies will be presenting their work. Dinner and drinks will be served. Tickets for this event are $12. This showcase starts at 6 p.m. at Wayfair, which is located at 4 Copley Pl.

Tuesday April 10

Time to make a Seed Pitch: To kick off their 2018 startup series, Shoobx will be hosting a panel of investors to talk about pitching, what to say, and how to answer questions about future financial projections and market information. The panel includes John Pearce of Underscore.VC, Sarah Downey of Accomplice, among others. A full list of speakers and ticketing information available here. This event takes place at 6 p.m. at the WeWork at South Station, which is located at 745 Atlantic Avenue on the 8th floor.

MIT Waste Research & Innovation Night 2018: This event will include networking, pitching and poster presentations focused on waste innovation. Any topic related to waste reuse and resource management will be accepted. More information on the event will become available closer to date. This event is free and is located at MIT’s Morss Hall, which is located at 142 Memorial Dr. in Cambridge.

Looking Past the Traditional Tech Resume: Salsify hosts this panel and discussion about how to turn diversity problems into a hiring opportunity. Panelists include Michelle Bradbury, the CPO at Humanyze, Kerry Robert, the VP of People Operations at Velir, and Rob Gonzalez, the EVP of Business Development at Salsify. This event takes place at 5 p.m. at 3 Center Plaza. This event is free and food and drinks will be provided.

NEWCO Boston: This event starts at 6 p.m. and runs through 8 p.m. on Thursday April 12. This event showcases companies around Boston. Over 70 companies will have their doors open throughout those times for people to come and make new connections. More information can be found on the event’s website.

Unconscious Bias Workshop: She Geeks Out and Acquia are hosting a workshop on unconscious bias that can be found in the workplace. This interactive workshop will help to people to be more aware of potential biases. This event is free and runs from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This event takes place at the Acquia Headquarters located at 53 State St. on the 10th floor.

Wednesday April 11

If they call it AI, they’re lying: This event, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, looks to dive deep into the different aspects of Artificial Intelligence and how they can incorporated into your business. Evan Gerber the VP of Digital Strategy for Fidelity will speak. This event is free with the option for a donation. This event takes place from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Seaport World Trade Center, located at 200 Seaport Blv. on the second floor.

Work Smart In Boston Salary Negotiation Workshop: The American Association of University Women hosts this free seminar about the gender wage-gap and how to carefully negotiate your salary because of it. There will be time to practice pitches as well. This seminar runs from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Workbar, which is located at 1167 Massachusetts Ave.

China Law Association at Harvard Law School Symposium: This year’s annual conference has a theme of Entrepreneurship and Development in China and will feature four panels ranging from venture capital and startups to international intellectual property among others. Speakers include Olin Wethington, the former Chairman of AIG Companies in China and Ko-Yung Tang, the former VP and General Counsel of the World Bank. Tickets and the event schedule can be found on the event’s website. The event takes place from 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Austin Hall 200 at the Harvard Law School, which is located at 1515 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge.

Thursday April 12

2018 Babson B.E.T.A. Challenge Finals: This free event will feature the finalist teams from Babson’s B.E.T.A. Challenge program presenting their ventures. The top undergraduate, graduate, and alumni teams will each receive $20,000. This takes place at Babson College Olin Hall, which is located at 231 Forest St. in Babson Park, starting at 5 p.m.

Xconomy Forum, Robo Madness 2018—Homecoming: Xconomy and iRobot are hosting their fourth annual robotics conference at iRobot, which is located at 8 Crosby Dr. in Bedford. Speakers include Colin Angle the co-founder and CEO of iRobot and Rana el Kaliouby the co-founder and CEO of Affectiva. For a full list of speakers and ticket details check out the event’s website. The conference will run from 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday April 14 – Sunday April 15

Boston AI, Data Science & Blockchain Conference 2018: This conference, hosted by Int’l Data Engineering and Science Association (IDEAS), is focused around the field of data science. This includes sessions ranging from “Process Mining Meets AI and M” to “Is AI Hype or Will it Transform Your Business?,” among others. This conference runs through April 15 and takes place at various locations at Harvard and MIT so check out the event page for location details. Tickets are $60 for students and $100 for general admission. Early bird tickets are also available.

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