You've come to the right place for business and networking events in the Greater Boston area, as we count down our top picks. This week, we're bringing you to an assortment of conferences and conversations that are guaranteed to bring you new ideas and strong connections. From pitching to partnering, find out what's in store in our latest edition of The Week Ahead!
Monday, March 24th, 2014
#RDVSketch: Applying for Top Startup Accelerators and Finding Mentors
Who: Rough Draft Ventures
What: Panel discussion on startup accelerators and mentors
When: 3/24/14, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall Room 110, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard University)
Why: Join Rough Draft Ventures as they host a monthly panel discussion for entrepreneurs and startups. This month’s panel includes Katie Rae (TechStars Managing Director), Merrill Lutsky (Founder of Y Combinator backed Postmetrics), and Brent Grinna (founder/CEO of EverTrue). Discussion will focus on applying to accelerators and finding top mentors, plus networking opportunities.
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
The Heart of Your Pitch
Who: South Shore Innovation
What: Workshop on how to pitch effectively
When: 3/25/14, 10:25am – 11:30am
Where: 180 Old Colony Avenue, 3rd Floor, Quincy, MA 02170 (Quincy Center for Innovation)
Why: Opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to hone their messages. Work through the key components to a successful elevator pitch, and get help perfecting your own talking points to highlight what makes you and your organization exciting and unique.
Score Corporate Partners
What: Accelerator Mini-Series
When: 3/25/14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: One Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA 02210 (MassChallenge HQ)
Why: Learn about the intricacies of navigating corporate support as an early-stage startup. Gain firsthand insight from the source as high level representatives from notable organizations share what it takes to catch their attention and win their support.
Pitch Club Boston
Who: Impact Hub Boston
What: Open mic night for entrepreneurs
When: 3/25/14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 101 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 (ImpactHub Boston)
Why: Can't make it to a morning session to work on your pitch? Join ImpactHub as they host the inaugural Pitch Club meeting. Sign up as a presenter and practice your pitch in front of a live audience, or be part of the audience and offer honest feedback to help the eight presenters improve their performances. Open networking throughout.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Google Maps and Your Nonprofit’s Data
Who: HandsOn Tech Boston
What: Tech workshop for nonprofits
When: 3/26/14, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: 275 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Hack / Reduce)
Why: Learn how to use Google Maps and Google Fusion Tables to put your data to work. Opportunity for hands on training for nonprofits looking to expand their capabilities. Session will be led by Jenn Taylor of 501 Partners.
NEXPO Spring 2014
What: Expo of IDEA participants
When: 3/26/14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (Northeastern University, Cabot Athletic Facility)
Why: Check out the top ventures from IDEA, Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator. Learn about the new ideas being developed inside the accelerator, check out live demos, and meet the management teams from both IDEA ventures as well as the IDEA program itself.
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Who: Data Connectors
What: Conference on tech security
When: 3/27/14, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Where: 2 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Boston Marriott Cambridge)
Why: Take part in this full day conference featuring vendor exhibits and industry leading speakers right in the heart of Kendall Square. Topics include cloud security, social media security, wireless security and more.
A Conversation on Civic Technology
Who: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center – New England
What: Panel discussions on public concerns touching technology
When: 3/27/14, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Microsoft NERD Center)
Why: Get informed about what Civic Technology is and why it matters. Learn more about the challenges currently being addressed, and the role citizens everywhere can play. Stay for a networking reception with food and bar service.
Who: March Communications
What: Monthly networking event
When: 3/27/14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 226 Causeway Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02114 (March Communications)
Why: Make it a night of networking with Boston’s technology, PR and media professionals. Hang out in March Communications’ swanky new office and blow off some steam at the end of the month with other members of the business community.
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Music and the Brain Symposium
Who: Boston University
What: Symposium on music and brain research
When: 3/28/14, 1:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: 24 Cummington Street, Life Science and Engineering Building, Room B01, Boston, MA 02215 (Boston University)
Why: Hear the latest in research from neuroscientists Gottfried Schlaug, Robert Zatorre and Aniruddh Patel as they discuss the future of music and brain research. Evening concert to follow with musicians from the Boston Symphony and BU School of Music.
Jason, for the team at Kendall Press