The Week Ahead – 04/07/14 through 04/11/14

Our article on upcoming networking events features a photo of Melcher Street in Boston's Innovation District. ©SpiroPhoto

This week, we’re connecting you with businesses from around the world, checking in on the robot revolution, and exploring the crossroads of digital offerings and tangible goods. Here are our top picks for FREE business and networking events around Greater Boston, all coming up in The Week Ahead!

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

Reducing Global Dependence on Oil
Who: New England-Israel Business Council
What: Presentation on the Israel Alternative Fuels Initiative
When: 4/7/14, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: 2 Amherst Street, Building E51, Room 335, Cambridge, MA 02142 (MIT)
Why: Learn about steps being taken to reduce oil dependency and how global partnerships will play a key role in uncovering solutions. Eyal Rosner presents the keynote (Israeli Prime Minister’s Office). Refreshments and ample networking throughout the evening.


Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Robot Online Mall Grand Opening Ceremony & Robot Technology Road Show
Who: DaeGyeong Robot Enterprise Promotion Association
What: Grand Opening Ceremony and Tech showcase
When: 4/8/14, 11:00am – 3:30pm
Where: One Rogers Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 (IBM Innovation Cambridge Center)
Why: Join REPA as they celebrate the ongoing Robot Online Mall Project. Find out more about the robotics industry, watch demos, and network with Greater Boston companies and the Korean Delegation.

Robotics Workshop
Who: Aldebaran Robotics Boston
What: Hands-on robotics workshop
When: 4/8/14, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 51 Melcher Street, Boston, MA 02210 (WeWork Seaport)
Why: Make Tuesday a full day of robotics by taking part in a free robotics workshop in the Seaport district. Cocktails, food, and networking provided as Aldebaran shows off their humanoid robot NAO.


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Lessons Learned Presents: Casey Sherman & Dave Wedge “Boston Strong”
Who: Fisher College
What: Author presentation, meet and greet
When: 4/9/14. 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where: 116 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Fisher College Alumni Hall)
Why: Be in attendance as Fisher College hosts Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. Co-authors of “Boston Strong,” the upcoming chronicle of events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, Sherman and Wedge will discuss their work and the coverage it has received.

OpenMind: How the Internet Is Changing Our Lives
Who: BBVA, MIT Technology Review
What: Presentations on the impact of the Internet
When: 4/9/14, 4:45pm – 7:30pm
Where: 75 Amherst Street, 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 (MIT Media Lab)
Why: Hear from a trio of eminent speakers, including BBVA Chairman and CEO Francisco Gonzalez, as they discuss the continuous change brought about by the Internet. From affecting innovation and creativity to altering the way we work and how we stay connected, don’t miss this exploration of how the Internet will continue to shape the world in which we live. Space is limited!

VMTurbo Sneak Peek
Who: VMTurbo
What: Networking at VMTurbo
When: 4/9/14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 500 Boylston Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 (VMTurbo)
Why: Get a sneak peek at VMTurbo’s new office space in Boston over an evening of food and refreshments. Listen in on presentations from Ben Nye (VMTurbo CEO) and Jim McInerny (VMTurbo VP of Sales), network with the virtualization industry, and find out about current opportunities at VMTurbo.


Thursday, April 10th, 2014

How Startups Get Their First Customers
Who: Startups Building Consumer Goods Meetup
What: Panel discussion on acquiring initial customers
When: 4/10/14, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: 51 Melcher Street, Boston, MA 02210 (WeWork Seaport)
Why: Learn about the challenges of developing consumer goods and bringing them to the public. Find out what it took for the panelists to gain early adoption and ultimately generate sales. Speakers include founders from Yoga By Numbers, Alpine Hammock and Forsake Shoes.

Designers + Geeks Boston Social Mixer
Who: Designers + Geeks
What: Networking for designers + geeks
When: 4/10/14, 7:00pm
Where: 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Meadhall)
Why: Take part in this social meetup for anyone involved in startups, technology, design, art, and beyond. Talk shop, share knowledge, and make friends at this networking event.


Friday, April 11th, 2014

Annual Economic Colloquia Series
Who: Consulate General of Italy Boston, Pioneer Investments
What: Panel on the Global Economy
When: 4/11/14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (American Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Why: Hear from a distinguished panel of presenters as they discuss the current state of the global economy. Find out more about strengths and concerns in the US and Europe. Reception to follow.

Swiss Gaming Corner – Opening Reception
Who: swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland
What: Game exhibition and presentation
When: 4/11/14, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: 420 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138 (swissnex Boston)
Why: Join swissnex as they exhibit and demo games and installations from students of the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD). Keynote presentation from Jean-Pierre Greff, Director of HEAD, plus networking, food, and refreshments.

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