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Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Gets Major Wireless Upgrade

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has begun installation of a $2.6 million wireless infrastructure overhaul at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

The state-of-the-art upgrade will increase the number of existing wireless access points from 113 to at least 580, meaning a 413 percent increase in number of access points throughout the BCEC.

The MCCA, the first organization in the meetings industry to offer completely complimentary and reliable wireless Internet service at its facilities, has upgraded the wireless infrastructure at the BCEC four times since 2004.

Read more about the BCEC wireless project on TSNN's Tech Corner.

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

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Rock on! Boston tech conferences get an entertainment upgrade

In boom times for the tech industry, the bands playing the private parties and customer conferences get more recognizable. This year, acts like OK Go, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Dropkick Murphys have played for fist-pumping crowds of social media mavens, digital publishing gurus, and roboticists.

 

A few snapshots from the fall concert season…

 

Just before its October initial public offering, the digital marketing company HubSpot had two big acts at Inbound, its annual customer conclave. Viral video hit-meisters OK Go made a surprise morning appearance during the conference, playing “Here It Goes Again.” Yes, there were people doing the famous treadmill routine onstage at the Boston Convention and Expo Center, too.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

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Tool to edit DNA revolutionizing research in Boston area

It is a fascinating quirk of nature: Simple bacteria have an immune system with a memory, which allows them to destroy invading viruses they have encountered in the past.

 

The phenomenon is more than just a scientific curiosity. In just two years, scientists have discovered how to repurpose the simple virus-shredding technique used by bacteria in more complicated creatures, a feat that is now revolutionizing research across the Boston area and beyond.

 

Using the procedure, which allows them to slice the genome with great precision — to edit it, in effect — scientists can cut and paste DNA synthesized in the laboratory to create animal versions of human cancers or blood cells resistant to HIV.

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

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The App That Helps You Find Live shows in Boston is Officially Here

In September, Trill launched its online website, giving Bostonians an all-encompassing database for finding local entertainment, be it music, comedy, dance or theater. Founded out of MIT by Kathleen Stetson, a former opera singer and acoustical engineer, and Katy Harris, Trill is on a mission to help Bostonians explore the cultural events happening around them, and to help local organizations and venues reach a broader audience.

 

Now, that mission is going mobile. Today, December 10, the Trill team launched their mobile app, Trill Tonight. Similar to its online counterpart, Trill.me, Trill Tonight gathers "everything that's happening on a stage" in Boston that day and night, but the app fits it all in your pocket. Trill.me can show you shows coming up over the next few weeks, but Trill Tonight is dedicated to that day, making it perfect for last minute decisions and finding that underground performance you've been craving but didn't know how to pinpoint, Trill is working to make experiencing the city's live performances as easy as opening an app on your phone.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

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MIT Is So Innovative it Can’t Keep Up With Itself

MIT offers more than 50 courses related to innovation and entrepreneurship, enrolling 3,000 students across all five of its schools.

 

The MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is about to celebrate its 25th year of awarding student entrepreneurs with the funding necessary to get their start. HubSpot, Akamai and Harmonix are just three of dozens of winners launched out of the program.

 

Student-run nonprofit StartLabs hosts a day-long Startup Bootcamp to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, as well as startup career fairs and hack nights, all to catalyze campus innovation.

 

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Testimonial

"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

Social

@MassConvention: Congratulations to @Boston_Rooney - elected into the @masslodging HOF last night!

@MassConvention: The BCEC is filled with volleyball courts & is ready for the Mizuno New England Pre-Qualifiers this weekend!

Did anyone catch the The Lawn on D on the Weather Channel this morning? Nice hat, Jim! ‪#‎LawnOnD‬

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