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13 Things To Look Forward To This Spring In Boston

Given the cold temps this week, we think it’s safe to say that spring hasn’t exactly sprung (not yet, anyway). But believe us when we say that it will (we promise) be here soon. Tomorrow, March 20 officially marks the beginning of the spring season – and despite the snowy forecast, we think there’s still a lot to be excited about.

So to help you get through the next couple of frigid spring days, we’ve compiled a list of what to look forward to this spring. From restaurant patio openings to the Red Sox baseball season, here’s what in store for you over the next couple of months!

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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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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 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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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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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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Patrick makes a push to help hydropower

Governor Deval Patrick is just 30 days from leaving office, but that hasn’t stopped his administration from making one last push to bring more Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts.

 

Patrick’s top environmental aides are working feverishly on new rules that could compel electric utilities to buy a certain amount of energy from Canada’s big hydro plants.

 

The governor’s administration wants to finish a draft of the new regulations by the end of the month. But with weeks running out before Patrick leaves office on Jan. 8, Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s administration will have the final say on whether to let those rules take effect.

 

The odd timing underscores how strongly Patrick and his aides believe in hydropower’s potential — both to help reach the state’s global warming reduction goals and to address concerns about the reliability of the electricity grid.

 

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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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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 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: It's the second day of #NCTMBoston and there are some incredible teachers at the BCEC!

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