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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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"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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The #LawnonD won a BostInno 50 on Fire Award last night! Congrats to The Lawn on D team, including Ali from Capital Projects and Beth Torrey from our Strategy Team. Watch Ali play ping pong with a fire ball in this winner's video at the 4:44 mark!

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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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The #LawnonD won a BostInno 50 on Fire Award last night! Congrats to The Lawn on D team, including Ali from Capital Projects and Beth Torrey from our Strategy Team. Watch Ali play ping pong with a fire ball in this winner's video at the 4:44 mark!

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Scituate couple keeps brightening Christmastime for disadvantaged kids

SCITUATE -- Sometimes Santa Claus needs help in making Christmas magical. Enter Jake and Sparky Kennedy.

 

The Scituate couple have been making the dreams of homeless and disadvantaged children come true for 25 years through an elaborate and exclusive party they call Christmas in the City.

 

The Kennedys work with social service groups and volunteers to find kids they can whisk away from their homes for a special evening filled with dinner, gifts, carnival rides, sleigh rides and, of course, Santa Claus.

 

Christmas in the City has grown every year. About 4,000 children and 2,000 adults were accommodated last year, Sparky Kennedy said.

 

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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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The #LawnonD won a BostInno 50 on Fire Award last night! Congrats to The Lawn on D team, including Ali from Capital Projects and Beth Torrey from our Strategy Team. Watch Ali play ping pong with a fire ball in this winner's video at the 4:44 mark!

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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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The #LawnonD won a BostInno 50 on Fire Award last night! Congrats to The Lawn on D team, including Ali from Capital Projects and Beth Torrey from our Strategy Team. Watch Ali play ping pong with a fire ball in this winner's video at the 4:44 mark!

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MBTA officials trumpet record ridership in October

The T set a record for ridership in October, with more than 37 million passenger trips, the transit agency said Friday.

 

Previously, October 2013 held the record, with about 36.7 million trips, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said. The new benchmark, 37.3 million, came three months after the MBTA raised fares by 5 percent.

 

“It’s part of the general trend that we see in big cities throughout America,” said Marc Draisen, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “More people are postponing getting driver’s licenses, more people are choosing to live without cars or with one car instead of two, more people are trying to avoid parking costs . . . and generally — in big cities across America — public transit is just becoming more popular.”

 

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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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The #LawnonD won a BostInno 50 on Fire Award last night! Congrats to The Lawn on D team, including Ali from Capital Projects and Beth Torrey from our Strategy Team. Watch Ali play ping pong with a fire ball in this winner's video at the 4:44 mark!

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