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Convention center plans Wi-Fi improvements for 2015

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said Tuesday that it would spend $2.6 million to upgrade its wireless network to support more users.

 

Over the next several months, the convention center will increase the number of Wi-Fi access points from 113 to at least 580. The public body that manages the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center said it had hired three companies to plan, install, and test the new Wi-Fi network, which it plans to phase in from May to September 2015.

 

“It used to be people were bringing in one device. Now we’re seeing some folks carry two, three, four devices into this environment, and all of those devices create more traffic on our network,” said Steve Snyder, the convention center’s chief technical officer.

 

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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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During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

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@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

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Boston is Tweaking Maximum Parking Hours in the Innovation District to Open Up More Spaces

On Saturday, November 15, the Boston Transportation Department announced that major parking changes will soon be made in the city's Innovation District. Effective Monday, November 17, the amount of time people park their cars at metered spaces will be changed in order to make parking more efficient in the heavily trafficked neighborhood.

 

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, which is currently tinkering with the idea of a pay-by-voice parking meter payment platform, collected parking data specific to the Innovation District to determine best practices for alleviating the pain that often accompanies parking.

 

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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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During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

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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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“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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During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

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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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“From planning to execution, your ‘can do’ attitude made the process a pleasure.”

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

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2014 in Photos: 45 Beautiful Pictures Taken in Boston This Year

December is a month for reflection – if you can find some quiet time between holiday parties, online shopping and flight delays. Whether you find yourself clicking through lists charting the year's best albums, red carpet outfits or Taylor Swift moments, it's the perfect time to pause on the year that was before barreling into 2015.

 

And while we're at it, why not look back on some of the best photos taken in Boston in 2014? Not only do we get to revisit the year in chronological order, but we have the privileged perspective of dazzling photography. Some of the shots we found worth revisiting include the Esplanade in the snow, the Public Garden in the spring and the TD Garden's homage to Mayor Thomas Menino after he passed away this fall. But the post serves almost as a rewind, then fast forward of the year in Boston: Watch as the snow melts, spring blooms, Red Sox season returns, Memorial Day flags pop up, Boston Calling goes by, the Fourth of July fireworks pop off, the leaves fall and Christmas lights reappear, all in 45 shots.

 

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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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During a snow emergency, South Boston residents can park for free at the BCEC. Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & Downtown residents can park at the Boston Common Garage at a discounted rate. Can begin entering facility 2 hours prior to declared emergency & must exit within 2 hours of ban being lifted. Look here for more info.

@MassConvention: Our CIO/CTO, Steve Snyder, shared his thoughts on IT career options and the role of the CIO in guiding team members. http://ow.ly/HXPjt

@MassConvention: We're installing @SherpaSolutions turn-by-turn navigation @BCECNav! ow.ly/HDMlr #eventtech #eventprofs

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