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Boston the hot spot for bots

Global robotics executives will converge on Boston this week as the leading business development event for the robotics industry has its 10th annual conference here, solidifying the Hub’s reputation as a national leader in artificial intelligence bots.

 

Cutting-edge innovators will display robots that teach special education students, toy robots, autonomous vehicles for mining and military manufacturing, wearable robots that help people with disabilities walk, and humanoid bots complete with arms and legs.

 

“Boston has really become the focal point for leadership in the promotion of robotics on a national stage,” said RoboBusiness attendee Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI International, a Silicon Valley research and development nonprofit. “More than iRobot being founded there, it’s the leadership those founders have shown.”

 

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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 Fort Point Neighborhood is Displaying More Public Art Than Ever Before

On Wednesday, October 29, as the sun began setting behind Boston's cityscape, illuminating the sky with hues of pink, orange and yellow, several patrons gathered in Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood to admire New England's richest arts district. Emily O'Neil, executive director of Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), hosted a tour to show artists, advocates, board members and one dashing reporter that the community is currently displaying more public art than it ever has before.

 

The group convened at the corner of A and Binford streets, at which point O'Neil noted that Fort Point, despite being a community deeply rooted in the arts, is experiencing a cultural renaissance of sorts. Perhaps it's the involvement and support of local organizations – four of the pieces were funded by Fund for the Arts, a public program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and one by the Friends of Fort Point Channel and the Fort Point Operations Board – or maybe it's the echoes of civic innovation sprouting up in the form of next-generation living spaces.

 

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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 Design Competition to Keep Boston above Water Launches Next Week

How fitting a week before the the launch of Boston's Designing with Water design competition, the sky opened up over Boston and dumped flood-level rains all over the region. In fact, areas from Massachusetts' North Shore as far south as the Jersey Shore experienced flooding, but that's a mere taste of what's to come over the next several decades.

 

A significant portion of Boston stands to one day sit underwater due to perpetually rising sea levels. Rather than try to combat this fact, a surefire losing effort, Boston-based design firm Sasaki Associates is advising the intrepid team of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, The Boston Harbor Association and Boston Society of Architects to launch a design competition to gather ideas on how Boston can not only survive the consequences climate change, but adapt to them.

 

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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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Boston ranks second in pedestrian safety survey

Boston is famously home to the bean and the cod --- and maybe to bad drivers as well. When it comes to churlishness and bad attitude behind the wheel, Boston is reputedly second to none.

 

So it comes as a bit of a surprise perhaps that Boston was second in a new survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance that ranked major US cities by pedestrian safety.

 

The thoughtful observer might conclude that in a city awash with truculent and heedless drivers, pedestrians would be continually at risk. But when it comes to pedestrian safety, only Seattle eclipsed the Hub.

 

In drawing up its survey, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance said it arrived at its results by examining city statistics and measuring perceptions of residents and commuters.

 

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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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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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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 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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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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