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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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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 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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Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

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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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Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

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

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

@MassConvention: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio 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 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: There are chairs on chairs on chairs at the BCEC, ready for everyone attending #expbio this weekend!

Ever wish your picture could be on the BCEC's 79-foot-tall Marquee? Be a part of our new "Me on the Marquee" collection, by submitting a photo that answers the question "How Does Boston Move You?" Selected photos will be featured on Marquee during the week of the Boston Marathon. Check our website for more info and the rules!
http://massconvention.com/community/me-on-the-marquee

@MassConvention: It was a full house last night at the BCEC for #BMB2015 - great night of thoughtful discussions!

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