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Join a Selection From Over 150 Regional Artists as they Light Up Boston for Illuminus

I love a New England autumn as much as the next Bay Stater but one thing I'm sure most of us can agree on is that is simply sucks that with every day comes an even longer night. I'm not one who enjoys a veil of twilight that transitions from setting in after I've made my way home for an evening to already being present once I step out of the BostInno office. But in late October, I'll make an exception. Because you can't have a killer laser show without some darkness.

 

On October 25, Illuminus will be overtaking Boston's SoWa district, known primarily as the location of the sweeping South End farmer's market, and transforming it into an urban canvas on which vibrant light projections and installations will be displayed as civic art.

 

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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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MCCA Chooses LocalNav as Exclusive Itinerary and Activity-Planning Provider

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (the "MCCA"), which runs the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, has entered into an agreement with LocalNav, Inc. ("LocalNav") to deploy and promote LocalNav's signature activity-planning and metrics-gathering platform for attendees at MCCA conference and events. LocalNav is a fully brandable, hosted solution for tourism, hospitality, and event organizations that provides visitors with a hassle-free way to explore a new city or region. Through the partnership between LocalNav and the MCCA, LocalNav will become the exclusive provider of itineraries to MCCA attendees, and the activity-planner will be incorporated into the MCCA's mobile apps and various web properties, as well as within the convention centers themselves during events.

 

"When we decided to add maps and navigation to our mobile apps, we didn't just want a graphic with an overwhelming list of all the amazing restaurants and attractions around our convention centers and throughout Greater Boston," said Steve Snyder, the MCCA's chief information officer. "LocalNav helped us accomplish a solution that can guide attendees based on their interests, the type of event they are attending, and how much time they have to explore. We are excited about our partnership with LocalNav, and look forward to working collaboratively to provide even more fun, interesting activities and location-based functionality for our customers."

 

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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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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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“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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Is There A Theater Hidden Somewhere Under The City?

Answer: Yes. There is a largely forgotten performance hall underground in the center of Boston, and you may well have walked by it. But like many Bostonians, you probably didn’t know it was there, as so few in the city today have ever been inside.

 

Just take a stroll west along Boylston Street, from the Boylston MBTA station. Boston Common is on your right, and on your left you’ll pass some Emerson College buildings, the Colonial Theatre, some restaurants and shops, until at 162 Boylston St. you’ll see large “Steinway” sign. Look up and left into a recessed stone archway and there’s the sign for “Steinert Hall.” That’s the forgotten performance space under Boston that you’ve heard about.

 

The hall was constructed in 1896. It was built below ground to shield it from the noise of the street. Today it’s closed to the public, but I was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes in the hall recently.

 

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Boston Is Finally Getting A Skate Park

BOSTON — Skaters rejoice, it’s finally happening. Nearly two decades after it was first thought up, Boston is getting a public skate park.

 

A groundbreaking ceremony is being held Thursday morning for the Lynch Family Skatepark and organizers expect it to open by this time next year.

 

The $3 million, 40,000-square-foot skaters’ paradise will be located in East Cambridge near North Point Park, underneath ramps to I-93. The park is designed to accommodate skateboarders, BMX riders, rollerbladers, scooter riders and athletes in wheelchairs. The venue will also have seating for spectators and will be able to accomodate community events as well as professional skating competitions.

 

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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: Excited to welcome local artist Marlon Forrester to the Hynes! ow.ly/CNttZ On display through Jan.14

@MassConvention: Our Signature Boston Exhibitor Services team has five tips to make your Boston booth planning so easy that you... fb.me/1LpWe4wfd

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