|The Fashion Truck on Jackson Street|
One of the four chosen presenters was parked outside on Jackson Street next to the Hamilton Canal, the Fashion Truck. Emily Benson was just opening up her boutique on wheels and was already attracting fashion lovers.
|The Fashion Truck Ready for Business|
|Fashionistas Inside the Truck|
The space looked great with lots of light and art on the walls. Last time I was at Appleton Mills was for the book launch of Young Angel Midnight. This was a different but equally creative and enthusiastic crowd.
Christine Sierra was ably handling the sign-in table while Bobbie and Tim rounded up the innovators.
- The City of Lowell -- great hosts
- The Deshpande Foundation -- awesome support for innovation
- The Merrimack Valley Sandbox -- who also provided business development, marketing, and strategy expertise in the Experts Corner
- The Appleton Mills -- a great space
- Comcast -- who generously provided free Wi-Fi and expertise in the Experts Corner
|Our Sponsors from the Deshpande Foundation and the City of Lowell|
|Nick from TourLawrence.org|
Encapsulator is a disposable web browser. It's a cool way to protect against malware attacks. Instead of leaving behind a trail of login information and stuff that could be copied from your browser, you visit Encapsulator.com, surf the web the way you do now, and throw away your web browser when you're done. Jay walked us through a demo that showed what kind of information could be snarfed up by malware when we're browsing unprotected. He showed the same session using Encapsulator and none of the information was stored. Cool techie stuff is always my favorite part of MIN and this was definitely cool and techie.
|Jay Demoing Encapsulator for Fiona|
The student entrepreneurs from Five Senses have an intriguing concept and loads of enthusiasm. Their electronic system simulates relaxing environments that appeal to all five senses. Imagine being able to bring a full sensory experience of the beach or the forest to folks in nursing homes who need the stimulation but can't necessarily get out into their desired environment. It was a pleasure to talk with these guys.
|Five Senses Team|
Turkey Shore Distilleries introduced their Old Ipswich Tavern Rum aged in oak barrels. They get the best prop award for the oak barrel and the cool copper tubing. The after party at Garcia Brogan's featured a rum tasting with small shots of straight rum and rumenade, which is rum mixed with lemonade.
|Rum Tasting at Garcia Brogan's|
|Merrimack Valley Sandbox Experts Looking Expert|
|Looking Expert and Entrepreneurial and Having Fun!|