Thursday, October 10, 2013

#MIN55 Recap

Mass Innovation Nights held yet another wonderful monthly event on Wednesday at WMware in Kendall Square. Thanks, VMware for great hospitality.
Boston Always Looks Great From Cambridge
The crowd took awhile to build, but things were definitely buzzing by the time the presentations started.

The MIN Crowd Checking Out Cool Products
It's about time school field trip planning moved into the 21st century. With EdTrips teachers can plan and manage the whole school travel process from sharing the info with parents to collecting the permission slips and payments. It definitely sounds like it will help get kids out into the real world for some memorable experiences. EdTrips gave an excellent presentation and the audience asked great questions, and they had paper airplanes.
Up until now the only colorful thing on the golf course has been the pants. Now colorful, personalized golf putters from Gift Putter bring golf into the technicolor age.   Jack Pregent and his team produce colorful putters in Massachusetts and can engrave them with your company name, your anniversary date, or some other  message. And yes, they do come in pink.

Pink Putter, the Online Subscription Marketplace,  makes it easy for any merchant to sell products or services by subscription. This is such a brilliant idea for ensuring repeat business and customer engagement. It's a radically different approach from those daily deal sites. As a cool touch, they were giving away a subscription to Biena Snacks, tasty chickpea provider and a Mass Innovation Nights alum.

It was great to see Patrick Houwer and  Joshua Goldberg of BeeInPlay again. Met them last week at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox All Ideas Pitch Contest. is a website that enables users to find and book their favorite sports fields, courts, ice-rinks, turfs and classes in real-time and coordinate pickup games.  They harness the power of the web to get people together to play. What could be better than that? (Well, besides a pink putter :-))
Janji apparel had a room to themselves to showcase their running apparel. Their mission is to extend the charitable aspect of running beyond race day. Each piece of Janji apparel helps provide clean water or proper nutrition to a country in need, and its design is inspired by the country that it supports.
Over in one of the Experts Corners, Barton Fiske of  zSpace , offered his expertise in 3D graphics, virtual reality and computer gaming with a stunning interactive demo that was packing people in. Everybody wanted their chance to assemble and disassemble a skull in 3D.

In the other Experts Corner, Denise Noble, the HR Engineer, was handing out Twizzlers and giving advice on HR subjects for small companies. She also had some toy gears for us to play with -- featuring little tiny toy experts mounted on the gears!
Experts Looking Expert (Or At Least Busy :-))

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