Friday, March 14, 2014

So Many Clever Ideas at Mass Innovation Night -- #MIN60

Wednesday night was Mass Innovation Night number 60 at Microsoft NERD. Boston looks great from Cambridge, especially from NERD, even with a winter storm coming in. Microsoft is a gracious host.
NERD Shadows Over Boston
Cambridge Trust provided pizza for those who got there early enough. There was a huge crowd of regulars and newcomers and lots of opportunity for networking. There was even a live sighting of Joselin Mane.
Social Media Expert and Well-Dressed Man About Town Joselin Mane
I managed to visit most of the tables and hear about most of the products and take a lot of pictures, all things I love to do.
Tony from KonectIDY
KonectIDY has developed a customizable language of colors that lets you design a color-coded bracelet unique to each individual or cause, so you can share a "Konection" with the world and help support a cause important to you. They're already working with non-profits large and small from national/international organizations like Children's Hospital National Foundation and Pandas International to local organizations like Newburyport's Boat Camp (familiar to me because they're in the same building as Plum Island Coffee

Sprintboards Team - Mike and Chris
Sprintboards has a tool that makes sharing and communicating project status to clients, executives, and teams simple. It currently works with the Asana project management tool. I asked about Basecamp and they do want to support that too. They're in Beta, so now's your chance to take it for a spin (or a sprint). Oh, and they had customized cookies with their logo.

Test My Pitch
Test My Pitch set up a way for us to rate the pitches given by the four chosen presenters.

GammaPix turns your smartphone camera into a radiation detector. How cool is that? You can detect and measure radioactivity wherever you are - with a mobile app.Their table attracted quite a crowd asking good questions.
Artistic Impression of Huge MIN Crowd
The crowd just got bigger and bigger. People crowded around all the tables. I considered hoisting the camera up to the ceiling to get good crowd shots ... hmm, there's an innovation waiting to happen - a way for short people to take crowd photos -- maybe a mini drone?
Daily GC
DailyGC™ specializes in providing experienced General Counsel services to small businesses and startups in Massachusetts. They come to your  business for a full day and help you to solve your most pressing legal-related business problems right there with you. Because it's "One Day and Done™"  you know the full cost in advance and that price is affordable for  small companies and startups.
FitYap is a way for you to find local fitness classes and get trusted recommendations in your area.  For  fitness professionals, it's a great way to schedule clients and grow your business online. And, yeah, it can help you find a snowshoeing meetup or an ice climbing club in your area too.
Yoga by Numbers
Can you innovate in something as ancient and traditional as yoga? Yup. Yoga by Numbers believes yoga should be simple to learn and practice for everyone. They have developed a yoga mat that uses numbered targets so you know where to move, and they have videos  for various levels of ability and that fit your schedule.
Year of Action Books and Some Delicious Looking Fruit
Girlfriend MBA from Year of Action is a new kind of interactive, online business program for women who want to kick their business up a notch and want a new way to learn that makes them feel good, supported and inspired to take action and get results. It combines action-based learning and a supportive motivational network.
Best Costume of #MIN60
Maxwell Health  wants to fix health care in America. What they've built is a paperless, mobile-enabled platform for employee benefits complete with a wellness program, a personal health advocate, and a mobile app so that all benefits info is available at the employee’s fingertips. They also had beautifully designed team T-shirts, not exactly what you'd expect from the health insurance biz, so I declared them winners of Best Costume for #MIN60.
Expert Looking Expert
Basil Dixon of HitBliss agreed to pose for the traditional "Expert Looking Expert" shot.

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