Boston Tech and Design Events: December

Posted by Knar Bedian on Nov 30, 2016 11:07:57 AM

Before the year comes to a close and the holidays kick into gear, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the tech and design events in Boston. This month, designers who are creating podcast-related work will have the chance to get feedback from Thomas Romer, the designer for popular podcasts 99% Invisible and Radiolab, and developers curious about React Native can stop in at the Boston Frontend meetup for an introduction.

Thursday, December 1

Swift Office Hours: Rockin' out with Metal!
• Presentation on Metal, an API for GPU-accelerated 3D graphics, and how to optimize graphics-heavy mobiles app; free pizza and beer

7 PM at Intrepid Labs, 222 Third Street, Suite 4000, Cambridge MA 02142
Price: Free  

User Design Forum & Happy Hour

• Drinks and discussions about the future of UX

5:30 PM at Drizly, 334 Boylston Street 3rd Floor Boston, MA
Price: Free

Designers + Geeks Boston Social Mixer

• Open to everyone interested in art, design & tech

7 PM at Meadhall 4 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA 02142
Price: Free

Future of Robotics Summit

• Hear about the latest research and the the impact robotics has on the future of how we work, live, and play

12:30 PM at Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
Price: $250

Smart Water—Smart Cities: A Cleantech Event

• Learn about how advances in 3-D technologies, big data, and IoT can help cities optimize their energy and water use

5:30 PM at MassCEC 63 Franklin Street Boston, MA
Price: $30


Saturday, December 3

NSBE Boston Emerging Tech Talks - "Interconnected World"
• 2nd Annual Emerging Tech Talks: how technology connects & shapes our future; speakers from Lyft, Athenahealth, Phillips, and more

10 AM at Mass ART 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Price: $15  

The Future of People Conference

• Exploring edge technologies like AI, IoT, Augmented Reality, and how they will affect the human mind, body, and our society; speakers include futurist David Birn, Jaron Lanier of Microsoft Research, and more

9 AM at MIT Media Lab 75 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA 02139
Price: $50

Connected: The Future of Med Tech

• Healthcare conference that will focus on how medical technologies are changing healthcare in the community and at the bedside; speakers from Press Ganey, Tufts Medical Center, the BWH Innovation Hub, AthenaHealth, Genzyme, and Boston Millennia Partners, and others

9 AM at Tufts University School of Medicine, 145 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02111
Price: $25


Monday, December 5

Demos, Drinks and Discussions about Mobile Development
• Raizlabs’ monthly meetup for mobile developer community; demos by Pollen VC, Superpedestrian, SavingStar, and Grander

5:30 PM at Raizlabs, 50 Milk Street, 19th Floor Boston, MA
Price: Free

OpenIDEO Boston: Deep into Design Thinking

• Using design thinking to reimagine higher education and how to prepare all learners for the needs of tomorrow

6 PM at 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109
Price: Free

Informal Android Developer Meetup (Boston Edition)
• Stop by to talk about Android and mobile technology, debug Android code, or just hang out

7 PM at Jaho Coffee Roasters & Wine Bar, 665 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Price: Free  

Women Who Code: Introduction to D3.js
• An introduction to D3, a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data; food and drink will be provided; prerequisites: basic understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript  

6:30 PM at Pivotal Labs, 145 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Price: Free


Tuesday, December 6

Boston Tech Breakfast
• Showcasing Unigma, Cookin, Shuflix, Kaminario

8 AM at Microsoft NERD, Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Price: Free

Maker Mingle: Podcasters and Producers
• Casual get-together for podcasters and those interested in making podcasts to share ideas, talk editing, earning revenue, and using new technologies; this month, designers can get advice on and share podcast-related designs with Thomas Romer, designer for 99% Invisible, The Heart, and Radiolab.

6:30 PM at PRX Podcast Garage, 267 Western Ave, Boston, MA
Price: Free  

Introduction to React.js
• Part one of a two-class series, the second of which is on 12/13; learn how React works and what sets it apart from other JavaScript frameworks

6:30 PM at HubSpot 2 Canal Park, Cambridge, MA
Price: $50


Wednesday, December 7

Words Have Meanings: The Importance of Content in UX Design
• Ladies That UX meetup; understanding the importance of microcopy in UX

6 PM at Evergage, 212 Elm Street #402, Somerville, MA 02144
Price: Free  

BostInno 50 on Fire
 •Year-end awards celebration recognizing Boston inventors, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries

7 PM at Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way Boston, MA
Price: $120


Thursday, December 8

Tech in Motion's End of Year Celebration
• Keynote interview with Larry Kim, founder of Wordstream, on his experience in the Boston tech scene as the founder of an ad-tech company; interactive demos of Root robot and VR Motion Labs

6:30 PM at Hatch Fenway at Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, Boston, MA
Price: Free  

Digital Strategy in the Enterprise
• Presentation by Evan Gerber, VP of Digital Strategy and Mobile at Fidelity; how to innovate in and use mobile platforms and new technologies in the enterprise

6 PM at Fidelity Investments, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
Price: Free


Tuesday, December 13

Hello World, Betting on React Native and More
• A look at React Native and the recent excitement surrounding it; comparisons of cross-platform apps in React Native against Cordova, Progressive Web Apps, and their fully native counterparts

6:30 PM at Localytics 2 Center Plaza, Boston, MA
Price: Free

Boston New Technology December Startup Showcase #BNT72
• Networking, presentations by Wicked Reports, HireMeDirect, Plataine Analytics, American Safe Schools,, BeeBoard, Overcome the Barrier's Global Language L&D

6 PM at Foley Hoag 155 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
Price: Free


Wednesday, December 14

Women Who Code: Lightning Talks and Demos
• Networking, hacking, short talks; bring any projects you're working on

6 PM
Price: Free

Learn Swift Boston: December Meetup
• Discussing value types vs. reference types and a look into tvOS

6:30 PM at Zipcar, 35 Thomson Pl, Boston, MA
Price: Free


Thursday, December 15

The Connected City: The Future of IoT in Boston
• Panel discussion and Q&A; What does it mean to be a "smart city"? How will IoT change public spaces? What will Boston look like in 2050?

6:30 PM at WeWork Fort Point, 51 Melcher St, Boston, MA
Price: Free

Code and Coffee: Girls Who Develop It Boston
• Informal gathering, all are welcome regardless of gender or skill level; chat about programming projects and problems

6:30 PM
Price: Free

Public VR Lab & Boston VR (Joint Meetup)
• VR and AR demos; presentation on the open-source 3D scanning and world editing of; free snack sand refreshments

5:30 PM at Brookline Interactive Group (formerly BATV), 46 Tappan Street, Brookline, MA
Price: Free

Topics: Mobile, Design, IoT, UX, Technology, Events