Boston Tech and Design Events: February

Posted by Knar Bedian on Jan 31, 2017 5:24:03 PM

This month may be a short one, but it's packed with plenty of opportunities to network and learn something new. Among our picks for this round-up is MITX's eCommerce summit, a chance to hear TripAdvisor's tips for solving UX challenges, and a Designers + Geeks session that will explore designing experiences for healthcare. 

Wednesday, February 1

LEGO Serious Play meets Batman
Use the LEGO Serious play methodology to test and solve complex challenges through collaboration and storytelling 

6 PM at Breather, 171 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 
Price: Free 

Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies
Dr. Calestous Juma will discuss his new book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies

5 PM at Bentley University, Widler Pavilion, 175 Forest Street Waltham, MA
Price: Free

Saturday, February 4

WeCode Harvard
WECode (Women Engineers Code) is a student-run Women in Computer Science conference that is open to all genders; panels on data analytics, social impact tech, and more

8 PM at Harvard University, Northwest Labs, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Price: See Eventbrite


Monday, February 6

Tech Ladies Boston Happy Hour
Networking, all genders welcome; light food and refreshments will be served 

6:30 PM at Lovepop Cards HQ, 61 Chatham Street 5th Fl., Boston, MA 02109
Price: $10


Tuesday February 7

Live Chat ‘Ask Me Anything’ with former VP of Product at Spotify
Online Slack chat with Shiva Rajaraman who has worked as VP of Product at Spotify, director of Product Management at Google, and as a Senior Product Manager at YouTube

11:15 AM (online) 
Price: Free


Boston TechBreakfast
Monthly get together;showcases by Peddlir, Operation Code, MeetSpace, Microsoft Hololens

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

Boston Jenkins Meetup: Terraform, Ansible and Jenkins Integration
A talk on infrastructure-as-code concepts

6 PM at Plug Cambridge Coworking 618 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
Price: Free

Hackers and Hustlers Meetup
Hear presentations from early-stage startups, networking, pizza and drinks

6:30 PM at TBD
Price: $5-10 donation for food and drinks

Solving Complex UX Challenges at Scale with TripAdvisor
Discussions on TripAdvisor’s approach to solving UX challenges by formulating hypotheses, testing assumptions, and and more

6:30 PM at TripAdvisor, 400 1st Avenue Needham, MA 02494
Price: Free

Boston Java Meetup: Simple Java Security with Apache Shiro
Overview and discussion of common touch points using Apache Shiro, a Java security framework that performs authentication, authorization, cryptography and session management

6 PM at Akamai 150 Broadway, Cambridge
Price: Free

Board Game Night to Benefit Resilient Coders
Network and play board games with fellow innovation enthusiasts; all proceeds benefit Resilient Coders, an organization that helps make web tech education more accessible to urban youth

5:30 PM at WeWork (South Station), 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston
Price: $5

Maker Mingle: Podcasters and Producers
Casual get-together for to talk about storytelling, technology, editing, and marketing of podcasts

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


Boston Ruby Group: Project Night
Free-form meetup for socializing, discussing code projects; all levels welcome

6:30 PM at thoughtbot, 41 Winter St, 6th Floor, Boston, MA
Price: Free


Wednesday, February 8

MITX eCommerce Summit
This year’s theme is “accelerating commerce,” and will highlight key topics including mobile, social, and machine learning; speakers from Wayfair, Panera, Polestar, Converse, and more

8 AM at PwC, 101 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
Price: $195

She Geeks Out Unconscious Bias Workshop
Women-only event; explore types of unconscious bias and how they might show up in your professional and personal lives

6 PM at Twitter, 141 Portland Street, 9th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139
Price: $25

FinTech for Social Good
Panel discussion on revolutionizing financial services while fulfilling a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profits

6 PM at ImpactHub Boston, 50 Milk St., Boston, MA
Price: Free


Machine Learning Roundup - Leveraging Spark Summit Speakers
Topics that will be discussed: creating an end-to-end recommendation system with Spark and Elasticsearch; real-time, semi-supervised learning; deep learning in the cloud

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


Thursday, February 9

Designing for Health
A discussion around using technology to help people manage their health; a look at how PillPack designs for healthcare

7 PM at 2 Education Circle, Cambridge
Price: $15


Demystifying Bitcoin
Understand how Bitcoin works, learn about blockchain technology, and more

6 PM at Workbar Boston 711 Atlantic Ave, Boston 02111
Price: Free

Boston Security Meetup
Lighting talks on Internet of Things and home device hacking

6 PM at East Arcade Conference Center, 1 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
Price: Free

Boston Emotion AI Meetup
Demos and discussion about Emotion AI, including a talk by CEO of Affectiva

7 PM at TBD
Price: Free


Friday, February 10

Designing a Healthy Lifestyle
Bill Harmoan of Essential Design will discuss the role of design in healthcare as policy changes loom; breakfast, coffee, networking, and design discussion

8:30 AM at 101 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
Price: $10


Monday, February 13

Boston Android Meetup
Informal meetup and discussion of Android technology

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

Tuesday, February 14

Boston Meetup: Industrial IoT Use Cases
Learn about automation and controls, and how firms can use IoT to save on operational expenses

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


Wednesday, February 15

Learn Swift Boston: Testing and TVs
This month’s meetup will focus on coding for tvOS and writing unit tests

6:30 PM at Pivotal, 145 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA
Price: Free


Thursday, February 16

The Future of Transportation, a Boston View
New technology and modes of transport; demos from Zipcar, Bridge, Northeastern’s Hyperloop, and more

1 PM at 25 Drydock, Boston 02210
Price: $250  

Microcopy & UX Writing
Discussion on microcopy and recommendations on how to make short, user-centric, actionable error messages

6 PM at TBD
Price: Free

Tech Innovation in Boston & Beyond
Join Publicity Club of New England to hear from Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe Technology and Innovation Columnist, and Joseph Flaherty of Founder Collective as they discuss the current state of tech innovation in Boston

6 PM at Racepoint Global, 53 State Street Boston 02109
Price: $60

MIT Tech Conference: Exponential Technologies
This year’s focus is on innovative technologies like AI, IoT, VR & AR, robotics, and synthetic biology

8 AM at MIT Media Lab 75 Amherst St, Cambridge MA, 02139
Price: $100

Girls Who Develop It Boston: Code & Coffee
Monthly informal event for networking, programming help; all are welcome regardless of gender or skill level

6:30 PM at TBD 
Price: Free

Sunday, February 19

ShiftxDesign Conference
Focus on how shifts in design innovation can lead to social, cultural, and technological progress; speakers from IDEO, MUJI, Levi’s Squarespace, and others

8 AM at Harvard Business School (Spangler Center), Batten Way Boston, MA 02163
Price: $60

Tuesday, February 21

Boston Imaging and Vision Meetup
Discuss driverless cars, hear talks by speakers from Nutonomy, Ro Gupta, and MIT

6 PM at Microsoft NERD Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge 02142
Price: Free

Intro to AI Meetup
Get a general introduction to Artificial Intelligence with three talks: Intro to the AI Landscape, Intro to Machine Learning and Probabilistic Programming, Speech Recognition and Natural Language Processing 

6 PM at Amazon Cambridge Offices, 101 Main St., Cambridge, MA
Price: Free

Thursday, February 23

Diversity In Tech: Stop Talking, Start Taking Action With Design
Learn to use the principles of design thinking to build actionable steps to foster diversity in tech

6 PM at GA Boston, 125 Summer Street 13th Floor Boston, MA 02110
Price: Free

Stop Saying “No” to Designers
Hear how you can use BonMot, a Swift attributed string library, to reproduce advanced typographic designs

6:30 PM at Intrepid Labs, 222 Third Street Suite #4000, Cambridge 02142
Price: Free

Friday, February 24

MIT Fintech Hackathon
Teams will get 30 hours to solve a variety of challenges; $10k in prizes

5 PM at Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
Price: $15

Tuesday, February 28

MITX After Dark ft. Rue La La
An inside look at Rue La La; networking, food, and drinks

6 PM at Rue La La, 20 Channel Center Street Boston, MA
Price: $20


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