Friday, November 28, 2008

Product Innovations from GreenBuild

I caught up with Robert Middlebrooks, Industry Programs Manager at Autodesk, at a MassTLC Energy ICT Cluster meeting and asked him about the most interesting product innovations he saw at the International GreenBuild Conference and Expo held recently in Boston.

Middlebrooks moderated a MassTLC panel that discussed and recapped Information and Communications Technology insights from the show. MORE INFO

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Microsoft Deputy GC Discusses Re-engineering the Delivery of Legal Services

A dozen General Counsels from local technology companies gathered to share ideas on providing legal services to clients in a more streamlined, cost efficient manner while maintaining or improving client satisfaction. 

Lisa Tanzi, Deputy General Counsel supporting the Microsoft Business Division, kicked off the meeting with examples of the steps her team is taking to implement cost effective processes and included examples from Microsoft's patent procurement, product development and marketing activities. She divided lessons learned into three broad areas:

Getting Started
Recognize cultural challenges
Communicate the overall vision
Pick the right projects 
Pick the right people

Building Momentum
Understand your existing processes
Communicate about progress and wins
Be able to quantify benefits (have data)

Making it stick
Becomes part of people's day jobs
Incentives and rewards

Life Sciences Presentation: A Call to Arms - Data Standards in Collaborative Research

Arguing that the rate of development and adoption of research data standards has been unsatisfactory, Dr. Martin Leach, Executive Director, Basic Research and Biomarker IT, Merck Research Laboratories challenges the life sciences community in general - and the biopharma community in particular - to leverage lessons learnt in the clinical realm. He aims to extend recent successes in the adoption of data standards in areas like gene expression analysis into other critical areas, such as pharmacology and translational medicine.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Energy Information and Communications Technology Lessons From GreenBuild

Friday, November 21, 2008; 8:30-10:00 am
UK Trade & Investment, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Buildings play a critical role in protecting and improving our environment and the health of the people who occupy them. The most dramatic effects come from the use of information and communication technologies (ICT), which can reduce far more emissions than they generate, through both revolutionary breakthroughs and simple adjustments. The role of ICT is a consistent thread throughout Greenbuild, from new teaching tools and performance measurements, through interactive technologies, real-time response, and the vast array of ICT tools that support the design and deployment of energy and environmental solutions.

With the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston this week, we have assembled an interactive panel of experts to fill us in on lessons learned from the Conference and share their insights into the future of ICT in green building. Join us for this lively discussion.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Video Game Gold: the Prosperous Gaming Industry in Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 19, 2008; 8-10:00 am
Foley Hoag's Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, Waltham

There is a vibrant and growing video game industry in Massachusetts that consists of numerous development studios, game-related service and content providers, industry analysts and journalists and students, among others. In the thriving multi-billion dollar video game industry, Massachusetts has emerged as a key player and we're just getting started! Jon Radoff, game industry entrepreneur and CEO of, will share a high-level overview of current market trends in the game industry and provide a snapshot of the role of MA companies and executives