Friday, November 16, 2012

unConference Session: Boston Innovation Center

The Boston Innovation Center session was held by Tim Rowe, President of CIC and Carlos Martinez-Vela, Executive Director of Venture Cafe Foundation, and the agenda was to obtain feedback from the community on how the Boston Innovation Center was to be utilized. Here are the specs of the space:

- Located in Seaport District with access through Courthouse Silver Line Stop
- Will operate 24/7
- 12,000 sq feet, one-story building with option to build out a mezzanine or roof deck [currently not in budget but if you have deep pockets or know of anyone they will surely lend their ears]
- There will be a restaurant
- There will be a large assembly space that can hold approximately 200 people and also can be broken into three compartments for meeting purposes
- There will be five "pods" or "pop up space" for actual live experimentation/prototyping ranging from 3-9 months rotations
- There is one area [2,000 sq ft] of space that has yet to be designated for a particular usage.

Boston Innovation Center[BIC] is an open and accessible gathering space for the innovation community. It is a non-profit civic space meant to be a symbol for sharing ideas where people come together to create community to build business and create stories. This will encompass active programming, experimentation, and networking. In the session the audience voiced what the space will not be for: a VC trap, closed, a museum, competition for Cambridge, etc.


The programming and community will be curated through the Venture Cafe Foundation model [please check their website: venturecafe.net] At the end of the day, BIC is a 10 year pop up experiment meant for ideas to flow in order to figure out what the community priorities are in Boston. The space does not have a lot of structure in place because they want ideas to grow organically and rather Tim wants you be "unimpressed and pissed" in the first year - urging the community to then craft great content.

The space is slated to open in Spring 2013. 

For more information, ideas, or inquiries please reach out to carlos@vencaf.org

Adrian Wong is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. He is a Boston transplant originally from Monterey Park, California and pursued undergraduate studies at Bentley College in Waltham, MA. There he graduated with a bachelors of science in finance and minor in management with cum laude honors in May 2008. Adrian has been with Morgan Stanley and with the RGL team since 2007. Adrian has been very passionate for entrepreneurial early stage growth companies and act as a liaison to the start-up community. Adrian currently spends time volunteering in local start-up communities such as the MassChallenge, Venture CafĂ©, DogPatch Labs, Future Boston Alliance, non-profit Millennium Campus Network, and actively involved with Bentley’s Alumni Association.
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Email: adrian.wong@morganstanley.com

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