February 17, 2017 - MassRobotics Ribbon Cutting
What a wonderful day for the MA Robotics community who we have been convening as one of our technology clusters at MassTLC for over a decade. All one needs to do is take a walk around the Seaport’s Innovation District and you’ll see that tech is thriving in MA. And now, MassRobotics will serve as the Robotics Innovation Hub, located at 12 Channel Street in the Marine Industrial Park.
The 5th floor at 12 Channel Street – MassRobotics’ “alpha” space, approximately 15,000 square feet – features six private, furnished offices that can support almost 30 people, and shared workspace for up to an additional 60 people. It includes 7,000 sq. ft. of open workshop and lab space, fully equipped with workbenches and power for robotics companies to rent on an as-needed basis. The space also has 2,000 sq. ft. of shared lab/prototyping space with a machine shop, 3D printers, electronics lab and robotic platforms. Resident amenities include a common, stocked kitchen as well as office equipment, phones, conference rooms and more for resident use. Another 25,000 sq. ft. expansion will be developed in the next year.
The brief ceremony on February 17th included remarks from Tom Ryden, MassRobotics Executive Director, Tom Hopcroft, MassTLC President and CEO, Daniel Theobald, co-founder and CTO at Vecna Technologies and also co-founder of MassRobotics, Timothy J. Connelly is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston.
View the ribbon cutting, done by the Baxter robot, here.
Nearly 200 invited guests gathered to witness the Baxter Robot, dressed in Patriot’s attire, cut the ribbon held by Mayor Walsh and Katie Stebbins (assistant secretary of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship for Massachusetts' Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development). This opened the doors to the laboratory space that held over 20 robotics companies and demonstrations, from exoskeletons to personal cargo carriers, autonomous underwater vehicles to unmanned aerial vehicles, and from educational robots to medical robotic technology. Most of these companies have been participating in our MassTLC robotics cluster activities for several years!
MassTLC is proud to be a founding partner and to continue to support this valuable endeavor and the robotics ecosystem in Massachusetts.