There's always a lack of suspense at awards ceremonies where the winners have been announced ahead of time, but ideally that lets the attendees focus more on drinking and schmoozing -- the real reason anyone goes.
Next Tuesday, the annual History & Innovation Awards are doled out by the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative and the Boston Museum.
George Hatsopoulos, founder of Thermo Electron, will be honored for "environmental and technology innovation" (he's pictured at right), with MIT prez Susan Hockfield presenting the award; Russ Wilcox and Joe Jacobson of E Ink score one for their development of digital paper-like displays (Globe publisher Steve Ainsley will hand it over); and Senate candidate Alan Khazei and Michael Brown will win in the "social innovation" category, for starting City Year. (Khazei isn't expected to be there.)
Governor Patrick, an award presenter last year, will be back again this year. Hopefully, the speeches will be short.
Expected to be in the house are other innovators, like Joseph Murray, the 90-year old doc who performed the first-ever organ transplant (at the Brigham), and Leo Beranek, one of the founders of Bolt Beranek & Newman. Tickets are still available, at $250 a head.
Also on Tuesday night are the annual MITX Interactive Awards, which celebrate great Web site design, useful mobile apps, and Internet-based software. Winners of those aren't announced beforehand, but the finalists are listed here. Tickets for that party are $180 a pop.
About Scott Kirsner
Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
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