What, exactly, is Innovation Month?
I'm hoping you'll tell me.
Last year, I helped convene a group of people who proclaimed, with absolutely no authority, that the month of June would be Innovation Month in New England. It was a grassroots, totally uncoordinated effort, spread via blogs and Twitter – and we're trying to dial it up this year.
The primary objective in 2009 was to spotlight all of the incredible educational and networking events that take place over a typical month in New England (June is especially busy). We wanted to encourage more people to get out and participate, whether that meant sharing some advice with a first-time entrepreneur, learning about a field adjacent to theirs, or expanding their personal networks.
We're doing that again this June, and you can find a list of all the major Innovation Month events here. (Disclosure: I'm involved in a few as a moderator or organizer.) This year, we're especially cajoling folks who work at the region's bigger companies to join the start-up crowd that typically turns out for these gatherings.
But we're also asking people who power the innovation economy here (and this means you) to help define what Innovation Month 2010 is going to be about.
- If you're a blogger, I'd love it if you'd write a post about some initiative, dynamic or group that you feel is vital to innovation in the region — or something that should be happening here. So either celebrate something that exists, or tell us what more we should be doing to make New England a haven for entrepreneurs and innovators. (And if you don't have a blog, feel free to post a comment here.)
- If you're a designer, perhaps you'd like to design a logo for Innovation Month 2010. (The one on this page was created by Metropolis Creative.) The design is entirely up to you, but the text ought to include some version of the message "June is Innovation Month in New England." People will be free to use these logos (ideally with credit to you) on their blogs, company sites, Facebook pages, etc.
Whether you write a post or design a logo, I'll link to it or include it here. (Logos will ideally be done by June 4th, so that others can use them but blog posts can happen throughout the month. E-mail me by clicking me name in the right-hand column to let me know what you've done, or post a link to it below, as a comment.)
- GreenHorn Connect counts down the top ten events during Innovation Month.
- Five Ideas for New England's Innovation Economy, from Boston Search Group.
- Jules Pieri of Daily Grommet on Three Must-Haves for Innovation
- Eric Paley of Founder Collective writes, "Thank You MA"
- Point Judith Capital's Sean Marsh on mobile innovation in New England
- Greenhorn Connect's Jason Evanish: "Hire More Students"
- "Boston, the month of June and our tech scene," from Bijan Sabet at Spark Capital
- Alfred Thompson on New England Innovation Month
- Lee Hower on "Innovation Catalysts in New England in the Last Five Years"
- Flybridge Capital's Jeff Bussgang: "Angels Soaring During Innovation Month"
- "You Need to Get Out More," from Mass Innovation Nights
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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