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The summer schmoozing slow-down

Posted by Scott Kirsner  July 1, 2010 07:45 AM

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July 1st marks the official start of the summer schmoozing slow-down: as everyone heads off on vacation, there are far fewer workshops, conferences, and networking events on the calendar until September arrives.

But a few events worth knowing about in July:

- The monthly Mass Innovation Night gathering on July 14th brings together a hand-chosen group of companies — this time focused on energy and sustainability — to show their stuff at the IBM Innovation Center in Waltham. The presenters will be talking about energy-efficient timber frame homes, "green" house cleaning, hybrid electric bikes, and more.

- On July 20th, Kayak founder and chief technology officer Paul English runs a seminar about recruiting, motivating, and retaining talented employees. It's free, and organized by the MassChallenge start-up competition.

- On July 27th, Boston University hosts a free event called "Tech, Drugs & Rock n' Roll," featuring live music, a keynote from BU president Robert Brown, and a peek at some of the promising scientific and engineering work being done at the school.

- On July 29th, the fourth annual TECH Cocktail mixer takes place at Microsoft NERD in Kendall Square. These attract start-uppers, marketing and PR types, and a few younger investors; it's usually a crowd large enough to arouse the interest of the fire marshal.

And MITX, MassTLC, MassBio, and MassMedic also have good stuff going on in July.

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