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Ten events for your fall calendar

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 6, 2011 10:44 AM

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Now that Labor Day is behind us, the calendar is once again peppered with conferences, networking shindigs, and start-up demo events. Here are the top 10 on my fall schedule:

- Sept. 8: Betaspring Demo Day. Providence-based start-up "accelerator" program debuts its 2011 class of a dozen new ventures. Primarily an event for investors, though there are a small number of seats available for community members.

- Sept. 12-16: FutureM Week. Series of panels and conferences focused on the future of marketing, organized by the trade group MITX.

- Sept. 13: Web Innovators Group. Three fledgling companies present to a large audience at Cambridge's Royal Sonesta, and six others have demo tables that offer an early look at their products.

- Oct. 12-28: Boston Region Entrepreneurship Weeks. A collection of events geared to entrepreneurs, both in Boston and the surrounding 'burbs.

- Oct. 18-19: Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT. Speakers include author Steven Johnson ("Where Good Ideas Come From," venture capitalist Bill Joy, inventor Dean Kamen, and Joi Ito, the new head of MIT's Media Lab.

- Oct. 20: Dave Balter Tech Prom. The appealing premise: a second chance at prom, now that you're an adult.

- Oct. 28: Mass TLC Innovation Unconference. Brings together investors, entrepreneurs and tech execs in an "unconference" format. What does that mean? Participants create the agenda on the morning of the event, with 10 or more sessions happening simultaneously. Light on PowerPoint. Short sit-downs allow entrepreneurs to ask questions of volunteer "experts."

- Oct. 24: MassChallenge Awards Ceremony. Hear short pitches from start-ups participating in the second annual MassChallenge competition, and see who goes home with $50,000 and $100,000 cash prizes. (The total pot is $1 million.)

- Oct. 20: IDEAS Boston. A diverse group of speakers deliver short talks on technology, culture, science, and the law. Roster includes Harvard's Lawrence Lessig, WiTricity's Eric Giler, and MFA curator Elliot Davis. (Note: I'm an advisor to this event.)

- Nov. 10: Future Forward 2011. A day-long series of briefings, demos, and discussions about emerging technologies, and how they will — or won't — be adopted by consumers and businesses. (Note: I'm an advisor to this event.)

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