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Your ideas: Upgrading the tech ecosystem in Massachusetts, with Governor Patrick

Posted by Scott Kirsner  March 8, 2013 09:52 AM

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I'll be on stage next Tuesday with Governor Deval Patrick, at the Mass Tech Leadership Council's annual meeting in Boston.

Instead of letting the governor do all the talking, I thought I would invite a handful of people onstage with us to share some of their thoughts about how we can make the tech ecosystem here function even better. That could mean ideas about improving STEM education in our schools; promoting the Massachusetts tech scene; making it easier for startups to work with state agencies that might deploy their software; or whatever else is on your mind.

Here's one caveat: we're not looking for people to pitch the governor on a particular company or product. This is about presenting ideas, getting a bit of feedback from the state's chief executive, and ideally helping connect you to the right people to move your idea forward.

You can post an idea here; we'll choose four or five to be presented on Tuesday, March 12th. (One requirement: if your idea is chosen, you'll need to have a ticket to come to the annual meeting. If you're a student, teacher, or that's otherwise a problem, let me know and we'll try to work something out...)

Please post on the Ideascale page if you'd like to be considered for the event next Tuesday, and not in the comments here.

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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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