SOURCE: Mass Innovation Nights

Mass Innovation Nights

February 29, 2016 16:21 ET

Mass Innovation Nights and Microsoft Bringing Civic Technology to District Hall

Local Startups Showcase New Products Designed to Spur Citizen Engagement, Enhance Infrastructure and Make Government More Effective

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Feb 29, 2016) - Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) is collaborating with Microsoft on the second annual civic technology Mass Innovation Nights. The 84th monthly Mass Innovation Nights event will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at District Hall in Boston's Innovation District (75 Northern Avenue, Boston MA). Mass Innovation Nights are free monthly product showcase and networking events in the greater Boston area. To attend, please RSVP.

"Over the past six years, our community has helped support the launch of more than 850 new products," said Bobbie Carlton, Innovation Nights founder. "This month we are focusing our efforts on products that can help our community and local government."

The event will focus on the ways in which websites, apps, and other technology can help serve the Commonwealth and its citizens.

"Massachusetts is growing a diverse Civic Tech ecosystem that includes solutions that enable government transparency, improve services to citizens and support the business of government," said Cathy Wissink, Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft. "This MIN event is a fantastic opportunity to see a sampling of the solutions that make up this emerging industry."

The event is free to attend, but attendees are encouraged to help spread the word about the cool new products they see, either through a blog post, a Tweet (Hashtags: #MIN84 or #civictech), a Facebook Like, or simply by talking to others. A single event can generate hundreds of social media posts. Participating startups this month are:

Addicaid
Agora
Bounce Imaging
Case Commons, Inc.
Clear Ballot
ClearGov Inc.
CrowdComfort
iRecover App
Vizsafe, Inc.
Voatz
WrightGrid

The event will also feature a panel of experts, including Microsoft's James Sturtevant, Sam Hammar from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, David Delmar, founder of Resilient Coders, and Nathan Therrien of Business Insurance & Benefits Services of MA.

About Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) offers an opportunity for people interested in innovative new products to connect live and online in the Boston community. For companies, the Innovation Nights community offers increased online and social media visibility as well as an opportunity to showcase in front of a supportive live audience. Each month, ten companies bring new products to the event, and the social media community helps spread the word. The events have helped to launch more than 850 local products in the past six years. Follow MIN on Twitter or visit the website.

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