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The WeWork offices at 51 Melcher St. in Fort Point have gone to the dogs. The building is home to 900 people who work on five floors for 250 companies, and it’s also host to some 30 canines who join their owners at work each day. Each owner must register the dog with WeWork and agree in writing that the canines are up to date on vaccinations and will be good office mates. It’s one of a growing number of offices across the country that are allowing pets to accompany workers during their daily routines. More →

Software developers from Smarterer and a host of other local companies will be getting together on Thursday night to exchange ideas and try to shine a spotlight on the Boston “dev” community. If you’ve ever been interested in learning about some of the innovative technology that local companies are working with every day, the event, Stack Dive, should be a great opportunity.More →

Boston startup VerbalCare left Fenway Park $15,000 richer tonight, after winning the “Fast Pitch” competition put on by WeWork, which operates a network of shared office spaces. The competition pitted three Boston teams against three from New York, and asked audience members to vote on the idea they liked best, so there may have been just a wee bit of a home field advantage. VerbalCare makes a tablet app to help patients at hospitals communicate with caregivers, and give administrators better insight into the patient’s experience. The company has been conducting a pilot at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton. I covered VerbalCare earlier this year; and in 2013 they were guests on an episode of The Entrepreneurs Grill.More →

Massachusetts has long been a home for avid debaters. Look no further than Faneuil Hall in Boston for the famous painting of orator Daniel Webster as proof of how strongly rooted that heritage is. Look presently to our public schools and the great work being done by the Boston Debate League to give our youth a valuable skill set. But perhaps most interesting and relevant to regular readers here is what may be the start of the debate event trend in the tech community.More →