Innovation District

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New kid on Drydock Ave.
Autodesk planning collaboration center for building industry in S. Boston
Company-supplied rendering of the new Autodesk office in the Seaport District.
Only a few blocks from where Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh worked his first union construction job as a teen, the software company Autodesk plans to open a new innovation lab focused on new technologies that are changing the building industry. Walsh plans to speak this evening at an event announcing the new facility, located on Drydock Avenue in the Marine Industrial Park, which will also house about 200 Autodesk employees who currently work in Waltham. Read More
'Tiny Giants' exhibition at District Hall to showcase the ocean's smallest and weirdest creatures
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For one evening in the middle of this month, District Hall is going to be transformed into a science museum and gallery space. The New England Aquarium and Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences are teaming up for an exhibit that will give guests a close-up look at some of the tiniest and weirdest creatures living in the world’s oceans. Read More
A new year, a new start
Investing, identity, ice cream: Six New Year's resolutions for Boston startups
Fireworks over Boston Harbor at midnight on new year's eve. (Photo: Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
My pants are too tight. My blood sugar is all out of whack and I am pretty sure that I did something terrible to the Jello mold at the company office party. It looks like the holiday season has passed us and that the new year is finally upon us. It’s time for us to resolve to do better in 2015. Read More
A new Innovation District tenant?
Autodesk to open space in downtown Boston, acquires Terrible Labs, funds Robin
Photo via Autodesk

In a move that has all the makings of staking a flag in the ground, Autodesk, a maker of design software for architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and 3-D printing has shared plans that it will open a significant new workspace in downtown Boston.

It is also acquiring local mobile and Web app development shop Terrible Labs and will back Robin, a Boston-based startup working to help create a “smarter office.” Read More

Promoting Innovation
Mayor Walsh speaks with startups about how to brand Boston
Mayor Martin Walsh met with members of Boston's startup community on Thursday. Photo: Janelle Nanos
Mayor Martin Walsh welcomed members of Boston's startup community to City Hall Thursday afternoon for a meet-and-greet in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The group included CEOs, venture capitalists, and people running some of the city's largest startup accelerators and co-working spaces, and they were all eager to weigh in on a topic that Walsh himself acknowledged he'd yet to dig into: What were his plans for branding Boston as a site for global innovation? Read More
Startup Institute kick off new era
Startup Institute kicks off new era of honest conversations with power quartet of female tech leaders
The scene at the Startup Institute.
The Startup Institute hosted an event on Tuesday called Amazing Women, Honest Conversations, with Diane Hessan, the career accelerator's dynamic new chief executive serving as moderator for the evening.  Meredith Davies, a Startup Institute student in the "Web Development" track came up with the idea — a way to let women leaders in high-growth companies talk about the challenges and opportunities they face. Read More
Looking back
How Menino made the Innovation District happen
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The first time I ever saw Mayor Thomas Menino in person was 1997. I went over to what was then the Computer Museum — now it's part of the Boston Children's Museum — for an event that was promoting the neighborhood as Boston's Cyber District. Web design shops and Internet consultancies were starting to fill the old brick warehouses of Fort Point Channel. "I want this city to grow and show its technology leadership," the Mayor said at that event. "We need to continually educate people about what's going on here." Read More
Awards season
Finalists, speakers announced for this year's MassChallenge Awards
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MassChallenge, the world's largest startup accelerator program, announced its list of finalists for the annual MassChallenge Awards ceremony taking place on October 29. At the event, $1.75 million in no-strings-attached funding will be distributed among the 26 startups, narrowed down from the 128 that began the program in June. Read More
Up on the roof
Is this the coolest "office" in Boston's Innovation District?
John Stoddard, "founding farmer" at Higher Ground Farm.
On a warm September morning, it's hard to imagine a better place to work that the rooftop above the Boston Design Center. There's a fantastic view of downtown through an archway, the harbor is sparkling, and a cruise ship is parked at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal next door. And at Higher Ground Farm, their casual Friday dress code likely differs a bit from casual Friday at your office... Read More