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New Meetup: Tech Square Block Party @ New Scientist Magazine

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, August 28, 2009 11:12 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Tech Square Block Party @ New Scientist Magazine

When: September 16,[masked]:00 PM

Technology Square Courtyard
400 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

Let's meet up at 6:00 pm at some central location where we can break the ice and make introductions, then explore what they have. I'll have small red MEETUP stickers I can pass out for people to wear so an hour later after wandering around, we don't have to puzzle "Did I just meet this person? Are they with the group?" ... this goes until 7:30 pm. Feel free to drop in!

Online Registration:

From the New Scientist Magazine:

Tech Square Block Party 2009
Date: Wednesday, September 16
Rain Date: Friday, September 18

Location: Courtyard between 300 & 500 Technology Square, Main Street, Cambridge, MA
Map of Location:

  • Free to Attend
  • Free Food
  • FREE BEER: 21+ beer and wine ? ID required

Register Now

"Why should I register to attend?

"Registering online

  • "enters you into our event raffle, with the opportunity to win fabulous prizes!
  • "allows you to avoid long lines and enter quickly!

Who is invited to the Tech Square Block Party?
"Science and technology enthusiasts alike including:

  • employees of Cambridge area science & technology companies and academic institutions
  • local high tech, nanotech, biotech and pharmaceutical professionals
  • local students from MIT, Harvard, Boston University, etc.
  • science journalists, writers and communicators
  • New Scientist subscribers

Who should support this event?
"If your organization wants to make their presence known in our scientific community, then the Tech Square Block Party is the place to be. Attended by over 700 people last year, the Block Party served as a great forum for science professionals and supporters to network, have a drink and enjoy each other's company".

What goes on at the Tech Square Block Party that makes it different from a regular block party?
"I don't think you'd find this much geek chic-ness in one area. On center stage, science pub trivia is lead by professional science communicators. Raffle prizes are geared towards the nerd in all of us with books, tech gadgets and museum tickets - just to name a few. Goodie bags are distributed with cool gear. Our sponsors and supporters connect with the crowd with their own displays of their scientific endeavours. More entertainment details are still to come. Oh yeah, and the beer and wine (21+ only) is free".

Any other questions?
"Contact Kimberly Karman here":

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher will scope out the area to see where us Nerd Fun folk can gather. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

About New Scientist magazine:

"New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 'for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences'. The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.

"New Scientist online was launched in 1996 and now carries an archive of over 76,000 content pieces. Our online content is considerably enhanced by an international online news team, posting updates every day.

"In November 2008, has been relaunched in order to provide our content in an organized and more accessible fashion for our readers. Similarly in 2009, New Scientist magazine will also have a more contemporary look and feel".

Review of last year's block party:

Joseph Caputo,
"UK-based science magazine New Scientist stepped off the newsstands this afternoon and came to Cambridge?s Technology Square for a party. In a grassy courtyard surrounded by leading research institutions, locals sampled free drinks and food before heading over to a nearby Wii competition.

"Although the Block Party was for advertising purposes only, (I am now the proud owner of Pfizer chapstick), New Scientist couldn?t help infusing some geekiness into their event. Dozens entered a science trivia contest to win prizes like a copy of ?Why Don?t Penguin?s Feet Freeze,? a 1.5 G flash drive or an iPod shuffle. Questions on the closest platypus relative, deep-sea vents, and nuclear reactors kept the competition fierce. (It is no surprise, however, that Team won the science in Massachusetts round.)

"Those who haven?t heard of New Scientist should definitely pick up an issue. It is a weekly publication that covers the latest world news in science, space, technology and the environemnt. Their feature stories are often evocative and timely. Some of the latest include where to find black holes , the psychology of leadership and racing rockets . And unlike the more stuffy science publications, they are a strong supporter of fun".

Directions & Map:

"Technology Square is situated between Broadway and Main Street just a few blocks west of the MBTA's Kendall Square T-station. Technology Square's proximity to both Storrow Drive and Memorial Drive make the site accessible from all locations including Boston's nearby Financial District, the Back Bay and Beacon Hill as well as points along Route 93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike".

"Public Transportation: Technology Square is situated just a five minute walk from the Kendall Square MBTA stop. "MBTA Red Line ? Kendall Square. After exiting the T station, walk 3 blocks west on Main St. (away from the river) and Technology Square will be on your right.

"Area Parking: Technology Square Garage, Kendall Square Garage, Cambridge Center Garage".

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