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New Meetup: Tech Tuesday @ Microsoft's New England Research & Development (NERD) Center

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 2:04 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Tech Tuesday @ Microsoft's New England Research & Development (NERD) Center

When: September 15,[masked]:00 PM

New England Research & Development Center (NERD)
One Memorial Drive Suite 100
Cambridge, MA 02142

Anybody care to check this out? Never heard about this Tech Tuesday before... Let's try to get there at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (Microsoft NERD) by 5:45 pm. Can't get there until later? T.J. Maher will be handing out to the Nerd Fun group small MEETUP stickers -- a fellow assistant organizer Amy Hughes had them printed out a few months ago -- so you can find us. Need some stickers for your own meetups, Nerd Fun or otherwise? Contact Amy at She is selling them at cost, by large rolls or as individual packets ... Let's go grab dinner at 7:30 pm.

From the Event Brite website:

"Hosted by the Mass Technology Leadership Council:

"Join us for Tech Tuesday!

"September 15th, 6-8pm

"Where? Microsoft's NERD center, 1 Memorial Drive Cambridge overlooking the Boston skyline. Easily reached on the T at Kendall (Red Line), there is also parking in the building.

"What? Join your fellow geeks, tech savvy professionals, DIY-ers, press, and other industry luminaries for this informal gathering. Bring your laptops, robots, OLPC XO's, Amazon Kindles, new cell phones, gadgets, and other new-fangled devices. Got a great demo or YouTube clip? Bring it! LCD projector and wi-fi will be available for ad hoc show and tell. This event is free!

"This month we will be celebrating the region's digital game industry - bring your games, or come play others. Featured games include Harmonix soon to be released The Beatles?: Rock Band? !

"Check out past Tech Tuesdays on Dan's blog at: "

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher will be waiting outside some odd entrance from 5:45 pm to 6:00 pm, hoping that it is the right one. T.J. 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. We can head up at 6:00 pm to check the place out.

... Let's grab dinner after, at 7:30 pm... can't wait until 7:30 pm to eat? If you get off at Kendall Square, near the Marriott side of the T station is a mini-Food Court where you can grab a sandwich or something to tide you over.

About Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD):

"Opened in July 2008, Microsoft Research New England continues to build on Microsoft?s commitment to collaborate with the broader research community and to advance the state of the art in multiple areas of computing research. The lab, located at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, is pursuing new, interdisciplinary areas of research that bring together core computer scientists and social scientists to understand, model, and enable the computing and online experiences of the future.

"Microsoft Research New England focuses on interdisciplinary work, integrating the more mathematical and algorithmic sciences with both the social sciences and aspects of the biomedical sciences. Our work includes applied projects in areas such as economics, social media, and health care, as well as more theoretical projects in areas such as mathematics and cryptography. The researchers in our lab collaborate closely with the vibrant local academic community. Our primary goal is to advance the state of the art in interdisciplinary research, and our research also enhances Microsoft products and services both through direct transfer of technology and through impact on Microsoft strategy"

About the NERD Logo:

Microsoft Unveils Logo for ?NERD?
Robert Buderi 7/8/09

"Microsoft?s New England Research & Development Center at One Memorial Drive here in Cambridge, MA?NERD, as it is so affectionately called inside and outside the company?has quickly become one of the central gathering spots for the Boston tech community.

"In late March, the company opened a big conference area on its second floor, and almost from day one has been making it available for free to a variety of outside groups?from Tech Tuesdays to the Environmental Defense Fund, which just last week held an unconference about green business practices at NERD.

"Well, as part of that welcoming spirit, I guess you would call it, the company has quietly posted its logo for the facility. The logo shows the Boston skyline (roughly as seen from NERD) in shaded blue, and the stylized Longfellow Bridge connecting it with Cambridge in orange. 'We kind of flipped the switch this morning,' says Sara Spalding, senior director of NERD. 'We really felt that we wanted to have a design that reflected our presence her in the greater Boston area, and Cambridge in particular.'

"Out to get to the bottom of the story in true hard-hitting journalistic fashion, I asked her if there was a deep symbolism behind the logo, such as a metaphorical bridge linking Microsoft with the larger Boston innovation scene.

"Nope. 'There?s no clever reverse image or play it backwards on your stereo,'she says. 'There?s no deeper meaning.'"


"Public Transportation
"On the T, take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT stop.
"Walk straight up Main Street toward the Longfellow Bridge (past the Post Office, Bank of America).
"You will see the Parking Garage on your right, Take a right and you can enter the building from the side.
"Approximately a 5 minute walk".

Better directions:

"Upon exiting the MBTA station, you will be on Main Street. Walk approximately 3 blocks East on Main St. towards the Longfellow Bridge, and Boston. Landmarks you will pass include: Kendall Square Post Office, Kendall Flowers, Kendall Drugs, and Bank of America. Cross Wadsworth Street and proceed one more block to One Memorial Drive, the pink stone and green glass tower on your right just before you come to the Longfellow Bridge. Proceed to the Lobby Entrance"

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