Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Reception on the Charles: Bob Mason from Project 11 Ventures (right) chats with Pradeep Aradhya from Novus Laurus and Science Club for Girls.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

MIT's Fiona Murray chats with Akamai's Tom Leighton about the future of the Internet (among other things).

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

NEVCA head Jody Rose was our co-emcee for the event. That's the Boston tech ecosystem behind her.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

The Museum of Science was an appropriate venue; the discussions touched on all manner of science and technology.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Attendees, speakers, and sponsors buzzed about potential collaborations in town.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Neal Sandy from GE Ventures (left) shares a laugh with Pat Petitti from HourlyNerd.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Entrepreneur and investor David Chang chats with an attendee in the art gallery.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

PowerPoint Karaoke: Dave Balter from Mylestoned has to give a "Welcome to Boston" talk without having seen the slides before. Thanks, Dave!

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Event attendees and sponsors got to know each other during our networking breaks.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Louis Perna from Accion Systems talks about his love of space, and how propulsion technologies could change the world.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Great scenery (and weather) for our post-event reception.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Lessons on how startups can innovate through partnerships: (left to right) Steve Papa of Parallel Wireless, Steve Fredette of Toast, and Jason Furtado of Shoobx.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Of course, this is what innovation and partnerships really look like (same guys).

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Toni Oloko from Accomplice talks about his new startup, which is looking to speed up mobile apps and transactions.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Plenty of time for networking, coffee, and art appreciation.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

New face of collaboration: (right to left) David Chang chats with EMC's Brian Gallagher, Current's Colleen Calhoun, HourlyNerd's Pat Petitti, and GE Ventures' Neal Sandy.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Who knew the Museum of Science had an art gallery in it?

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Jody Rose introduces Anne LeGrand (left), IBM Watson Health's vice president of imaging. Watson is moving into clinics to try to help doctors with diagnoses and treatment plans.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Harvard professor David Edwards talks about digitizing scent and building a business around that. See the "scent speaker" on the lectern.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

The outdoor reception space at the museum was lovely. El vino did flow.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Left to right: Kevin Starr and Charlie Liberman from Decibel Therapeutics chat with Marc Cohen and Ken Anderson from C4 Therapeutics. Jennifer Wheler from Novartis moderates.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Attendees were inspired by the breadth of ideas and challenges posed in the program.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Boris Revsin of VentureApp (right) shares a laugh with Dave Balter, probably about some dumb quiz question from their moderator (me).

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

The Boston-area innovation sector, from startups to big companies, was well represented.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Autodesk's Rick Rundell (right) chats with an attendee.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Those who stayed to the end were treated to drinks and appetizers by the river.

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Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

Influx: Boston's Newest Innovators & Influencers

The Museum of Science was a fantastic venue for Xconomy. We hope to be back!

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We had a grand old time at this week’s blowout Boston event, Influx. Leaders from Akamai, MIT, Harvard, and other venerable institutions met with top folks from GE Ventures, IBM Watson Health, Dell-EMC, and startups and investors, to talk about boosting their businesses—and the region’s innovation profile—for the future.

The Museum of Science was a fantastic venue for this meeting of the minds. Big thanks to our hosts for providing space that was welcoming, stimulating, and suitably elegant.

Special thanks to our gold sponsors: Akamai, Autodesk, Bayer, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), Qatar Airways, and WuXi; and to our innovation supporters, reception sponsor, and event partners for making all of this possible. And, of course, thanks to our speakers and attendees for participating. We hope you had as great a time as we did.

You can check out photos from the event above. Big thanks to Keith Spiro Photography for the shots.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and Editor of Xconomy Boston. E-mail him at gthuang [at] xconomy.com.