Wen Sang says he was astonished to learn how much fuel is burned — and traffic caused — by drivers in search of the perfect parking spot. At the same time, most parking garages have spaces sitting empty. What if you could share that information with drivers, perhaps even adjusting the price of vacant spaces so that they were more appealing? Sang says he came to the United States from China to earn a PhD, not start a company. But the possibility of solving that problem led him to launch Smarking last year, after earning his doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Read MoreBoston's Innovation History65 years ago today, the microwave was born
In 1945, the most famous candy bar in speed-cooking history melted in the pocket of a West Newton man named Percy Spencer. Five years later, and exactly 65 years ago today, the microwave was officially patented.
Picture it: You're dressed in your finest hand-tailored clothing, you make your way to a downtown skyscraper, feeling nervous as you prepare for an important job interview. But instead of being greeted in the lobby by a receptionist, an iPad mounted on the wall asks you to select your interviewer from a list of faces. The iPad then sends a text message to the recipient and asks you to take a seat in the lobby to wait.
Read MoreFor women from womenAll-star MIT women entrepreneurs pave the way for gender balance in tech
On Thursday night MIT held its first Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship networking reception in the sparse and modern Gagosian-like gallery space of the MIT Media Lab.
The event was organized and hosted by two of MIT’s most prominent women in tech, Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and chairman of Science for Scientists, and Marina Hatsopoulos, founder and former chief executive of Z Corporation. These leading women entrepreneurs, along with keynote speaker Cynthia Breazeal, did not mince words as they took the podium. They were direct about their intention to improve the opportunities for women in tech. And they provided perspectives on running the million dollar companies they founded at MIT over the past few years. Read MoreBusy Funding WeekThe week in funding: New rounds for Kaminario, EarlySense, VMTurbo, and Altiostar
Ben Harvatine couldn’t point to a single time that his head slammed hard against the wrestling mat. He just felt progressively worse over the course of a practice at MIT.
“I’d had concussions before, but this one felt really different,” Harvatine says. “I couldn’t talk right, and was having trouble walking. But like every athlete, you find ways to rationalize it — maybe you’re just dehydrated.”
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Over the course of the last year, an experiment has been underway in Worcester. Community members of all stripes — high school and college students, educators, business-types, scientists, and artists — have all been collaborating at the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on a series of projects to rethink transportation in the city.
But their approach hasn’t been the standard whiteboard brainstorm. Instead, they’ve been asking themselves questions like ‘What does jazz have to do with innovation?’ and ‘How do you road map your thinking into the fourth dimension?’
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