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EVENT – December 8, 2015

“The International Startup”

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Session Will Share Knowledge, Experience and Insights About Going — and Growing — Globally

 

Whether it’s finding the best talent, a favorable market climate or identifying key partners, sometimes creating the best version of your startup means crossing the border. In its next Innovation Series event, the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge (MITEF) will explore the world of international startup expansion on Tuesday, December 8 at the MIT Stata Center.

“Boston is a hot-bed for innovation, but there are often strategic reasons for local entrepreneurs to consider expanding outside of the U.S.,” said Katja Wald, Executive Director of MITEF Cambridge. “In certain cases, it may even make sense for them to target some of those countries as their first go-to-market geographies. This event will provide invaluable insight from local agencies, foreign governments and entrepreneurs who have successfully taken advantage of global opportunities. They’ll discuss how to grow internationally, explore overseas for the brightest minds and best business partners, and evaluate the most compelling technologies and products to build stronger, faster-growing businesses.”

A world class panel moderated by Richard Kivel, Chief Operating Officer at IXCEL, will highlight the evening. Featured speakers will include:

  • Brittany McDonough, Manager of Business Development, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOTI)
  • Dr. Felix Moesner, Swiss Consul & CEO, Consulate of Switzerland
  • Ralph Verrilli, Managing Director with Madison Park Group and Former Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and VP of Operations at VISTAGY Inc. (acquired by Seimens)
  • Thierry Weissenburger, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada

Event Schedule:

5:30 – 6:00 Registration, and refreshments
6:00 – 8:00 Program
8:00 – 9:00 Networking

Sponsors supporting this event include Samsung, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., CHEN PR Inc., Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton and Wolf Greenfield.

Click here for more information and to register.

About The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge 
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge is the founding chapter and one of 27 worldwide chapters comprising the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. Offering more than 40 programs and events annually that inspire innovation, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge initiatives facilitate critical one-on-one mentoring while providing team services that increase the skills and expertise necessary for entrepreneurs to succeed.

 


 

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EXHIBITION

Bigger Than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Building

BSA | Boston Society of Architects

June 17 – October 4, 2015

From the earliest forays of Italian Futurists to the more recent provocations of Gordon Matta-Clark and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the medium of installation has been a powerful tool to push the boundaries of architectural practice by enabling architecture to adapt to the evolving demands of research and professional practice.

In Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building, BSA Space explores the power of architectural installations by featuring works by architects and designers who use this medium to test new technologies and building techniques, while executing pieces that are both sculptural and visually arresting. Curated by Rob Trumbour AIA and Aaron Willette of the design/research practice Khôra, the exhibition presents more than 10 physical examples of the medium by an array of Boston-based and international designers. See more here.

As the curators explain:

“As a medium, installation serves a unique function in the architect’s toolbox. Larger than an architectural model but not quite a building, it allows designers to bridge the gap that exists between the conceptual and physical practices of architecture. The architectural installation introduces new ideas and methodologies to the design process, questioning long-held notions regarding the nature and purpose of architecture.”

For the competition, participants had to reimagine a new installation for the Atlantic Wharf lobby, a large space adjacent to BSA Space. After reviewing numerous international and local projects, the jury selected The Pulp Canopy by Katie Donahue, Mason Limke, and Yandy Cheng of MYKA as the winner.

Created with 800 unused toilet rolls found in airplane bathrooms, it investigates the use of paper pulp in architectural application. It incorporates more than 2,800 cone-shaped objects strung from one end of the Atlantic Wharf lobby to the other. The multiple strands of conical objects, organized into the shape of a canopy, create a dynamic piece that conveys beauty and lightness. Donahue, Limke, and Cheng’s work aims to entice the passersby to be curious about the diverse ways something as mundane as paper can be manipulated and given new life after its initial use.

To complement the scale of the winning work, the following large installations by invited Boston-based designers and practitioners will also be on show:

Microtherme

By Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee | Matter Design

An avant-garde thermal experience, this installation explores sensorial self-awareness. With an innovative approach in the use of materials, the design team successfully challenges conventional notions of comfort while overlaying the power that architecture has in producing a pleasant or not experience for the user. In this way, the visitor becomes an integral part of the installation by immersing into the illusion of wading in a thermal bath of sumptuous concrete.

Elements of Suspense

By NADAAA

This installation and its associated research imagines an architectural extremity comprising a series of carved blocks. The exposed sectional thickness of the blocks reinforces the monolithic nature of the vault, while custom joint connections interlock the pieces together. Digitally fabricated from high-density rigid foam using a 3-axis CNC machine, the composition, color, and texture of the material invoke a vault constructed in stone. Each block is designed to allow slivers of light to filter through the global form, calling into question concepts of geometry, structure, and performance typically associated with the archetype of the vault.

Step 7: Spatial Dissections

By IK Studio

Architecture is approaching a new state where agency and adaptability can bring the environment and the occupant together in a new synthetic relationship; how we create space and adapt to new agencies of space will be the defining trait of this century’s architecture. Step 7: Spatial Dissections will present an aspect of this agenda via a series of environments that are reactive and active. The installation belongs to a family of components that produce new architectural characteristics that are both self-supporting and expressive.

Along with these large-scale installations, a series of small works by the following designers and architecture firms will further illustrate the premise of the exhibition:

Michael Leighton Beaman and Zaneta Hong from Beta-field; Catie Newell from Alibi StudioJustin Diles; Clay Odom from StudioMODO+FARM; Skylar Tibbits from the MIT Self-Assembly Lab; the Institute for Computational Design and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart; and Interboro Partners.

Image: Detail, The Pulp Canopy by Katie Donahue, Mason Limke, and Yandy Cheng of MYKA. Photo: Mike Lawrie.