March Infrastructure: Last Mile

At the March Infrastructure Committee meeting we returned to Last Mile, with an update from Open Cape. Open Cape’s Executive Director Steven Johnston reported there’s been a lot of work evaluating last mile at every level of the organization. They are talking to towns and looking at housing data to see how many homes would […]

First Friday: How technology is changing real estate

Ryan Castle, CEO of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® and the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service, came to our First Friday Breakfast meeting to tell us about how technology is changing the business of real estate. Platform companies like Uber and Airbnb which don’t own the products they sell have been […]

February Infrastructure: Bridge traffic and grid modernization

At the February meeting of the Infrastructure Committee we returned to the question of traffic flow and the bridges, this time discussing how the issue may fall into the Tech Council’s purview, and what energy might be put into the solutions, if the topic is of interest to the CCTC. For instance, are there tech […]

Infrastructure Committee: Cape Cod Transportation Study

Mark Forest came to our January Infrastructure Committee meeting to present the background of the Cape Cod Transportation Study Committee, as a follow-up to our report in December. The information Forest shared was from the December 1 presentation at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The study area spans the canal, our depression-era bridges, and two Bourne rotaries. […]

First Friday: Optimist Co’s open source cleaning products

Have you ever thought of cleaning products as a tech company? The Optimist Co’s Devin Donaldson did. Donaldson came to our February First Friday to tell us about how she created and marketed Optimist Co., a company whose open source products are disrupting the cleaning product aisle. Donaldson’s interest in making her own products began […]

First Friday: Climate Disruption

Our January First Friday meeting was a panel discussion on Climate Disruption: Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunities for Cape Cod with Richard Delaney, President and CEO, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies; Paul Kirshen, PhD, Academic Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston; and Lauren McKean, AICP, NPS Highlands Center Project Manager, Cape Cod National Seashore. The […]

Peter Bennett’s road trip

If the phrase “engineer fun” sounds like an oxymoron, you haven’t met Peter Bennett. Peter is a hardware engineer at Savant. “We build processor boards and controller boards,” he begins. “We used to do touch panels before the iPad came out. The other stuff I do I can’t tell you about.” Savant builds home automation […]

December Infrastructure: Cape Cod transportation study

The December Infrastructure Committee meeting was largely devoted to the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study, following our report to the CCTC board on proposed rail service to the Cape . According to one Infrastructure Committee member who attended the Mass DOT’s third public meeting on traffic study, there are eight places where there’s trouble, which will […]

November Infrastructure: Commuter Rail to Southeastern Massachusetts

Our November Infrastructure Committee meeting was devoted to proposed Commuter Rail to Southeastern Massachusetts. The Regional Transit Authority reported that Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford have continued, unaccommodated transit needs. Service to these areas has been on the table for several years, but there has been a protracted discussion over what route the line […]

Marine technology start-ups in Southern New England

Our speaker at December’s First Friday was Tobias Stapleton, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – a business incubator for technology-driven companies. Along with Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,  UMass Dartmouth is part of a golden triangle of marine technology and expertise in […]