First Friday: One Click from Disaster

If you’re concerned about hacking and cyber theft, you’re not alone (and you’re not over-reacting). Our speaker for August First Friday was Jeremie Mailloux, Lead Technician and co-owner of the managed IT service provider itWorks. Everybody’s been hacked at some point, Jeremie said – including the military, public utilities, and hospitals. It only takes one click […]

First Friday: Made in Mashpee

The presenters at our June First Friday breakfast meeting made a lot of people want to go back to high school. At the Mashpee Technology Center at Mashpee Middle/High School, the offerings are not your parents’ shop class. Michael Looney, Kevin Blute, Amanda Hough, and Salvatore Nocella, who run the program, provide a hands-on learning […]

April First Friday: exploring the ocean

Dr. Yuki Honjo, Chief Operating Officer of McLane Research Laboratories in Falmouth, spoke at our April First Friday breakfast on the importance of team work and collaboration between industry and academia in furthering advances in Ocean Sciences. She began her presentation with images of medieval maps, with the illuminated text hic sunt dracones in the ocean […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bringing ocean technologies to the marketplace

When technologies are developed during research, do they ever see the light of day? Bringing ocean technologies from the lab to the marketplace (and how you might be a part of it) was the topic of April’s First Friday Breakfast Speaker Series, with David Knaack of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Knaack is the Director […]

July’s First Friday: buried treasure

In 2010 Tom Keyes and his wife bought an 1817 colonial in Sandwich – or at least he thought they did. At our First Friday Breakfast in July, Tom told us what he discovered about his house, and how it became an archeological site and topic of learning at Sandwich’s STEM program for middle schoolers. […]

Think global, invest local.

It’s not a bumper sticker (yet), but to think global and invest local is good financial practice according to First Friday speaker Michael A. Tyler, Chief Investment Officer of Eastern Bank Wealth Management Division. Michael began with an economic overview, saying the summer 2015 rebound was welcome, but it’s been choppy and erratic. The drivers of the […]