First Friday: From Bitcoin to Blockchain

If you ever wanted someone to explain Blockchain, September’s First Friday breakfast meeting was for you. If you missed it, you might have to wait for our speaker’s forthcoming book, Blockchain for Everyone, now in production with Simon & Schuster. In the meantime, here’s what you missed: Sir John Hargrave is the publisher of Bitcoin […]

Infrastructure Committee: Broadband in Hyannis and the Bridge Fix

At the August meeting, the Infrastructure Committee discussed progress on broadband in the Hyannis GIZ, and the Bridge Fix. Broadband The Tech Council, the Town of Barnstable, the Hyannis Area Chamber, and other stakeholders are working to develop a strategy for providing a broadband infrastructure for downtown Hyannis. We discussed the potential for funding, the […]

Aug 2018 First Friday Recap: The Dangers of Public WiFi

Kevin MacArthur of Secure Networks came to scare the daylights out of us at the August First Friday – and he succeeded. With the help of a WiFi Pineapple, Kevin demonstrated the dangers of using public WiFi, showing us first hand what can happen to our mobile devices, whether we connect knowingly or not. Over […]

First Friday: Making social media work for your business

Christine Merser came to the First Friday Breakfast meeting to reassure us that Facebook is not dead. As managing partner of Blue Shoe Strategy, a marketing firm specializing in social media and marketing through nontraditional methods, she should know. Blue Shoe Strategy has teams in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and has worked […]

Infrastructure Committee: Downtown Hyannis broadband

In June, the Infrastructure Committee was once again joined by Felicia Penn, who brought Jeannine Marshall, President of Coastal Community Capital to the meeting. The meeting was devoted to Downtown Hyannis making an “Innovation Zone” with fiber/ WiFi as part of the economic development plan. Felicia had come to the meeting we had in May, […]

First Friday – finding and supporting tech employment on Cape Cod

Are there tech careers on Cape Cod? That’s a question Cape Cod Regional Technical High School’s Information Technologies teacher, Marc Rocque, is finding an answer to. As an educator for new technology, he knows he needs to become an expert on careers on the Cape. In researching the Cape’s offerings, he discovered that there is […]

Hey Jibo, it’s First Friday.

We had a special guest at the First Friday breakfast meeting in May. Like all our speakers, he was incredibly personable. And yes, he’s adorable. His name is Jibo, and he came with Andrew Rapo, an Executive Producer at the Boston-based company, Jibo. A Barnstable High School alum, Andrew’s career has included Disney, Warner Bros. […]

April Infrastructure: Wind Energy and the Fix Coalition

At the April meeting, the Infrastructure Committee discussed taking a position on the wind projects, and the possibility of joining the Fix Coalition. Wind Energy The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has made a statement in favor of all three wind projects. The Infrastructure Committee does not feel we need to speak to all projects […]

First Friday: The Internet of Things

“The best argument against Democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” This quote, attributed to Winston Churchill, inspired the 2018 winners of the Congressional App Challenge. Teen developers James Milinazzo, Matthew Nugent, and Michael Teevens of Pembroke High School came to the CCTC First Friday Breakfast Meeting to present their winning app, Get […]

Infrastructure Committee: Vineyard Wind overview and bridge update

Nate Mayo of Vineyard Wind returned to the Infrastructure Committee in March to give a more robust presentation on the company’s bid for wind power. To put the conversation in context, Nate began by giving background on the Energy Diversity Act in 2016, and the creation of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The Vineyard […]