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Making Computer Science Part of K-12 Education, Today!

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

In eight years, our current 8th grade student in Massachusetts could graduate from college without having taken one Computer Science course in his/her education career! Massachusetts doesn't have Computer Science Education Standards, nor do we offer access to CS courses in schools across the state to solve the CS / STEM Pipeline issue. How can we expose students and build their interests in CS if it is absent from their ...more »

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Become a magnet for talent and usher them in to impactful jobs

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Highlighting the startup ecosystem in Boston will strengthen and elevate the Commonwealth as a whole. Creating a clear path to employment at a startup, Startup Institute provides an opportunity to attract amazing talent from everywhere. Currently, our program prepares and trains individuals to be highly effective employees at startups, and ushers each person in to a position within a startup. Please support the ...more »

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Modern Software Student Education and Internship Center

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

iMedia is working with local government and private entities to build a state-of-the-art 4,000 sq/ft tech education center, in our building, for both students and local businesses. We will be providing classes, resources, internships, and seminars on modern technologies. Any available space time and resources will be devoted to business incubation programs and rented to general business conferences. iMedia is seeking ...more »

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Make mentoring a priority throughout the Commonwealth

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Following the lead of the MIT VMS and Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield, support mentoring organizations that can be the catalyst for startup communities throughout the Commnwealth. These organizations are lean and leverage the support of seasoned entrepreneurs to propel new entrepreneurs to success. If done correctly, a mentoring organization becomes the "tip of the spear" that creates an entrepreneurial ecosystem ...more »

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Eliminate Noncompete Agreements in Massachusetts

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Eliminating noncompete agreements is likely the only actionable change that once enacted would overnight produce an orders of magnitude benefit to the technology ecosystem in Massachusetts. Noncompete agreements prevent emerging startups from hiring the experienced talent they need in order to grow and prosper. Noncompete agreements prevent a talented employee from moving to another company that needs and values ...more »

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Keep local talent in Boston/Cambridge

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Create a competition between local Universities to solve local problems. Design the competition to deeply engage mentors from the local start-up community and thought leaders from local Corporations. Mandate government to work with the competition to build the community and leverage talent to innovate and solve local problems. 1. Engage students early to eliminate the disconnect between Schools, government and ...more »

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To Fully Support MassChallenge

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

There is no arguing that MassChallenge has fomented a startup culture in the Innovation District. From about $5M in total funding, the 361 MassChallenge alumni have collectively raised over $362M in outside funding, generated over $100M in revenue, and created over 3,000 jobs since 2010. They might be the most successful non-profit job creator in history. And that was their learning curve! Yet MassChallenge is needing ...more »

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Facilitate hiring youth

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

To create a strong ecosystem in Massachusetts, I would help people launching their careers establish their professional reputation. The biggest hurdle to getting that first job is showing that you are reliable, responsible, will show up on time and do what you said you would. HelpAroundTown is a free job board designed to help youth and anyone entering the job market establish their reliability. Our free job board generates ...more »

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Creating Today and Tomorrows STEM Workforce

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

We are directly solving a MA problem related to the high tech economy: workforce development. We are propelling students with the passion and skills for technology and innovation and family or college roots in MA. Most efforts fall short because of limited scale or a lack of sustainability. Others focus solely on the Math and Science without engaging connections to Engineering and Technology. The College of Engineering ...more »

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Treat our students like talented NCAA Division 1 recruits

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Our greatest, most precious talent shows up every September and disappears every June. Our student population across our dozens of universities represent the future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet, by and large, we do nothing to make them feel welcome. Other communities would kill to have this talent spending 2-4 years in our community. We need a more aggressive, systematic recruiting process to convince ...more »

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Minimize use of preprinted paper forms while saving money

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

As a state approved contractor working with several state agencies, we have discovered many state agencies use abundance paper forms like License applications, benefit forms etc. Copies are distributed for processing, and approved paper copies are filed and stored. Our solution allows applicants to fill a browser-enabled PDF file, electronically sign and submit with added documents- online. Agencies will have access to ...more »

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"Idea Czar"

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

We need to encourage people in the Commonwealth to share their ideas and create momentum around the very best ideas. I submit that we have a single point of contact, an "Idea Czar" This person will understand the Commonwealth's priorities and run new ideas through a filter to determine which ideas support growth. i.e. "Could a million $ investment in our Robotics industry create Robots that paint our bridges and save ...more »

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Improve bicycle safety and public transportation

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Young, energetic, hi-tech workers thrive in urban environments and a significant percentage of them favor public transit and bicycles. Making biking more safe and public transit more reliable would be a huge lifestyle and economic boost for this sector of the workforce. Our co recently moved from Davis Sq to Newton and 10 former bike commuters now drive to work. :(

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Support “Rapid Prototype Innovation” and connections/partnership

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Separate from venture money, established technology companies have their own funds. These firms have money and what they need is innovative products to feed their large sales channels. By educating innovators to build rapid prototypes of innovative new products, something that you can touch, perhaps the ecosystem can connect these ideas with existing companies. It would be most effective if this connection provided some ...more »

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Digital "Career & College" Exploration Tools from TeenLife Media

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

TeenLife Media is the largest online source of enrichment opportunities for college-bound students in grades 7-12, locally and nationwide. Parents, educators, and students turn to us to access a wide variety of listings and value-added content. We currently publish digital guides on a wide variety of topics and want to add a series that highlight careers in different industries and the colleges that offer degrees for ...more »

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Measuring Environmental Performance simply and accurately

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

When it comes to our environmental performance, we currently use adjectives (green, renewable) or make decisions with non-intuitive numbers such as tons of CO2 vs. Acre-feet of water. We need numbers that are both accurate and simple to understand. Something like a currency converter between resources to enable decisions. These numbers have to be based on accurate data such as local water scarcity, emissions and life ...more »

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Skill-Based Hiring & Training Platform

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

We are building a new skills-based hiring and training platform that we believe will address the frictional unemployment problem of open jobs and qualified existing applicants, but for which matching is inefficient and often takes a very long time. Employers use our platform to list critical jobs and the skills needed for open positions; applicants apply with existing and desired skills. Skillvee helps to match ...more »

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A new way of collaboration

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Campaign: To create a stronger ecosystem in Massachusetts, I propose...

Here is a new way of collaborating.

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It's FREE.

Try - https://www.heeduser.com

1) Not a regular forum. Not only ideas. It's a comprehensive collaboration platform.

2) Modern usability with social integration.

3) Capitalize on user engagement.

Try - https://www.heeduser.com

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