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C3 Events and Announcements: Week of March 23, 2015

C3 Jurassic Park House Party
March is National Reading Awareness Month! It’s also the month of Pi Day! In honor of these two events, the C3 team is hosting a screening of the first movie we could think of that was based on a book and also has a mathematician character (Jeff Goldblum!): Jurassic Park. We’ll also have pizza, beer, board games, and good-time house-party vibes for all. Join us March 26, 5:00 till the party’s over, in the C3 Game Room.

CIC Blood Drive
On Monday, April 6th, CIC and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive in the Havana Training Room on the 5th floor from 12:30-5:30. It’s a chance to do a little good for the community and save lives, and it would be incredible if you could stop by to donate. If you’d like to avoid waiting in line, we recommend scheduling an appointment now using this link or by going to redcrossblood.org and searching for sponsor code Innovation.

[C3er Event!] Whiteboard Youth Entrepreneur Mentor Recruitment
Monday, March 23, 1:00 – 2:15pm
5th Floor, Cancun Room
Anyone with an interest and passion for working with high school students is encouraged to attend this brief information session to hear about the radical, new approach to student entrepreneurship.
More Info

[C3er Event!] Hiring Your First Intern: Presented by Kate Skubecz and Jim Dunn
Tuesday, March 24, 12:00 – 12:30pm
5th Floor, Venture Cafe
Before you do your summer intern hiring, Kate Skubecz and Jim Dunn will help you get a basic grasp on the current state of the law for intern hiring.

[C3er Event!] Strummerville Ukulele Club
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
101 Main Street, 15th Floor Game Room
It’s time for Town Strumming #3. All levels are welcome, from first-timers to old hands. All you need you is a uke.
More Info & RSVP

Lighting Wars!
Wednesday, March 25, 5:30 – 8:00pm
CIC Boston: 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, Milky Way Room
Designers Lighting Forum New England presents Lighting Wars!, a free-for-all competition of lighting imagination.
More Info & RSVP

[C3er Event!] Beta Test Navitome’s Process Creator
Friday, March 27, 9:30am – 5:00pm
5th Floor, Cancun Room
Have a business process that keeps you up at night? Navitome LLC has a solution they are looking to beta test. Participants will receive a $25 VISA gift card for their time. Email info@navitome.com to sign up for a 1-hour time slot.

For more information on these and other events, please see the CIC Blog.

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C3 Events and Announcements: Week of March 16, 2015

[C3er Event!] How to Establish an Efficient Network and Stand Out
Monday, March 16, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
5th Floor, Havana Room
The Boston Chapter of Spanish Scientists in the USA invites you to this seminar, where Lauren Celano of Propel Careers will provide tips for how to network effectively and develop meaningful relationships.
More Info & RSVP

Building a Business
Wednesday, March 18, 9:30AM – 11:30AM
5th Floor, Havana Room
Local angel investor Ben Littauer will review common types of business plans and discuss how your business plan will affect how you build your business.
More Info & RSVP

Breakthrough Greater Boston Trivia Night
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Venture Cafe
Join local education non-profit Breakthrough Greater Boston for a night of trivia, fun, and mingling with Boston- and Cambridge-area young professionals.
More Info & RSVP

CIC Writing Workshop
Wednesday, March 18, 5:30PM – 8:30PM
14th Floor, Charles River Room
Our workshops offer intriguing group prompts that are designed to be flexible enough for all writing styles. All we ask is that you arrive with an open mind and a willing pen (or computer)!

Pop-Up Music – FUNK
Friday, March 20, 5:30PM – 9:00PM
Venture Cafe
Join Pop-Up Music and CIC-Cambridge for an evening of funky music in the Venture Café.
More Info & RSVP

[C3er Event!] Beta Test Navitome’s Process Creator
Friday, March 27, 10 AM – 4 PM
5th Floor, Cancun Room
Have a business process that keeps you up at night? Or that lives in your head, but you’ve never properly designed or documented? CIC-based Navitome LLC has a solution. And we want you to beta test it. You will receive a $25 VISA gift card for your time. Email info@navitome.com to sign up for a 1-hour time slot. Bring your favorite laptop. Learn more at www.navitome.com.

For more information on this and other events, please see the CIC Blog.

C3 Events and Announcements: Week of March 9, 2015

Mass Save Energy Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, March 10, 10:00am – 4:00pm
4th Floor Kathmandu Room
At this lunch and learn event, explore home energy savings and the opportunities within the Mass Save Program to save money. Lunch will be provided.

MassChallenge Wants You!
Tuesday, March 10, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
5th Floor, Venture Cafe
MassChallenge is coming to CIC to answer questions about their 2015 startup accelerator. Startups in MassChallenge receive free resources and opportunities, including mentorship, office space, and access to a global network.
More Info & RSVP

Immigration Update with Congressman Capuano
Wednesday, March 11, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
5th Floor, Havana Room
Rep. Capuano will explain what’s happening in Washington, DC around immigration policy and how you can influence the process. Immigration attorney Roy Watson will explain how these changes could affect immigration options and outcomes for employers and skilled foreign nationals seeking to live and work in the United States. Food will be provided.
More Info & RSVP

Science Book Club for the Curious
Thursday, March 12, 5:30pm – 7:15pm
14th Floor, Charles River Room
This meetup is a discussion of “I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey Through the Science of Sound and Language” by Lydia Denworth.
More Info & RSVP

Android Study Jam
Thursday, March 12, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
3rd Floor, Bogota
At the Study Jam, leaders from the Android community will review each lesson and the challenges of the lessons and all will work together to master the lesson.

For more information on this and other events, please see the CIC Blog.

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Sister Space

A lot can happen in three years! When I started working for CIC back in January of 2012, there was only one CIC location – One Broadway in Cambridge. C3 had 200 members, as opposed to the 350+ we do now, and even Venture Cafe (every extroverted entrepreneur’s favorite Thursday night hangout) has grown from an average of 275 attendees a night three years ago to 350 today.

Since then, CIC has expanded next door to 101 Main Street, across the river to Boston, and now we’ve opened not one but two sites in Saint Louis (CIC@4240 and CIC@CET). It’s been exciting to watch, and even more exciting to participate in this growth (C3 veterans, I know you know what I mean.)

A lot can happen in three weeks, too. In January I was lucky enough to get my hands dirty helping to turn on our Saint Louis location’s newest coworking space. C3, may I present to you your St. Louis sister space, CIC Coworking:

StLBeforeOk, I’ll admit it looks a bit messy in those photos above – they were all taken pre-open, when we were scrambling to get everything ready. Here’s how it looked on opening day:StLAfter

Pretty swanky, right? These shots are all of the CIC@CET location, where I spent most of my time while in Saint Louis. The CET site consists of the Lab building, which houses wet lab facilities, and the Dorris building, which was once the Dorris Motor Cars Factory. The newly constructed coworking space is located here, and the design of the space does a great job incorporating the exposed beam and brick of this awesome historic property.

That said, while I think the new space turned out really well, that wasn’t the best part of my time in Saint Louis. No, my favorite part of the trip was definitely the people. The entrepreneurial community in Saint Louis is full of energy, and is also incredibly warm and welcoming. From strangers at Venture Cafe (because of course, they have that too!) to the CET team to the coworking members themselves, everyone was eager to tell me about their work and excited to hear about my projects as well. Even though it was my first time in Saint Louis, I felt right at home.

If you’re interested in seeing it for yourself, or have work that’s taking you to the up and coming Saint Louis startup scene, please let the C3 Team know! As a C3 member, you’re more than welcome to work there any time you’re visiting the Gateway to the West. And if you meet a Saint Louis coworking member who is visiting C3 someday soon… well, try to make them feel right at home too.

C3 Events and Announcements: Week of March 2, 2015

Hackathon This Weekend
Please remember to clean your workspace!
Just a reminder about how important it is for you to clear your workspace at the end of the day, especially when we’re hosting a large public event. CIC may relocate any items found on desks during the Hackathon.

Of course, as C3 members, you are more than welcome to come in and soak up the inspiring vibes, even if you are not a participant. We’ve set aside the Sustainability neighborhood for C3 use during the event, and you are also welcome to use CIC common spaces on other floors if you need a quieter weekend work space away from the hustle and bustle of the Hackathon.

Open-Open Mic Night Returns!
Do you have a song you’re itching to perform? A story you need to tell? A film the world needs to see? Come to the Venture Cafe at CIC on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 for an evening full of talent, insight, and inspiration! Musicians, poets, writers, magicians, filmmakers, comedians, motivational speakers, mad scientists — All are welcome! Each performer will be given five minutes and a microphone to do anything (safe for work) that they please. Anyone interested in simply joining the audience and soaking in the wonderful performances are encouraged to attend as well!

Product/Market Fit with Tom Huntington
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 – 9:00pm
1 Main Street, East Arcade Conference Center
Tom Huntington, cofounder and CEO of Windshield and former member of Launchpad Venture Group, will discuss what Product/Market Fit is, why it matters, and how to achieve it.
More Info & RSVP

Financial Projections for Investor Pitches
Wednesday, March 4, 9:30 – 11:30am
5th Floor, Havana Room
Guest speaker David A. Fogel, Managing Director at Swifton CFOs, will talk about the Do’s and Don’ts of properly preparing financial projections.
More Info & RSVP

Crowdfunding for Early-Stage Companies
Thursday, March 5, 2:45 – 4:30pm
14th Floor, Charles River Room
Nixon Peabody LLP will discuss the proposed crowdfunding regulations, other exemptions from securities laws that early-stage issuers are relying upon in order to raise capital in compliance with securities laws, as well as matters that an issuer should consider before starting its first fundraising round.
More Info & RSVP

For more information on this and other events, please see the CIC Blog.

C3 Events and Announcements: Week of February 23, 2015

A note from Hillary, who is leaving C3 to move to another CIC team (I know, we can’t believe it either!)
I just want to thank you guys so much for being such an awesome community to work with these past few years! I’m excited for the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of dedicated space at CIC, but I know I’ll miss you guys. Fortunately, I’ll be right down the hall, so it will be easy for me to visit! And please feel free to drop in and say “hi” next time you’re over on the other side of the 5th floor, getting a Nespresso or doing some color printing to BooBoo.

Highlighted Upcoming Events

[C3er Event!] FWD monthly: (Re)imagining Communities with Technology
Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 – 9:00pm
5th Floor, Venture Cafe
At this FWDmonthly, discussion will focus on how technology is re-imagining our communities and the initiatives we can support to push innovation and growth here in Massachusetts.
More Info & RSVP

Crash Course in Device Design for the Software Wizard
Wednesday, February 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm
11th Floor, Singapore Room
Dr. Jamie Nichol will be presenting a succinct, engaging two hour crash course in device design.
More Info & RSVP

RZ Lightning Talks on Android and iOS
Wednesday, February 25, 6:00 – 8:00pm
50 Milk Street, Boston, 17th Floor, Milky Way Room
Lightning talk will focus on some of the newest technologies, like iOS 8, Swift, Android L, and much more.
More Info & RSVP

[C3er Event!] Strummerville Ukelele Club
Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
101 Main Street, 15th Floor, Game Room
Oyez, oyez, Camberville uke players, unite! All levels are welcome, from first-timers to old hands. Learn a few songs and have a good time of it! All you need is a uke. Questions? Email strummerville.ukuleles@gmail.com
More Info & RSVP

Hot Chocolate and Waffles with the C3 Team!
Thursday, February 26, 10:30 am – 12 pm

5th Floor, Venture Cafe
Unfortunately, the C3 team does not currently have a solution to recent weather problems… but as a temporary fix, we can give you hot chocolate. We’ll be setting up a station with Equal Exchange hot chocolate, lots of add-ons, and fresh waffles in the Venture Cafe.

For more events and information, see the CIC Blog.

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CIC Announces Partnership with Bodyscapes!

Calling all fitness buffs, gym rats, and those of you out there with new years’ resolutions! CIC is proud to announce an experimental partnership with Bodyscapes, a fitness center with locations throughout the Cambridge and Boston metro area. All CIC clients can now enjoy completely free access to Bodyscapes’ Kendall Square location at off-peak hours (9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Monday-Friday).

A regular membership at Bodyscapes costs $91 per month, so CIC is glad to provide this significant benefit to our members. In addition, for those of you that cannot make the off-peak hours, CIC has also negotiated a $79/month all-access rate of which all our clients can take advantage. There is no annual contract, sign-up fee, or termination fee, and this arrangement includes access to all five Bodyscapes locations at any time. Your health plan may even subsidize this further, so be sure to double-check!

To sign up, bring your CIC keycard to Bodyscapes and tap it at the registration desk. You will also be given a Bodyscapes access card. If you are signing up for a paid monthly membership, you will be asked to pay for your first month (prorated from your sign-up date!) and your last month.

We hope you all enjoy this benefit! This is an experiment, and we hope it goes well for both CIC and Bodyscapes. We also ask that you be respectful of the Bodyscapes space, its members, and its equipment, just as you do at CIC. Welcome, Bodyscapes, to the extended CIC family!

image courtesy of Bodyscapes.