After a week of scorching temperatures, Boston may be cooling down some, but the tech/innovation community networking calendar is still on fire.
Although fall and the return of the school year may be distant thoughts, you can kickstart your education by taking advantage of the great summer classes currently being offered in Boston. There are a ton of opportunities for learning happening this week at both Intelligent.ly and General Assembly.
And trust me, these classes are nothing like the summer school you remember; that is, unless this is the only summer school you remember.
For my money, the opportunity TONIGHT to learn about personal branding with Intelligent.ly’s founder Sarah Hodges is a can’t miss event this week.
Other classes this week include Codeless Prototyping for Web and Mobile Apps with Terrible Labs’ Maggie Steciuk and The Short List: Choosing Critical Features for your Minimum Viable Product with Firefield’s Adam McGowan, both at Intelligent.ly.
Over at General Assembly, the week is also jammed with some great learning opportunities. Introduction to Google AdWords with Greenway Media’s Dale Bertrand is on Wednesday night, and the two-session Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning with Enplus Advisors’ Daniel Gerlanc starts on Thursday night.
Of course, summer is not just a time to learn, here are some other great opportunities to connect with members of the Boston innovation ecosystem this week:
-The MIT Media Lab continues its excellent “Conversations” series on Tuesday with IDEO’s David Kelley and Tom Kelley. While the talk will be a great discussion on design and innovation, it will be hard not to get distracted by merely being inside the Media Lab. The building is a Wonka factory of innovation where the next great technologies and designs are hiding around around every corner and behind the windows of the closed-to-the-public labs.
Check out more info on the event here.
-Also on Tuesday, LearnLaunch is hosting a teacher “Beta” event at FoleyHoag in Waltham. Teachers interested in the next innovations in EdTech (who also may have some time available this summer), should make sure they get to this event to check out some of the best new software/hardware innovation for the classroom.
More details here.
-On Wednesday at 6:30, the Travel 2.0 Meetup will be hosting a “Fireside Chat” with Sundar Narasimhan of Google and OpenTravel’s CEO Valyn Perini. Narashimhan manages a travel product devision at Google and is the CTO of the ITA software that is used by major airlines as well as sites such as Bing, Kayak, and Orbitz. The event is being held at TechStars in Kendall Square.
More info on the event can be found here.
- One of the best events of the entire week will both help a great cause and allow you to keep cool for the rest of the summer. Hack/Reduce will be hosting the "Big Data for St. Baldrick’s" headshaving event on Thursday to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Last year the event raised $55,000, this year the goal is $75,000. Head over, get a summer buzz, and help this great cause.
More info here on this great event.
- Have a great idea for a startup? Feeling the entrepreneurial spirit? Head to the start of Boston Startup Weekend on Friday night and get involved in what could be the next big thing. This version of the event is being held at WorkBar’s new Cambridge location for the first time. Registration starts at 6:30 on Friday and awards to the top teams will be announced around 7:30 on Sunday evening. Whether you have a project that you have been working on for a while, have a kernel of an idea, or just want to be involved in a startup in some way, Startup Weekend always leads to new connections and memorable experiences.
More on Boston Startup Weekend here.
For a full list of events this week and for the rest of the month, check out VentureFizz’s Networking Calendar. Feel free to add any events to the calendar and ping me at email@example.com with some great events that may not be on our radar yet.
Dennis Keohane is a staff writer for VentureFizz. You can follow Dennis on Twitter (@DBKeohane) by clicking here.