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Massachusetts Organizations Announce Competition for Best Insights Discovered in New Transportation Data

BOSTON – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) today opened a public competition, The 37Billion Mile Data Challenge, designed to inspire the technical community to delve into a new trove of anonymous vehicle-use data and discover insights that can inform policy and help the Commonwealth build a more efficient and sustainable transportation system.

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Construction, Turnover Complete on New 1,200 Mile Fiber Backbone for Western and Central Massachusetts

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MBI) recently completed construction and testing of MassBroadband 123, a 1,200-mile fiber-optic network bringing high-speed Internet access directly to 1,200 key facilities in more than 120 western and central Massachusetts communities. MassBroadband 123 is a critical component of the Commonwealth’s strategy to invest in innovation infrastructure in order to create growth and economic opportunity in every corner of the Commonwealth.

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Study Shows Innovation Economy Drives Job Growth & Investment, Brings New Residents to Massachusetts

BOSTON – Nearly 40 percent of the jobs in Massachusetts are in the innovation economy, more than any other state, according to a study released today by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The Annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, which benchmarks the performance of the Commonwealth in key industry sectors, also shows that Massachusetts added roughly 50,000 new innovation economy jobs since 2006.

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MassBigData.org Launched to Highlight and Connect the Commonwealth’s Data & Analytics Ecosystem

BOSTON – Today, MassTech announced the official launch of MassBigData.org, a web portal which aims to bring together the Big Data community in Massachusetts and help drive increased awareness, learning, and business activity in the advanced analytics sector. MassBigData.org is a project of the Massachusetts Big Data Initiative, launched by Governor Patrick to leverage and expand the Commonwealth’s position as a global leader in the rapidly growing big data ecosystem.

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MassDOT, MassTech Announce Hackathon Aimed at “Visualizing Transportation”

BOSTON –The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (“MassDOT”) and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) will host the MassDOT Visualizing Transportation Hackathon, an event which will enable coders, data analysts, and transportation stakeholders to access and collaborate around an unprecedented collection of Massachusetts transportation data. The event will take place December 13th and 14th at hack/reduce, a Cambridge-based community “hackerspace,” and will offer participants the first access to never before seen transportation data. The event finale and award ceremony will feature remarks from Governor Deval Patrick, who will connect with participants by videoconference from Singapore, where he is scheduled to visit the Future Urban Mobility project, part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).

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MassTech Forms Strategic Alliance with French Health Technology Organization

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) and its Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) signed an agreement forming a strategic alliance with the Grenoble, France, based group Medic@lps. The memorandum between the two groups lays out a collaborative partnership that will spur international collaboration around Health IT, which includes growing sectors such as health informatics and Big Data, electronic health records, and mobile health applications.

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State Requests Proposals for new Mentorship Initiative

WESTBOROUGH - The Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (Mass Tech) today released a request for proposals (RFP) as part of a new initiative to strengthen entrepreneur and startup mentoring activities across underserved populations, regions, and industries in the Commonwealth. The RFP allows interested nonprofit, academic, or economic development organizations in the Commonwealth to apply for modest grants, totaling up to $800,000 in the aggregate, to develop or support mentorship activities.

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MeHI Launches Technology Development Grant Program with Israeli Counterpart

BOSTON - The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MeHI) today announced the launch of a new program with the Israeli Industry Center for R&D (MATIMOP) which will offer grants to eligible applicants to spur innovation in the emerging health IT sector in both Massachusetts and Israel. This new program, part of the 2011 Massachusetts Israel Innovation Partnership (MIIP) agreement, will offer grants to eligible applicants to fund corporate collaborations between companies in each of the states.

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Massachusetts eHealth Institute Awards Vendor Grants to Advance & Accelerate Health Information Exchange

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative today announced nearly $1.3 million in grants to fund projects that advance the interoperability of electronic health records with the Commonwealth’s health information exchange (HIE), called the Mass HIway.

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MassBroadband 123 Schedule Update

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has announced an updated project schedule with final milestone tracking for communities within the MassBroadband 123 network, which is targeted for completion in late 2013. MassBroadband 123 is a 1,200-mile fiber-optic network that will bring high-speed Internet access directly to over 1,200 key facilities in more than 120 western and central Massachusetts communities.

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New Investments in eHealth Technology to Support Milford Area

MILFORD - The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative hosted a community kickoff event this morning at Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) to highlight new grants designed to help local health providers use the state’s new Health Information Exchange, the Mass HIway. Recipients include regional health care leaders such as MRMC and their grant partners Medway Country Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and CAREtenders, as well as Charlton-based Overlook Visiting Nursing Association and their partner organization, Harrington Hospital. Leaders from MeHI, MassTech, and the grant recipients were joined by State Senator and President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, and Representative Peter Durant.

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One Year Anniversary of MassVetsAdvisor.org Celebrated

SHREWSBURY– State officials and Veterans’ advocates today celebrated the one year anniversary of www.MassVetsAdvisor.org, a first-in-the-nation web portal that offers enhanced access to services and support for Veterans living in the Commonwealth. The site provides a single point of access where Veterans and their families can search and gauge eligibility for more than 400 state and federal benefits, as well as services provided by non-profits, including programs for education, counseling, employment, and health care among other services.

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