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Mass EduData Challenge Winners Use Advanced Analytics and Open Data to Deliver New Insights

BOSTON – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative recently announced the winners of the first ever Mass EduData Challenge. The pilot six-week data challenge aimed at acquiring unique insights from a comprehensive cache of Massachusetts education data, awarded prizes to three teams at the July 15th awards ceremony at hack/reduce in Cambridge. The three winning projects each addressed a different aspect of the central theme of driving better insight and understanding from historical data sets provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Winners included collaborative teams from local non-profit City Year, and from global technology company Xerox, as well as individual data analysts from the region.

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New Study Highlights Growing Support for Health Information Technology in Massachusetts

BOSTON- A study released today by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) highlights growing adoption and acceptance of health information technologies, or Health IT, by healthcare providers in the Commonwealth, as well as strong consumer support for the use of technologies that electronically store and share health data. The survey data is includeDownload the 2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study d in the 2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study, which launched today during an event at the Massachusetts State House.

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Governor Patrick Announces Funding to Launch Massachusetts Open Cloud Project, Celebrates Release of 2014 Mass Big Data Report

HOLYOKE – Friday, April 25, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced a $3 million capital investment to launch the Massachusetts Open Cloud project, a university-industry collaboration designed to create a new public cloud computing infrastructure to spur big data innovation. Governor Patrick also announced the release of the 2014 Mass Big Data Report, which confirms the continued growth and competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s big data industry.

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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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