Thursday, May 14, 2009

What's Next in Tech? Discuss the Growth Opportunities, on June 25th

I'm moderating an event on June 25th called "What's Next in Tech: Exploring the Growth Opportunities of 2009 and Beyond."

The idea is to provide a picture of the tech clusters that are going to drive the next waves of growth here in Massachusetts, from cloud computing to robotics to videogames to energy efficiency to social media. Speakers include venture capitalist Bijan Sabet from Spark Capital, iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner, Brian Halligan of HubSpot, and Tim Healy, who runs the publicly-traded EnerNOC. (Note: The early registration rate ends on May 15th -- tomorrow.)

One goal leading up to the event is to start some blog conversation about the high-potential areas in tech right now... a discussion we'll obviously continue at the event on June 25th. (Boston University's Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization is hosting it.)

Bloggers like Don Dodge, Pito Salas, Larry Cheng, Doug Levin, Tom Summit, Gregg Favalora, Furqan Nazeeri, Chris Herot, and the folks at Mobile Monday Boston have already published their lists of "what's next in tech." If you decide to create one, post a link to it in the comments here.

Here's the list of tech areas I'm following most closely (in no particular order...and excluding here all things outside of pure tech, such as life sciences, med devices, energy):

    - Healthcare IT and electronic medical records
    - Digital video (esp. getting Internet video onto the TV)
    - New analytics companies (in the vein of, Visible Measures, Localytics, etc.)
    - Mobile apps
    - Robotics
    - Video games
    - Intersection of IT and energy efficiency/management
    - New forms of media/reporting/content creation
    - Online payment and micropayment
    - Better management/prioritization of e-mail
    - Cloud computing and SaaS (wrong to group those two together?)
    - Social media and marketing (wrote about this pretty recently)
    - Ways of connecting bands (and other creative artists) with their fans (a la Sonicbids)
    - Enhancing e-commerce (a la Paragon Lake, which does custom jewelry)
    - New ways of interfacing with computers (touch, speech, thought, etc.)

I could go on, but that's a start...

(The hashtag for the "What's Next in Tech" event is #whatsnext09. Feel free, of course, to Tweet about it... and hope to see you there!)

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Blogger G-Fav said...

Scott -


I couldn't resist answering your challenge regarding listing some tech areas ripe for growth: my blog.-g

May 14, 2009 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Tom Summit said...

my two cents

May 15, 2009 1:49 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

What's Next In Mobile Tech at Mobile Monday Boston

May 15, 2009 10:16 AM  
Blogger Gene Babon said...

Hey Scott,

I'm not sure what's next in tech, but here is a snapshot of the here and now in the technology job market in Boston . . .

The Top 20 Web technologies listed should provide a solid base for anyone looking to thrive in the near future.


Gene Babon
Beantown Web

May 16, 2009 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Doug Banks said...

Hi Scott, Mass High Tech just held our "Emerging Technologies Forum" on Robotics. We had a piece on Page 1 this week on "biomimetics," which is pretty futuristic and cool. Several other robotics technologies are equally cool.

May 20, 2009 11:52 AM  

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