Greenhorn Weekly Countdown January 13 - 20


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January is a month for renewed resolutions, Boston snow storms and connecting with our community. Make it your resolution to attend events more often and meet your great neighbors. Boston has 31 startup networking events and office hours for you to meet the best of Boston.


/ / / Monday, Jan 14

Essential Techniques for Measuring Your Content

Description: How can you be confident that your content pages are understandable? How do you assess if the content is appropriate for your audience? How do you ensure you’ve written content that effectively communicates the essential information? In this presentation, Christine Perfetti will share several powerful techniques for measuring your content, including:

  • 5 Second Tests: A popular low-tech technique to collect quick feedback on whether your content pages communicate clearly to readers.
  • Comprehension Surveys: A simple user research method to assess whether users understand your complex content.
  • Inherent-Value Tests: A two-phase test that explores whether your content communicates the intended value to readers.

Time: Monday, Jan 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Place: 500 Harrison Avenue, FL 3R Boston, MA 02118
Cost: $25.00

/ / / Tuesday, Jan 15

General Assembly : HTML5 and CSS Basics

Description: Want to learn how to add and update the content on web pages or apply styles from an existing stylesheet? Students will code content for web pages using the latest version of HTML, and will learn how to update the pages on remote web servers.  

No prerequisites -  this class is designed for those with no web development experience.
Time: Tuesday, Jan 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Place: Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge
Cost: $25 ($15 early bird)

/ / / Wednesday, Jan 16

The 1st Boston Area B2B Startup Marketing Meetup

Description: Our first meetup where we’ll discuss what we want to get out of the group, topics we want to address, and we will have one short guinea pig presentation on “Content Workflows For Startups: Planning, Executing, and Promoting the Hell Out of Your Stuff.”
Time: Wednesday, Jan 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Place: 675 Massachusetts Ave., 11th Floor, Cambridge, MA
Cost: FREE

Usability Speed Dating with Steve Krug!

Description: Usability is a measure of the quality of a person’s experience when interacting with content or services. If you're designing and building websites and web applications, then you need to care about Usability. These days, Usability and User Experience are very crucial to success, and can mean the difference between making it or breaking it. I've seen so many sites that fail, only because they did not focus on Usability.
Time: Wednesday, Jan 16, 6:00pm - 6:00pm
Place: Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Cost: 7.00

/ / / Thursday, Jan 17

Scott Kirsner: Covering a beat where social media & multimedia collide

Description: What does it mean to cover a topic area using new tools and technologies, as the relationship with sources and readers is changing? Scott will share some of his experiences and ask you for your help brainstorming about what's next. Scott has been thinking digital thoughts since he was part of the team that launched in 1995. He writes the popular Innovation Economy blogfor and has been writing a column for the Boston Globe since 2000.
Time: Thursday, Jan 17, 7:00pm - 7:00pm
Place: Boston Globe 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA
Cost: FREE

/ / / Friday, Jan 18

Lunch and Learn: 20+ WordPress Plugins to Rock Your Website

Description: Ready to take your site to the next level? In this presentation, Cindy Meltzer will share her favorite, trusted plugins for everything from SEO and slideshows to comments and content. Plugins are always changing and new ones come along every day—so whether you’re a WordPress beginner or you’ve been at it for a while, this session has something for everyone. REGISTER
Time: Friday, Jan 18, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Place: Workbar 711 Atlantic Ave, Lower Level Boston, MA 02111
Cost: $10.00

/ / / Saturday, Jan 19

Essential Mind Power Training

Description: Join us for a comprehensive experience in dynamic visualization and imagery meditation. We use our Mind all the time. Yet most of us haven’t the slightest idea how to effectively unleash the amazing power of our subconscious.  Now is the perfect time to develop the unlimited potential of your own mind power to achieve your specific objectives.
Time: Saturday, Jan 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Place: Cambridge Innovation Center
Cost: $349.00


Event of the Week Sponsored by Microsoft NERD

Scott Kirsner: Covering a beat where social media & multimedia collide

Why?  Meet one of Boston's finest tech columnists and collaborate on the future of media. 

Student Event of the Week

No extra special events this week! Get ready to head back to class and tech events this Spring!