by Ben Bungert
BostInno’s State of Innovation was in full swing last night, rounding up over 1,000 industry professionals and entrepreneurs at the Westin Boston Waterfront. The event featured some of the best and brightest, including Deval Patrick, Marty Walsh, Naval Ravikant (founder of AngelList), CTO of Rue La La; Mark Bollman and many, many more. The event featured panels discussing topics from the future of robotics and fitness to mobile and e-commerce.
Deval Patrick kicked things off last night by listing impressive innovation statistics from Massachusetts. He also discussed Google fiber, which sparked some response on twitter, along with discussions of education and noncompetes. The Governer’s speech was a great way to get the event off the ground, and excited the crowd by the innovative future for Massachusetts.
Leaders in Boston e-commerce, including Greg Selkoe, CEO and founder of Karmaloop; Susan Standiford, CTO of Rue La La; Mark Bollman, president and founder of Ball and Buck; and Larry Meyer, CEO of Uniqlo USA took to the stage to talk about the latest and greatest in online retail. They fielded questions about retail going mobile and spoke to the implications of innovation on online/brick and mortar stores.
The event also featured a robotics panel, moderated by Curt Nickisch of WBUR, which discussed current technology in the city and the future of tech. The panel discussed robotics, which has long been a source of concern in the community. However, at one point during the panel Nickisch had everyone to raise their hands and asked if they liked robots and wanted them to continue being made in Boston, the majority agreed.
Fitness was also a hot topic of the night. The panel consisted of Julian Edelman, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, Jordan Fliegel, CEO of CoachUp, George Foreman III, Founder of The Club by George Foreman III, who spoke to the importance of belonging to a community and enjoying your exercise regimen.
Mayor Marty Walsh was also in attendance and spoke about Boston’s new free public wi-fi, “We want to bring innovation and opportunity to every neighborhood in Boston.” He also stressed the importance of fostering innovation within Boston, as well as the metro area.
Be on the lookout for more exciting innovations in the Boston area and keep in the loop with the innovative things IDEA’s ventures are up to!