Massachusetts Technology Community Launches Tech Caucus
Technology Council Heads Working Together to Support Tech Sector at State House Day
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts technology community connected with state lawmakers today at the State House for the Massachusetts Tech: Our Future Everywhere event in an effort to shine a spotlight on tech’s far-reaching economic importance and its significance to the Commonwealth’s employees, firms and its citizens. The event also announced the Tech Hub Caucus in the legislature.
“Today was an opportunity for legislators to see and experience a number of amazing products created by some of the cutting-edge technology firms located right here in Massachusetts,” said Senator Karen Spilka. “The tech sector is one of the most vibrant and critical industries driving our state’s economy and I am excited to officially kick-off the Tech Hub Caucus in the legislature. I look forward to working with my colleagues in collaboration with members of this vibrant industry to help support and strengthen the tech sector and ensure that next-generation tech innovation starts here, stays here, and grows here.”
“The technology industry is a critical part of our economy and, over the past few years, Massachusetts has established itself as a technology hub,” Senate President Therese Murray said. “Our technology industry continues to demonstrate great success and it is important that we work to maintain this reputation while supporting the natural growth of our technology sector.”
The event featured interactive demonstrations of homegrown, new technologies from organizations like iRobot, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, and a host of MassChallenge startups; keynote remarks by EMC Vice Chair William Teuber; and a roundtable of top industry speakers, including: Gregg Dixon of EnerNoc, Joe Kvedar of Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health, Eric Paley of Founder Collective, and Zenobia Moochhala of Care.com, and an announcement of a tech caucus in the state legislature. The legislative Tech Caucus will help identify opportunities to support and strengthen the tech sector and promote Massachusetts’ status as a global hub for innovation.
“During the last 30 years, Massachusetts has established itself as a hub for industry leading technology,” said William Teuber, Vice Chair of EMC. “It's commitment to collaborative efforts among both public and private companies within the tech sector will build on this foundation and create new opportunities for innovation, strengthen our economy, and demonstrates to businesses around the world that Massachusetts is a leader in the technology sector.”
"Continuing the growth of our innovation economy is vital to our efforts to grow jobs and create opportunity for everyone," said Greg Bialecki, the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. "By creating a technology caucus, we can better ensure government and business are working together to continue to expand this important sector."
Today’s event was organized by the Tech Hub Collaborative, in partnership with three of the state’s most prominent technology industry associations: Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX), and TechNet, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
“The tech sector is a significant contributor to the Massachusetts economy, and is driving innovation across every industry from energy and education to healthcare and financial services,” said Donna Cupelo, Verizon Region President for New England. “By working together across sectors, having joint dialogue, and collaborating on common priorities, we can ensure that the great tech innovations created here translate into companies that are investing, creating jobs and helping to grow the Bay State economy."
Charged by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as stewards of the state’s overall technology sector, the Massachusetts Tech Hub Collaborative brings together a cross-sector of leaders to address mission critical issues for tech’s future growth in the state. The Tech Hub Collaborative is supported by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (www.masstech.org), an innovative public agency working with industry, academia, and government to improve the innovation landscape through cluster development, research collaborations, and other key initiatives.