Tonight, Boston marketing impresario Bobbie Carlton held the second Mass Innovation Night at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts. This showcase of local high tech companies drew several hundred attendees and eight companies ranging from raw startups to...IBM.
I had a chance to visit with a few of these. IBM?Lotus showed off its latest Software as a Service offering built on the Notes/Domino platform: LotusLive. Offering the social networking capabilities of LinkedIn and Facebook, the document sharing capabilities of Domino, eRoom and Sharepoint, and the collaboration features of WebEx and Sametime, LotusLive can connect people inside and outside the enterprise for $45/month.
Pixily is a good example of the simple but useful type of service enabled by cloud computing. For $14.95 a month, Pixily will let you send them a postpaid envelope of documents. They will scan them and store them on the Web (using Amazon S3) and then either shred the documents or return them to you. They also OCR them, so you can search by content. They were handing out green Tyvek envelops good for a month's service.
Nexiwave was not giving a demo, but they were describing a new voice conferencing service that does speech recognition on the conversations. (They claim 85% accuracy). While they aren't yet available in real time, the transcripts offer the capability of searching for keywords in a meeting - shades of the omniscient computer from Star Trek that could play back any scene.
The venue for the event is interesting in its own regard. Housed in here.Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation houses exhibits of the watchmaking business that once dominated Waltham, a collection of early steam engines, and part of the Whirlwind computer. I put some pictures
The next Mass Innovation Night is June 10, 2009.