CIC Green Innovation Industry Night Off to a Successful Start

Written by Meghan C. and Saltanat B.

CIC hosted its inaugural Green Innovation Industry Night on October 11, 2017, to invigorate and connect sustainably-minded innovators, who bring smart and sustainable solutions to the private and public realms. eCurv was one of the participants of the event. We were not quite sure what to expect from the event. But it ended up living up to CIC’s goals to connect and energize the attendees. People who approached us were genuinely interested in what eCurv does. Green energy groups, energy consulting, other innovation centers, students, and alumni of Boston-area universities wanted to either partner with us or to work for us. When explaining the technical aspects of eCurv’s work, just about everyone understood what we were talking about, maybe because many of them came from engineering backgrounds. In the seemingly uphill struggle with the climate change and unending reversal of pro-environment policies by Washington, it was encouraging to meet like-minded innovators, who are trying to make their contribution for a more sustainable future.

Sustainability and green innovation are such broad terms, so for us it was interesting to see who other fellow participants were. Surely, the eclectic and diverse groups that were represented also piqued our interest. The participants ran a gamut from selling wine to save oysters, sustainable shoe designs, consulting on emerging green technologies, and collecting marine data using sailing drones. Learning about these businesses was not only inspirational, but also hopeful that with creative and innovative approaches that are already at play we can make tangible, positive changes in the society. CIC has done a great job to connect the bright minds that evening.

MIT Energy Night – Energizing the Minds of Innovators and Engineers alike

By 6:30pm Friday, (yes, on a Friday!), the MIT Museum was buzzing with students, faculty, energy investors, business leaders, researchers, and educators. On October 13th, 2017, MIT hosted its 11th MIT Energy night: an annual evening dedicated to showcase the hard work of its engineers, students, and various startups and organizations around greater Boston. The crowd attracted individuals and companies focused on analytics, consulting, research, business development, in one way or another, within the energy sphere. The museum was packed; from folks advertising the upcoming USGBC Greenbuild event (shameless plug!) to utility companies highlighting interesting projects they’re engaged in, to sectors of MIT looking for new talent to progress their research, to companies like eCurv highlighting our innovative peak demand management software.

As soon as attendees began to fill up from the delicious catering and beverage selection, they began to make their rounds to see what was new in the Boston energy landscape. Leo and I fielded questions ranging from those eagerly curious about the differences in eCurv compared to its competitors, to those interested in how eCurv could provide demand solutions for their residential or commercial properties, to investors looking to see if we could work together in the future, to attendees simply trying to understand what is this “peak demand” that we spoke of. In between oeuvre derve runs, one learn about research and projects from battery and energy storage, to energy modeling profiles, to thermal capacities of various materials. Likely the most memorable conversation for me was a man, (we didn’t have a chance to exchange information), simply just thanking me (and extensively, eCurv) for having the technology we do – he emphasized how critical for the greater public to begin taking climate change seriously, and was appreciated we were doing our part in the conversation around feasible sustainability. Ultimately, that’s what’s most important: as much as we try to maintain the resources of the grid, on a high level, our fundamental goal is to help protect our planet. Companies and researchers, including eCurv, from MIT Energy Night truly “energized” the conversation around sustainability and innovation to promote, and we are excited to see where the conversation leads Greater Boston.